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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 | $147 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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#3 of 10
  • 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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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