Dewalt DWM120K Band Saw Review 

By  Enda McLarnon

In this article we review a great portable band saw from Dewalt with the model number DWM120K and this is the best selling portable one on the market today.

This is the number one choice for construction workers and carpenters who need this level of sawing precision, and at the same time, need a saw that they can easily carry around with them.

Electricians will also get a lot of use from a saw of this nature, as will anyone who has to work on metal fabrication.

Quick Guide to the DWM120K

Foe those of you who do not have time to read my full review below, I have completed one of my quick guides which highlights the main benefits of this particular model.

  • Best selling product where buyers rate this one at 4.7 out of 5 stars which is an exceptionally good rating
  • Costs under $300
  • Powerful 10 amp motor
  • Has a 5″ deep cut that is ideal for either round or rectangular stock
  • Uses an LED light for working in poorly lit areas
  • Speed dial which allows you to have variations of speed (5 speed controls)
  • Sturdy, powerful and a commercial grade tool from a great brand
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • 1 Year of free service
  • 90 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied

I found this video on YouTube which gives a good review of this saw and it is well worth a look.

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Detailed Review of the Dewalt DWM120K

For those of you who like more detail then please enjoy my full review below. This saw comes with a pretty robust 10 amp motor which does offer a high performance. You have plenty of power produced that will handle the toughest of jobs.

The Pros

  • This is a sturdy and powerful saw
  • Variable¬†speed range for the optimal performance – also easy to adjust and use
  • Lightweight which really helps combat user fatigue through sore arms
  • The LED light can be really useful
  • Great for cutting steel and wood – can handle stainless and ferrous steel

The Cons

  • No trigger lock for continuous cutting – so wish they had added this
  • A few people said the case was poorly designed. It is a hard case and we thought it was actually very good but a few people thought different.

What Do You Get for Your Money?

DEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw KitInside the kit you get the saw, a hex wrench, two blades and the case. I mentioned earlier in the quick guide that this also comes with a 3-year limited warranty, a year’s free servicing and a 90 day money back guarantee. That should give any potential buyer great peace of mind.

Main Features & Benefits

In this section we like to point out the main features that work great and we think are really useful as well. It is always nice to know the specification, but we just like to know what that all means when it comes to using the saw.

The Case

It comes in a hard case that is really useful and more importantly helps protect your saw. That is always good in our books and there is capacity in there to hold spare blades etc.

The Cutting Capacity

The specification says 5″ but if you know what you are up to, you can probably squeeze this up to 6″ depending on the shape of what you are cutting.

The LED Light

These are now appearing on many tools and in most cases they are barely adequate. When we used this one we found it really useful. With the type of work you will be doing with this, then more often that not, you will be in some small or confined space. This LED light will make a really big difference. For once this light is placed in exactly the right location on the saw.

The Cord

Do you ever get annoyed when someone picks up a tool by the lead? That drives me nuts but the reality is I have seen that done every day when out on a site. It is going to happen and the lead on this one is about the right length and is heavily armored. It will take the abuse thankfully.


Blades are always personal choice I think. The Dewalt blades work fine for me but other workmates of mine prefer a different brand. Whatever ones you choose changing the blade on this is tool free and as easy as anything we have ever done.


We discovered that you can adjust the front handle and sometimes that can be very useful indeed.

What Other Buyers Say

Overall, and as the ratings would suggest the reviews are extremely positive. It is hard to argue with a 4.7 out of 5 star rating. A lot of the users have also made their own table and converted this one into a table band saw.

That is worth considering. A few people also recommended using a¬†Swag Off Road stand, if you din’t have time to make one of your own. We have shown an image of one on the right hand side and it is easy to see why this would be really useful.

Here is what a couple of reviewers said:

Fantastic portable band saw. Cuts through metal with ease. Lightweight and easy to manipulate. The LED light is unexpectedly bright and is perfectly placed.

And another one said,

I use these saws for my business. I repair racks in warehouses and need to cut off damaged legs of uprights with them. In 4 years of being in business I have only had one break down

Summary & Verdict on the DWM120K

I don’t think you will be too surprised that we have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this DWM120K model. It really is a great product from a very good brand. As you can see from the reviews above this is a best selling product that truly ticks all the boxes.

If this is not the band saw for you then you should check out out top 10 list by clicking here. The DWM120K however handles metals with ease and we think it will save you hours if you are cutting a lot of metal or wood.

It is well priced and as the ratings show is a high quality band saw, especially for cutting through metals.

It is used mainly on sites but can really also be used almost anywhere.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun

Enda McLarnon

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