DEWALT DWS780 Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw Review

DEWALT DWS780The DWS780 DEWALT double bevel sliding compound miter saw is a twelve-inch model that will make quick work of crosscuts. When you use the appropriate blades you can also use this saw to cut certain types of aluminum and plastics.

DWS780 BY DEWALT Rundown and Features

This double bevel sliding compound saw can easily be adjusted to cut miter and bevel angles at the same time. This will allow the user to accomplish more complex cuts with a single operation. The saw’s sliding mechanism will definitely increase the cutting width, compared to competing non-sliding models.

This is one beast of a saw that comes with a ton of features. At the zero degrees setting, this saw can is able to cut lumber that’s up to thirteen inches wide and almost four and a half inches thick. When using the back fence, you’ll be able to cut boards up to sixteen inches wide. But with this type of impressive cutting capacity comes some disadvantages. Like with other models of sliding miter saws, this model will need plenty of rear space in order for the rails to properly slide.

At all the common miter angles, there are positive locks, in addition to an override which will allow the user to set the angle to the value they desire.

This is a double bevel saw, which means that it can be tilted to the left or right, so it’ll be easier to cut complex angles including tapered boxes and crown molding.

On each side of the saw, you’ll find a couple of fold away pawls that offer bevel stops at twenty-two degrees and thirty-three degrees. There’s also a forty-five-degree override that will allow the user to slightly adjust the bevel angle past this value in any direction.

At the back of the saw, you’ll find a three wing knob which is used to lock and loosen the bevel adjustment. Cam action switch is offered at a zero degree bevel stop which needs to be rotated or pulled out in order to enable the saw to bevel at the right.

The depth stop consists of a wingnut, adjustment screw and the stop itself. The depth stop can be used to limit the blade’s cutting depth, providing much better control for cutting taller workpieces or grooves.

The XPS work light casts a clear path on your workpiece in order to help you to expertly align your cut line. Many pros felt that this light outperformed most of the laser systems on the market because it requires no alignment and always manages to cast a shadow of the exact thickness of the saw blade’s kerf.

With a laser light guide, the laser projects a line that will remain the same width regardless of the blade’s thickness, which can require a little trial and error before it’s set up perfectly.

Dewalt Miter Saw Pros and Cons

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter SawPros: Dewalt claims that the saw’s dust collection chute is able to collect more than seventy-five percent of the dust that’s generated. But even if these claims are accurate, you’ll still need to deal with cleaning up twenty-five percent of the mess, which is still a lot. Heavy users will need to invest in a dust collector, shop vacuum, or barrier system in order to contain the mess. This saw comes with a sixty tooth, twelve-inch fine finish blade, which is a decent starter blade. We felt that the blade performed better than expected, however, it’s still only designed for general construction work and shouldn’t be used for fine woodworking. While you don’t have to spring for a better quality blade right away, a higher quality blade will offer a cleaner cut. You should also match the blade to the type of materials you plan on cutting.

Consumers will also get a tough hold down clamp with this model. But don’t expect any outfeed supports, although this is understandable considering many consumers will use the saw with stationary or portable stands.

On the top of the saw, you’ll find a handle complete with a couple of handle grooves located on both sides of the saw. The saw itself weighs in at just fifty-six pounds, making it significantly lighter than competing models.

Cons: The included dust bag is surprisingly small, however, if it were any bigger the saw would require even more clearance space.

DEWALT DWS780 Conclusion and Rating

The DEWALT DWS780 compound miter saw offers impressive cutting capacity and much more functionality than a non-sliding model. We were happy to find that all of the adjustments, levers, and knobs were easily accessible and comfortable to use. Each control’s function is simple to figure out, but if you run into any issues, DEWALT includes a detailed user’s manual.

Even straight out of the box everything is perfectly aligned. Most lower priced models require quite a bit of tweaking and adjustment in order to get the bevel angle, miter angle, blade, and the fences all zeroed in. So, you’ll be able to unbox this power tool and put it to work immediately.

This saw can be used to cut thick hardwood strips, wood studs, thicker plywood, and shelving material with no problem at all. We trust in the saw’s ability to cut plastic sheets, PVC, aluminum extrusions, and wood materials like a champ, consistently. The saw’s motor comes in at 3,800 RPM with a fifteen amp motor, so you know it’s packing power.

Like any model of sliding miter saw, this one will require a lot of space around it. When you’re not using it, you can fold it down and rotate it into a pretty compact package. But for permanent shop placement and regular use, you may want to check out a more compact model such as the Makita LS1216LX4 dual slide compound miter saw.

Overall, the DEWALT DWS780 Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw sliding miter saw proved to be capable of handling every job we threw at it. This is a saw that cuts precisely, adjusts comfortably and quickly, and slides smoothly with very little effort.