DeWalt 20V Flexvolt Advantage DCS573 Circular Saw Review

The truth about DeWalt's 7.25" 20V Flexvolt Advantage circular saw.


DeWalt says running the DCS573 Flexvolt Advantage saw on a 6 amp hr Flexvolt battery gives it up to 77% more power than using a 5 amp hr 20V battery. In my testing I found that to be true.

I also found the Flexvolt Advantage is slower than the actual Flexvolt DCS578, slower than the 6.5″ DCS565 on a 5amp 20V battery, and only as fast as the 6.5″ on a 6amp Flexvolt battery. Check out this video review to see what I mean.

So what do I think about the DCS573 Advantage saw?

First, it’s a dog on a 5 amp 20V. Maybe it runs faster on a 6 or 8 amp 20V but I’m not interested in carrying any 20V batteries larger than my go-to 5 amps unless they also run my 60V tools.

Second, I rarely run out of juice but when I do it’s the 60V batteries that come to the rescue, not the other way around. So the idea of running out of Flexvolt power and needing a 20V to finish a cut doesn’t resonate.

Third, I only carry a cordless 6.5″ saw but if I were to carry a cordless 7.25″ it wouldn’t be a pretender to the throne. Of all the cordless 7-1/4″ saws I’ve tested so far the 60V DCS578 is the sidewinder King.

All that said, people have different reasons for what tools work best for them so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Advantage saw was a better choice for some. For me it’s a hard pass.

Alex Broadwell
Hey, I'm Alex and I love tools. Having worked in carpentry and as a painting contractor I have a great appreciation for tool innovation. The freedom of cordless is amazing. These days, when not traveling with my wife Zhou, I remodel houses and write tool reviews. Enjoy the website. :)
dewalt-20v-flexvolt-advantage-dcs573-circular-saw-reviewIt's not as good as the 6.5" and not as good as the 60V Flexvolt. They should call it the Flexvolt dis-Advantage.


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