I often take on small scale renovation projects and flooring installations, this tool has proven its worth time and time again. It’s small size and light weight allows for ease of portability and being cordless gives unrestricted versatility.
I had upgraded from an older Mastercraft miter saw to the large Bosch CM12SD and this. Accompanying the Dewalt 20v tools I was already using, I chose the Dewalt DCS361B Cordless 7 1/4″ Miter Saw bare tool. At time of purchase regular retail was $399 CAD (now $349) but I purchased for $329 CAD on special.
Out of the box, the item is complete. Adding the optional hold down clamp and dust bag will be the only assembly. The saw comes equipped with a 7.25″ blade and offers positive stops at most common angles. There are no bed extensions and only bevels one way which can be very limiting at times. Given its small footprint, some sacrifices needed to be made. The XPS cross cut positioning system uses an led light to cast a shadow for a marking reference, good enough to get you close.
Dewalt boasts 183 cuts on 2×4 stock and 275 on 3.25″ pine baseboard on a single charge, presumably on a 4.0Ah battery. The cut capacity won’t handle much more than a 2×8 laying flat and mitring 2.25″ trim in the upright position encounters some obstructions. I have cut construction lumber, trim, the occasional aluminum trim and hardwood flooring and would gladly challenge the saw to more.
Coupling this with a small miter saw stand would make it very practical for smaller or mobile workshops or any situation where space and weight is at a premium. I don’t take this everywhere I go, but as small and lightweight as it is, I definitely could.