DEWALT 7-¼ in. Circular Saw With Power Detect

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DEWALT DCS574W1 Circular Saw Review

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

Manufacturer: DEWALT
Model number: DCS574W1
Price: 279.00
Power source: 20 Volt MAX (18 Volt Nominal)
Motor size: Brushless
Weight: 9 lbs
The DEWALT DCS574W1  7-¼ in. circular saw is a lightweight, powerful solution. Like many young carpenters, the circular saw that I learned on was an old school corded worm drive Skilsaw that nearly made me fall over because of its weight.

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

I remember my lead carpenter at the time saying “let the weight of the saw do the work for you” as he instructed me to rest the 2×4 stud on my foot and let the saw “fall” through the cut. Months later, after saving a small portion of each paycheck, I bought my first battery operated circular saw. It was the DEWALT DCS570 7-¼ in. saw. I ran that saw on every task that was given to me. It was lightweight and powerful enough to accomplish most remodeling tasks.

DEWALT Power Detect Technology

DEWALT recently released a new line of brushless and cordless tools that operate with new Power DetectTM battery technology. The DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. circular saw kit is a massive improvement to its predecessor, the DCS570 7-¼ in. circular saw kit. It is just as light but even more powerful, giving more reason “to cut the cord.”

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

The new DEWALT Power DetectTM battery technology combined with the new 20V MAX 8 Ah battery provides 54% more power than DCS570 saw on a 5 Ah battery. This means that you get not only more life out of the battery but also more accurate cuts.

A Game-Changing Technology

The new Power DetectTM battery technology from DEWALT  All tools with the Power DetectTM technology are compatible with 20V Max, including the new 8 Ah battery, and FlexVolt batteries.

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

 Using the DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

I recently had to cut some old-growth Douglas fir 4 x 4 posts while doing demolition on a screened-in porch. The DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw with an 8 Ah battery cut through these posts with no problems. i

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw Features

  • Maximum cut depth at 900 2-9/16 inches
  • Maximum cut depth at 450 2 inches
  • Blade diameter 7 ¼ inches
  • Bevel capacity 0-57 degrees
  • Tool weight 9 lbs (without battery)

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw Features

Some of the design features of this saw that make it stand out are:

  • a clear line of sight
  • a bright LED work light located directly over the point of contact between the blade and workpiece
  • a strong rafter hook
  • convenient and accessible arbor wrench to change blades quickly and easily
  • clear indexing notches for 22.50 and 450 bevel cuts
  • convenient and effective dust extraction

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw

Room For Improvement

One feature that could use improvement is the markings for the depth of cut are difficult to read without any contrasting font, especially when sawdust builds up. A nice improvement would be to add indexing notches to improve the ease and efficiency of switching the depth of cut.

Overall, the DEWALT DCS570 7-¼ in. the circular saw offers a significant improvement to an already powerful circular saw.

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw


The DEWALT DCS570 7-¼ in. circular saw kit includes (1) saw, (1) battery charger, (1) 8 Ah battery, (1) saw blade, and (1) kit bag at $279 at ACME Tools

DEWALT DCS574W1 7-¼ in. Circular Saw


About the author

Dave Brefini

Dave Brefini has always been drawn to carpentry since he was a young kid but did not work in the trade until January 2019. Prior to this, he spent 8 years working as a Spanish teacher both at the university and high school level. As a teacher in both private and public schools, he noticed that the trades were rarely presented to students as a viable career path. His decision to begin a career in carpentry was based on both a deep interest in the craft and a passion to promote the trade to young people.

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  1. Vince

    Very good review, I’m thinking about buying this saw. I’m 69 years old and would like a lighter cordless saw. The website said the saw weight is 7.9 lbs. I’m wondering what this saw weight is with the supplied 8 ah battery. Also I’m considering the metabo 36v multi volt saw, 7.5 lbs bare saw and 9.6 lbs with battery. Any opinion on which saw to buy would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Vince.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Vince I’m not sure how much that DEWALT pack weight, probably a 1-2 lbs. Both are good saws and there are some differences. The Metabo can be used as both cordless and corded if you get the ac adapter, so that’s one thing to consider. I think the DEWALT is likely a bit better in ergonomics (from my opinion). Good luck.

      1. Vince

        Thank you for your opinion, I’m thinking this will probably be my last purchase of this type of a saw. After researching both the Metabo and Dewalt cir. saws I’m leaning towards the Dewalt. Thanks again. Really rely on your reviews of so many of my tool decisions.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Good luck Vince! Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoy our reviews.

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