DeWalt DCS380P1 Reciprocating Saw Review

DeWalt introduces another cordless reciprocating saw into our list, that we will be reviewing today. The DeWalt DCS380P1 model is heavy duty in comparison to alternative models of reciprocating cordless DeWalt have in their range.

If you don’t have too much time on your hands, feel free to read a quick overview of the DeWalt DCS380P1 below that I’ve collated for you.

  • Cordless reciprocating saw with inclusive battery and charger
  • Keyless blade clamp with four positions for added versatility
  • 3,000 SPM motor with 1-⅛” stroke length – perfect for any materials and task
  • Optimal comfort with innovative rubber over-molded grip design
  • Double oil sealed shaft, promoting durability and reducing contamination
  • Adjustable and pivoting shoe extends blade life and increases angles you can cut from

Features & Specifications

Firstly, we can have look into the specifications of the DCS380P1.


  • Weight of 12.5lbs
  • 0-3,000SPM brushed motor
  • Blade clamp with four separate positions
  • 1-⅛” stroke length
  • Keyless blade change
  • Optimal comfort with rubber over-molded grip
  • Double oil sealed shaft
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Adjustable and pivoting shoe


The motor on the DCS380P1 is eye-catching, giving your reciprocating saw the ability to reach up to 3,000 SPM.

The only downfall of this motor would be that it doesn’t take advantage of the brushless technology which has seen to slowly replace brushed motors.

However, the affordability is the key here, with the DCS380P1 better suited to your budget – and the durability of DeWalt’s products to also be regarded.

Keyless Blade Change & Variable Speed Trigger

DeWalt have included both a variable speed trigger function and ability to change blades without tools on their DCS380P1.

Gone are the days where you will have to search for a spare hex key to replace a blade, and keyless blade change features allow you to spend more time on your work.

Another important aspect to note on this feature is the four position blade clamp.

This gives you more options when cutting – meaning you can get yourself into uncomfortable and awkward positions for different materials.

We’ve all been in situations where cuts can only be made through a little bit of stretching and bending – so this makes it a lot easier for you when you need to do so.

The variable speed trigger is another very welcome addition.

This gives you complete control over the speed of the saw, with a motor that can reach 3,000 SPM. Yet it’s not always full speed that you want for cutting certain materials.

Enter the variable speed trigger – providing you seamless control of speed, which in turn also promotes the longevity of your tool and blades themselves.

Not bad, right?

Comfort Grip

I personally believe this innovative feature can assist in all areas of your trade.

Why’s that, you might ask?

It’s simple.


Comfort is a word we don’t often pair within our industries, as we’re used to working in all conditions, with heavy duty tools that can put us under stress.

DeWalt has taken our thoughts into their design, with a rubber over-molded grip. This provides more comfort for your hands and elevates your control under certain conditions.

This assists you by not putting as much stress onto your body, giving a more controlled cut as time goes on – instead of shaky hands, resulting in lower-quality and inaccurate cuts.

For me, anything that increases comfort and helps in precise cutting is always a win in my books.

Is it the same for you?


Out of the box, here are the items you’ll find:

  • 1 x DCS380 20V Max Reciprocating Saw
  • 1x DCB205 20V Max Premium XR Li-ion Battery (5.0Ah)
  • 1x DCB115 Charger
  • Kit Box

The DCS380P1 Vs The Competition: What Makes It Different?

In an industry where we are lucky to have so many different designs of reciprocating saws to choose from, it can be difficult to place a finger on the differences between one model and the other.

Luckily, I have made this easier for you – by choosing three of the best features of the DCS380P1 that are distinguishable in comparison to other models and brands.

Stroke Length

To start, we have the stroke length.

At 1-⅛’, DeWalt have included a very impressive length in which their blades can cut through materials.

Not only does it create a faster cut for you and your next project – but it also gives you a competitive edge over reciprocating saws that have a much smaller stroke length.

Partnered with the motor which reaches a 3,000 SPM no-load speed and the variable speed trigger which oversees the speed you’re cutting at – and you have a perfect trio which can prove to be your best friend – whether it’s on the worksite, or in your home.

Adjustable & Pivoting Shoe

Many reciprocating saws, both cordless and corded, have a feature called the adjustable shoe.

This can provide an additional element for you when cutting through materials.

It does so in a few examples, which I’ll explain for you.

This adjustable and pivoting shoe feature can give you a clearer line of sight, better angles to work with, and also provides better leverage for you when making cuts.

Oh, also. Did I mention that this feature extends your blade life?

That’s right, extends.

No more spending extra money on blades that have worn down (of course, you’ll have to do this sometime in the future, it’s inevitable for our worn and torn blades), as the pivoting and adjustable shoe can protect the more vulnerable parts of your blade.

An extremely handy feature, don’t you think?

Double Oil Sealed Shaft

As you’re probably aware – I’m always looking at ways to help my readers save money where they can, and extend the life of their tools and accessories.

DeWalt have included a feature on this model which does exactly like that – and I’m happy to share it with you, too.

The ‘double oil sealed shaft’ is included by DeWalt to prevent contamination from occurring – and with the different amount of dust, grime, and other materials which can be created or found in a worksite – it’s for good reason.

As the shaft’s design is made to repel any future contamination, this is good news for you.

This saves you from a rather expensive replacement down the track.

Good thinking, Dewalt

What do you think of this feature?

My Final Thoughts

After looking through the ins and outs of the DCS380P1, I’ve come to the conclusion that DeWalt have made a very durable product that can fit an array of uses.

Perfect for transit between sites, or in your garage if that’s where you do all your work from.

Whatever the use may be – the blend of ergonomics, power and portability whilst still maintaining a high precision and accuracy for cuts from four different positions – is something I am a big fan of.

I think you would be, too.

Perhaps I missed something, or you’d like to share your experiences with the DeWalt DCS380P1.

I’d love to hear your comments – feel free to leave them below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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