Here’s a first-look at the new Dewalt 20V Max ATOMIC Compact Series cordless circular saw (DCS571). Full details aren’t available yet, but I thought you’d appreciate the preview.
The Dewalt Atomic cordless circular saw features a 4-1/2″ blade, built-in dust collection port, large trigger switch, and electronic blade brake. The auxiliary handle is removable, if desired.
Dewalt says that their new Atomic cordless circular saw can cut through 2×4 dimensional lumber, and is also designed for making rip cuts in sheet goods, such as 3/4″ OSB. It’ll likely handle cutting plywood with ease as well, but you’ll probably want to source a finer-tooth blade for that.
As a reminder, like the other Dewalt 20V Max Atomic cordless power tools announced so far, the new compact circular saw is engineered with a brushless motor.
Price: $149 for the bare tool(DCS571B) , $269 for the 5.0Ah kit (DCS571P1)
More Dewalt Atomic Series Cordless Power Tool Coverage:
- Dewalt Atomic Drill and Impact Driver Preview
- Dewalt Atomic Series Official Announcement
- Home Depot Describes Dewalt Atomic Series as an Exclusive
Although this is a new product under Dewalt’s 20V Max cordless power tool line, there are other 4-1/2″ circular saws currently on the market. However, I don’t recall seeing cordless rear-handle circular saws of this size before.
4-1/2″ isn’t a very ubiquitous blade size, at least not in the same way as 7-1/4″, 6-1/2″, and even 5-3/8 and 3-3/8″ sizing, but replacement blades are out there, with some brand and style varieties.
Looking at the ToolGuyd archive, the Grizzly mini track saw has a 4-1/2″ blade size, as does the Rockwell mini circular saw. There’s also the Porter Cable PCE380K, which sells for ~$115.
The new Dewalt Atomic cordless circular saw can cut 2x material in a single pass, and can make rip cuts. The built-in dust port is a welcome feature.
I wonder whether user will really want to remove the auxiliary handle, but similar tools don’t even have an auxiliary handle at all. I’m not complaining – it’s good to have the option to add or remove the auxiliary handle as needed or desired.
For years, the impetus has been towards bigger and more powerful cordless circular saws, with brushless motors allowing the jump to high-performing 7-1/4″ saws, and now rear-handled worm-drive-like saws. But, their efficiency and smaller form factor now allows for smaller cordless circular saws like this one.