DEWALT DCS387B vs DCS367B vs DC385B vs DCS380B: Reciprocating Saws

Reciprocating saws are one of the most versatile tools you could own. It can be used for construction, renovation, demolition, and even landscaping. With a wide assortment of attachments available, you can turn this cutting tool into a sander or scraper.

DEWALT Bare Tool DC385B

In this article, we’re going to compare four reciprocating saws produced by one of the most popular manufacturers – the DEWALT DCS387B, DCS367B, DC385B, and DCS380B. At first glance, these models are practically indistinguishable from each other, but what’s packed in their plastic casings differ vastly. So between these four DEWALT reciprocating saws, which of them reigns supreme? Let’s find out together.



Cordless

DCS387B, DCS367B, DC385B, and DCS380B
There’s been debate on whether uninterrupted power from corded-electric tools are better than the maximum portability you get from cordless. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on which side of the debate you’re on), all of these reciprocating saws are cordless, so there’s no dilemma in choosing corded vs. cordless.

Motor

DCS387B, DC385B, and DCS380B
The two types of motors available in reciprocating saws are brushed and brushless. These three come with brushed motors which, generally speaking, are the less efficient type of motor. They will require periodic brush changes, but it depends on how often you use the tool.

DEWALT Bare Tool DC385B Reciprocating Saw Review

DCS367B
The DCS367B comes with a brushless motor which doesn’t heat as quickly as brushed. It also gets rid of heat much quicker than brushed motors which can help increase the tool’s lifespan. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s definitely worth the investment if you use reciprocating saws on a daily basis.

Conclusion: We prefer brushless to brushed motors, but it really comes down to how often you use the tool. If you take the reciprocating saw out once or twice a month, then a brushed motor reciprocating saw will be fine since the need to replace brushes will be few and far between. However, if you use a reciprocating saw every day, then a brushless model would be the better option.

Battery Power

DCS387B, DCS367B, and DCS380B
The type of battery that a cordless tool uses can be used to determine how much power it contains. Bigger batteries usually keep tools running for longer, but runtime really depends on a number of different factors. These three reciprocating saw models use 20V batteries.

DC385B
This is the only tool of the four that uses an 18V battery. This is about the average size battery that you may find in most cordless reciprocating saws.

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Conclusion: Do not mistake voltage for power. The only difference between the two batteries is that 20V can hold a bigger charge than an 18V. Basically, the 20V batteries that the DCF387B, DCS367B, and DVS3808B use have a larger power capacity than that the DC385B’s 18V. Efficiency is another story.

Speed

DCS387B and DCS367B
The speed of the reciprocating saw’s blade is measured in SPM or strokes per minute. This indicates how many times the blade moves forward and backward every minute. Both of these models can reach a maximum speed of 2,900 SPM.

DC385B and DCS380B
These models have a maximum speed of 3,000 SPM. The 100-SPM difference between these two and the previous models is insignificant.

Conclusion: Even though 100 SPM isn’t that large of a difference, we still prefer the 3,000-SPM DC385B and DCS380B simply because they’re faster. The good thing is that all four of these models have variable speed triggers, so you have full control over how quickly to cut through materials.

DEWALT DCS380B

Stroke Length

DCS387B, DCS367B, DC385B, and DCS380B
Cutting efficiency doesn’t just rely on the speed of the blade but also how far the blade travels. This is called the saw’s stroke length – the longer the length and the higher the SPM count, the more efficient the tool is. All four of these DEWALT reciprocating saws have a stroke length of 1-1/8 inches.

Conclusion: So when we look at both the SPM and length of the stroke, we find that the DC385B and DCS380B are both more efficient at cutting the same stock at the same thickness than the DCS387B and DCS367B. It’s not a tremendous difference in time, but professional handymen would appreciate anything that can shave a few seconds off of repetitive work.

Design

DCS387B and DCS367B
One thing that we really love about these two reciprocating saws is their offset motor design. The motor is in a compartment that’s angled downwards and out of the way. It reduces vibrations and is comfortable to hold using two hands.

DEWALT DCS380B Reciprocating Saw

DC385B and DCS380B
The DeWalt DC385B and DCS380B both have an inline motor. The motor and handle are pieced together in a straight line that extends all the way to the nose. This design is great for one-handed operation.

Conclusion: Choosing one design over the other is based on your personal preference. The offset-motor design is naturally more vibration-resistant than the inline-motor style, but it doesn’t work as well in cramped areas.

Additional Features

DCS387B, DCS367B, DC385B, and DCS380B
The great thing about all four of these reciprocating saw models is that they come with a wide range of additional features that make them easy to use.

The first thing is the adjustable shoe. You’ll need a pivoting shoe in order to hold down your workpieces as you saw aggressively through the material.

The next feature is bright LED lights which illuminate your work area. The light is located near the nose-end of the tool and shines a bright beam to increase visibility in dark spaces.

Third is the 4-position blade clamp. One of the positions allows users to make flush cuts by holding the blade directly against an adjacent surface.

Finally, all four of the reciprocating saws come with tool-less blade changing systems for easy swapping of blades and other attachments.

DEWALT DCS387B Reciprocating Saw

Verdict

So of the four models, which of them is the best? Ultimately, it comes down to one crucial consideration: how often you use the tool.

If you need a reciprocating saw for regular use in your line of work, then we recommend getting the DeWalt DCS367B. Its brushless motor is the magic sauce that makes it able to withstand extended periods of use. The offset-motor design is also something that’s worth mentioning since it not only makes it more comfortable to grip with both hands but also significantly reduces vibrations.

If you need a reciprocating saw for landscaping or other once-in-a-while jobs, then we’d recommend picking up the DeWalt DCS380B. The thing that sets this tool apart from the other two brushed models is its work efficiency (SPM and stroke length). However, this is more of a technical advantage than a practical one since a 100-SPM disparity (3,000 SPM compared to the 2,900-SPM DCS387B and DCS367B) in speed doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.