DEWALT DWS709 Review
Looking for accurate cuts and decent amount of power to get those cuts? Heck there’s nothing worse than cutting lumber and finding you run out of steam, half an inch before the cut is completed! There were two limitations responsible for the time wasted: blade diameter and motor power. Looking for a dependable alternative? Check Dewalt 12 inch DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw. It has a twelve inch blade and a powerful heart to drive the blade deep into timber. That’s not all. An investment, as you always say, must be made after a detailed analysis, so let’s do just that.
The DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw boasts of an extended power fifteen AMP motor that is both durable and capable of revving at 3800 rpm. It is fast, accurate and makes less noise. It cuts with a smooth motion, with high level of accuracy and fast turnout. Its design makes it compact, flexible and suitable for many kinds of materials and cuts.
It is good for bevel cuts, for crown molding up to five and a half inches nested and base molding up to four and a half inches against the fence. Its tall sliding fences and innovative and exclusive back fence design make it possible for the blade to cut lumber of 2 X 14 and 2 X 10 dimensions at 90 and 45 degrees respectively. Its blade has a diameter of twelve inches and has thirty-two teeth. The blade has a maximum vertical capacity of 4.5 inches and a maximum horizontal capacity of 9.5 inches. Its stainless steel miter detent plate comes with thirteen adjustable positive stops. It has a cam type miter lock that ensures both accurate performance and easy adjustment.
The design and flexibility of the plate increases its accuracy, capacity and productivity. The durability factor is also at play in its design, e.g. it has dual horizontal steel rails that have linear ball bearing. Its durability is increased also because of the precision of its miter system. Its accuracy is more as its fence support is machine based. The adjustable miter detent plate makes the cutting fast and accurate. As it has thirteen positive detents, the saw can be easily adjusted to the most common angles.
Its red and large miter pointer makes locating miter angles fast. Similarly, its bevel scale has been designed to be actually oversized. That makes the scale convenient to read, that means fast and precise bevel angle adjustment. As the total weight of the miter saw is 51 lbs. It is compact and easy to carry.
What do you get in the package offered here? It comes with a DWS709 12-inch slide compound miter saw, a carbide blade, a blade wrench, a uniquely designed dust bag, a material clamp and a detailed and complete user’s manual. It is compatible with a wide range of other Dewalt products, e.g. DWX726 miter saw stand, DW7080 extension system, DW7084 crown stops and DW7053 dust bag. So, owning one product makes it easier and more economical for you to own and use another.
Operation and Ease of Use
Operating the DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw is easy. Its heavy duty all aluminium base and its tall ribs provide the much desired strength and durability to the machine. To save the wear and tear of the stainless steel plates there are pads over them. It has dual horizontal steel rails and a fence support with precise base.
Its soft grip handle is ambidextrous and ergonomically designed. Its dust port keeps your body and work site dust free by carrying the dust efficiently to its large dust bag that takes all the dust in and stores it. Thus you can work without emptying the bag far longer than many other brands. At 51 lbs. it is a light heavy duty miter saw. It works on a large range of materials, e.g. woods, ply, fibre and even steel.
DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw comes with a ninety days money back guarantee if there is any fault in it that dissatisfies the customer. Their impressive money back guarantee promises full refund with no questions asked. Dewalt gives you one year replacement and repair warranty, i.e. maintenance of the tool and replacement of the worn parts remain the company’s responsibility for the first twelve months. That’s not all. You will be given a three years extended repair warranty. Dewalt will repair its miter saw if any defect arises due to faulty manufacturing or material defects.
Cleaning and Care
DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw comes with a user manual that makes it clear that you ought to clean the blade and the blade clamp before you start cutting. Doing so ensures that you can replace damaged blade, as cracked or damaged blade may cause accidents during the operation. Chips and saw dust must be removed from the motor air slots as clogging there may lead to overheating and damage to the machine. The rails must be cleaned periodically. The same is true for the base and the rotary table. As saw dust can clog the dust duct and damage it, clean it before every use. Clean the air vents weekly by carefully blowing dirt and dust out. Its non-metallic parts must never be cleaned using any kind of solvents or hash materials. Clean them with water and soap. Keep the miter stored safely safely and out of reach of children.
When you compare the DEWALT DWS709 saw with few other 12 inch miter saws viz. Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw, DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw and Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw you’ll see that DWS709 is towards the lower price range in the category of 120 volts, 15 AMP, 12 inch blade compound miter saws. Its performance is comparable to its competitors in power, accuracy, durability and smoothness.
DEWALT DWS709 Review Final Thoughts
The DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw is not only powerful but also convenient to handle and use. When you buy a Diwalt Miter Saw, you get a rare combination of speed with accuracy and performance. Its lighter weight makes its storage and transport easier than many other miter saws in the category. It keeps functioning smoothly far longer than most other miter saws at the same level of performance and accuracy. It’s true that this machine does not have laser or many other lights and tunes but in its old school simple way it gives full value for every dollar spent.