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DeWalt 20V MAX DCS570 Review

A powerful saw with good adjustment and safety features that lacks battery longevity
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Price:   $179 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Powerful, great blade changing system, positive bevel stops
Cons:  Limited battery life, heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   DEWALT
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 19, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 50% 6
  • Cutting - 30% 9
  • Battery - 20% 6

Our Verdict

The DEWALT 20V MAX is a professional grade framing saw. It has a powerful motor that will plow through the most demanding crosscuts and rips. The adjustments to blade depth and bevel are intuitive and effective. Additionally, the saw has an effortless blade changing system. Our only reservations with this saw are that it's heavy, expensive, and has a limited battery life despite its 5 amp-hour rating.


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Pros Powerful, great blade changing system, positive bevel stopsPowerful motor, long-lasting battery, good shoe designGreat adjustment and setting features, decent battery life, cutting lightSuper long-lasting battery, easy to adjust shoe, powerful motorDescent cutting power, straightforward blade changing, simplistic design
Cons Limited battery life, heavy, expensiveHeavy, expensive, so-so bevel designInconsistent cutting performance, slightly underpowered motor, heavyNo positive stops, imprecise sightlines, so-so blade removalDifficult to adjust bevel, so-so battery life, unclear setting marks
Bottom Line A powerful saw with good adjustment and safety features that lacks battery longevityThis saw delivers professional quality cuts without a cord tying you downThis tricked-out saw has every ease of use feature but it lacks a bit in cutting powerLike the energizer bunny, this efficient saw has a battery that just won’t quitThis middle of the road 6 1/2" saw can best be described as //meh//
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Rating Categories DeWalt 20V MAX... Milwaukee M18... Ridgid R8653B Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Bosch CCS180
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Specs DeWalt 20V MAX... Milwaukee M18... Ridgid R8653B Kobalt KCS 6524B-03 Bosch CCS180
Blade Side Right Right Right Right Left
Blade Size (inches) 7.25 in 7.25 in 7.25 in 6.5 in 6.5 in
Brushless Motor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Blade Brake? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bevel Positive Stops? Yes No Yes No No
Linear Feet of 3/4" Plywood Cut per Charge 242 ft 298 ft 304 ft 360 ft 228 ft
Measured Weight w/o Battery 8.2 lbs 7.7 lbs 8.4 lbs 6.6 lbs 6.9 lbs
Measured Max Depth of Cut w/ Framing Blade (inches) 2.3 in 2.3 in 2.2 in 2.2 in 1.8 in
6x12" Cross Cutting Time 6.4 sec 4.2 sec 6.3 sec 4 sec 5.8 sec
Rafter Hook? Yes Yes No No No
Battery Used in Testing (Amp-hours) 5 Ah 5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah

Our Analysis and Test Results

The DEWALT 20V MAX looks and feels like a professional quality circular saw. When you put it to cutting, it does not disappoint. The saw has all the accouterments you'd expect as well. Easy to adjust depth and bevel? Yeah, it's got that. Easy to remove blade? Yup. That, too. What keeps this machine from claiming a place on the podium is its short battery life, weight, and price point.

Performance Comparison



Likes


One of our favorite features on his saw is its blade changing system. First off, it uses a box wrench as opposed to an Allen key, which is more powerful and comfortable. Cleverly, the wrench is stored below the battery port so that the user must remove the battery to access it — a nice safety touch to be sure.


The DEWALT also has easy to operate bevel and cutting depth levers, easy to see adjustment markings, positive stops on the bevel, and a built-in LED cutting lamp. Perhaps most importantly, it has a mighty motor that will propel the blade through hardwood without hesitation. As a final touch, the saw comes equipped with a framing hook to keep it comfortably close at hand.

The DEWALT 20V MAX blasting through a 2x12" plank
The DEWALT 20V MAX blasting through a 2x12" plank

Dislikes


The main thing that we don't like about the DEWALT is that, despite having a 5 amp-hour rating, it lacks battery life longevity. Where similar saws were able to rip over 300 linear feet of 3/4" plywood on a single charge, the DEWALT fell far short of these reasonable expectations at 242' on a charge.


Additionally, our measurements showed the DEWALT to be quite heavy for the class at 8.2 lbs.


Value


The DEWALT 20V MAX is one of those products that is just a little too expensive for the performance on offer. Were it not for the battery life issue, we'd say that one gets exactly what they are paying for with this saw. However, as it stands, we think that this product is overvalued.

Conclusion


The 7 1/4" DEWALT 20V MAX is a heavy-duty saw that lacks an appropriate battery to complement its otherwise top-notch design. This saw's motor is robust, tackling the toughest cutting tasks without noticeable strain. It has well-designed bevel and depth adjustments, too. It even has an inline cutting lamp. Yet, as the saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Such is the case with this saw because it doesn't matter how capable the motor is if the battery lacks the juice to power it.


Nick Miley and Austin Palmer