|Item Weight||22.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.6 x 12.6 x 12.4 inches|
|Item model number||DC351KL|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium Ion|
|Warranty Description||90 Day Money Back Guarantee|
DEWALT DC351KL 6-1/2-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Lithium-Ion TrackSaw Kit
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- Zero clearance track saw cutting system delivers precise, straight, splinter-free cuts
- For use with track saw dual-edged tracks for perfectly straight cuts in both directions
- On-track cut depth: 2-1/8-inch (54-milimeter) at 90 degrees, 1-5/8-inch (41-milimeter) at 45 degrees.
- 28-volt cordless system delivers the same cut quality and accuracy of a corded track saw. Cuts over 150-inches (46-centimeters) of 5/8-inch (16 milimeters) plywood on a single charge
- Continuous Anti-Kickback mechanism and riving knife prevent kickback when engaged
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The DEWALT 6-1/2-inch (165mm) 28-volt cordless Li-Ion TrackSaw cutting system delivers precise, straight, splinter-free cuts and can be used with TrackSaw dual-edged tracks for perfectly straight cuts in both directions. The depth scale accurately indicates exact depth of cut accounting for track thickness. On-track cut depth: 2-1/8 inches (54mm) at 90 degrees, 1-5/8 inches (41mm) at 45 degrees. This 28-volt cordless system delivers the same cut quality and accuracy as a corded TrackSaw, and will cut over 150 feet (46 m) of 5/8-inch (16 mm) plywood on a single charge. The continuous Anti-Kickback mechanism and riving knife prevent kickback when engaged. Universal 1-1/4-inch dust port for 90% efficient dust collection with vacuum.
From the Manufacturer
Parallel plunge allows the user to maintain a smooth and constant hand position while cutting. A 40 tooth blade gives a fine and accurate finish with very little breakout in laminates. Rail adjustment allows the saw to be adjusted accurately to the rail. The anti kickback function stops the saw from moving backwards along the rail and helps stop the saw from climbing out of the work piece when making plunge cuts. The enclosed guard gives a 90% dust extraction capability.55 mm Depth of cut allows the trimming and sizing of most common door sizes. Exclusive Nano Phosphate Li-Ion battery pack provides 2000 charge cycles, more than double that of NiCd/NiMH packs. Battery pack produces 28 Volt power at equivalent weight to 14.4 Volt NiCd/NiMH pack weight
Top Customer Reviews
I received this saw on Nov 28,2011. That was 2 day shipping and it looked to be in great shape. But as luck would have it 1 of the batteries was defective. It would not charge. No big deal I'll just contact the seller for a replacement. They said, "They could replace the defective battery but couldn't guarantee it would be any better." WTF!!!
They also provided the address of my local Dewalt service center and suggested I get a replacement under the warranty. So much for after sale service from them.
So I went to Dewalt Center and they informed me that these batteries had been out of production since 2007 and they have been out of stock for almost that long. They also said any battery I found that was selling as new would be no newer than the 2007 items. Meaning they would have been sitting on a shelf somewhere for 4 to 5 years. I did find them on the web including Amazon but at a price point of $130 and up. That's just to pricey for an old battery.
So thinking I might yet salvage this transaction I called a local electronics supply house about getting individual cells so I could rebuild the battery pack myself. I've done this before. But no luck they don't carry the A123 Li-Ion cells these packs are made with. When I asked why they said "They are not readily available."
Again in attempt to salvage the deal I contacted a national firm that rebuilds battery packs for tools. No dice, even they don't rebuild these battery's. Again when I asked why, the answer was "unavailability of parts."
I finally decided there was no future for this tool in my shop so I returned it to the Dewalt service center unused. That's right I never even made a test cut with it. Also I didn't try to return it to the vendor because the service center offered my money back on Dewalt's 90 day customer satisfaction guarantee. Now that is great service! Cheers and five stars for Dewalt.
To summarize: My advice would be stay away from this tool due to the battery situation. If you understand that at some point you'll need to replace one or both battery's and they may not be available but if you do find them you'll likely be paying a premium price for old stock then by all means go ahead.
I think the concept of this tool is great and I'll purchase the corded version as soon as my refund comes from Dewalt.
2011/12/19 - UPDATE: After 2 weeks my request for return through Amazon was finally answered by an e-mail with a link to a return label that I could print. Even though the battery was defective the label required postage. The NationwideTool.com website said in their return policy defective tools would be returned at their expense.
All of this is now a mute point since I have returned the saw to the Dewalt Service Center on their 90 day satisfaction guarantee.
Also, I couldn't wait for my refund and have order the corded version of this saw which I'll review after using it for awhile. I do expect it to be of great value in my shop.
02/17/2012: Found OEM DeWALT DC9280 battery packs @ Batteriesplus. Price is $199.99 ea.
12/14/2012 - The information I gave in this review dealing with the discontinuation of the 28-volt batteries for this Dewalt saw is what the Ontario, California Dewalt Service Center personnel told me when I attempted to get one replaced under warranty. I can only guess as to why they would tell me the batteries are no longer available. I returned mine and replaced it with the corded version. It works great and I highly recommend it. If the batteries are available I would recommend the cordless also. In fact I would prefer it.
The reviewer who complained about the unavailability of batteries is simply wrong. The two batteries that came with my saw are model DC9280. Google that DeWalt model and you'll find lots of them available. Moreover, I believe you can have the batteries rebuilt with new cells. Batteries Plus does it for most tool batteries, but I haven't asked them about this model specifically. If you're concerned about it, check it out. My batteries go longer on a charge than I anticipated, and they produce plenty of power when cutting.
My kit came with the 59-inch track. I subsequently bought the 46-inch track and the connector so I could make a full 8 foot cut on sheet goods. I cannot recommend the connector set up. I wish I had spent the money on the 102-inch track instead. On the other hand, I highly recommend buying the track clamps. They work very well with the track and make it easy to secure it on long cuts.
I also have the router adapter, but I cannot recommend it. I have been unable to get it to slide smoothly on the track in a perfectly straight line.
Now the review.
I love this saw and if you work with sheet materials, especially away from the shop and on the job site, you will too. This saw makes beautiful and precise cuts and is far more portable than a job site table saw. You can even do things like take it on the roof to trim the roof sheathing panels if you need to. Try that with even a portable table saw! This saw goes to the work, rather than having to have the work go to the saw. It doesn't sound like much, but that can be a real time saver on the job and is really convenient. Especially since it usually eliminates the need for the job site table saw. I loved my lightweight Dewalt table saw, but now that I have this it gets far less use. This thing is great for cutting sheets of plywood, Melamie, or other sheet materials on the job site or in the shop. It is also good for precision cabinet making because the cuts are clean and splinter free, or for things like trimming the bottoms of doors which happens a lot in tile work. Just lay the track and cut. Fast, precise, simple, and clean. I have used it for all these things and am impressed with the results.
I love this saw so much, I even bought the corded version for the home shop intending to reserve this one for use away from the shop. However, like most corded tools these days, I find that even at the shop I tend to pick up the cordless tools first, and that also includes the track saw. So the cordless gets to create the most dust, while the corded collects the most. Generally, I only use corded tools if I have no choice, which is rare thanks to all of the pro tool lines out there these days.
I did buy several lengths of track to go with the saw. These tracks sure beat the old method of clamping a straight edge to a sheet of plywood and cutting with a circular saw. And even though I bought the track clamps to go with the tracks, I have never used them. The tracks use friction to grab the material and don't move at all while cutting. Just lay it to your marks and then cut. This is another nice time saver since you don't have to figure in distances from the saw edge to the blade. The track saw cuts along the edge of the track precisely so where you lay it, the saw cuts. The track doesn't move, there is no thought about where the cut will line up, and no wasted time to clamp or adjust the edge. It is very simple and convenient. When you have a lot to do, simple and convenient is always nice. This saw makes life more simple and convenient.
There are several sizes of track available. While you can piece a couple of smaller ones together for longer cuts, I prefer having the long one for cutting 4x8 sheets lengthwise, and using shorter tracks for short cuts. Although, I have been in situations where the long track was convenient and I just grabbed it to make some short cuts. However, the long track is over 8 feet long, so if I am not going to cut 8 foot length cuts, I still find it more convenient to use the shorter tracks for short cuts. They are easier to carry around and move around the job site. If I know I don't need the long track on a particular job, I will leave it at home or at least in the truck. But for long cuts I prefer the one piece track to the linked track method. I would recommend having at least one long and one short track if you plan to do a lot of cutting.
This is one of those tools that once you have used you wonder how you ever managed without it. I would not give up mine now and I highly recommend it.