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For many professional carpenters, having a quality cordless miter saw means they have more flexibility with where they can operate effectively. Some of the unknown while working on a remote location, is whether or not you'll be able to access a reliable power supply for your beastly compound miter saw.
Unless that is, if you happen to own a cordless miter saw like the Dewalt DCS361B, all that nonsense will be of no concern to you.
Dewalt tools are some of the most recognizable in the marketplace, with distinctive black and yellow coloring adorning all their products. This cordless miter saw first appeared for sale back in 2015 and in the years since it has become as popular as many other Dewalt tools.
Being cordless it requires no power supply so in effect, it could be used anywhere. It is powered by a Dewalt standard 20-volt battery, which is universally used on all their products.
This cordless miter saw is one which can be used by all those who require to cut wood, ranging from new DIY enthusiasts, all the way through to experienced and professional carpenters. For hobbyists, the great benefit is going to be the ability to cut wood more accurately, especially if the cuts need to be angled in any way.
For professionals, a miter saw will be a tool that is almost certainly essential and with the quality and reputation of Dewalt branded products; they can be sure that it will be reliable and operate very effectively for all the types of cuts they are likely to use.
The Dewalt DCS361B cordless miter saw is sold as 'Tool Only' so let’s explain what that means. Obviously, you get the miter saw itself, and with it, you also receive a 7-1/4 inch diameter, carbide-tipped blade. So, that you can attach, remove, or change the blade, the appropriate wrench to do so is provided with the product. For holding your workpiece, a material clamp also comes as part of the package. As you'd expect, a user's manual is also included.
Very importantly, you need to be aware that the battery and a charger for the battery are not included. However, there could be a silver lining to this if you already own a Dewalt power tool. As the battery for their tools is universal, it means that you can use the battery you already have for that tool with this miter saw. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a battery and charger separately.
With a weight of just 30 lbs. this miter saw is portable, which is ideal if you need it for jobs in multiple locations.
The blade is 7-14 inches in diameter, and its teeth are carbide tipped for precision cutting. Those cuts can be made in multiple ways thanks to the many options you have for this. Beveling can be done to the left between -3 degrees and 48 degrees, and there are 10 pre-set stops within that range you can select.
Crosscutting can be done up to 8 inches, and at angles between 45° and 90°, and you can also do molding cuts of 3-5/8 inches and 8 inches depending on whether the wood is vertical or lying horizontally.
Other features include a dust bag to collect waste particles, and an LED light to illuminate your work.
Obviously, in a short review like this, it is going to be impossible to teach you how to use a miter saw so we will touch on a couple of basics. First, you should follow all the instructions in the user’s manual, and remember, you are going to using a tool which has an ultra-sharp blade spinning close to 4,000 RPM so you must not deviate in any way form the safety instructions.
As with all DIY type jobs, planning makes it much easier, so ensure you have everything you need, including a charged battery, you know exactly which cut you are going to make, and double-check that you have the saw set up accordingly for that cut. Beyond this ensure you maintain the saw as necessary, including cleaning it after use, and storing it safely, when not in use.
For professionals and enthusiasts who want to use a cordless miter saw which has the quality of a Dewalt power tool, but are happy to pay for even more features, a possible alternative is the Makita XSL05Z 18V LXT Cordless Miter Saw.
The heart of this tool is its brushless motor which is electronically controlled, so that battery usage is optimized, and therefore you can be assured of finishing all your work on one charge. It also has multiple cutting options, a dust collection bag, and its weight is just 14.6 lbs. without the battery, so it is easy to carry.
Any tool which has the name Dewalt on it is almost certain to be a top-quality one, and this cordless miter saw is certainly that. Lots of features, including precise adjustments, low vibration, and lots of scope for cutting are just some of the many reasons this is a highly desirable tool to add to your workshop.
My name is Michael McDonnell, and I’m the creator of The Tool Scout. I’m a mechanical engineer by trade with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. I started The Tool Scout because I love talking about everything DIY related and figured I could help others with the decision-making process when it comes to selecting the right tools for the right job.
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