When you are tackling those demanding jobs and are in need of an electric powered cutting tool, look no further than the DeWalt DCS331B Jigsaw. With this at your disposal you will easily be able to make angled cuts of up to 45 degrees as well as comfortably go through thick wood. This jigsaw has been designed to handle pretty much any small and medium sized tasks. As is the case with all DeWalt power tools, it combines high power with great usability and durability.
In our review we will be taking an in depth look at the DCS331B’s best functions and features. We will also acknowledge the jigsaw’s pros and cons and see what others have to say about it.
The DeWalt is both of these things and more. It has the power to cut through almost all materials with ease. The jigsaw generates so much power that you may even struggle to find something it cannot cut through. When cutting through different materials we do recommend getting the right blade for the job.
The fact that the DCS331B is cordless means you can use this jigsaw on jobs and in spaces where a corded one would not be able to reach. No longer do you need to worry about extension cords and the availability of power sockets. Simply attach the battery and begin working.
The DCS331B comes armed with a highly durable and strong metal keyless blade with lever action. As the blade is made of metal it is less likely to become damaged when being used. The keyless blade feature makes changing the blade a very fast and easy thing to do.
When operating a jigsaw you may, sometimes, need to cut at different speeds. For example, when you need to take extra care in order to make highly precise cuts then a lower speed setting should be used.
When ripping through hard woods, such as oak or mahogany, you will need the faster speed setting in order to get through your work piece. The DCS331B has a variable speed control that comes as standard meaning this jigsaw can cut as slow or as fast as you need. It has a range of 0 to 3,000 RPM.
The jigsaw has the ability to tilt and so It can make bevels cuts at angles of up to 45 degrees.
One thing is guaranteed when using a jigsaw and that is a mess will be made. To combat this DeWalt have built an adjustable dust blower into the DCS331B. It is easy to use and means that your downtime on jobs is reduced, as you do not have to spend time cleaning your work space.
- A 20 volt lithium ion battery
- Up to 3,000 RPM
- A total weight of 6 pounds
- Measures 11.2 x 11 x 3.9 inch
- A 3 year warranty
- Compatible with any of DeWalt’s 20 volt batteries and chargers
- A comfortable grip
- A battery charger does not come as standard
- Cutting blades can come off if not properly attached
When looking at what other users say about the DeWalt DCS331B it is on the whole very positive. Some examples of the more positive comments include the good build quality of the all metal blade release system that is very easy to use.
Most users state that is a much better jigsaw compared to many others currently available on the market and is more versatile than corded DeWalt models. They also state that it provides just as much power as, and generally seems to be just as good as, many mains powered jigsaws.
Users also stated that the power tool has great balance to it, good speed control and the tracking is correct. Reportedly the chuck for the cutting blade is very easy to use and so saves time when you need to change between cutting blades.
Not only is the chuck easy to use, but many users also stated the jigsaw itself is super easy to use as well as being very intuitive. The lack of an instruction manual was not an issue for these users as it could be used from straight out of the box.
However, like with any power tool there are always some users who do not find using it quite so positive. Some examples of these not so positive comments include the cutting blade constantly slipping out and when making cut adjustments the angles can become loose.
The fact that it does not come with an instruction manual is also another issued that was raised by some users and is something that is unusual with such power tools. For some it was a hassle to have to download the manual from off of the Internet and the format it is in makes it very difficult to read.
With all these problems some users have questioned whether or not the DCS331B is worth the cost, with many saying they would switch to a different brand of jigsaw instead.
A jigsaw, particularly the DeWalt DCS331B, is a necessary addition to your tool collection. Whether you are a hobbyist DIYer or a professional tradesman you will always have the need for a powerful jigsaw and the DCS331B is just that.
We particularly recommend the DCS331B if you already own any DeWalt 20 volt batteries or charger as this jigsaw is fully compatible with them.