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DEWALT Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

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  • 1-1/8-inch stroke length and 0-3,000 rpm for faster cutting speed
  • 4-position blade clamp allows for flush cutting and increased versatility
  • Lever-action keyless blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes
  • Anti-slip comfort grip provides increased comfort and control; pivoting adjustable shoe with open top for maximum visibility
  • Tool only (battery not included)
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 115-DC385B
Item Weight6.4 pounds
Product Dimensions6.2 x 18.6 x 3.9 inches
OriginImported (Mexico)
Item model numberDC385B
Power Sourcebattery-powered
Voltage18 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Certificationcertified frustration-free
Batteries Required?Yes
Battery Cell TypeNiCAD
Warranty Description90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,017 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2003
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Parts

Product Description


With the DEWALT DC385B 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw, you'll be able to cut just about anything that gets in your way. You can use it with confidence for a wide range of building, remodeling, and demolition work, such as cutting rough openings through walls and roofs, slicing plastic pipe, and metal ductwork, chopping up old kitchen cabinets and countertops, and slashing through hardwood flooring. It's powered by DEWALT's 18-volt cordless batteries (not included).

1-1/8-inch stroke length for faster cutting speed (view larger).
At a Glance
DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw
At a Glance:
  • Up to 3,000 strokes per minute

  • Four-position blade clamp allows for flush cutting

  • Pivoting adjustable shoe with open top for maximum visibility

  • Bare tool--doesn't include battery or charger

  • Three-year limited warranty; one-year free service
At a Glance

Power and Performance

The powerful DC385B features a high-performance, variable-speed motor that drives the blade at 0-3,000 strokes per minute. And it has an aggressive-cutting stroke length of 1-1/8 -inch for powering through virtually any building material. The four-position blade clamp allows for flush cutting and increased versatility

Comfort and Convenience

The DC385B has a pivoting adjustable shoe with open top for maximum visibility and lever-action keyless blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes. It's complemented by sure-grip, anti-slip rubber handles for optimized handling.

Bare Tool

This DEWALT cordless tool does not come with a battery or charger. It's compatible with the DC9096 18-volt XRP battery pack and DW9117 15-minute charger.


This DEWALT tool is backed by three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship (from the date of purchase). It's also covered by DEWALT's one-year free service contract, where DEWALT will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use--for free.

What's in the Box

One DEWALT DC385B 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw and operating instructions (batteries and charger sold separately).

Lever-action keyless blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes (view larger).

Product Description

The DeWalt DC385 is a 18V heavy-duty cordless reciprocating saw. The 18v cordless reciprocating saw provides 1 stroke length and 2900 SPM for fast cutting. Its keyless blade clamp allows for changing the blade quickly. The electric brake prevents blades from breaking. It is a compact and lightweight tool. The cordless saw has an anti-slip comfort grip, which provides increased comfort and control while operating.

Important Information

Bulb Voltage
18 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I love the quick blade change feature.
NC Pfaffy
You can't beat dewalt tools if you buy the good ones .
Brian Henderson
Saw worked very well, had plenty of power.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jenkins on December 27, 2006
This is my favorite out of the 4 "sawzalls" (apologies, Milwaukee) I own/have owned. Just so you know its competition here, I have the corded version of this saw, a cordless 18V Ryobi (not bad, all things considered, but definitely not rugged enough for daily use), Makita's LXT Li-Ion version (a real disappointment that one) and this baby. So far this one is my favorite, and, overall, I am extremely pleased with its performance.

What I like about it:

1. Well-balanced

2. Rugged

3. Good power despite being cordless

5. Not too heavy

6. The "chuck" (collet?)

What needs to be improved:

1. The batteries!

The best feature by far is the 4-position quick-release chuck/collet. It allows you to select the usual "up" and "down" blade orientations, of course, but also "left" and "right" ones. The latter two positions really come into their own when flush cutting up against another surface because they place the blade so close to the edge of the shoe/body of the saw. As far as I know, only the Type 2 version of the DC385 has this, so check carefully if buying a reconditioned or auction item.

There are a couple of features I would like to have: orbital cutting and variable stroke length. Orbital cutting allows a recip saw to zip through wood by scooping out the chips as they are cut. Being able to adjust, or at least choose between several settings of stroke length would make cutting into existing walls without binding the blade or poking through the other side much less likely.

The true Achilles' heel of the DeWalt cordless tool line-up is their continued use of Ni-Cd batteries.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Steve Stamos on September 24, 2011
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First of all - there are NO Negatives to this saw....

Where do i start first? This saw has the quick change head AND you can position your blade to cut Down or UP or Left or Right !!!!

Not many saws can do this... plus its Quick Change... Flip the lever, pull your blade.... very simple - no screws to mess with or anything.

I cut on/off for about two-three hours on a single lithium charge cutting anything from 2x4's to 2x6's and plywood when i demo... Don't use the dewalt blades.... Milwaukee Torch blades are the BEST you can buy... trust me... dewalt makes an awesome saw... but their blades have much to be desired.

This saw is so powerful... i've cut steel pipes, sheet metal steel boxes / ovens and its pulled through like nothing. Thrown on a mason blade and cut blocks and bricks and stucco all day long.....
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful By R. Dick on September 22, 2010
This is the second DeWalt 18v reciprocating saw I have owned. I am an industrial fencing contractor by trade and use these saws to cut though lots of 1 5/8" O.D. Sch. 40 top rail and when needed 2 3/8" O.D. Sch. 40 post as well. From a power stand point both saws performed very well. My first saw was an older version then this one and it lasted me several years of hard cutting and hard use. By the nature of the work it isn't uncommon for me to partially drop the saw on the ground after use as long as I'm not on concrete and the first saw survived this well and often was dirty and muddy. Eventually one of the contacts for the battery completely broke off and when I looked for a replacement part I seen that it was $55.00 because DeWalt has the battery contacts integrated with the control switch, which also happened to be a more complicated reversing switch used in a drill. This design may save them a tiny bit of initial production money, but it's ridiculous to service since you can buy a new saw for $115.00. With my electrical engineering back ground I scoured every source and part book I could think of looking to buy the switch from the original manufacturer, or to find a possible work around of the contacts given a few modifications and couldn't come up with anything viable. I think I may encapsulate the contacts in a soft silicone, keeping where the battery plugs in clear of course, to help isolate them from vibration and excessive movement.

Now onto the current saw. This saw has one important difference with my old one. The new one doesn't have extra material that flairs out and around to support the entire top of the battery. Some of the customer imaged show a used saw that has the feature I am speaking of.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Mandeville VINE VOICE on December 19, 2008
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this is an updated version to the older 18 volt sawzall....and its worth the step up to even if you have an older model. I bought this saw as my older dewalt finally died...or should i say was wounded in battle with a very stubborn beam. Anyhow parts were more than buying this bare tool so for me the purchace was a no brainer.

now for the scoop:

Pros: a bit more compact than the older units

really nice adjustable shoe

two position chuck

reliable and well priced for a bare tool pro unit

cons: this unit will eat thru batteries like you ain't seen...so have plenty of extras...3 is a bare minimun for demo days ...if your a weekend warrior then 2 is fine.

(I must admit that I hesitate to even list this as a con....this is a bare tool and those buying it should aready be familiar with the dewalt line and have a couple batteries....the xrp's are no better or worse for charge or use time than the new nano's...they are however heavier and do not keep a storage charge as well as the lithiums do....that said the amp hour rating is what determines a batteries run time. period....so if you have batteries enjoy... if not then look for combo kit deals. only the every day guys should be concerned with nano-lithiums as the its more of an issue when they are left in the truck without use then in the garage or workshop on a charger. hence this is a 5 star review for a great tool no matter what battery you use.)
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