Dewalt Miter Saw Review

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

When it comes to miter saws, there are a lot of power tool manufacturers chasing the Dewalt saw.  The reason being is people love these saws.  So why do people love the Dewalt miter saws? They are true and tried on the job site.  They cut awesome and hold up to the daily abuse.  So let’s take a look at the Dewalt Miter Saw Review.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review Overview

Carpenters, framers and more depend on a solid miter saw.  One that will take the abuse of the job site and also moving it around from job site to job site.  The Dewalt miter saw has proven to be that saw, the saw that stands up.

Dewalt has been building these beasts for a long time and have the experience to build a beast that will cut and perform day in and day out.  But what about the price.  That is where I think this will surprise you, well the power and ease of use will too, but let’s face it, we want a great deal.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review Features

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The Dewalt we are covering today is model DWS779. This is a 12″ dual-bevel sliding compound miter saw. The saw does come with a 3-year warranty and weighs 56 lbs.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The miter saw glides on 2 rails that are located on the back of the saw. If you are placing this on a bench, it will need some room.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The DWS779 comes with a 12 carbide blade.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The D-handle is located on the right-hand side of the saw.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The motor is located on top of the saw for greater capacity. The motor puts out 15 amps and spins the blade at 3800 rpms.

While the saw does come with a dust bag, it can also be hooked up to a dust extractor which the tube is located at the back of the saw.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The saw uses a stainless steel miter plate and can make cuts up to 50 degrees on the left and 60 degree on the right. The detent plate has 10 positive stops.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

You can lock and override the miter detents from the front of the saw.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The saw will make up to 45-degree bevel cuts both left and right.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

On the back of the saw, you can make your adjustments for the bevel cuts and also use the quick bypass.

If you don’t want the sliding feature, you can either lock the rails or use this quick stop and lock it into miter only mode.

For those who need to make trench cuts, yes, the saw will perform these actions.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The fences are tall like we have seen with other miter saws of this quality.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

The saw comes with a single clamp that is located on the back of the fence and it can be removed.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

On top of the saw, there is a carrying handle to move it around.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review Performance

Dewalt Miter Saw Review

As you would imagine, this performs like a champ.  There is a reason this has 392 reviews at The Home Depot with an average rating of 4.7.  The saw performs.  My only suggestion is the blade.  While the blade is decent, I am a fan of the Diablo blades.

The saw can cut up to 2×14 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees and 2×10 at 45 degrees

While the 7″ board cuts fine at a 90-degree cut, it does have a little issue when held upright or miter cuts.

As you can see it pretty much cuts right through the wood, well all most.  No big deal as that is a large capacity and you can turn the board over, but did want to note this cut.

Overall, the performance of the saw is outstanding.  The table is smooth, the motor is a beast and the saw cuts awesome.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review Value

The DWS779 retails for about $350 at The Home Depot.  For a double bevel sliding miter saw, I think this is worth every penny.  It has a large capacity, built like a tank and is a top performer.  Once you look around at other 12 Sliders, you will see that they run up into the $500 and higher range.

Dewalt Miter Saw Review Final Thoughts

Overall, I am a huge fan of this saw.  I have always been a fan of Dewalt saws.  Over the years, I have had a lot of experience in the field with these saws and they always perform.  Not only do they perform, but they take the daily abuse of getting bumped into, knocked around when moving them and more. A great saw for the carpentry, woodworker or the DIY enthusiast.


  1. Great review, full of all the right info as usual, thank you! As an electrician though, I have to point out that the motor technically pulls 15amps, not produces lol non-issue, and thanks again. Glad to see all the new posts!

  2. Hi, I’m new to woodworking and wondered why you need a 35.3 degree stop on the miter saw. I’ve never seen a miter saw with a stop in that position. What advantages does it offer? Is that grade required for a specific cut that is not common in crown molding?


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