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




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.


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)


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


  • Solid Construction


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


  • 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

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