DC550KA 18-Volt Cordless Cut-Out Tool, December 6, 2005
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
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
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.
DEWALT DC550KA , August 17, 2005
Reviewer: D. Furlo "ToolTimeDan"
This tool has excellent battery capacity and is easy to
has plenty of cutting power. The only drawback is the tool
just slightly heavy.
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
Dust protection seems good and keyless chuck performs
An excellent buy.