It takes a lot to be called the King of Miter Saws. 12″ Miter saws are generally the flagship of a tool brand. Serious professionals know that a quality saw is the way to go. Durability, precise cuts and a powerful motor all in a lightweight package are the key ingredients here. Eric recently reviewed the Bosch Glide Saw and loved it for its innovative space saving design, but high cost and lack of a visual guide system will keep it from being the king.
There are quite a few reviews of the DWS780 already on the Internet so instead of boring you with specs I will try and keep it in layman's terms. We needed a Miter for our flooring project to keep our cuts straight and tackle tight angled trim cuts. I am terrible at making cuts on a miter, I just always seem to mess them up. Well I can say for the first time ever my cuts were accurate every time, largely in part to the XPS system. It lays out a shadow of exactly where the blade is going to cut. It looks like a sharp pencil line and is better than any laser I have ever seen, but like most lasers you cannot see the line in direct sunlight. The LED does a good job of illuminating your work area. There is no wobble or play in the saw, it is dead on precise.
15 Amps at 3800 RPM is what the DWS780 puts out and it goes through material like butter. The cut was smooth, straight and left a clean edge on our hardwood flooring. For the first time in my DIY career I was able to make accurate cuts with ease. The saw can cut up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90° and 2×12 at 45° and the tall sliding fences support crown molding up to 7-1/2″ nested and base molding up to 6-3/4″ vertically against the fence while easily sliding out of the way for bevel cuts. It miters 60° to the right and 50° to the left.
The dust collection system works great at capturing most of the dust. The unit weighs 56 lbs and we felt the need to have a mobile stand . We chose the DWX726 Rolling Miter Saw Stand. It is a folding Miter Saw stand with wheels which gives you a complete mobile solution. It can support up to 8′ of material and easily folds down and stands up on its side for vertical storage. It was easy to move around and the tall tires went over uneven terrain with ease. The Miter saw attaches to the stand with 4 allen head bolts and an included wrench sits on the side of the stand, no quick release here. The gas assist lift helps raise the unit into the stand position. The stand and the saw are a winning combo from DeWALT. For the professional or the DIY guy that has to have the best, the DWS780 truly is the king of the Miter Saws and the addition of the DWX726 stand make it the perfect mobile job site solution.