Dewalt’s newish DWS780 12″ double bevel sliding compound miter saw is a very nice machine. I gushed about its XPS work light, and mentioned the saw as part of my top-5 woodworking tools of 2011 list. It may be overkill for less demanding crosscutting tasks, but there’s not much that the saw can’t do.
- huge cutting capacity, up to 16″ width boards with use of back-fence
- XPS work light is amazingly precise and effective
- dust collection, while not perfect, is better than for other saws in this class
- starter blade is quite good for general purpose cuts
- saw was perfectly aligned right out of the box
- rails glide smoothly
- knobs and controls are all easy to access and comfortable to toggle
- saw is a bit too heavy to carry from top handle [the black carry handle, not the yellow operating handle], side handles are slightly uncomfortable
- dust collection still isn’t that good without an attached vac
- small dust bag
- requires more rear clearance than the Bosch Axial Glide saw
Overall, I am quite impressed with the sliding miter saw, and it was difficult to find much to complain about it. It comes with a fairly robust and nicely constructed workpiece clamp, which surprised me a bit, and optional extension rails are available for users that don’t plan to use the saw with a miter saw stand.
The DWS780 saw is priced at $600, which is on-par with other 12″ sliding miter saws in its class.
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I posted a more photo-rich and detailed review of the miter saw over at Make: Online – check it out!
Thank you to Dewalt for providing the sample for this review unconditionally. Review samples are typically returned, donated, or in some cases retained for further testing or comparison purposes.