It appears that Dewalt has quietly updated their most basic 12″ miter saw, replacing the DW715 with the new DWS715. The new saw is a basic design – like its predecessor – and is surprisingly low-priced at $199. This is what the previous model sold for last year around this time.
If you recall, Dewalt also updated their DWS716XPS 12″ dual bevel miter saw earlier this year.
It looks like the new DWS715 saw features some of the updates found in their DWS716 saws, such as an updated and higher visibility bevel scale.
The biggest attention-grabber here is the $199 price. The DW715 has hit this price before, and even dipped lower for Black Friday deals, but it’s uncertain as to what we’ll see with this DWS715 model.
Some of Dewalt’s miter saws have been relatively price-fixed, such as their DWS779 – a 12″ slider – that is hugely popular this time of year and retails for $349 during holiday shopping seasons.
I don’t know if miter saws and table saws are hugely popular purchases this time of year, leading to heavy promotions and deals, or if the deals made this time of year popular for such purposes. But I digress.
My experiences with Dewalt’s DW713 – which also looks to have been replaced with the DWS713 recently – led me to recommend both this model and the DW715 as a “better starting point” for DIYers. If the new models only feature updates and zero downgrades, they should be equally recommendable.
A lot of pros prefer sliding miter saws for their greater cutting capacity, but sometimes a 10″ or 12″ single bevel chop saw is all you really need, not to mention smaller, lighter, and less expensive.
I don’t know if I would call this a hot deal – is it? – but it certainly does look to be a good bargain.
Some online retailers have this saw for $215, and others have it for over $300. I wouldn’t bet on this saw selling for less than $199 for Black Friday 2019 or the following holiday season, but it’s certainly possible.
I have a DWS779 as my main workshop miter, but wanted something more portable to take with me to my kids’ school where I do alot of work.
I went with the Hitachi/Metabo HPT C10FCGM — a 10″ non-slider for $99 at Lowe’s and I have been super happy with it.
I love Dewalt quality, but for half the price, I am really impressed with the Hitachi.
I have a Hitachi miter saw that is similar to the one you posted above, albeit an earlier generation or two (and I paid roughly $130 for it a couple years ago, IIRC).
For my basic DIY needs (mostly roughish work; I don’t need 1/64″ precision), it’s been a great saw, especially after I put a decent blade on it (have a Makita finish blade on there now, which will likely last me a while, with Diablo blades on deck after that). I’m glad I didn’t pay extra for a slider, laser, or 12″ blade, as I’ve never really missed those, and I don’t plan on upgrading any time soon.
I have been tempted to sell the Dewalt. I am that impressed with the Hitachi.
And I overbought anyways, as a DIY er and not a tradesman.
Every year I say I am going to replace my 20 year old Blue Ryobi 10″ saw when it dies.. But it keeps soldiering on. If it gives up the ghost though this DeWalt will be its replacement.
Dewalt miter saws have their origins from the Elu alliance back in the 80’s. Much like the quite good Dewalt 621 and 625 routers were Elu clones, their early mitersaws were too. Always very solid workhorses, though lots of great choices these days
I don’t really see a single bevel miter saw as a good deal these days. might just be me though. I just seem to think that dual bevel isn’t much of a stretch and is a feature that is very good to have once you make the plunge to by a miter saw.
I can’t bring myself to consider one otherwise. I’m sure it’s a great solid device but for the money I would buy something else anyway. Now if I was setting up a workshop that would have 2-3 miter saws for various setups I would reconsider.
I picked up that saw in August at that price. I’ve been pleased with it. There are a few things missing from it that the DW715 had, but for my purposes and that price, I won’t complain.
I bought one of these a month ago for that price to replace an older, USA made model because the brushes kept on burning up and I was tired of replacing them. I was skeptical at first because of the price and COO but after using it daily in the shop, it cuts accurate, quick and clean with the factory blade and was a direct bolt in for the stand it was on. The fit and finish is pretty good and better than I expected for the price point. I prefer this saw over the 12″ Dewalt sliding miter saw my shop also has as that one is consistently off a half degree . If this saw can withstand the abuse of a high school woodshop, it’ll be more than capable for what 90% of us can dish out at it.
Grabbed the DWS779 for $199 at Home Depot 2 months ago. If I hadn’t found the deal, I definitely would have gone with something smaller. The 779 is a beast.
Now that is a deal. It is already a deal at $350. XPS is not worth $200 and you can add it yourself for about $80 if you want.
i have had a 715 for at least 10 years, maybe 15. it has been hauled all over and cut all of the log siding on my bil’s house and he did his best to kill it. at the time i bought it it was an expensive saw and sliders were off the chart expensive. i chose 12 inch for the ability to cut 4×6 in one cut. handy for building decks and feed bunks. i have never been disappointed with it. i have also done lots of trim work with it and the single bevel has done what i needed. the guy that wants to do real fancy trim and or crown moulding work may be disappointed but for the average guy it would be an awesome saw .
if mine were to quit today i would not hesitate to buy another one just like it.
I bought 3 DW715s for under $150 a few years back when Home Depot does REAL markdowns (February on leftovers). Good saw at that price to leave on jobsites, not perfect, but I’m not heartbroken if it walks.
One of DeWalts better lines. Not up to my big bosches, or as portable as my m18 milwaukees, but I don’t regret the purchase, fills a reasonable niche in a professional lineup
The stores around here don’t do those clearance markdowns anymore. Manager told me they’ve been instructed not to discount leftover tools and to put them overhead for the next promo. Depends on the brand.
Hello – I amwrting to request some help:
I just bought a 12″ single bevel DeWalt DWS715 miter saw that comes with the 32T blade. In trying to change the blade out (to a 60T), I cannot access the blade screw. I am following the directions and not only loosened the front guard bracket screw as directed, but also loosened the back guard screw so as to move the bracket as high as possible and it still does not clear the blade screw. Any suggestions?
I’m sorry – if you’re following the user manual and it’s still not clearing the screw, I’m not sure what to advise.
There are two versions of the DWS715, you can find the manual for the model shown in this post here: https://www.toolservicenet.com/i/DEWALT/GLOBALBOM/QU/DWS715/20/Instruction_Manual/EN/N743681_DWS715.pdf
On page 5, Figure D, were you able to loosen (but not remove!) the guard bracket screw (36) so that you can lift the guard bracket to uncover the blade screw?
The other model has a different guard design but looks to have a similar guard bracket and screw configuration.