Summary: I have not used this saw yet. My 24v dewalt was ran over by a skid steer. Unlike my 24 the 36 seems flimsy the shoe is magnesium, and the blade guard is plastic. For the money they charge they need to improve these two items. I will amend this after i use it for a week or two. Well its like this for me anyway. I hate this saw maybe its me cant make a square cut with it. Never had that problem with a worm saw. it does not feel right in my hand.
Summary: This saw packs plenty of power. The battery will last about half a day, so unless you have other 36v Dewalt tools, you'll want to buy an extra battery. The blade change is completely tool less. No more looking for the key. The saw is well balanced, and feels right in the hand. The Lithium Ion battery delivers every last drop of power, the saw runs at full power until the battery runs out, then it stops.
Summary: Great saw but I have had battery problems and the screw that holds one of the wires on the switch was installed poorly. After reengineering the screw with a spacer below the eye, the wire conducts. Two batteries were replaced in warranty, they would not charge fully, not cheap if it had not been covered. I concur with cheap guard and safety tab issues of quality. Overall it has been worth the cost.
Summary: I've had this gem of a tool for three years now. It's been a real work horse for me, but it's still cutting away like new. The saw is well-designed and has a rock-solid build quality. The battery, after 100s of charges, is still going strong. The thing to know about this saw is that the 36-volt battery allows you to make it an effective replacement for a corded saw. This makes it ideal for cutting rafters up on a roof, or when framing a multi-story house.
Very pleased with performance for cutting concrete
27 July 2010
Summary: I have been hunting for a cordless saw to match with a diamond blade cut concrete. This is the ONLY choice. The big problem is that every other cordless circular saw is a 6.5" size. Go try to find a diamond 6.5" diamond blade with the right arbor size. Doesn't exist. So this saw came to the rescue. Its 36V are indeed enough power for me. We tried the concrete cutting, and it works pretty well. We're happy. Thanks Dewalt.
Summary: I bought the whole 4pc kit 4 years ago... the most useful tools in the kit were the skill saw and the recip. saw. after 4 years of everyday use, the skill saw is still my number 1 favorite tool in my collection. the only time I use a corded saw anymore is for grinding into morter or cutting through lots of shingles. I love my saw too much to put it through such abuse. I use it to sheet in roofs or to frame/build stuff with.