Model#: DEWNDWS535

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Dewalt DWS535 7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Circular Saw

  • Dewalt DWS535 7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Circular Saw
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  • Lightweight (13.8 lbs.) magnesium construction for optimum user handling, comfort, and strength
  • Durable cast magnesium footplate provides a tough and solid cutting platform
  • Extra wide saw hook accepts material up to 2-1/2 in. wide
  • TOUGHCORD Cord Protection System provides 4X better cord jerk protection
  • 53 degree bevel capacity for advanced applications
  • Bevel detents at 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees for fast and accurate setting to common angles
  • Top-accessible spindle lock enables easier and faster blade changing
  • 7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Circular Saw - DWS535
  • Carbide Tipped Blade
  • Blade Wrench


Series: Corded
Weight: 13.8 lbs.
Amperage: 15
Arbor Size: 5/8 in.
Bevel Capacity: 0 - 53 Degrees
Blade Diameter: 7-1/4 in.
Blade Position: Left
Depth of Cut at 90 Degrees: 2-7/16 in.
RPM: 4800
Voltage: 120V



4.5 / 5.0
13 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
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1 Stars
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (7)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (1)
Powerful (7)
Easy To Use (6)
Ergonomic Design (1)
Value (1)
Heavy (2)
Loud (1)
Best Uses
Heavy Duty Requirements (1)
Large Projects (1)
Small Projects (1)
Home Repair (1)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Don't judge a tool by its cover
I've been using my dad's Black & Decker worm drive, model 3051, since 1980. That saw was purchased in 1975 and has served us very well. Unfortunately, it finally kicked the bucket, so I decided to try this saw, since people said that it was very powerful and easy to use.


My initial thoughts:

The lower guard is attached well, and never jams up even on steep compound miter cuts, so I do not have to stop the work, pull the saw out, lift the guard, and then restart. This means that I would never have uneven cuts due to the guard getting caught. The dual-port rip guide is the best part about this saw. Much better than those flimsy "T"-shaped guides that other companies offer.

That is the good, now for the bad.

The motor is not designed well, and just like the Ridgid, it lacks sufficient power to cut very hard or thick wood. Your view for cutting was also much less than the old B&D, meaning you have a very narrow window to view your cutting line (bad blind spots). Even furthermore, a year went by and the saw stopped having power to cut, so I sent it to Dewalt, they said there was nothing wrong, that I must have put the blade (new Bosch daredevil 18 tooth 7-1/4 inch) on backwards. It still did not work, so I drained the oil and disassembled the saw, and I found out that the worm drive gear was stripped. I cannot imagine how cheap the metal must have been for the gears themselves to get stripped out like that. It was well oiled and cared for and under moderate use for that year, mostly woodworking and around-the-house projects. Most parts stores out there are out of stock on these gears. Guess why? Probably because lots of people are having this problem.



I thought that this saw would be an improvement to our B&D, and in some ways it certainly is. However in two of the most important areas it fails. There are much better worm-drives on the market. Skill, Makita, Bosch, and Ridgid. I found the Skill worm-drive saw to be the best value and way better than Dewalt. The SPT77WM-22 is lighter, more powerful (3.1 horsepower vs 2.8 on this saw and 2.6 HP on the MAG77LT and 2.5 HP on the Ridgid), cuts faster, does not bog down as much, and is much quieter, when compared to this saw. The guard is also just as smooth. The motor also stayed much cooler than the Dewalt. Makita's magnesium saw is in second place.
September 7, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
The Last Saw You Will Ever Buy
This saw is everything one would expect of a hypoid drive saw from DeWalt. The perfect torque transfer and high speed is the reason for buying a hypoid saw in the first place, however the solidity and balance is the reason for this owning this one. I fully expect some grandchild to make good use of it long after I am gone.
November 5, 2011
Rising star
I am a pro framer and make a living with my saw. I have had it for about 8 months now and I gotta say this ones a keeper. I use this saw almost everyday, somtimes all day, and this saw shines in every task I throw at it. From ripping 5 sheets of 7/16 osb at one time to cuttting radius plates out of 3/4 ply, I just change the blade and go right into cutting timberframe or exterior trim. This saw has no weakness I can find. I especially like the accuracy of the depth guage. Bosch or Skil's are off about 1/2" from what the guage says to obtain "proper cutting depth," but as a professional that is not always desireable or possible. This saw's guage says 1 1/2", it cuts an 1 1/2. this allows much quicker and easier depth adjustments for when cutting a variety of materials in a day. Overall an excellent saw and some serious competition for the bosch and skil saws. Would recommend to anyone in the market for a worm drive.
July 15, 2012
Originally posted at
Worm Drive
this is a great saw it cuts through hardwoods like butter and is very is very accurate. I would highly recommend
December 25, 2010
Originally posted at
Hope this one lasts a long, long time.
January 19, 2012
Originally posted at
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
yupper....git R done !!
first needed a good dependable sidewinder, after a lot of touch and feel,and review's. I settled on the Dewalt 575sb over the makita 5007mga (needed a brake model). now having to make several long rip cut's,on thicker than ply wood. thought it better to add a worm-drive, once again looked at review's.however bottom line, from experience,swapped out 18 tooth blade for dewalt 40 tooth. my eyesight is no longer 10/20 it is now 20/35,and the blade being on left,made line of sight amazing !! my pencil line was gone !! jus gone !! the rip cut's in thicker wood were perfect !! although the worm-drive is heavier,once on the cutting surface, the center of gravity was nice,almost as easy as my sidewinder.
November 13, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Better than expected!!
More power than I expected...ive used other brands of wormdrives that dont compare to the power of the dewalt. Highly recommend.
April 30, 2016
Great Saw
DeWalt should make a carry case for this tool. No one wants to throw their tools into a pile of other stuff. Craftsman and Skil make a case for their Worm Drive Saws...DeWalt should also.
January 15, 2011
Originally posted at
Worm Drive Saw DWS535
This is a nice worm drive. I am not sure how it compares to others since this is the only one I have owned.
June 27, 2012
Originally posted at
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Ergonomic Design
Best Uses
Heavy Duty Requirements
Large Projects
Small Projects
Home Repair
Good Saw
This saw is pretty solid. It is really not that heavy for something that can rip 3 sheets of osb in one pass without even bogging down. The only downside to the saw is it is loud. It has a strange grinding noise when it starts up that seems to become less frequent as it warms up with a little use. As plenty of others have stated, the saw was almost empty on oil when I received it so be sure to check your oil level right away. The oil was also very milky looking and appeared to be very old or something. It feels good in your hand and really shines when cutting plywood/osb. The extra weight keeps it from wandering and really tracks a nice straight line.
March 23, 2017
1 year ago
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Does this model saw have a depth of cut adjustment?
Bob on Nov 30, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can actually adjust the depth of the cut from 90 to 45 degree and the other way around.

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Includes: 7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Circular Saw - DWS535,
Carbide Tipped Blade,
Blade Wrench
7-1/4 in. Worm Drive Circular Saw - DWS535,
Carbide Tipped Blade,
Blade Wrench
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