January 13, 2010

DeWalt DWS535 Worm Drive Circular Saw

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DeWalt is on the verge of releasing a new worm drive saw and at first glance it looks like a real monster with a number of practical features to assist the day to day framer.

What we like best is something called the Toughcord cord retention and protection system. We assume that this is a reinforced connection between the cord and the body of the tool, which likely stemmed from the developers visiting jobsites and watching ladder-bound carpenters raise and lower their saws with the cord. We see it all the time (and have been known to do it on occasion). Now, thanks to DeWalt, you'll not only be able to comfortably hold the saw's weight with the cord, but you'll probably also be able to swing it around like a bullroarer.

Another smart feature is the extra wide rafter hook, built with beefy engineered lumber in mind. There's also a 53 degree cutting bevel.

There's no word on price yet, but given the price of the competition, we would expect something in the $200 range.

When it's available, it'll be at Home Depot

As always, the press release is after the jump if you're interested...

DEWALT, a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, launches a new Worm Drive (DWS535) Circular Saw with user-driven innovations and field-proven durability enhancements, resulting in an improved jobsite solution for framers, concrete formers, and other professional circular saw users.

Featuring DEWALT's Toughcord™ cord retention and protection system, a sturdy magnesium shoe and rugged control levers and handles, the new Worm Drive Saw offers users the increased durability they demand on the jobsite. This model includes a true worm drive mechanism for longer life and higher torque. The new Worm Drive Saw also has a class-leading 53-degree bevel capacity with DEWALT's patented bevel detent system, enabling the user to set common cut angles quickly and accurately.

For even greater productivity, the DWS535 features an extra wide saw hook for modern engineered lumber up to 2 1/2" thick and a top-access spindle lock that is easy to actuate, engages immediately, and eliminates oil leaks. Additionally, the Worm Drive Saw has dual ports in the shoe to work with DEWALT's new DWS5100 Dual Port Rip Guide for accurate rip cuts up to a 14 1/2" capacity.

"The advanced features and durability enhancements of the DWS535 Worm Drive Circular Saw are a direct result of countless interviews with users and extensive field testing," said Jon Bigden, Product Manager for DEWALT. "We are confident that the DWS535 represents a major step forward for worm drive circular saws."

In addition to the DWS535, DEWALT will also be offering a model (DWS535T) that features a Twist Lock plug.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 13, 2010 4:45 AM

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