8 Best DeWalt Tools Woodworkers Love (Miter Saw, Table Saw…)

Last Updated on August 28, 2022 by Barry Gray

I’ve always loved DeWalt tools, and for various reasons. I feel that, as a brand, they produce tools to a high standard and will manage to cope with a lot of punishment and use.

But there is always a problem. If you venture online to check out their range of tools, then chances are you will feel overwhelmed. After all, they have so many to choose from, and then you look at the number of options available within each type of tool, and everything gets even more complicated.

So this is what I want to do for you. I want to attempt to make life that bit easier.

I’ve taken my love for DeWalt tools, along with my general experience of power tools, and set out to find the best on the market right now. It was tough, but after much thought and investigation, I settled on these eight tools.

using my favourite miter saw

How the Tools Made My List

Getting on my list wasn’t easy. In fact, a tool would only qualify if it passed various criteria. 

I wanted to ensure each tool was up to the high standards you should rightfully expect from DeWalt. I’m talking about reliability and its ability to do the job you want it to do. Also, I wanted each tool to be easy to use and not something you stand there pondering over.

But I also took into account what other people said about the tools. In doing so, I can ensure you get the best possible list of tools according to my own opinion and others.

The result? These eight different DeWalt tools that I feel stand out from what is a very lengthy list of options.

Best DeWalt Impact Driver – DeWalt Atomic 20V Max DCF809

  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Torque: 1,700 lbs
  • Length: 5.1”

I love this DeWalt impact driver as it manages to strike a balance between being incredibly lightweight and very powerful simultaneously. At only 2.1 lbs, it weighs practically nothing, yet this impact driver comes with a staggering 1,700 pounds of torque.

That means it has no problem when it comes to either driving bolts into boards or even removing tight nuts in cramped spaces. It does help that the entire length from the chuck to the back of the driver is just a fraction over 5”, so it fits into those tight spaces with ease.

I do also like that it comes with three LED lights. It makes a huge difference when working in those tight spots where natural light is hard to come by. Having three lights should mean you have no dark spaces where you are trying to effectively feel your way around to see if things have been done correctly.

But I just feel this impact driver is very versatile, and its size is something that really works for it. The battery has a reasonable charge time, allowing you to work on your project without worrying that you will lose power in an instant. Also, it fits comfortably in your hand and has a substantial grip.

Overall, I think this is the best impact driver manufactured by DeWalt, and the fact you won’t tire using it, thanks to being lightweight, is just another reason to consider buying it.

Pros

  • It is very lightweight
  • It is small and can fit into tight spaces
  • The LED lights make a huge difference 
  • The level of torque is astonishing for something so small
  • It fits well in your hand, making it easier to hold

Cons

  • It is surprisingly noisy

Best DeWalt Drill – DeWalt Atomic 20V Max DCD708B

  • Size: 6.3”
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
  • Speed: 1,650 RPM

DeWalt does have several drills to choose from, but I’ve opted for the DCD708B. I find this drill lightweight at 2.4 lbs and at only 6.3” from front to back; it’s also pretty compact.

Older drills tend to take up more space, and I hate that. I feel it changes the balance of the drill when trying to use it, so a more compact drill counteracts that. 

Even though it weighs so little, this drill comes with a maximum speed of 1,650 RPM, and I find that to be more than sufficient for most projects. Also, this drill comes with a brushless motor, so that does mean it’s far more efficient and requires less in the way of maintenance. 

But I should point out that this model does have a UWO rating of 340. That is ample for turning that chuck up to that maximum speed allowing you to push on with your project in the shortest time possible.

In addition, it has an LED light to make life easier for you in those darker spots, and the drill has been ergonomically designed for added comfort. I find that it makes the drill sit nicely in your hand, and ultimately it does mean this drill is significantly easier to use.

Overall, this is an impressive drill, and its compact size works well. 

Pros

  • It is lightweight, but don’t let that put you off
  • It’s compact in size
  • It delivers an impressive speed from such a small drill
  • The LED light is powerful and illuminates
  • The handle has been ergonomically designed

Cons

  • The battery is a bit smaller than you expect

Best DeWalt Miter Saw – DeWalt 12” Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw DWS716XPS

  • Size: 12”
  • Weight: 49 lbs
  • Cutting Capacity: 6 ⅝” crown moldings & 2×14 lumbar

The DWS716 is often regarded as being the top of the range when it comes to DeWalt miter saws, and it’s easy to see why that’s the case. I feel that you would find it difficult to come across another miter saw that cuts as well as this model.

Its cutting capacity is outstanding, with a maximum of 6 ⅝” crown moldings and 2×8 lumber. Honestly, it makes quick work of anything you throw at it within its capabilities, and I feel it delivers such a clean and impressive cut.

But another thing I love is the ease of use. This model comes with tall fences and clamps that actually do work. It makes holding the material in place exceptionally easy, and then there’s the XPS cutline.

This cutline means it’s almost impossible to not line the cut up precisely where you want it. Also, the machine comes with chunky dials and levers to set everything up, so it’s not cumbersome.

Oh, and it also has a pretty good dust collection system which DeWalt claims comes with an efficiency rating of 75%. That’s quite impressive, even though it’s not the best on the market in that area.

Overall, I feel that if your budget can push out to this model, it’s well worth the investment.

Pros

  • Its cutting capabilities are second to none
  • The clamps work exceptionally well, allowing you to really pin down the stock
  • The tall fence is a major help
  • The versatility is amazing
  • Altering the saw is exceptionally easy

Cons

  • The dust bag is viewed as being slightly on the small side

Best DeWalt Reciprocating Saw – DeWalt DCS367B 

  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
  • Speed: Max 2,400 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1 ⅛”

The DeWalt DCS367B has long been regarded as the best reciprocating saw manufactured by DeWalt and one of the best on the market in general. Honestly, I understand why.

First, there’s the weight of this saw because at under 6 lbs, it’s pretty lightweight. I find this a significant help because nobody needs a heavy saw when using it at height or for a prolonged time.

I also like that this model comes with a variable speed dial. That allows you to change the speed from 0 to a maximum of 2,400 SPM. That means you have absolute control over things, and it does make a massive difference to how you manage to operate this saw.

Also, DeWalt has ensured this model comes with a brushless motor. I think brushless motors are excellent as they run more smoothly and with fewer problems. 

Add in a pivoting shoe, quick blade changes, and an LED light to illuminate whatever it is you are doing, and you have one excellent reciprocating saw.

Pros

  • The variable speed works exceptionally well
  • It’s not too heavy to hold for a prolonged time
  • The quick blade changes are exceptionally easy to do
  • The LED light is something you will love
  • It feels easy to hold

Cons

Best DeWalt Table Saw – DeWalt 10” Table Saw (DWE7491RS)

  • Rip Capacity: 32 ½”
  • Blade Size: 10”
  • Load Speed: 4,800 RPM
  • Cutting Depth: 3 ⅛”

I find my table saw to be a handy item in my workshop, and if you want to know the best DeWalt table saw, then I suggest this 10” table saw. 

First, it has an impressive rip capacity of 32 ½”, so it can handle some pretty impressive stock. Also, it has a cutting depth of 3 ⅛” at 90 degrees, and I find that to be more than enough for most projects. It then changes to a measurement of 2 ¼” when you move to 45 degrees.

But I also like that it has a load speed of 4,800 RPM. That does mean it can rip through stock without a moment’s hesitation. I feel it does then produce a smooth enough cut. This is all backed by a 15 Amp motor, so this is one mean table saw.

This particular model also comes with a rack and pinion fence system. This makes it easy to adjust the fence depending on your individual needs, while the entire table saw is easy to set up for those ultra-accurate cuts.

Finally, there’s the stand. It just rolls out, and you can set it up on the job site in minutes. There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than a tool that does not take an eternity to set up, and this table saw by DeWalt certainly falls into that bracket.

Pros

  • This table saw has a powerful motor suitable even for hardwoods
  • The rack and pinion fence system works exceptionally well
  • The rip capacity allows for working with larger stock
  • The cutting depth is impressive at both 90 and 45 degrees
  • It’s straightforward to set up

Cons

  • Some people report the table coming slightly warped, but it’s not a big issue

Best DeWalt Circular Saw – DeWalt 6 ½” 20V Max (DCS391B)

  • Blade Size: 6 ½”
  • Bevel capacity: 50 degrees
  • Power: 20V battery

This particular DeWalt circular saw is a brilliant tool, and if you already own a DeWalt battery, it can also work out as a bargain. I see this model as being perfect for a beginner. It balances power and ease of use and delivers stunning results every time.

It has a 6 ½” blade, and I find that to be more than sufficient for what you will be using the saw for. Also, it comes with a bevel capacity that pushes beyond that 45-degree angle as this model goes up to 50 degrees.

Those extra 5 degrees make a huge difference for those bevel cuts. It provides more versatility while adjusting to within a degree of accuracy is also straightforward.

It also comes with a magnesium shoe designed for extended use and delivering absolute precision. I also particularly like the grip, manufactured from rubber molded to be comfortable to hold. Also, it does do a pretty good job of absorbing those vibrations.

Overall, I believe this circular saw will be suitable for most people of all skill levels. It represents real value for money, and I’ve no doubt you will find it a valuable addition to your tool set.

Pros

  • That 50-degree bevel capacity is highly beneficial
  • The grip fits well in your hand, offering greater control
  • The power and blade are powerful enough to deliver fantastic results
  • Adjusting the saw for precise cuts is easy
  • It’s suitable for people of all skill levels

Cons

  • It has a habit of throwing out a lot of sawdust

Best DeWalt Tool Set – DeWalt 20V Max Tool Combo Set (DCK1020D2)

If you find yourself in the position of wishing to either purchase various tools at one time or wanting to replace a batch of tools, then this DeWalt tool combo set could prove to be the perfect solution.

This set is fantastic. You get a total of 10 tools covering every eventuality; the best part is they are all cordless. 

You get an impact driver, drill, blower, reciprocating saw, circular saw, grinder, an oscillator, a light, charger, and batteries. You will quickly see you can perform many tasks with this set, and you don’t have to think about getting anything else.

But also, I feel that each individual tool that appears in this set would be outstanding in their own right. They are all manufactured to the high standards you expect from DeWalt and offer the reliability you deserve. 

Overall, I think this set is perfect for individuals looking to quickly build their tool set. The fact you can get this with the DeWalt name on it is a huge bonus, and it’s an opportunity I do not think you should be missing out on.

Pros

  • They are all excellent tools in their own right
  • They are all cordless
  • They cover all eventualities
  • They are all robust tools

Cons

  • You won’t know which project to start on first with so many options

Best DeWalt Torque Wrench – DeWalt Impact Wrench (DCF899P1)

  • Torque: 950 Nm
  • Speed: 2400 impacts per minute

This impact wrench has an overwhelming amount of power behind it, including 950 Nm from the motor resulting in a maximum of 2,400 impacts per minute. That means you should have no real issue in tackling even the toughest of situations with this single tool.

But I should also mention the breakaway torque levels with this model. It produces a stunning 1,650 Nm, which means even the toughest of bolts will pop off with little effort.

However, a special mention must also go to the grip. It has been perfectly molded to sit comfortably in your hand. I feel it can give you support and complete control over the impact wrench, even when it’s working at its total capacity.

Overall, this impact wrench makes life so much easier for you, and I love it for that simple fact. It’s quick and easy to set up and use, leading to perfect results without putting in too much effort on your part.

Pros

  • It delivers a massive amount of power
  • It has a fantastic grip
  • It can remove even tough bolts with little effort
  • Using it is exceptionally easy

Cons

  • It’s slightly bigger than some models on the market

Overall Conclusion

another miter saw use

While it was challenging to try to narrow down the various DeWalt tools to make this list, I feel it was worthwhile. As a result, you have eight different tools that I know are more than capable of doing the intended job.

At least with DeWalt tools, you know what to expect from them. You know they will perform and do what you want them to do. Ultimately, the result you can get with your projects will often turn out far superior to what you anticipated, thanks to the clean-cut results you get from DeWalt tools. 

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.

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