There might be a lot of questions in one’s mind when they are in the market for a miter saw. Things like does it have the necessary safety features? How many stops are supported? Is it worth the money? Is it durable enough to cope with a heavy workload, and is it powerful enough? The intent of this review is to help you figure out if the DEWALT DW717 is packed with the features to suffice your cutting and trimming needs.
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An average miter saw with 10 inch blade can handle any cuts of up to 6” in most situations. In the Dewalt DW717, the blade seems to be less wide in the middle. This can help you get a cut that is deep and accurate. If you are looking for a saw from Dewalt with a blade larger than 10”, you should probably take a look at the Dewalt DW715 which can provide deeper cuts with its 12 inch blade.
A closer look at the Dewalt DW717
The tool can be easily transported because of the low weight of 42 pounds. Once unplugged from the power outlet and the rail locked, the DW717 could be carried about with the conveniently placed handle. It is a double-bevel compound miter saw, which provides certain qualities that are very useful.
In a double bevel saw the blade could be slanted to the left or the right, enabling you to maneuver the tool for a wide range of cutting angles. The double bevel system also makes it possible for the tool to do back-cuts quite conveniently.
Within five seconds from the release of the trigger the saw blade will stop because of the automatic electric blade brake. However, this is not adjustable and shouldn’t bother you since it provides safety.
Sometimes even after the trigger is released the brake might not engage or might take more than 5 seconds for the brakes to engage. The Dewalt DW717 supports 7 positive stops and could be employed for hours of fast and precise cuts.
The 15 Amps motor is what makes it a high-performance power saw that could make the blade spin at 4000 RPM. The high-powered motor could go on for hours of strenuous work without interruptions.
Certain types of trim work like crown molding require a wide angle at which the blade can cut, this is also called a bevel. Because of the double-bevel system, the saw could work in a wide range of angles and is one of the best features of the Dewalt DW717. Desired bevel angles can set by loosening the bevel clamp knob.
A single bevel saw could only be set at an angle only to the left – since the DW717 is a double-beveled saw, the bevel angles could be set 52 degree left and 48 degree right. Removing the side arms gives you more control of the bevel angle. The fences on left and right could be got rid of by unscrewing the knobs.
What’s in the box?
The carton will have the DW717 miter saw, a 10 inch saw blade, a wrench in the pocket which could be employed to make adjustments on the tool and there is also a material clamp to secure the job. There will also be a detailed manual in the box.
Ease of use
The Dewalt DW717 is fully assembled with all the stops in place and is ready for use, out of the box. The saw can be mounted on a strong table or a workbench. The position of the handle is such that, it is closer to the guard, which enables you to do special cuts with ease.
Once the wooden material is in place; the spinning blade is lowered as your press lightly down on the handle and pull out the safety lock. When the handle is released from the downward pressure, the handle ascends to its original position.
It can handle a lot of light framing, trimming and large decks. With a solid build quality with minimal plastic, the machine could last for ages. The true strength is the wide bevel angles of 60 (right) and 52 (left). It might be a little pricey, but you will not regret buying this machine for the quality and all the features comes packed with it.
Last thoughts on the Dewalt DW717
The DW717 is built to the highest quality, and offers a lot of really useful features and a robust design. It is a durable saw, so if you are a professional and have a heavy workload this saw is ideal. It also produces really good quality cuts, so your work will always be of the highest standards. The Dewalt DW717 offers incredible value for money, and is certainly one of the top 3 miter saws in this price range.