DeWalt DWE575 Lightweight Circular Saw Review

The circular saw is one of the most popular, versatile and easy to use power tools for cutting wood. It allows you to cut material with great accuracy and ease at a fraction of the time. If you are looking to buy a circular saw, the DeWalt DWE575 is a new and popular circular saw that has garnered many positive reviews and recommendations from experts. But is it the right tool for your need? That is what we will find out!

You can also read other product reviews such as circular sawcordless circular sawmini circular sawDeWalt DWE575SBMakita 5007F, Makita 5007MG.

1. Technical Feature

Not so long ago, DeWalt revamped its circular saw line of power tools to make them more efficient, powerful and user-friendly devices. The DeWalt DWE575 circular saw is the outcome of this re-engineering process.

Power & Speed:

When DeWalt redesigned this circular saw, they made the motor more efficient. This translate to a smaller motor that can deliver the same performance of bigger and heavier motors from the past generation.

The DWE575 sports an agile 120V motor rated at 15 Amps which consumes 1,950 Watts of power This is a monster motor that does not require a lot of space in the circular saw chassis but still delivers enough torque to spin the blade at 5,200 RPM. The high speed of 5200 RPM delivers a smooth cut for siding, plywood, and other general purpose wood cutting.

DEWALT DWE575 Lightweight Circular Saw

Aside from wood, you can use this circular saw to cut a wide array of materials. It is equally efficient in cutting sheets of plastic, and even ceramic tiles/roof slates when retrofitted with an appropriate blade. You can easily use the DWE575 for flooring or roofing tasks as well. The motor has ample power for any of those tasks and the 5,200 RPM blade speed is excellent when cutting ceramics or slabs with a smooth finish.

Cutting Capacity:

The 7-1/4-inch carbide tipped blade has a depth of cut of 2.55 inches at 90 degrees and 1.9 inches at 45 degrees. This is versatile when cutting any type of commercially available material - including MDF boards, wood planks, and plywood. (Note that you cannot replace the blade with a size larger than 7.25 inches in this unit as the blade guard will prevent it).

​​​Making angular cuts (bevel) with this circular saw is child’s play. It can perform 45 degree and 22.5 angle cuts with a maximum angle capacity of 57-degree. All those angles are the most popular angles used by woodworkers.

Most people will not use them, but it is nice to know DeWalt has you covered. The bevel stops of 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees are very easy to adjust and they will conveniently lock in position.

DEWALT DWE575 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw

DeWalt uses a latch instead of a knob for the bevel adjustment. It is much easier and quicker to operate. Just pull the latch, adjust to your desired angle and secure the latch and it will lock the angle in place. Very easy!

Dust Extraction:

It has a built-in dust blower that sends a powerful and constant stream of air on your cut area when the device is powered on. It helps keep your cut clean and offer a better line of sight over your work.

Blade Quality:

Out of the box, DeWalt ships this model with a 7-1/4-inch carbide tipped blade. It is very strong and can easily cut through wood, thin or thick like butter. DeWalt also includes a blade wrench to remove and replace this blade. Alternatively, you can use any 7-1/4 inches circular saw blade with this model. It does not use a tool-less mechanism so you will need to manually remove the blade by unbolting the blade clamp.

Other Features:

  • Power switch: The On/Off switch is located under the handle and offers excellent user-friendliness when powering it on or switching it off.
  • Key storage: There is a storage at the back to store the blade wrench away from sight.
  • Soft handles: There is no elastomer coating and despite this, the handles are very ergonomic and feel good in the hand. This will drastically help diminish hand fatigue.
  • Blade guard: The blade guard protects the user from the spinning blade at all times.
  • Anti-snag: The anti-snap guard has ball bearings that provide a cutting guide as well as help prolong the lifespan of the saw at the same time.

Accessories:

Out of the box, DeWalt includes a 7-1/4 inches carbide-tipped blade, a blade wrench, and a detailed user manual. The absolute basics. You do not get additional accessories or spare parts. Delivering a simple package and the bare minimum is a common practice we see nowadays with many circular saw manufacturers.

2. Price

What we like the most about this model is its modest and affordable price. It has the power, ease of use and efficiency of more premium and expensive circular saw models. In its price range, it offers the performance and versatility that is almost on par with more expensive models like the Makita 5007MG. Considering how well this unit performs, we think the price is very reasonable and a good buy. Despite there are cheaper alternatives like the iconic Makita 5007F, in our opinion, the DWE575 still offers a better-rounded package that is more value for money and more versatile in day-to-day usage.

3. Expert reviews

We like the review of Robert Robillard of ProToolReviews.com. He is a remodeling contractor and a well-known figure on tool reviews and how-tos intended for construction professionals.

He reviews the product hands-on and writes in simple and clear terms what to expect from this power tool. His review also includes the DWE575SB model which contains the “electric brake”.

The review mainly focuses on the limelight attractions of this power tool like the power, ease of use and versatility. Robert likes the lightweight of this tool and concludes by calling this power tool “light and tough”.

The editor of ToolBoxBuzz.com, Todd Fratzel reviewed the DeWalt DWE575 and rated it a 4/5 stars. His review is short but compelling.

Todd tested the unit hands-on in his workshop. He even includes pictures of it. He first goes through the specifications, shows us how well it performs and then gives us his general impressions. He has no problem recommending this product and only take issue that it does not have an electronic brake and come with a carry case. It is something we find strange too.

Prior to this model, he has been using the DEWALT DW364 but after the review, he quickly saw that this model is 25% lighter and packs the same punch. The new model also has a deeper depth of cut and more versatile when working with angles.

4. Pros/Cons:

Pros:

  • Power: The 15 Amps motor is very powerful and cuts through material very easily.
  • Power switch: The power switch is right below the handle making it easy to activate and disengage.
  • Lightweight: At only 8.8 lbs, this unit is very portable despite being corded.
  • Ergonomic: The handle feels very comfortable in the hand and limits hand fatigue.
  • Angular cuts: Changing angles is very easy with the bevel adjustment latch.
  • Wrench storage: The back has a discreet wrench storage compartment.
  • Anti-snag: The anti-snag has ball bearings and moves slowly out of the way when cutting. It snaps right back when lifted from the material.

Cons:

  • No variable speed control
  • No electric brake

5. Who Should Buy?

We have absolutely no problem recommending this model to anyone looking for a powerful, fast and versatile circular saw - newbies and professionals alike. Whether you require a circular saw for wood, ceramics or roofing slab cutting, it will gladly deliver. Additionally, it has a faster speed than other popular circular saws like the Makita 5477NB, and cheaper than the Makita 5007MG with almost similar specs. Sure, the lack of an electric brake and a variable speed is a terrible downer. If you require this feature, the DeWalt DWE575SB is a better option. However, if you do not need those features then it is an excellent circular saw to get at a very competitive price.

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Tom Bradly
 

My entrepreneurial journey started in 2006, when I dropped out of university. I wanted to work with my hands, to build things. Now I mix my background with computers with my first-hand experience with woodworking to provide insights into the tools I like best. I love everything about woodworking and have been building stuff for over 20 years of my life. I hope to pass some knowledge and expertise.