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Forum topic by BryanFaz posted 01-24-2018 03:02 PM 1550 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BryanFaz

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01-24-2018 03:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

I am in the market for a sliding compound miter saw and am considering the Dewalt 779. Pros/cons/alternatives?

Thanks!!!


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#1 posted 01-24-2018 03:21 PM

I have this one and am very happy with it. Biggest con is the footprint, if you plan on doing a mitersaw station with it, plan for a lot of rear clearance for the slide mechanism. It is also kinda heavy, if mobility is a concern. Like I think any saw spend some time getting everything dialed in and upgrade the blade to what makes sense for your materials. The Dewalt labeled blade that comes with it is not bad at all, but in my case I have had better cuts with Freud and CMT blades. The LED/shadow cut line is much better than the laser types on some saws. This is the first slider I have extensively used, but I did put my hands on several before picking this one. The 12” Ridgid was the other saw in my price range that I was debating getting. The slide mechanism seemed stronger on the Dewalt to me but honestly they were pretty close. All that being said, if money was no object I would get a Festool Kapex.

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 03:50 PM

Thanks Rob!!

I’m a Dewalt fan…many if not most tools in shop are Dewalt, or Porter Cable. I’ve not used a slider yet. the 12” I used for 10+ years did fine. I’m looking forward to the slide…and the LED cut line. I’m in good shape on space, and it won’t be going anywhere.

Big help…thanks!!!

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 03:59 PM


I m looking forward to the slide…and the LED cut line.

- BryanFaz


I not sure if that XPS (LED cut line) system is available on the 779 or if that’s what sets the 780 apart. Pretty sure the 779 can be outfitted with an XPS accessory, though.

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

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 04:12 PM

Don’t know anything about De Walt. I do understand they make excellent tools.
I recently bought a Bosch. I’m very happy with it. As with most new saws, I suspect, the blade supplied was crap. I had a 60 T (mine’s a 10”) Tenryu Miter Pro waiting.
The saw detents were accurately aligned for 90 and 45, for both straight and bevel cuts, right out of the box. The action of the Axial Glide mechanism is smooth and saves a lot of space in back.
I have not found any feature of this saw to complain about.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 04:42 PM

I have an older Bosch SCM saw (model 3915). I use it all the time and think it’s a great tool. Dust collection is not very good though—even with a vacuum connected. You really need some sort of enclosure with a vacuum attachment. Buy a good blade designed for the radial arm/miter saw (negative hook).

If I were going to buy a new SCM saw I would consider Festool. Even though they are 3x the price—I think those tools are well made and engineered to provide quality results. I tend to be easy on my tools and I’m able to get many years of use out of them—so for me it might be the last SCM I ever buy.

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BryanFaz

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#6 posted 01-24-2018 04:48 PM

I think that 3X the price is the main reason I can’t consider a Festool. I have no doubt they are quality tools.

I’m not sure I’ve ever used a miter saw (Bill) that had good dust collection. Possibly because I don’t turn my dust collector on unless I absolutely have to (planer, etc.). HAHA.

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#7 posted 01-24-2018 04:49 PM


I m looking forward to the slide…and the LED cut line.

- BryanFaz

I not sure if that XPS (LED cut line) system is available on the 779 or if that s what sets the 780 apart. Pretty sure the 779 can be outfitted with an XPS accessory, though.

- Ripper70

Bryan is correct. I looked at the picture of 779 and thought it was the same saw as the 780.

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Ripper70

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#8 posted 01-24-2018 07:22 PM

I m looking forward to the slide…and the LED cut line.

- BryanFaz

I not sure if that XPS (LED cut line) system is available on the 779 or if that s what sets the 780 apart. Pretty sure the 779 can be outfitted with an XPS accessory, though.

- Ripper70

Bryan is correct. I looked at the picture of 779 and thought it was the same saw as the 780.

- RobHannon

When looking at a picture it’s easy to confuse the two. With the exception of the footprint and the overall height and weight, they are virtually the same saws. But I think you’d better check again. I don’t think the XPS system is included on the 779. It’s what sets them apart.

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

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