The DCS331BR is a popular twenty-volt cordless jigsaw by Dewalt. This model has quickly become the go-to cordless saw that both DIYers and pros use when they need a more powerful saw that offers a longer than average runtime. Considered one of the best jigsaws on the market, this model is tough enough to handle any task you can throw at it.
Our Verdict: This Dewalt jigsaw simply blew us away. While it’s a cordless model, it can perform just like a corded jigsaw, offering six and a half amps of power. It runs on a twenty-volt lithium-ion battery, features a lightweight design and ergonomic grip and offers a total of four orbital positions and three detent options. Finally, a company has gotten it right and produced a cordless model that can handle bigger jobs around the home or at work. The only real drawback here is the fact that it doesn’t come with a battery or battery charger, however, if you currently use Dewalt power tools you can use any twenty-volt batteries you have on hand.
Keep reading to find out what makes this cordless jigsaw unique, what type of applications it can handle, and why it earned such a high user rating.
Overview and Features
Get ready to be blown away by a jigsaw that’s not only powerful but cordless.
This saw uses the new and improved twenty-volt lithium-ion battery, for a longer runtime and more sawing power. The saw features keyless blade changes for a more streamlined blade changing process. The all-metal base features detents at:
- Zero degrees
- Fifteen degrees
- And forty-five degrees
These detents provide more versatility for easy bevel cutting. Additionally, the four position orbital action provides top of the line control for improved speed and cut quality. Ultimately, the saw’s design is very beginner-friendly and allows users to easily make fast, clean, and accurate cuts for a variety of material types and applications.
Dust Blower System
The built-in dust blower system is adjustable, surprisingly powerful and allows you to clearly see the cutting line by keeping your workpiece free of dust and debris.
The saw features a variable speed of zero to three thousand strokes per minute. This type of versatility allows you to use the saw for a variety of applications.
The saw’s comfortable anti-slip grip is designed for improved control and comfort. Additionally, the saw weighs in at just a little over six and a half pounds, which is better than average for a jigsaw. This lighter design will allow you to use the saw comfortably, for a longer period of time.
The fact that this cordless jigsaw offers six and a half amps is nothing short of impressive. To give you an idea of how powerful it is, corded models typically offer around seven amps of power.
Basically, this saw offers the type of power you need to handle tougher jobs both at home and on the job. Finally, a major brand has created a cordless saw that actually performs like a corded model. It can easily slice through a variety of materials including trim, cabinet grade plywood, tough plastic, and more.
- Tool-less blade changes
- Four orbital positions
- Lightweight, ergonomic design
- Reasonably priced
- Does not come with a battery or battery charger
Is the Blade Change System Easy to Use?
Yes, unlike traditional jigsaw blade systems that require tools, changing out the blade on this saw is fast and easy. If you’re not familiar with the tool-less blade change design vs. traditional blade change mechanisms on most jigsaws, then you can read our article on how to change a jigsaw blade to learn more.
Why Are Corded Jig Saws More Powerful?
In most cases, a corded model is significantly more powerful compared to a cordless saw. This is because a cordless saw will have to rely on the limited amount of power the battery can provide, whereas a corded model will get its juice from an outlet. However, there are some models, such as this one by Dewalt, that offer a performance that’s comparable to that of a corded model. If you’re in need of a jigsaw for small jobs around the home and this is simply too much saw for you, then we recommend the Makita XVJ02Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Jigsaw.
Why Doesn’t This Saw Come with a Battery or Charger?
The lack of a battery and charger helps to keep the price of the power tool down. Additionally, because Dewalt is a major brand and produces batteries that are compatible with a wide variety of their products, you can use any Dewalt batteries you currently use for other power tools for this model, as long as the battery has a twenty-volt rating. If you don’t own any othe power tools by this manufacturer, then you will have to take into account the extra expense for a new battery and battery charger. If you have bigger projects or plan on using this saw at work, then we recommend picking up at least two lithium-ion batteries.
Conclusion and Rating
This model works well for projects of all sizes. The fact that it’s a powerful cordless model means you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. However, the biggest drawback for most users is the fact that the charger and batteries are sold separately. But, if you an avid Dewalt user then you’ll be happy to learn that this saw is compatible with any type of twenty-volt lithium-ion battery produced by Dewalt. The saw’s ergonomic, lightweight design promotes longer use, so you can easily tackle any job around the home or at work. The tool-less blade design and four orbital positions are also big selling points. Overall, Dewalt has produced a tough, cordless jigsaw that you can really rely on for a variety of applications. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.