|Review by Loren||posted 05-31-2008 03:12 PM||4812 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
- DeWalt DW712 8-1/2-Inch Single-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Brand: DeWalt | Category: Miter Saws
I don’t like the big 10 and 12” Slide compound saws. They are
too heavy to easily move around. I’m a relatively young man and
I am strong, but still I don’t like lifting much more than 40 lbs.
if I’m installing trim.
I bought this saw because I was doing a job where I had to miter
9” wide crown moulding and my older 12” miter saw (not a slider)
wasn’t able to do it, even on the flat.
The larger a blade on one of these sliding saws, the more it
will deflect and “flutter” in use… and a large blade magnifies
inaccuracies in the relationship between the slide and the saw
base. If sliders get dropped they can go permanently out
of whack – they aren’t adjustable the way they should be and
some are even manufactured with a “heel” in the blade… which
you might not find out until you start doing really demanding
work with the saw.
I like a light saw with a smaller blade for that reason. Much of
my work is in furniture making, not framing, so I don’t normally
need to cut thick boards with a miter saw, and if I do there
are other tools I can use.
This Dewalt saw makes acceptably accurate crosscuts. You can
make trenching cuts with it too, useful for making quick rabbets
in the ends of boards. I think it has 15 amps of power, which is
a lot more than the competing Hitachi 8.5” saw.
What I don’t like about the saw, and the reason it doesn’t merit
a 5-star (because it’s really good otherwise) is that the gauge
for tilting the saw-head is inaccurate. I think to get a 45 degree
cut you have to set it around 46 degrees on the gauge. It’s
such a minor thing that should be easy for Dewalt to get right.
It’s a design flaw they aren’t going to fix though.
Overall it’s a good tool with a strong motor and positive adjustments.
It’s sturdy-feeling too, though not too heavy at 43 lbs. Made in