DeWalt DWE357 Compact Reciprocating Saw

While we love DeWalt’s cordless tools, sometimes less is more. The DeWalt DWE357 may not come with as many technical advances or accessories as the FLEXVOLT DCS388T2, but we think you’ll dig the style and appreciate its power. This is the saw that you want by your side when space is an issue, but horsepower […]

Last updateOctober 22, 2018
Reading Timeloader Minutes
DeWalt DWE357 Compact Reciprocating Saw

Our leaders

Runners up

Also good products

The research

General shopping guide

While we love DeWalt’s cordless tools, sometimes less is more. The DeWalt DWE357 may not come with as many technical advances or accessories as the FLEXVOLT DCS388T2, but we think you’ll dig the style and appreciate its power.

This is the saw that you want by your side when space is an issue, but horsepower isn’t a major concern. The DWE357 is in the medium-range in regards to its power with a 12-amp motor although with a stroke length of 1-1/8”. It’s a variable speed reciprocating saw with a range of 0-3,000 strokes per minute, so while it’s far from underpowered, it’s just not a 15-amp sawzall.

How small is it?

Pretty small considering its only 14.5-inches long and weighs 6.8 pounds. By comparison, the Super Sawzall 360 is 19-inches long, so the difference is definitely noticeable. Your arms will thank you at the end of a long day, and we appreciate all that extra rubber on the handle and boot as well.

The latter is shorter than you may be accustomed to, but still large enough to accommodate folks with larger mitts. Here’s a quick video of this small saw in action…

As you can see, this little saw is ideal for overhead work or areas where space is tight. The keyless chuck allows you to change blades quickly, but with one cook perk as you can turn the blade itself. It’s not a feature you’ll find on all reciprocating saws, but the ability to turn a blade sideways or upside down is something you won’t want to live without once you’ve used it.

This saw has a 9-foot cord and comes with a nice kit bag to keep it clean and safe when not in use. You’ll also get the standard product manual and the company’s tiered 3-year warranty that’s standard on all their power tools. If you’re looking for blades geared toward metal, be sure to check out IRWIN’s lineup of bi-metal blades which range from 4 to 12-inches.

Features

  • 1-1/8” stroke
  • 0-3,000 SPM
  • 12-amp motor
  • Pivoting shoe
  • Kit bag
Considerations
Leaders comparison
The winners

Best products from range

Runner-up


The team
The team

We made this review

Comment section

Let us know your opinion