Today, we will be comparing two of the best compact bandsaws on the market, the DCS371B from DeWalt, and the 2429-21 XC by Milwaukee.
These are two well-respected brands within the trades industry, so it’s only natural to be discussing both of these models at length, so you have a better understanding on what model is more beneficial for you and your work.
- DeWalt & Milwaukee have introduced lightweight compact bandsaws, weighing 10 lbs and 6.75 lbs respectively
- Both models are inclusive within DeWalts’ and Milwaukees’ own battery platform sharing system
- Blade tracking adjustment features on both allow for monitoring of blades to prolong overall lifespan
- LED illuminates dark working spaces – DCS371B with a 20 second afterglow and the 2424-21 XC with a line of sight
- Cut depth of 2-½” on the DeWalt DCS371B and 1-⅝” on the 2429-21 XC
Why Are We Looking Into These Two Particular Models?
As we briefly touched upon in the introduction of this article, both of these compact bandsaws are manufactured by companies that are household names in the trades industry – DeWalt and Milwaukee.
Both of these compact bandsaws are similar, in regards to the features they hold – one being exceptional battery life, so you’re able to work both smarter and faster without cutting corners.
These models share batteries, the XC from Milwaukee and the MAX 20V series from DeWalt, with other tools within their respective brands. So if you have multiple Milwaukee or DeWalt products, you’re probably quite familiar with the sharing options that these brands have with their batteries.
Not only are they similar with the battery platform sharing systems they hold, yet they are also two of the lightest compact bandsaws on the market, reducing user fatigue and providing safer use with every cut.
Now we’ve discussed why we’re looking into these two compact bandsaws, let’s explain some of the key features of a compact bandsaw.
General Features Of Compact Bandsaws
Like all power tools, compact bandsaws have a set of core features that would render them useless if not incorporated into the design. Two of the core features we’ll be viewing are the battery and the blade.
To put it simply, without a battery, you may as well be using a manual hacksaw.
These important components are what gives the compact bandsaw its’ power, as well as the ability to perform to a quality level.
As there is no primary plugged source for a compact bandsaw (cordless, remember), the power stems from the battery which must be charged in order to perform for your session.
Batteries in compact bandsaws – and more specifically, the two we’re looking at today – can last for a few hours consecutively, with the Milwaukee battery able to perform roughly 150 cuts of the chosen application before needing a recharge.
The DeWalt DCS371B battery is similar, providing up to 8x more run time than alternative branded batteries available, with the ability to cut up to 2” SCH 40 pipes.
If you’ve used any type of power tool, you’ll be well aware of the importance of the blade, and keeping it maintained properly.
Pending on the material you’re cutting, blades can come in many forms, with the TPI (teeth per inch) being the main factor in determining the speed and smoothness of the cut.
The Milwaukee 2429-21 XC compact bandsaw allows for blades up to 32” to be used, and the DeWalt DCS317B can take a blade with the sizing of 27 ½”.
Blades can break and bend, which is why it’s a beneficial idea to look into compact bandsaws that have a blade tracking adjustment feature – which will monitor the general wear and tear of your blades, saving you an expensive replacement in the future.
However, it’s possible to fix blades which are damaged – stay tuned for an article on this topic in the future.
The DCS371B is a bandsaw with DeWalt’s cordless class, which they currently have 14 different models available.
Like many of DeWalt’s power tools, the DCS371B shares the 20V Max Lithium Ion Battery, meaning you’re able to share the battery between your other cordless power tools which accept this.
There are over 200+ cordless power tools which you can transfer the 20V Max batteries between – which gives a lot of flexibility for users.
Let’s have a close look into the specifications of the DCS371B.
- 2-½” cutting capacity
- Centred handle position which reduced user fatigue, increasing comfort through balance weighted throughout tool
- Tool-free lever which loosens the blade tension to allow for blade changes
- LED light with 20 second delay, illuminating the darkest of work spaces
- Dual-bearing blade guide rollers which provide both flexibility and comfort for users
Features & Blade Tracking Adjustment
Firstly, the DCS371B has a cutting depth capacity of 2-½”, and is enough to cut through most materials, especially when partnered by the battery.
To swap and replace blades, it’s as simple as finding the lever, which is completely tool-less, and loosening the blade tension.
For environments where light finds it difficult to penetrate, DeWalt have added a LED light that illuminates the immediate setting, and is also equipped with a twenty second delay function. Next, we have the blade tracking adjustment feature.
A very useful addition, the blade tracking adjustment allows for increased blade tracking – and this allows you to monitor the wear and tear of your blade.
This increases the lifespan of the blade, and as can become quite a burden to replace blades through negligence, it’s a great thought that DeWalt have added this.
It’s also incredibly accurate – which is something that many cheaper bandsaws cannot proclaim with their blade adjustment trackers.
The overall design of the DCS371B is user friendly, with a comfortable grip upon the centered handle position – reducing vibration and fatigue when working.
The 2429-21XC bandsaw by Milwaukee states to be the most lightest and compact saw within the cordless class.
Weighing in at 13lbs, it’s not difficult to say that they’re on the money with this, too.
It’s one of the two compact bandsaws within the 2429 series Milwaukee have introduced.
Don’t let the compact design fool you, however. This is quite a powerful bandsaw that can be used with one hand, and is something you’ll see for yourself as we look into the specs below.
- 1-⅝” cutting capacity
- The most lightweight and compact bandsaw on the market currently available
- Can be used with one-hand through its’ design
- Adjustable blade tension, as well as blade tracking to monitor blade performance and durability
- LED Light highlights your line of cut, increasing visibility in any setting when you’re working
Features & XC Battery
Firstly, it’s important to note that the 2429-21 XC is designed with one-handed use in mind.
This provides you with more versatility in regards to cutting, as you’ll now be able to make overhead cuts and prolong your working sessions without tiring, as may be the case with a heavier, two-handed compact saw.
With such a compact design on their cordless model, it’s easy to think that the 2429-21XC compromises on power in place of design.
This is not the case with this Milwaukee bandsaw.
With a red-lithium battery that Milwaukee have introduced across a variety of their tools (you can also transfer across Milwaukee tools that also use a M12 XC battery), you’ll only need a single charge to unlock the potential of the 2429-21XC.
This charging will only take a few hours, and once it’s done – you’ll be able to make up to 150 cuts for its use.
Of course, this number may vary pending on the size and thickness of your material – yet it’s a guide for a tool you’ll definitely be getting a lot of use out of.
You can achieve a depth of cut at 1-⅝”, which is not as deep as DeWalt’s DCS371B, yet it’s still impressive.
The 2429-21XC also contains a blade tracking feature, so you can keep an eye on any potential damages and prolong the life of your blades. When you need to replace a blade, it’s as easy as adjusting the blade tension – and there you go!
If you’re needing to use the 2429-21XC in a dim environment, you can simply light your setting using the LED function, which also provided a line of sight to assist with your cut.
So we’ve had a look at these two compact bandsaws – and what’s the verdict?
Well, we can leave this for you to decide – as our job is to identity the qualities and features of both products so you’re well-informed when it comes to purchasing your next compact bandsaw.
Both models are fitted with batteries that can be shared throughout each respective brand’s variety of power tools, and are designed for tight spaces with their overall build and LED light functions.
The 2429-21XC can be used with one hand, and is incredibly useful if you’re needing to make constant overhead cuts.
Whichever option you end up choosing, it won’t be a regretful purchase – as both models are manufactured by brands who have designed them to last.
I’d love to hear what your thoughts are, though.
Do you have a preference between the two? Or perhaps we’ve forgotten something?
Leave your comments below.