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Forum topic by willhime posted 07-02-2015 08:22 PM 659 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2015 08:22 PM

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Is it possible to put a laser on a non-laser’d miter saw? I have the Dewalt DW715. And if there is a method, is it pretty accurate, or a case by case basis ?

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 08:35 PM

I haven’t used any of them but a google search for miter saw laser add on will get you started.

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 08:37 PM

As long as you arbor is big enough(most are) and you have enough clearance on your guard.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 08:46 PM

Is it possible to put a laser on a non-laser d miter saw?

Dewalt makes a worklight system for their miter saws, but it’s not exactly a laser – although it does serve as a cut locator via the blade shadow. There are several after market laser systems that would work, like this Irwin, or you could even probably use something like the $5 one from HF.

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 09:17 PM

I have one of the ones on my Dewalt 715 that comes on when the blade is spinning. It replaced the stabilizer nut on the left side of the blade. Just keep in mind it’s on the left side of the bade when you determine where to place it. It’s not bad but I like the double shadow lines you get from the new Dewalt light system a lot better. They seem to give you better visibility, the light they cast is nice and they work when the saw is stopped. But if your saw can’t take that system like mine the other ones are a cheep alternative.

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 09:32 PM

I like the Irwin kit one. I have mine on my old 10” Delta. You do have to make sure the saw is set up. The laser-cut is to the right of the line. This means you have to line it up, to the left of your marked line or tic. I recently was struggling with it and discovered my fence was off. Dan

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 02:58 AM

Dewalt I’m sure makes a laser for your saw if it’s fairly new. I went with the light that cast a shadow on the work piece. It, to me is a lot better or I might say works a lot better for me. The shadow is where the blade is and don’t move. I bought mine on amazon for about 30.00 I believe. I’m sure my saw is a 715 type 1 or 2 which has the wiring already installed in the saw for a Lazer or the led. All I had to do was remove a couple screws and plug it in. Pretty simple.
Gerald

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 12:09 PM

I got one of the bolt-on-with-blade types for a Christmas present. Projected a nice red line when the saw was running but about 3/64 from the actual cut line. Using it required “blipping” the saw and shifting the stock as required. Finally, I ended up ignoring it and just brought the blade down to the marked line on the stock. Doesn’t matter which side is the waste side, just be sure not to get mixed up. Personally, I would save my money.

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