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Quick Review: DeWalt DC385 / DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw (Sawzall)

DEWALT DC385 / DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

DEWALT DC385K  (Kit)
18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The DC385 is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Rating:

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC385 has been traditionally part of the company’s 18V XRP line of power tools, and has been packaged with many DeWalt power tool combination sets. With a shift to lithium ion battery technology, like many other DeWalt tools, the base of the tool has been updated to accept and seamlessly fit in with DeWalt’s 18V Li-Ion batteries.

Features

The DeWalt DC385 has a 1-1/8 inch stroke length and a variable Strokes Per Minute (SPM) operating range from 0 to 3,000. On a full charge, with a sharp reciprocating saw blade, it is able to cut most non heavy gauge metal materials such as wood and plastics with relative ease. The four position blade clamp allows the blade to be positioned in four different ways – two vertical, and two horizontal positions. The saw has a keyless blade change system. Pulling the lever at the front of the saw allows you to exchange blades or reposition them for differing applications. The pivoting adjustable shoe at the front of the saw allows you to press the saw against the material you’re cutting at different angles.

A solidly constructed reciprocating saw

Like all DeWalt power tools, the DC385 is made of high quality impact resistant yellow plastic, which covers about 60% of the tool. The trigger area is covered with anti-slip rubber, for a more comfortable grip. The front of the DC385 is covered with a similar protective rubber moulding. Exposing the rubber reveals a steel base. This additional protection and construction is required because reciprocating saws are frequently used during demolition projects.

DeWalt DC385B vs DC385K

The DC385 is the model number of the actual reciprocating saw. The DC385B is the model given when you’re buying just the tool (B stands for Bare). The DC385K is comes with an 18V XRP Battery along with a saw case, and a charger (K stands for Kit)

Conclusions

If you own a several DeWalt tools, and want to add a  reciprocating saw to your arsenal, the DC385 is a very good buy, especially for occasional use. For heavy duty, continuous demolition work, we recommend a corded saw.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • DC385B – Nothing, Tool Only

  • DC385K – Case, 18V XRP Battery, Charger

Positives

  • Solid Construction

Negatives

  • Runtime under continuous use with an XRP battery will be limited.

Specifications

  • Voltage: 18V

  • SPM: 0 to 3,000

  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″

  • Electric Brake: Yes

  • Tool Weight: 8.2 Lbs

  • Warranty: 90 Day Money Back / 1 Year Free Service / 3 Year Limited

One very sexy power tool music video

Have you ever heard of Benny Benassi? I didn’t think so. The Italian DJ is most famous for his 2002 summer club hit “Satisfaction”. The song peaked in the UK charts at #2, and was used in several commercials throughout the world. It has also made appearances in movies, TV shows and video games.

Sex Sells Power Tools

Ok, so why in the world would we write about this? Because the video has power tools of course. Almost everything from belt sanders to saws. And did we mention it also has some scantily clad women who are working these power tools like there’s no tomorrow? Bouncing, pounding, slapping, cracking, this video has it all. So let’s do an analysis, from the viewpoint of a professional power tool review website.

Bosch 2-Speed Battery Drill

Let’s start off with our first power tool, a 2-speed battery operated drill. This compact model features impact resistant casing, and is light and easy to use. Judging from the screen capture it seems to be a Bosch drill. We are not sure if it’s 12V or 18V, but doing a quick Google search, the Bosch Green PSR-18-VE-1BAT 18 Volt Cordless Combi Drill seems like a good candidate. Keep in mind, this video was shot in 2003, and in Europe. This “green” line of Bosch power tools is primarily aimed at the DIY market. Nothing fancy here, carry on!

bosh_2_speed_battery_drill

Masonry (Rotary Hammer) Drilling

We are unsure of this Rotary Hammer Drill model. The other model is very sweaty and oily. Back to the hammer drill. Seems to feature the basics, such as an adjustable depth stop. Judging from the handle, it looks like it’s a Milwaukee. It’s not the Milwaukee Kango 500S SDS-MAX Chiselling Hammer Drill, but it’s fairly close. If you’re going to be drilling or chipping away stone, please wear gloves.

A Masonry (Rotary Hammer) Drill with a Sexy Girl

Stripping wood(y) with a belt sander

For various health reasons, I hope she’s not stripping pressure treated wood. It looks like the video editor got some power tool terms mixed up, because “join-ery”, is mostly a term associated with power jointers, not belt sanders. That being said, we agree that domestic or professional “joint-ery” would leave a lot of people very high.

Belt Sander Sexy Girl

Grinding with an angle grinder

Apparently all the only feature of the angle grinder is a sliding trigger. At least the model seems to be handling the tool correctly, and has the necessary safety equipment in place.

Angle Grinder Sexy Girl

Heavy Duty Breaking

Ok, this is not really a power tool, but an air tool. And the CFM rating on it is 37. For what seems to be such a large tool, it’s a rather low rating. At most it’s a 30 lb. pavement breaker.

Heavy Duty Breaker Sexy Girl

Dual Action Saw

At 120V, 50Watts is around 4 Amps. The tungsten carbide blade, should handle timber from your garden. Ok, you must have a really large garden.

Dual Action Saw Sexy Girl

Orbital Sander

This model has us worried.  Wood dust is a proven carcinogen, and she has her tongue stuck out like she’s just had some KFC. She should also be wearing a NIOSH approved mask, as we do not believe the minimal dust claim!

Orbital Sander Sexy Girl

Manual Saw

So, she just stripped the wood, and now it’s time to cut it. A power saw would have been a much better choice. This manual saw features an EASI-GRIP™ handle. We tried doing a search for this product and found nothing.  The closest thing we found are these Mini Easi Grip Scissors from Amazon.com.

Manual Saw Sexy Girl

Power Breaker

Want to compact a trench? Look no further. This is the professional model’s choice, and the heavy duty breaker and rotary hammer drill (now it’s in yellow?) make their appearance again.

Power Breaker Sexy Girls

 

Special Deals on all Heavy Tools

This seems to be the end of the power tool commercial. Apparently you get full warranty, and three service calls per year.  With this model, you get a hard hat, and poly grip gloves. Almost sounds like the stuff you’d find on the website of an escort agency. Apparently the clay spade for the breaker, and the bolsters must be purchased separately.  Oh, there’s always a catch!

Power Tools Specials Sexy Girl

 

Power Tools Sexy Girls

Watch Benny Benassi – Satisfaction

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