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Forum topic by Strickster posted 01-22-2017 03:52 AM 537 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Strickster

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01-22-2017 03:52 AM

Hi everyone. I apologize if I’ve put this in the wrong place, I’m New and not sure how to navigate very well just yet.

I hoping someone can help me in buying a miter saw. It will be my first one and it’ll come from lowes. I’m looking at the dewalt dw715 and dw716. I’ve read good reviews on both but also reviews that day the new 715 and 716 are junk. I like the 715 but the 716 will allow me to cut horizontal at 10” vs the 715 at only 8”.. Please help me.


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alittleoff

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#1 posted 01-22-2017 04:29 AM

Don’t know about the ones you mentioned, but I have a 717 and it’s a great saw. Cuts dead striaght once set up which dosent take but a few minutes. I may be wrong but I think I’ve cut 12 inches. On my saw. I’ve had it for about a year an a half and would buy it again. I paid 450.00 for it at lowes, then another 30.00 for a light that is prewired on this saw. The wiring for a light and laser both are prewired which makes it a breeze to install them if you want to buy or add them later.I don’t use a lot of Dewalt tools but find it hard to believe that they would sell or make junk saws. Probably a review from a customer with a grudge. A lot of those are out there. Also lowes let’s you return it up to 90 days which ain’t a bad deal.
Gerald

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#2 posted 01-22-2017 04:45 AM

I picked up the 715 while on sale last month. I am not a big fan of dewalt but this saw has impressed me. It was setup very accurately and the dust collection is good for a miter saw. Overall the 715 is a great saw for the money.

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EugdOT

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#3 posted 01-22-2017 04:48 AM

Just picked up the 779 a month ago for $399 at hd, fifty more dollars than the 715, and loving it, dead on right out of the box

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#4 posted 01-22-2017 12:53 PM

I ditto everything Gerald (alittleoff) above said. I have the same saw (highly recommend the LED shadow light) and really like it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Strickster

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#5 posted 01-22-2017 04:45 PM

Hey, thanks everyone. I see the 717 is a sliding miter. I’ll be doing mostly around the house and hobby work. The only thing that had me looking away from a slider, was people saying they are not accurate but I take it, that’s not true. That would probably be the best choice for me because I’ll be cutting boards at least 12” wide. The other problem is, that saw isn’t available near me and I don’t really have the budget for and extra $100.00 to get the 780. I can manage $499, but that’s about it max for now.

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Strickster

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#6 posted 01-22-2017 04:50 PM

My goal is to get a miter and then a table saw but I am very limited in space ….very limited. I usually have to get under the carport on nice days. I was thinking I’d be better off getting a miter first and the a table saw but the table table saw is something I’m also having a tough time with.

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#7 posted 01-22-2017 05:00 PM

When you hear junk, it’s usually compared to an older version of the Dewalt saw. The newer ones are fine…..

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#8 posted 01-22-2017 05:12 PM

What specific hobby work and things around the house are you planning? If you’re trying to choose between getting a miter or table saw, there are allot of things that you can do with one and not the other and vice-versa.

However, if the “things around the house” include trim and moldings, you can effectively use hand tools to cut the necessary miters. Spend the money on a table saw instead. Also, consider the fact that you can use a table saw to do many of the tasks that a miter saw is used for by constructing all manner of sleds and jigs for mitering and cross-cutting. A sliding miter saw is a good addition to a tool arsenal (especially if you have the space) but I’d consider it a luxury. The table saw is indispensable.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Strickster

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#9 posted 01-22-2017 06:01 PM

I’ll be doing things like projects with pallet boards but also nicer lumber, like oak and such but I’ll also be doing some shelving and maybe some trim and molding. With that being said, the majority of What I cut probably won’t exceed 2x’s thickness. I just want something that’ll give me a little growing room. I can see myself cutting 2×10’s regularly. A decision I thought was going to be simple has gotten complex.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 01-22-2017 06:31 PM

I’ve got a 10” dewalt that’s about 5 yrs old that I take on jobs… workhorse that holds alignment and just keeps on going.

I also have a 12” Bosch compound slider that is a bit more finicky but has held up for about 3 yrs and does beautiful work, but stays on the bench in the shop. So, both seem to be fine so far. My 2 cents.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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OSB

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#11 posted 01-22-2017 06:47 PM

I hate radial arm saws but if you are looking at an expensive sliding miter saw, you might be able to buy a used radial arm saw that will do the same miter cuts for much less money.

That would leave you a budget to find a good used table saw to fix up.

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Strickster

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#12 posted 01-22-2017 07:12 PM

I forgot to mention that I’ll be doing both miter and bevel cuts. The table saw I’m leaning towards is dewalt 7491.. What’s everyone’s view on that? I’m thinking ordering the dw717 or either go in store and get the 779 and get the 7491 table saw. Is there anything cheaper and better than the 7491 table saw ?

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OSB

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#13 posted 01-22-2017 08:12 PM

I believe most radial arm saws can be tilted to create a compound miter.

To bevel an edge I would use a table saw or router. A radial arm saw can cut some bevels that a table saw can cut but using a radial arm saw that way is one of several ways I don’t like to use them.

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