Dewalt DWE357 Compact Reciprocating Saw

By Robert Robillard on Tool Review Videos

DEWALT 10 Amp Compact Reciprocating Saw

I recently started using the new Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw while performing a bathroom remodel in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw is a strange looking bird indeed. It has a completely different and new look.   The shape and design actually make the saw smaller and more compact, as well as allow the user more  control and balance.

Size – Weight – Power:

The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw weighs 6.8 pounds and is 14.5 inches long.  A 10 AMP motor powers the saw and I had no difficulty cutting through framing lumber, plaster and pipe.  While using this saw you immediately notice that the tool is well balanced thanks to the new and improved design.  The saw also features a variable speed one-finger switch.

The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw will cut at 2,800 strokes per minute (SPMs) with a 1 1/8-inch blade stroke length. The saw is designed to provide balance and control, ultimately helping professionals to work longer and experience less fatigue.

One super nice feature is the lever-actuated, four-position blade clamp and fixed/pivoting shoe allows the user to position the reciprocating blade in horizontal and vertical posit, depending on the cutting application and position needed to make the cut.

The pivoting shoe provides the leverage necessary to complete different applications, making the saw versatile particularly in flush-cutting applications.   A keyless blade change feature allows a fast,easily and efficient blade change.

Using the DWE357:

The DWE357 has an ergonomic handle with a soft overmold that provides a great gripping surface.  I immediately noticed the compact design when I was cutting between joist a bays and wall partitions.

The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw fit where none of my other recipe saws could go.   In the photo right I am using the  Dewalt DWE357 Compact Reciprocating Saw to make a cut between ceiling  joists on a flat roof deck.  This saw increases versatility and your ability to engage in cutting applications in tough, tight spots, overhead cuts as well as other difficult challenging workspaces.


  • Lightweight and compact design:  14.5″ in length,  6.8 lbs
  • Key-less lever-action blade clamp with 4-positions
  • 10 Amp motor
  • 0-2,800 SPM and a 1- 1/8″ cutting stroke
  • Overmolded soft grip on handle and in front boot area
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Fixed/Pivoting Shoe


  • Amps 10Amps
  • Strokes/Min 2800spm
  • Stroke Length 1 – 1/8″
  • Keyless Blade Clamp Yes
  • 4 Position Blade Clamp Yes
  • Adjustable Shoe No
  • Variable-Speed Trigger Yes
  • Variable-Speed Dial No
  • Orbital Action No
  • Anti-Slip Comfort Grip Yes
  • Tool Length 14.5″
  • Tool Weight 6.8lbs

How Much and Where Can I Purchase:

The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw will be available at home centers and through the independent channel in the second half of 2012. The DWE357 retails online for $116.00 here:  DEWALT-DWE357-10-Amp-Compact-Reciprocating-Saw

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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