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Dewalt has come out with a new Xtreme 12V Max cordless circular saw, model DCS512, which they say delivers powerful and accurate cutting performance across a wide range of materials.
Notable features include a 5-3/8″ blade size, rafter hook for convenient jobsite storage, an electric brake for quickly stopping the blade after trigger release, an optional dust collection attachment (included), and LED worklight.
Dewalt press materials emphasize the compact size of their Xtreme Sub-Compact circular saw, and also describe it as Performance Packed given its enhanced feature set.
I’ve got no arguments there, this does look to be a premium-featured and very compact-looking brushless circular saw.
According to the product description, the saw has an aluminum shoe.
The saw has a 0-50° bevel capacity, and full 1-3/4″ cutting depth at 90°.
Dewalt bundles the saws with an optional dust collection chute, which looks to be sized for their dust vacs.
Unless I’m mistaken, I believe that you can use Dewalt’s DWV9000 universal connector with other brands of dust vacs that use a standard 1-1/4″ hose connection.
Here’s the LED worklight, which helps to improve cutline visibility.
Dewalt Xtreme 12V Max Circular Saw Features & Specs
- 5-3/8″ blade size
- 3600 RPM no-load speed
- 1-3/4″ max cutting depth at 90°
- 1-1/4″ max cutting depth at 45°
- 0-50° bevel range
- Weighs 4.9 lbs (tool only)
The new circular saw will be available as a bare tool (DCS512B), and there will also be a kit option (DCS512J1). The kit will come with a charger, tool bag, and 5.0Ah battery.
Price: $139 for the bare tool, kit pricing TBA
ETA: August 2021
Discussion & What This Means
A few months ago, I posted that the newly announced Dewalt 12V Max 5Ah battery signaled that more compact cordless power tools are coming soon. And, it looks like I was right!
The 5Ah battery delivers the power, performance, and runtime that a tool like this needs. What other tools do you think the Dewalt Xtreme 12V Max series 5Ah battery was designed to power?
Dewalt’s first-ever 12V-class cordless and brushless motor circular saw looks to be a great addition to their lineup, and I hope (and don’t think) they’re done with the expansion of this compact cordless lineup.
A new band saw is on the way:
And their new Xtreme impact wrenches have just started to ship:
I was hopeful that Dewalt would work to expand the lineup, and quite frankly, I’m pleased with their progress thus far.
Dewalt has moved beyond drills and drivers, and now offers 3 cutting tools – a compact reciprocating saw, a compact circular saw, and a compact brand saw.
What do you think is coming next to Dewalt’s Xtreme 12V Max cordless power tool system?