We just learned that Dewalt will soon be coming out with a new 12″ sliding compound miter saw, model DWS782.
We reviewed and recommended the DWS780 sliding miter saw a while back, and aside from hearing about a few incidents of rough bearings and guide rails, the DWS780 has proven to be a very good saw that is generally well regarded. Dewalt never got back to us about whether there was any way to smoothen up the DWS780’s sliding motion when fully extended, but perhaps this is an area the DWS782 improves upon. Or maybe not, since the DWS782 appears to be engineered as a cost-cutting model.
There are basically two differences between the DWS782 and the DWS780. Unlike the DWS780, the DWS782 does NOT feature the XPS cross-cut LED illumination system. Additionally, the DWS780 comes with a 32T carbide blade instead of a 60T blade. All of the saws’ other features and technical specifications appear to be identical.
Features & Specifications
- 15A motor
- 3,800 RPM
- Electronic brake
- Max cutting capacity: 6-3/4″ max vertical, 7-1/2″ nested crown, 13-7/8″ horizontal
- Max cutting capacity with back fence: 16″ x 2″ at 90°, 12″ x 2″ at 45°
- 49° left and right bevel range with positive stops at 0°, 22.5°, 33.9°, 45°, 49°
- Miter angles of 60° (right) and 50° (left) with adjustable detent plate and cam lock for between-detent angles
- Dust collection captures “over 75%” of generated dust
- Comes with (1) carbide blade, a blade wrench, dust bag, and vertical material clamp
ETA: May 2014
The images we’ve seen of the DWS782 saw do show that an XPS LED module is present, but it looks like maybe the images are reused from the DWS780. A Dewalt sales representative has confirmed that the DWS782 will NOT feature the XPS cut-line projection module.
Right now the DWS780 is priced at $590 via Amazon, and the new DWS782 is priced as low as $399. If the pricing is accurate, then it looks like the DWS782 could very well be intended as a lower-cost alternative or replacement to the DWS780.
If you are on a tight budget, the DWS782 should provide similar performance to the DWS780 but with between $100 and $200 extra left in your wallet. But, to be frank, the integrated XPS LED cut-line shadow system is a very nice feature, and one that could be worth the added premium of the DWS780. You can add XPS LED modules to certain saws, but the DWS782 might not have been designed to accept the ~$35 add-on.
Given the May/mid-Spring ETA, the DWS782 miter saw could be intended as a Father’s Day special, in the same spirit as the Dewalt 20V Li-ion drill/driver that came out last Fall.