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Forum topic by El_Guapo posted 03-08-2015 03:14 PM 1381 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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El_Guapo

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03-08-2015 03:14 PM

I am in the market for a new miter saw. Right now Lowe’s is offering the DeWalt DWS780 (latest and greatest saw from what i can tell) and a FREE DeWalt DWX723 heavy duty stand with it for 599.00. I can add a 10% discount on this and the total for both the saw and the stand is $539.10 out the door.

I will not use the stand since my miter saw will be on a rolling cart but otherwise a stationary work station. I was thinking i could just sell it on craigslist or something…maybe get $125-150 out of it or something.

Appreciate your opinions.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 03:18 PM

I have that stand, and as I recall I only paid $100 for it (few years back). But your plan has merit, if I was in the market that’s what I would consider as well.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 03:18 PM

$600 is a lot of money for a miter saw, so the first thing I’d ask is do you need one? A good table saw generally has the upper hand in accuracy, so I use my TS for most critical miter cuts. I use my CMS for very long boards, molding, decking, and framing, etc, which doesn’t really require a top end miter saw. If you make your living with it, it’s more justifiable.

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El_Guapo

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 03:27 PM


I have that stand, and as I recall I only paid $100 for it (few years back). But your plan has merit, if I was in the market that s what I would consider as well.

- Fred Hargis


Currently everywhere i look this thing is $199 although there is a cheaper version for $100 out there as well. Maybe you got lucky and it was just a great bargain.


$600 is a lot of money for a miter saw, so the first thing I d ask is do you need one? A good table saw generally has the upper hand in accuracy, so I use my TS for most critical miter cuts. I use my CMS for very long boards, molding, decking, and framing, etc, which doesn t really require a top end miter saw.

- knotscott


You are probably right that I do not need such an expensive saw…but hey, i love tools and if all works out I can have a higher end miter saw for considerably less…more the price of an upper middle class saw. Even if i can only get $125 out of the stand on CL…that means I am only into the saw for barely over $400.

That being said, this thing has a ton of features and capacity which may only be needed occasionally…but they are there when you do.

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TimberMagic

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 04:04 PM

If you buy much at Lowes, you should have a Lowes card. You will get another 5% off on that miter saw by using your Lowes card. I bought a Porter Cable drill/driver set on sale at Lowes, and used my Lowes card to get that extra 5% off.

-- Lee

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 04:16 PM

Lowe’s cash register does not pyramid discounts…. my 10% military discount cancels out my Lowe’s card 5% discount. At least that’s my personal experience.

peace, T

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El_Guapo

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 04:17 PM

Unfortunately no Lowe’s card for me regardless…I try to keep my credit cards to a limit. I can live without the 5% though. I am going to go for this deal and hopefully I can get at least $125 off CL for the stand which will really drop the price on this saw.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 04:21 PM

Well, mine’s the 723 (down in the barn, had to go look)...but I wish you luck.

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NoThanks

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 04:41 PM

Regardless of the price, I think the Dewalt, or the Bosch, is worth having.
6 month to a year down the road it’s not going to matter what you paid for it, it’s what you have in the end.
Of course we always try to get the best deal though, more important is having a nice saw.

(I have both, but still prefer the Bosch)

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 05:34 PM

I’ve always gotten my money’s worth out of the Dewalts. We had a good many at our molding plant and they got run through the ringer there. They would usually last a year but they took a real beating at the plant and weren’t used for accurate work. The one at my home shop I have had for a good many years and has been a good one and has stayed accurate.

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jmartel

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 05:59 PM

For that money, buy the Bosch gliding saw.

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-GCM12SD-120-Volt-12-Inch-Glide/dp/B004323NNC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425837541&sr=8-1&keywords=bosch+glide+saw

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John Ormsby

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#11 posted 03-08-2015 06:10 PM

I used one of these Dewalts for 3 months on a project and would easily buy 2 of these instead of one Festool Kapex. Coming with a free stand is a good bonus. The saw is very accurate and strong.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#12 posted 03-08-2015 06:11 PM

Buy the Hitachi C12RSH at Lowes for $360 (after 10%-off).

Just as good as the Dewalt, and a lot less money or hassle reselling the stand.

And the best part is that you can choose how the sliding works, so you can put it much closer to the wall.

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 06:34 PM

It sounds like you’ve already made up your mind, but hear me out…

How important is it to you to have a good miter saw? Will you just be cutting long boards down to rough length? Will you be doing a lot of crown molding? How often have you gotten to a point in a project where you actually wished you had a 12” sliding compound miter saw?

Even in my area where there isn’t a very good woodworking tools market on craigslist, I see like-new DeWalt miter saws for sale all the time because a miter saw is one of those standard homeowner/contractor tools. I also see the stand pretty regularly for $100 on CL. Right now I see a DWS780 for $380, and a pawn shop 2 hours away from me is asking $150 for a (non-sliding) DW705 12” compound miter saw. I bought a used DW705 with a brand-new 80T blade for $80 a year or two ago.

Even if you think some of the features might come in handy someday, you can accomplish most or all of them just as easily with a different tool. So I guess the real question is, what other ways can you think of to spend the money that you’d save by buying a used or lesser miter saw?

I guess if you already have every tool you’ll ever need and now you’re just in the process of upgrading the tools that you use a lot, it may make sense to get a really nice miter saw, but otherwise I’d put the money into something else.

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El_Guapo

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 06:59 PM


It sounds like you ve already made up your mind, but hear me out…

How important is it to you to have a good miter saw? Will you just be cutting long boards down to rough length? Will you be doing a lot of crown molding? How often have you gotten to a point in a project where you actually wished you had a 12” sliding compound miter saw?

Even in my area where there isn t a very good woodworking tools market on craigslist, I see like-new DeWalt miter saws for sale all the time because a miter saw is one of those standard homeowner/contractor tools. I also see the stand pretty regularly for $100 on CL. Right now I see a DWS780 for $380, and a pawn shop 2 hours away from me is asking $150 for a (non-sliding) DW705 12” compound miter saw. I bought a used DW705 with a brand-new 80T blade for $80 a year or two ago.

Even if you think some of the features might come in handy someday, you can accomplish most or all of them just as easily with a different tool. So I guess the real question is, what other ways can you think of to spend the money that you d save by buying a used or lesser miter saw?

I guess if you already have every tool you ll ever need and now you re just in the process of upgrading the tools that you use a lot, it may make sense to get a really nice miter saw, but otherwise I d put the money into something else.

- Rob


Well, you should never ask me how many times i have wished for the biggest and the best in a project…lol That answer is always. As for need…if I need the cutting capacity or a certain feature even once and dont have it when I could have….well then I will kick myself in the butt!

However, i just may downscale my miter saw dreams for now. I am not a professional by any means and may never run into the issue. For now I guess I will just go on CL and find something.

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Mark Davisson

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#15 posted 03-08-2015 08:22 PM



$600 is a lot of money for a miter saw, so the first thing I d ask is do you need one? A good table saw generally has the upper hand in accuracy, so I use my TS for most critical miter cuts. I use my CMS for very long boards, molding, decking, and framing, etc, which doesn t really require a top end miter saw. If you make your living with it, it s more justifiable.

- knotscott

Knotscott (or anyone), do you have a method or system for making repeatable cuts (lengths longer than the edge of your TS table) with your TS? If so, would you describe it?

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