Dewalt is soon coming out with a new cordless band saw, DCS377, as part of their line of Atomic 20V Max compact brushless power tools.
Look at the size of the saw in relation to the 20V Max battery that it’s paired with in the product image! Yes, that’s a compact high capacity battery, but still – this is a very small cordless band saw!
The new Dewalt Atomic series 20V Max brushless band saw has a 1-3/4″ cutting capacity, which explains the saw’s small size. Most other compact cordless band saws are designed around a 2-1/2″ maximum cutting capacity. Dewalt says this the saw’s 1-3/4″ capabilities are sufficient for most common small-sized metal diameters found on the jobsite.
The new Dewalt Atomic cordless band saw was designed around common electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and small diameter metalworking cutting applications.
Dewalt DCS377 Cordless Band Saw Features & Specifications
- Brushless motor
- 1-3/4″ cutting capacity
- 27″ band saw blade size
- 150 to 380 SFPM
- Variable speed trigger
- Speed dial
- Integrated guard
- Hanging hook
- LED worklight
- Weighs 6.6 lbs
Dewalt says the speed control dial and variable speed trigger will come in handy when users need more control, such as when cutting stainless steel, strut, or all-thread. The rafter hook allows for convenient hanging between cuts, and there is also a bracket for mounting a Lanyard-Ready attachment (sold separately).
If you look carefully, there is no auxiliary handle – Dewalt emphasizes that their new Atomic band saw can be used for one-handed and overhead cutting applications.
Price: $199 for the bare tool (DCS377B), $299 for the kit (DCS377Q1)
The DCS377Q1 kit will come with a compact 4.0Ah battery, DCB240, and charger. Replacement 27″ 18 TPI band saw blades will also be availabe.
ETA: Feb 2021
How do you feel about a compact cordless Dewalt Atomic series band saw with 1-3/4″ cutting capacity?
Milwaukee came out with their first M12 compact cordless band saw back in 2012, and it seems to have been a fairly popular tool. The idea of a smaller 20V Max – sized cordless band saw was surprising at first, but I think that a lot of users will actually like this tool.
For cutting smaller materials, what’s the downside here?
Why not. I think if I end up buying a cordless band saw I will go for the larger size – and try to create or adapt a table mount for it. But this looks pretty neat.
Quick comparison says it’s actually a little lighter than the M12? Neat. With batteries the difference is probably negligible, but still.
I wonder how it would feel like to hold with a larger battery and no auxiliary handle. It’s maybe not the point of this tiny saw, but since it’s 20v max nothing should stop a user from clipping in a 12ah Flexvolt battery – I imagine that becomes harder to control one-handed.
The M12 is awesome, but this may have it beat. Weight is about the same as the M12, uses the same size blade so length is also likely about the same, slightly larger capacity, 380FPM vs 280FPM, likely more powerful at 20v, probably more efficient with a brushless motor.
I’m just surprised they are expanding the Atomic line. 6 tools right off the bat, and then nothing for about 18 months. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come. Atomic SDS roto hammer, cut-off tool, ratchet, palm nailer, who knows.
I dying for an atomic roto hammer. Im hugely invested in the dewalt platform but i do have the m12 brushless roto hammer which i love but would be nice for a little more power like an atomic would be. Like a 3/4 or 7/8 rating probably. I would jus sell my m12 and get an atomic in a heartbeat and stay within the dewalt system although not really that big of a deal. O and also a right angle impact wrench would be cool. Got that m12 too and its pretty sweet
What I am more interested in is the picture has a 4 ah compact battery. Looks like the larger size of compact battery but still.
If this is something I find that I need, I think I would buy it. I have never had to cut something that I need the 5″ band saw other than some pvc which I just cut on a miter saw. All of metal stuff I cut will fit in this.
I’ve got the deepcut and the brushed 1-hander, but I’ll definitely be grabbing this. Why take more to the task than you need? 5″, 2.5″, and 1.75″, why not? Be nice to have one that’ll take less room in a box, too.
This is def a neat tool. I have lots of tools that are a compact version and a full size version as well. Its def nice having both depending on task at hand. That being said im unsure if i will get this personally as i do have the 5″ and 2.5″ already and to me the 2.5″ is plenty compact enough and can be used 1 handed with ease so idk if i really need another and less capacity 1 handed bandsaw. But either way good tool and im sure many ppl will like it
Seems to have a latching under-guard, a la Makita. Interesting.
if the handle is shorter like the other atomic tool I picked up I might not like it.
but I agree with the idea that if you don’t have pieces over size _______ on the site – then why not use a saw that fits that. Couple that with a standard battery that might well run a while you might have a great tool for most day use.
I however do not need one
I’ve owned and used the m12 for about six years as an electrician and it’s one of my favorite tools I’ve ever bought. I cut all kinds of things with it – EMT, PVC, strut, allthread, screws, bolts, large conductors, you name it. The rest of my tools are DeWalt though, so it would be nice to grab this and stay with the one battery platform, if my m12 ever dies.
The new Makita subcompact has this beast in almost every measure. Up to 630 ft/minute and a full 2″X2″ cutting capacity. Weight of the Makita is 7.3 lbs, but that’s with battery, so it’s probably a toss up weight wise
I was about to pull the trigger on the brushless M12 version, but upon reading reviews found numerous people complaining about the new brushless version being severely under powered compared to the original M12 brushed version. Kind of glad I held off, will likely go with the Dewalt one now.
M12 brushless band saw? That doesn’t exist as far as i know. There is only one M12 bandsaw and its brushed. Works great.
My mistake. They actually changed the model from when it was first released, but never changed the part number. The original M12 version released in 2012 had a safety switch that toggled between the locked or unlocked state. The updated model requires the safety switch to be held in to depress the trigger. This what all the reviews that I read mentioned. They had the old version and it got stolen, broke, etc. and they bought a new one and said the safety switch had changed and the new one significantly lacked power compared to the original model. Not sure where I came up with the brushed/brushless idea.
HILARIO L HERNANDEZ
Electrician here. All bands saws are one handed use…macho point aside, I needed this tool 8 yrs ago. I guess better late than never. Now I’m forced to use company tools only, and my company rocks Milwaukee. Their band saws are not good. Also, if you’re gonna mount to a table, just use a cord…
Designed for one-handed use and practice is sometimes going to be different.
Larger saws are now available with dual-trigger activation for safety considerations, for the user habits you mentioned.
Tool is great, but as a professional electrician the 18TPI blade is to coarse for a good cut on EMT conduit or wiremold a 24TPI blade should be made available.