DEWALT DCS361B 20V Max Cordless Miter Saw Bare Tool Review

This DEWALT DCS361B 20V Max Cordless Miter Saw offers the convenience of cordless operation and functionality of a sliding miter saw.

With a no-load speed of up to 3,750 RPM, this blade cuts wood like a hot knife through butter. It also uses a 7 1/4" carbide blade and comes with a host of features designed to improve performance.

To find out whether this cutting tool would make the perfect tool for your needs, take a few minutes to read the following review.

XPS Cross Cut Positioning System and Convenient Dust Bag Attachment

DeWalt always finds a way to add convenient features in their tools and the DCS361B miter saw is no exception. This saw has an XPS light, which casts a shadow from the blade to the work surface. The shadow creates a more accurate representation of where the cut will be than using the light from a side-mounted laser. Brightness from the XPS LED also illuminates the work area when working in low light conditions.

The dust bag attachment is yet another convenient feature of this miter saw. It collects most of the sawdust that would fall on your work area, allowing you to clean up faster and maintain a cleaner work surface.​

Sliding Miter Saw Design For Highly Accurate Cuts

This cutting tool from DeWalt offers the versatility of a compound miter saw with the addition of a functional sliding feature. Its blade can pivot from left to right and tilts in a single direction to make beveled cuts. Manipulating the saw on both of its axels provides a great deal of versatility. The DCS361B miter saw is therefore great for any project that requires angled cuts in two planes.

The bevel function may be adjusted 3 to 48 degrees to the left. Just slide the stainless steel meter detent plate at the base and choose one of the 10 positive stops. These factory set points allow you to make precise cuts on specific angles. Furthermore, the oversized bevel scale makes it even easier to make accurate bevel adjustments.​

DEWALT DCS361B 20V Max Cordless Miter Saw Bare Tool Review - Bevel function adjustable from 3-48 degrees to the left

Bevel function adjustable from 3-48 degrees to the left

At 45 and 90 degrees, the saw can make 8" crosscuts. It also has a miter cut capacity of 5.5" in width and 2" in height. Thanks to the horizontal slide, you can cut frames of up to 2" x 8". The saw's crown molding cut capacity is 3-5/8" (for vertically nested work pieces) x 8" (for work pieces lying flat). Vertical and horizontal cut capacity for baseboards is 3-1/2" x 8" respectively.​

Long Lasting 20V DeWalt Battery

The DCS361B cordless miter saw uses a 20 volts DCB204 DeWalt battery. With a capacity of 4Ah, this battery lasts a really long time. Its listed run time claims that you can make 183 cuts of 2" x 4" pine or 275 3-1/4" pine baseboard cuts on a full charge.

The 20V DCB204 battery is compatible with other DeWalt power tools that have the same power rating. Using one battery on multiple tools will allow you to cut costs.​

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Portable Miter Saw

This cordless tool only weighs about 36.6 lbs. And with the battery, you only add 1.52 lbs. more weight so the tool is still relatively lightweight to transport from your storage room to a job site. Picking the saw up is also easy since it has a large carry handle.

DEWALT DCS361B 20V Max Cordless Miter Saw Bare Tool Package Details and Accessories

  • 1 x DCS361B miter saw (battery not included)
  • User's guide
DEWALT DCS361B Review - Easy to store and carry from tool room to job site

Easy to store and carry from tool room to job site

Dimensions

  • Miter saw bare tool – 25.2" (L) x 19.9" (W) x 15.7" (H)
  • Blade diameter – 7 1/4"
  • Arbor size – 5/8"

Pros

  • Long lasting battery
  • Portable and lightweight cordless miter saw
  • XPS crosscut positioning light system improves visibility
  • Spacious scale makes bevel adjustments easy and precise
  • Cam lock miter handle delivers quick and accurate miter angles

Cons

  • The bare tool is not ready to use out of the box. If this is your first ever DeWalt purchase, you'll need to buy the DeWalt DCB204 20V Battery to power the machine. The good news is that this same battery will work with other 20-volt DeWalt tools.

Consumer Ratings

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On a scale of 1 to 5, the DeWalt DCS361B cordless miter saw is perhaps somewhere along the range of 4.5 to 5 (for me personally). For the most part, many past purchasers have expressed their satisfaction with this miter saw. Very few complaints have been cited too and this goes to show the level of quality this cutting tool has to offer.


DEWALT DCS361B 20V Max Cordless Miter Saw Bare Tool Price

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If this is your first ever DeWalt purchase, I would recommend that you get the combo kit as it comes with the 20V battery. Purchasing the combo kit will be much cheaper than getting the mitre saw and battery separately.​

If you already own a few DeWalt tools and have a 20V battery on hand, just go ahead with the bare tool purchase.


Summary

The DeWalt DCS361B power saw offers a great deal of convenience and powerful features. It's compact, lightweight, cordless, and offers the versatile functions of a sliding miter saw. If you're looking to purchase a miter saw that's suitable for crown molding, flooring, or making picture frames or baseboards, then this model should definitely be on your list of options.

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