DeWalt DWE357 Corded Reciprocating Saw Review

Today we’re looking into a favorite brand of many users, DeWalt.

The DWE357 model is one of the most powerful in regards to its’ output, as well as also being quite compact in design.

Short for time? No problem, we have you covered, with a quick overview below of the DeWalt DWE357 for you to read.

  • Compact design, weighing 6.8lbs and 14.5” in diameter
  • Four-positional blade clamp provides added versatility over cuts
  • Variable speed trigger gives you complete control over quality and speed
  • No tools needed to change blades, with keyless blade clamp design
  • Pivoting shoe provides leverage for different applications

Features & Specifications

Let’s begin with the specifications of the DWE357 model, followed by the features.


  • 12 Amp motor with 0-3,000 SPM
  • Weight of 6.8lbs
  • 1-⅛” stroke length
  • Pivoting shoe
  • Keyless blade clamp
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Four position blade clamp

Motor & Stroke Length

Some smaller and lightweight designs include reduced power, which often see them overlooked for more heavy-duty models.

Not this reciprocating saw.

With a 12 amp motor capable of reaching a speed of 3,000 SPM, there won’t be many materials that this saw won’t be able to cut through.

There can be a little vibrational kick that the saw will give you – yet with the brute power, a little vibration can be expected. It won’t be too much where it’ll put you off your work, however it’s important to note there will be some vibration when you’re cutting.

The stroke length of the DWE357 model is also quite impressive, and this is something that DeWalt are good at – a good length of stroke on their reciprocating saw models.

With a 1-⅛” stroke length, you’ll be using the maximum speed of 3,000 SPM less – as the stroke length is higher than average and can cut through materials easier than alternative saws.

Pivoting Shoe

With the pivoting shoe, you’re able to sustain more leverage when pressed against different applications.

This will reflect upon your cuts, which you’ll find are more accurate as the pivoting shoe is pressed against the material.

It’s also important to think about your own safety when using power tools, something that is often forgotten in our busy world.

By using the pivoting shoe to its’ full ability, you’re able to reduce unnecessary stresses upon your body.

With the four-positional blade clamp, the pivoting shoe can elevate your cutting skills, with difficult positions and overhead cuts added into the range of cuts you’re now able to make.

Variable Speed Trigger

If you want to control your speed, and reach either the highest speed available of 3,000 SPM, or simply lock onto a slower speed, all you have to do is squeeze the trigger.

We all know that for different materials, you need both a separate blade and also a different setting of speed, so you’re able to make premier cuts without harming your tool.

And with this variable speed trigger, it’s easy to do so.

With a softer touch, you can cut slower, and a harder touch allows for a faster cut.

It’s that simple, and that’s exactly how it should be.

What do you think of this feature?


With this model, you won’t get any blades or batteries as part of the kit, however you’ll receive the following:

  • 1 x DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw
  • 1 x Heavy duty kit bag

Why’s This Different To Alternative Models In The Class?

With DeWalt, you can always be certain that there are some nifty features and innovations built into their power tools.

I’ll take a closer look into three specifically, in order to assist you with the next purchase you’re pondering.

Compact Design

With a cast of features that could easily make the top three of best features, one I decided to choose is the compact design.

The reason for this? Power.

It’s that simple.

Many lightweight and compact models can see power reduced, as the light casing simply cannot house the motor. This isn’t the case with the DWE357, as it’s compact enough to fit into awkward spaces, without the stress on your body.

And with a motor of 12 amps that can reach 3,000 SPM, it shows that good things can definitely come in small packages.

Don’t you think so, too?

Keyless Blade Clamp

With a keyless blade clamp, you can forget about any tools or hex keys needed to open the clamp.

This tool is lever-operated, so you’ll just need to flick the lever, and you can interchange between blades.

Not only is this vital for the lifespan of your blades, it also gives you more time to work on your project, instead of the hassle that changing blades can bring on older models.

Four Position Blade Clamp

With the four position blade clamp, you now have more versatility when making cuts, from four different angles.

Swapping blades is easy (if you’ve read the previous paragraph), and can be inserted into four different positions.

This allows you to make flush cuts, which is a cut that you’re unable to make with different models of reciprocating saws.

The compact and lightweight design also gives you more room to make cuts within, as it’ll fit in between studs, and can also assist in making overhead cuts from four different positions.

This essentially eliminates the need for additional tools you’d require if this model was limited to positions to cut from, as it covers four separate positions.

A great feature to have on your reciprocating saw, whatever the use for the tool may be.

My Recommendation

After putting the DWE357 under the microscope, it’s easy to see that DeWalt have created a winning design here.

Compact, lightweight but also powerful, with longevity that you expect of a premier brand – this model will be your reciprocating saw of choice for many years to come.

If you’re a first time user of a reciprocating saw, or you’re looking for an upgrade to assist on site – I’d definitely recommend this model for all users.

In saying this, it would be great to hear your thoughts.

Perhaps I forgot something, or you’d like to share your experiences with our readers.

Whatever that may be, leave your comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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