Although there are woodworkers who choose not to use power tools but I believe that a circular saw, at a minimum, is a great addition to a woodworker’s tool collection if you choose to use powered equipment. My DeWalt circular saw doesn’t get a lot of use but it is especially useful when cutting sheets of plywood and the DeWalt DW384 circular saw is sure up to the task. It’s a solid machine that I know will last a long time, in fact I have used it for many projects spanning a half a dozen years or so.
If you have been struggling with an underpowered saw you will jump with joy using this saw’s 15 amp power, especially using a thin kerf blade, it cuts 2x wood effortlessly.
Alright, you can imagine I love this saw and now I’ll tell you some reasons why:
- The saw blade can be aligned to the base edge latterly for perfect cuts without binding.
- All adjustments are positive with no play (no slop anywhere).
- Base plate is nicely made, solid and accurate.
- Incredible power makes cutting wood a pleasurable experience.
- Saw blade has a brake that stops the blade quickly after the cut.
- A heavy machine for a circular saw with a solid feel overall.
Ahh, this saw is the Cadillac of a benchtop circular saw tool in my estimation. One thing to mention though is if you want table saw accuracy you still have to pay attention to aligning the saw properly (horizontally and vertically).
Like I said previously all of the adjustments are positive, although I rarely change the angle of the blade because I mainly use the saw to re-dimension ply panels with a 90 degree cut.
Shot of the rear of the saw. One thing you should pay attention to when using a circular saw is how the electrical chord is “draped” along the cutting direction. Ideally you want the chord always to be to the rear of the cutting direction and have it positioned so it won’t get caught on any edge. You don’t want to catch an edge with the cord pulling the saw in an unacceptable direction.
Here is the bottom plate of the saw showing wear (or lack of it) after years of use… still smooth. Love this saw, and if you find one for sale at a good price, and it’s in good condition, grab it, you won’t be disappointed.
The DeWalt DW384 has been upgraded from the saw in this writeup. I’ve looked at the upgraded saw which is the DeWalt DWE575 and it can only be superior to the DW384 that I have (great reviews). If my saw ever needs replacement (highly unlikely) I’d certainly would go for the upgrade.
If you are looking for a circular saw that will provide you with the features that are outstanding, the DeWalt DWE575 Circular Saw is what you are looking for, check it out here: