A while back we did a review of the Dewalt DWS780 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Miter saw. We are not going to bore you with all the stats and small things again. However we wanted to give you an update on how the saw has been working out. Some of the things we like and don't like about the saw since we have been using it. If you do want to know about the stats, you can check out Dewalt.com. If you want to check out what other people are saying, there is a lot of feedback on Amazon about the DEWALT DWS780.
I want to talk about the saw, but before we get there I have to mention the stand. The stand I have been using is great. It takes a little while to assemble, but once it is assembled, it is very nice. I love how easy it is to set up and take down. In fact when I am at home, I find myself using this more than my miter saw set up on my work table. I can just wheel it outside, easily lift it up and start cutting. Plus when I am not using the saw, it folds up nice and can easily be stored in the corner. The one thing I wish Dewalt did with this stand is make a quick release feature so I can easily take the saw on and off to put in the bed of my truck. They have that feature with the bigger miter stand which is a great idea. The stand also has no hide-a-away supports to help support your longer pieces of wood on the left or right.
Okay now to the saw. When I first used Dan's saw, I fell in love it. It was smooth, accurate and cut well. A couple months later, I got my saw. The first thing I did was make some cuts to try it out. I noticed that while it cut through wood, it wasn't doing a great job. It seemed like it was having a hard time making simple cuts. I knew this had a strong 15 amp motor, so I wasn't sure what was causing the slow down. I ended up changing blades and then it just ran through everything. Turns out it was a bad blade that was included with the saw. This is weird because we had the same problem with the cordless 18V circular saw. Anyways, no big deal. Since then it has ripped through everything and has done a great job. I have used it for a bar project, a basement, my bathroom, a shed, a fence and more. Time after time, it rips through everything. I have heard some people complain that the saw is not smooth during certain operations, but for me it has been smooth all the time.
Some of the key features that have stood out with this saw is first the light. I have to say this is a cool feature and very accurate. Even using it outside it works well. Not if the sun is directly on the table, but even when it is bright outside, I can still see the light. One feature I love is the small lever on the back to turn it into a chop saw. Some other sliders I have used, use a knob to lock the saw in place (which the Dewalt still has if you want to use this feature for quick cuts) over time they seem to vibrate loose. With the Dewalt, just flip the lever and it will stay in place. You don't have to worry about it coming loose. Moving the table to different angles is a snap and I have noticed it's very accurate. You should lock the table down to the angle you want, but I rarely do because once it's set, it stays in place.
I really can't find anything I don't like about this saw. Some people have complained that there saw is hard to slide during certain operations. Mine seems to slide pretty nice. The saw is powerful, accurate and easy to set up. I know some people don't like sliders, but I just like having the option of cutting bigger material when I need to. For me this is an awesome saw and worth every penny. If you are looking for a top notch sliding miter saw, the DWS780 will not disappoint you.
Below is a video we did on Dan's saw.