In-Depth Review: DEWALT DCS374B 20V Max Deep Cut Band Saw Baretool

Summary

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Review

This band saw will cut curves and is generally a safer and easier saw to use than its counterparts. It’s the best option for layer- and bundle-cutting. Plus, this model offers programmable workstations which let these saws complete repetitive, heavy-duty jobs.

After being familiarized with everything, We came up with the idea of creating this guide in order to help you make a good decision in shopping for a high quality band saw. Check this guide and get yourself familiar with the features of this product.

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We Like

  • LED Work Light that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting.
  • Safer and easier
  • Affordable price

We Don't Like

  • May not achieve the same high-quality surface finishes as circular saws.
  • May be blade doesn’t last too long.

Introduction

When looking to cut precise curves in wood, in most cases there is no better tool to choose than the DEWALT DCS374B. That being said, a quality band saw will do a lot more than just cut curves. They are great for cutting tenons and some smaller rabbets, for ripping small pieces of stock and for re-sawing thin strips from larger pieces of wood.

The band saw is useful for cutting stock to size and roughing out shapes. It contains a serrated blade that forms one continuous loop. The blade is stretched over two pulleys, the upper one idle, and the lower one driven by a variable speed electric motor.

Once you try a band saw, you will not even think of using a portable saw for making your cuts. You will not find the same kind of precision, neatness, and edge.

Who Is It For?

People who love versatility in band saw, this one is for them. From cutting curves in delicate material to ripping logs down to manageable planks to cutting non-ferrous metals, this band saw can perform a wide array of tasks for you. If you need to cut a thick material or huge bowl blank round before it goes on the lathe, this band saws can do all this and more.


On the other hand, the stock blade didn't last too long; teeth seem to be chewed up.

Buyer's Guide

Benefits of Using a Band Saw

I recently noticed the popularity of this band saw. After looking at it closely, here are some of the potential benefits that can be expected out of it:

  • Resaw

Resawing can also be used to simply make thinner pieces out of thicker boards. This frees you from using stock thickness lumber, makes economical use of the wood, and produces pieces with consistent color.

  • High Accuracy and Capacity

This band saw has an LED Work Light with a 20 second delay that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting, and offers variable speed trigger and dial allow for versatility and control. The DEWALT Deep Cut Band Saw is capable of up to 149 cuts of 1-5/8" Strut with 14 TPI blades.

  • Easy to Use

There is an integrated hang hook which allows user to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base, and the tool-less blade changing lever loosens blade tension for easy blade changes.

What Makes a Good Band Saw?

The thing is there are a lot of options on band saw these days. Choosing the best one can be confusing and daunting at the same time. Here are some features that make a good band saw:

  • Blade Efficiency

The two main things to consider when choosing a band saw are the depth of cut and the throat. The saw's depth of cut is the distance from the table to the upper blade guides. Many band saws are marketed on this feature alone, which tells the prospective buyer how thick of stock can be cut using the band saw.

  • Size of Motor

A table saw's fence needs to be and easily adjustable. When choosing a saw, spend plenty of time focusing on the fence. If you find that the fence is easily movable, locks in place solidly and remains true to the blade at all times, it may be a good choice. If you find the fence lacking in the store, you'll likely be frustrated when using the saw after you get it home.

  • Tilts

Every band saw should have a cast-iron, steel or aluminum alloy table which tilts up to 45-degrees for angled cuts. The table will typically be about 16-inches in both width and length, equipped with a miter track.

  • Fence, Miter Gauge and Dust Controller

Two very useful options that should have in a band saw is a rip fence and a miter gauge. These two add-ons will prove very useful when ripping, resawing and cross cutting. Band wheels that have tires with cleaning brushes to keep the wheels clean and unit with a built-in dust collection port, for connecting shop vacuum is best one to get.

Product Details

Description

The DEWALT DCS374B 20v Max XR Deep Cut Band Saw features a 5'' cut capacity to cut strut, pipe, angle iron, pipe and various other materials. It can cut up to 4" SCH 40 pipe and double strut. This band saw has an LED Work Light with a 20 second delay that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting, and offers variable speed trigger and dial allow for versatility and control. The DEWALT Deep Cut Band Saw is capable of up to 149 cuts of 1-5/8" Strut with 14 TPI blades. There is an integrated hang hook which allows user to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base, and the tool-less blade changing lever loosens blade tension for easy blade changes. This is a bare tool item - battery sold separately.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 24.4 x 13 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Voltage: 20 Volts
  • Power Source: Battery-Powered
  • Warranty: 3 Year limited manufacturer warranty

Features & Benefits

  • Performance

The powers through 1/4" mild steel bar, tube and flat stock like a knife through butter. Made short work of a bunch of old conduit and copper pipe that needed to be broken down for a trip to the recycler.

  • High Capacity

The DEWALT DCS374B 20v Max XR Deep Cut Band Saw features a 5'' cut capacity. It is used to cut strut, pipe, angle iron, pipe and various other materials. It can cut up to 4" SCH 40 pipe and double strut.

  • Accuracy

It has an LED Work Light with a 20 second delay that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting. So there is no chance to cut it wrong.

Pros

  • It works so fast.
  • The wide cut is very handy compared to most other band saws out there.
  • Sturdy and strong enough.
  • The safety features are second to none on this saw.
  • Well-built and solid.
  • It worth every penny that you pay for it.

Cons

  • May not achieve the same high-quality surface finishes as circular saws.
  • The stock blade didn't last too long

Social Proof

Before I decide to purchase the product, I wanted to know everything about the table saw. I have searched all over the internet for reviews. Majority of the reviews I encountered seemed positive.

Not all were on a positive light, though. One customer said that “it is a great tool. She loves to working with 2" rigid. She gave it 4 stars because the stock blade didn't last too long and the teeth seem to be chewed up. Also, she seems to find a hard case for the tool, even on the Dewalt website. She find this to be frustrating seeing how this is a rather large tool”.

For most of the part, the reviews were positive. One even claimed that purchasing the band saw is one of the best, and DEWALT DCS374B 20V band Saw is easy to use and set up. Fence is sturdy and setting the width of cut is accurate.

Alternative Choices

1. DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool

The DEWALT DCS371M1 20V MAX lithium-ion band saw (bare tool) features a 2-1/2" cut capacity, and the ability to cut up to 2" SCH 40 pipe. The centered handle position provides superior balance and ergonomics and allows for more accurate cuts and less user fatigue. A LED Work Light with 20 second delay illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting. This unit has an integrated hang hook which allows users to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base. The special blade tracking adjustment increases blade life by providing better blade tracking and the tool less blade changing lever loosens blade tension to allow for easy blade changes. The dual bearing blade guide rollers provide increased durability in the blade support system. This band saw also has an ergonomic soft grip back handle which provides the user with comfort and flexibility.

2. DEWALT DCS374P2 20V Max Deep Cut Band Saw Kit

The DEWALT DCS374P2 20v Max XR Deep Cut Band Saw Kit features a 5'' x 4-3/4'' cut capacity to cut strut, pipe, angle iron, pipe and various other materials. It can cut up to 4" SCH 40 pipe and double strut. This band saw has an LED Work Light with a 20 second delay that illuminates dark work surfaces for accurate cutting, and offers variable speed trigger and dial allow for versatility and control. The DEWALT Deep Cut Band Saw is capable of up to 149 cuts of 1-5/8" Strut with 14 TPI blade. There is an integrated hang hook which allows user to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base, and the tool-less blade changing lever loosens blade tension for easy blade changes. Includes: (1) DCS374 20V MAX Band Saw, (2) DCB205 20V MAX 5.0Ah batteries, (1) Charger, (1) Kit Box, (1) 18TPI Band Saw Blade.

3. DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit

The Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw provides ultimate portability and durability in one package – providing a balanced one-handed carry handle and an all-steel and lightweight base. The saw comes equipped with Bosch's innovative Smart Guard System modular blade guard and a SquareLock rip fence for outstanding trueness. This table saw allows users to deliver their cuts faster. The table includes on-tool storage under the table, storing all the accessories.

4. WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Work light, 10"

WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw is the perfect companion for any workshop. With a 3.5-amp motor and a 9-3/4 inch throat, this beast will attack boards with cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide. Two-speed operation allows for speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM. The design of this saw uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size for a variety of both intricate and powerful cuts. The spacious work table measures in at 14 x 12-1/2 inches in size and can be swiveled up to 45 degrees. This package includes a flexible work light to illuminate the worktable, a 3-in-1 dust port to fit a variety of dust extractor hoses (1-3/4, 2-3/4, 4 inches), a fence for creating straight cuts, and a miter gauge for angled cuts. Ball-bearings give the blade smooth operation and a long lasting life for years of dependable service. The easy-to-assemble stand elevates the band saw without sacrificing space on the shop's work bench.

5. SKIL 3386-01 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Band Saw

The SKIL 3386-02 120-volt 9-inch band saw features a 2.5-Amp motor, a ribbed aluminum table with tilting adjustment ranging from 0 to 45, and a blade guide adjustment for custom depth settings. This versatile band saw is intelligently designed with an attached flexible lamp for increased visibility and a mitre gauge. The table top is a full 11-13/16-inch square and the cutting depth is 3-1/8-inch with a throat depth of 9-inches. It comes with a flexible work light, blade, parallel guide, miter gauge, and hex key.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Our Rating

Price

DEWALT DCS371B

DEWALT DCS374P2

DEWALT DWM120K

SKIL 3386-01

WEN 3962

The Final Cut

This band saw has enough strong points to deserve your attention. When setting up your band saw, read the instructions that accompany the unit very carefully. There are numerous fine adjustments which are necessary for the band saw to cut properly. Failure to follow these instructions, which include setting the blade tension and adjusting the blade guides, thrust bearing, and side bearings, will decrease the performance of the saw and make blades much more likely to break.

Not only will the owner's manual help you set up your saw properly, it will help you become much more familiar with the proper methods for safely cutting with your saw. A band saw is among the safest of power woodworking tools, but the saw is must be set up properly before use. A band saw is a fun tool to work with, but only if used correctly.

At an attractive price point, DEWALT DCS374B is a good option after all.

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