The DeWalt DWE575SB circular saw is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for something that is lightweight and low maintenance.
It runs just 8.8 lbs. and comes equipped with an electric braking system. In this review, we’ll talk about some of the key features that make this baby top performer for the price point and one of the safest circular saws on the market for the beginner.
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- 8.8 pounds and measuring 7.2 inches in width, the DWE575SB is one of the lightest circular saws in its class.
- Its 57-degree bevel capacity, with 22.5- and 45-degree detents, and a 2 9/16-inch depth of cut capacity, which is best in class and allows for a variety of applications.
- Integrated dust blower so your path stays clear and you can see what you’re cutting.
- Electric brake that stops the blade after the trigger is released for optimum safety.
- 1,950 Max Watts Out (MWO) and 5,100 revolutions per minute (RPM)
THE BEGINNER’S LOWDOWN
Most beginners love how light this saw is compared to competitors and especially older circular saws. It also has an electric brake which is just another safety feature which isn't standard across the industry.
If you’ve not worked with circular saws before, this light saw may still feel a little heavy – but there are heavier saws out there, so you should be able to handle this one about as well as any you’d find.
DEWALT DWE575SB BLADE QUALITY
As mentioned earlier, this saw comes with an 18 tooth blade. What does that mean for everyday use?
If you need it, here is a little “blade 101” to learn the concepts. The general rule is that the more teeth a blade has, the more smooth the cut and blades with fewer teeth get through stuff faster.
Another example comes from Lowes.com where one buyer finally replaced an old saw that had been “moaning” and struggling to cut. They needed something that would get through siding and he said...
“This saw took on a piece of the siding like, as everyone else is saying, a hot knife takes on butter. Cut right through, didn’t slow down one bit or show any real signs of unwanted resistance.”
If you do want/need to replace the blade for doing different kind of work, check out the Diablo 60 tooth blade which delivers a higher level of performance. In fact, on Home Depot’s website a professional framer said that this saw/blade combo lasts for about 20 houses worth of work – but he does suggest going with a Diablo blade.
DEWALT DWE575SB SAFETY
We give this saw high marks for safety, and a big reason for that is the electric braking feature. If you aren’t familiar, check out this short video which shows you 2 models side by side. One has the electric brake and one does not:
OTHER NOTABLE REVIEWS
Besides what we’ve highlighted above about the blade, performance, and safety of this saw; here are a few other reviewer comments worth highlighting:
From a purchaser at Lowes.com: “Tried a couple different models prior to buying this one. I tried makitas and hitachi saws. This ones combination of light weight and features made it the best buy. I am a contractor and use my saws/ tools daily. I have many other saws and this one by far is my favorite.”
“Don’t mistake it’s lighter weight for a lesser quality though!! This versatile saw is very durable and has power to spare. Safety and accuracy are increased with a larger viewing window in the shoe assembly.
This allows you to see more of what the blade is cutting, without having to try to locate the optimal viewing position, which is usually directly over the saw! Adjustments can be made quickly and accurately with the lever locks and easy to read angle and depth settings.”
So you can feel confident that you are picking a winner, whether you are a buying your first circular saw or if you’ve been around the block a few times.