DeWalt’s new 12” sliding compound miter saw, model DWS780, has been painstakingly designed to perform on the job site or in the shop. It has a long list of features, starting with a cut alignment system that casts a laser-like shadow to show where the blade will come into contact with the stock.
“This alignment system does not require recalibration over time or when changing blades, so it can be more accurate and durable than traditional laser guides,” says product manager Rafe Bennett.
Bennett also notes the saw offers an industry-leading combination of cut capacities, thanks to a back fence design that allows for 2” x 16” dimensional lumber to be cut at 90 degrees and a 2” x 12” at 45 degrees. The company says the saw can also support nested crown molding up to 7-1/2” and vertically-positioned base molding up to 6-1/2”.
To simplify and maximize vertical cutting capacity, the unit includes a rail lock latch for holding the saw head away from the fence.
DeWalt also focused on the keeping the weight down at 56 lbs. and also on dust collection. “Dust collection efficiency on this saw is really important for people who work in the shop. This saw collects over 75 percent of the dust made from cutting applications, without a vacuum, so if you connect it to a dust collection system, it’s going to collect even more than that,” says Bennett.
DeWalt’s designers even considered power cord management, routing the cord through the back rail so it won’t interfere with the sliding mechanism.
Other features include a 15-amp motor, left and right bevel capabilities from 0 to 49 degrees, and miter capacities of 60 degrees to the right and 50 degrees to the left. An adjustable miter detent plate offers 10 positive stops, while a cam lock also allows users to lock miter angles between detents.
The saw retails for about $599.
Accessories for the saw include DeWalt’s heavy-duty stand, model DWX723, which can support up to 16’ of material, and a compact stand, model DWX724, that offers up to 10’ of support. They sell for $199 and $179, respectively.
“Our new miter stands are lightweight and easy to transport, but they are durable enough to withstand professional jobsite conditions,” says Bennett.
DeWalt recently introduced a new rolling stand, model DWX726. It sells for $199.
Contact: DeWalt, 701 E. Joppa Road, Baltimore, MD 21286. Tel: 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.