DEWALT Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

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Plastic / Metal Imported 1-1/8-inch stroke length and 0-3,000 rpm for faster cutting speed 4-position blade clamp allows for flush cutting and increased versatility Lever-action keyless blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes Anti-slip comfort grip provides increased comfort and control; pivoting adjustable shoe with open top for maximum visibility Tool only (battery not included)
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‎4.97 pounds

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‎6.25 x 18.63 x 3.94 inches

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‎1 Unknown batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer






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‎Battery Powered


‎18 Volts

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‎3000 RPM

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#290,357 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement) #184 in Power Reciprocating Saws

Date First Available

October 2, 2003

10 reviews for DEWALT Bare-Tool DC385B 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw

  1. petite scholar

    I bought this specifically to be able to prune my date palm tree. Even my contractors are impressed with the quality of Dewalt tools. Don’t forget you must buy the batteries and blades separately! It has a little bit of weight to it but it’s not too much. Highly recommend.


    I used this saw to remove an old patio cover that was starting to fall apart. It zipped through 4×4, 2×4,2×6 and 2×8 lumber like butter. I used the saw while standing on a ladder and never had to worry about a power cord catching on something and pulling me off the ladder like my other saw. It was also nice that I did not have to run a very long extension cord from an outlet to the work location. It is hefty, but not too heavy for the job and the weight helps with downward cuts. This is a great tool and I wish I had it for some earlier jobs I had done.


    This is the one of the most versatile tools in my toolbox. Cuts metal sheet, bar, pipe, bolts, nails; Building deconstruction- cuts wood, metal, plumbing, wiring, flooring, roofing; Cuts subsurface roots and 20′ high tree limbs; Allows access to many difficult to reach areas and unique uses such as crawl space, attics, farm structures, equipment repair; Can use as substitute chain saw, jig saw, circular saw, miter saw, hack saw; Completely portable, reasonable weight, reasonably long work time batteries. The construction of the tool makes it almost indestructible. The saw has strong vibrating action and must be firmly held and controlled. This is my second Dewalt Reciprocating Saw. After 5 years of abuse my first saw finally tore itself into two parts when the blade became pinched when cutting large metal tubing.The saw still ran but I couldn’t permanently attach the front and rear parts back together. Highly recommend this tool for versatility , durability and cost.

  4. Nate

    First off, don’t buy the recommend 18v batteries for this sawzall. Buy the Dewalt adapter and use your 20v batteries instead. I had a drill and saw that already used the 20v batteries so this adapter saved me from buying an 18v battery that could only be used in a single tool I own. Also, the 20v batteries are nearly half the price of the 18v battery.The sawzall itself is excellent. Changing out the blades it’s extremely easy. I purchased DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece for $10. I used one of the wood blades to cut some branches off a tree in my yard and one of the metal blades to cut & removed galvanized steel drain pipes from underneath my house. I cut through quite a bit of steel before the blade was worthless but I did it all on one blade and a single charge 20v battery. I would highly recommend this saw!

  5. Caden W.

    As an apprentice electrician I use ccordless power tools on a daily basis and so far the most durable and powerful brands have been Milwaukee or Dewalt. It all comes down to personal preference but let me tell you, this sawzall will NOT disappoint you. This sawzall puts the Milwaukee Sawzall to shame. Most saws will let you put your blade in upside down and normal, however this one let’s you put it in sideways! The only thing that could make it better would be to put a leven on the end to make sure you get a perfect cut every ttime.

  6. S. Tanaka

    No, it does not come with the battery. It doesn’t come with blades either. I guess many people are not familiar with the term “bare tool”.Anyway, this is a great complement to my cordless Dewalt drill, impact driver set. Good deal for about $80! I like how it can take in the blade upside down or sideways. It adds to the versitility of the demolition work. My cheapo Craftsman didn’t have that feature.Now I’m looking for more things to demolish!UPDATE 11/9/11I’ve been using this a lot with house remodel. Being cordless is great, no doubt. But it does come with power limitations. If you’re planning on cutting through a lot of 2x4s, you’ll run out of battery very quickly. So fast that having two batteries will not keep up with your work. It’s not necessarily an indication of poor tool, I’m sure all the cordless recip saws are like that. Just letting y’all know that if you plan to do a lot of demo at one time, you may want to consider the corded versions. For occasional cutting this and that, cordless is so convenient. Hope this helps.

  7. William J.

    I own another of these saws but one of the battery tabs broke off, making the saw work intermittently.Unfortunately, the battery tabs are part of the switch/trigger assembly.I searched high and low for a better price on the switch, but the best I could do was $74.I was also going to purchase some other worn parts but after seeing that a brand new sawwas only $98, it was a no-brainer to just replace the saw. It just bugs me that I have a brokensaw sitting here because of an over-priced part that I need to repair it.Anyway….. As far as the saw is concerned, the fact that I bought another identical saw shouldtell you how much I like it. The old one gave me 8 good years of occasional homeowner use.It’s plenty strong and cuts through anything you put in front of it. When I took the old one apart,I was impressed with the robust construction of it. I own a lot of Dewalt tools and will continueto buy more in the future.

  8. tem

    The lack of cords cannot be understated.This saw will run out of juice somewhat quickly, I was cutting up old 3/4 plywood. cut about 8-10 4ft lengths before the battery would dieBut that doesn’t even matter, I can get soo much more done with this cordless saw just out of sheer utility, no more dreading wrangling up wet or dirty extension cords, no more fighting to wrap up the saws own cords, no more bull outside of battery changes. And that I can totally live with.A few things worth mentioning.The quick blade release is both awesome and slightly worrying. I am concerned that it may become weak with use and break, it is supported with what i assume is spring steel, but none the less it is a point of concern.The multiple blade locations are really nice to have on any reciprocating sawThe adjustable depth stop is nice, however it should be somewhat longer, both for shallower cuts, and so you dont rip it out too easily.And finally, the internets warn of the back handle breaking off during use, I suspect this has to do with plastic fatigue due to both improper use and age, I would say the first more than the lastIf you know how to properly use a reciprocating saw, i.e. it shouldnt jerk around like mad in your hands, then I think this saw will probably last a good long time. If the handle does break, Dewalt does sell a replacement.Bottom line, I wouldnt be without this saw in my arsenal if i can help it.

  9. Jerry T.

    This is my second one of these. I specifically searched this model 18 volt unit out. Battery life is good. Product is good. After many years of use (and lot’s of abuse because of the very harsh conditions it was used in) my first one’s housing finally cracked (though the motor and everything still works on it). So please don’t stop making this model and 18 volt unit DeWalt.

  10. David Main

    This is the best reciprocating saw I have owned. Everything from DeWalt consolidating the plethora of Li battery types so a common charger can be used, to it’s serious cutting power, to its manageable balance and weight. I love that it takes about 3 seconds to change blades. The safety switch is great because sometimes folks who don’t understand how dangerous carrying power tools the wrong way (e.g. tucked under an arm). Just press the safety switch and “Stubby” can carry carry the saw without danger of getting a new nickname, “Tripod”.

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