I’ve only used this DeWalt 60V Max 9” cut-off saw for a couple of small jobs but so far it’s been a great tool. It’s not cheap at $550 for the bare tool (it does include about $50 worth of blades) but one small DIY stone porch job and it pays for itself.
You could even get the $850 combo kit (easier to find) that comes with a couple of 9 amp hour batteries and a fast charger for what contractors charge to haul, cut, and stick a few stones to a concrete porch.
Hell you could buy two combo kits, three weeks worth of groceries for the family, four tanks of gas for the truck, and a 24 pack of Guinness from Costco.
With the diamond wheel and a 9amp hr battery on board this saw weighs 15.1 lbs. It has a 7/8 arbor, a good 5 position blade guard, and a no load speed of 6600RPM.
On one 9amp hr battery charge DeWalt specs this saw out to split 22 cinder blocks, 95 pieces of #5 rebar in four-bar bundles, or cut a one inch joint into 25ft of concrete.
With a 9” blade the saw has a cutting depth of 3 1/4in. I haven’t cut much concrete with it yet myself, but from what I’ve seen online, at full depth, people are getting about 6 feet per charge out of a 9amp hr battery.
I ran a test on some 2” thick sandstone and was able to get five 24” rips out of a 9amp hr battery.
The quick connect water valve is pretty good. You can feed a little water or go full blast. The water line is hard-cased all the way to near the blade where it splits off and feeds water to the blade from both sides. DeWalt says this makes it OSHA jobsite Table 1 compliant for dust management. So that’s good.
The grip is fantastic, as per usual for DeWalt tools. I have large to XL hands and can use the tool comfortably with or without gloves.
I also appreciate the simple lock-out switch. Once you push it in you can trigger the tool without having to make any funky hand maneuvers to get the thing to run.
Now, if DeWalt can give us back our lock-on switches for our grinders and recip saws, I’ll die a happy man. Probably from a grinder accident, but at least I’ll die free! 🦅
Balance and Vibration
The saw is well balanced with good top and side control. It does have a fair amount of felt vibration to it. But that subsides somewhat once the saw hits the work. More so for stone than for metal. Either way, it’s not enough vibration to keep you from hitting your mark or running a straight score line.
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For remodeling contractors this tool is a no brainer. Brushless, cordless, lightweight, runs wet or dry. A hell of a tool to have in the truck. For a concrete contractor who already has Flexvolt batteries this will be a great addition to your gas powered kit. And like I said, for the DIYers and house flippers like myself, one small project and this tool pays for itself.
Oh, and never spray it down with water. The battery compartment is water resistant but not water proof. Spraying it down with water to clean it will get water into the battery compartment. Mine worked fine after it dried out but why take the risk, eh?
See this tool in action by checking out this awesome video review. See ya!