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Product Description

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The DeWalt 550 cuts effortlessly through not just drywall, its biggest customer, but a long list of other surfaces you might be clumsily using a jigsaw on: ceiling tiles, paneling, solid-surface and laminate countertops, plastic, cement backerboard and even light-gauge metal. Itís light, it handles beautifully, is superbly balanced and is a heck of a lot easier to maneuver than a jigsaw or a hand-powered drywall saw. It plunges smoothly and doesnít fight you as your blade travels. At 26,000 rpm, itís got surprising power for a cordless, and because it comes with a one-hour charger and two batteries, you wonít have any down time on a drywall job. Two collet sizes give you a whole range of flexibility, and the tool-free bit change is a breeze and takes only a couple of seconds. Just take off the depth guide, hold down the spindle lock and collet lock and turn the collet grip, and in goes your bit. Itís a contractor must-have.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste 
Safety Information
WARNING: Read and follow all saftey operating instructions found in the power tools owners manual

Product Reviews



DC550KA 18-Volt Cordless Cut-Out Tool, December 6, 2005
Reviewer: SJK
I have been waiting years for Dewalt to make an 18V cordless cut-out tool kit like the DC550K. It's great to finally have a cordless version that can utilize the same charger and batteries as my other 18V tools. I bought one of these as soon as they became available online and now use it almost every day on the job. Before the DC550, I was most indignant about having to drag an extension cord along when using my Roto-Zip, as this is the last holdout in a tool collection that I use daily which still required being plugged into an outlet to operate.
I use the DC550 mainly to make cutouts in wood, drywall, plaster and acoustical tile for recessed lighting or electrical boxes. With a carbide burr bit, it will make cutouts in ceramic wall tile, solid surface or laminate backsplashes, but of course, won't cut harder floor tile materials. It also makes clean, splinter free cutouts in solid wood or veneered cabinets, such as when installing an outlet for a microwave/hood over a range or outlets in kitchen island or peninsula base cabinets. I have even used it for cutouts in thin stainless sheet clad walls that are found in commercial kitchens, and it works well on aluminum and vinyl siding too.
Battery life is very good and since the DC550K kit comes with two batteries, you can have one on charge and keep going all day long. The extra length and weight the battery does make this tool slightly less well balanced than the corded version when using it in the horizontal position, but the rubber grip area allows you to hold the tool firmly in various positions and as with anything else, the more you use the tool, the less noticeable this imbalance becomes.
There is no bump switch on top of the tool but the push through type on/off switch sticks out far enough so you can get at easily.
The tool-less quick-change bit holder is the same as on Dewalt's corded cut-out tool. It takes a little getting used to, but is much better than having to use a wrench every time you need to change a cutter bit. At 27,000 rpm's it's not as fast as the corded version but this doesn't really seem to affect its cutting ability. Overall, I feel that the DC550 is a very good tool that can go along way toward making your workday easier and more productive.  
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Another good Dewalt tool, December 3, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Holdridge "behold5"

This tool has lots of cutting power and runs forever on a battery. It is a little heavy and awkward at some cutting angles. Overall a good tool.
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DEWALT DC550KA , August 17, 2005
Reviewer: D. Furlo "ToolTimeDan"

This tool has excellent battery capacity and is easy to handle;
has plenty of cutting power. The only drawback is the tool just slightly heavy.
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best in Class, April 18, 2005
Reviewer: Ronald B. Ruiz

ok lets be clear- I am a loyal Milwaukee user and will remain one especially with the upcoming V28 release, But this Dewalt product is outstanding in every aspect.

I have used it for about two months now and cut drywall, plywood, tile and backerboared with it. The battery life is excellent and weight and balance are outstanding. with two batteries you can litterally do drywall cut outs all day long.

Dust protection seems good and keyless chuck performs well.

An excellent buy.
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     I worked in construction for 38  years installing Linoleum Floors, Formica Counter Tops, Ceramic Tile and lots and lots of Carpenter Work.  Now that I have put in my time at the trades I am selling tools because I believe after all the years using them, I am qualified to guide you in finding the right tool for the job.  -  Just for fun here's a picture of a couple of my trucks from my Floor Covering business, also a picture of my garage and my little dog called Marbles.  -  I will post notes here and there throughout the web site on tools and things that I think are important and/or solve problems, based on my experience.  -  When I was young it seemed impossible to finish a job successfully because there would be a part that just couldn't be done.  Later I discovered that when you have all the tools for the job the most difficult project goes smoothly.  -  Also lets face it, having a good set of tools is one of life's greatest pleasures.  Not only that but it is a great boost to your ego when you receive complements a job you have done.
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