DEWALT DW713 Miter Saw
5000 RPM Motor to cut up to 4 1/2" molding
Anybody who has tried a power tool or two made by DEWALT knows that their products are usually very good, and the DW713 is no exception.
Well, it isn’t perfect. It actually has a couple of rather blatant flaws which I will point out at the end of this article.
First off, it has to be said that this tool’s cutting power is outstanding. The included 10-inch blade doesn’t look all that impressive, but once you see it in action, you’ll be surprised at how smooth and accurate it cuts your lumber pieces.
Of course once it’s dull, you might want to upgrade to a superior blade quality but right out of the box, the default blade works just fine.
Cutting Up Pieces in Various Dimensions
With this tool at your disposal, you’ll be able to quickly and easily cut lumbers and boards in varying dimensions including 1x2’s, 4x4’s, and 2x6’s.
Yes, boards that are 6 inches wide can be easily cut up by this wonderful tool, but do note that we’re talking about width here, and not thickness.
Although a fairly powerful miter saw, the DW713 really isn’t equipped to slice clean through a 6-inch thick board. You’ll obviously have to flip the piece over.
Angle Selection Stability
The angles are easily adjusted and once you’ve chosen your desired angle, the tool remains at that angle. So if you were to set it a 45-degree angle, then that is the cutting angle you’re going to get—not a tad more or a tad less.
This sort of dead-on accuracy is a far cry from other inferior compound miter saws that are typically churned out by unknown brand names.
Needless to say, the DW713’s cutting accuracy is something that’s very much worth jumping for joy—just as long as you’ve properly calibrated the indicators!
User-Friendly Calibration Procedure
The calibration procedure isn’t complicated since there are instructions in the user manual to help you out. Speaking of which, the manual is awesome!
What I find so impressive about the manual is the excellently illustrated step-by-step drawings that are littered throughout the pages, while the written instructions are detailed yet easily understood. It’s easily one of the best user manuals I’ve ever come across.
Also noteworthy are the fences which are quite sizable and they have a pretty good height too. These are great features to have for a miter saw fence as they play an important role in accomplishing exceptionally accurate cuts. And when you want to do bevel cuts, you can just slide the fence away.
I want to be clear that is a basic miter saw that will do good for DIY projects but you should know it's missing a few options. The newer models have laser adjustments which this doesn't and it doesn't have a built in clamp. With that said if you are looking to have those options jump over to the Dewalt DWS 7085 here. Mind you this is one of the cheapest models Dewalt makes vs other models so it could be the right buy for you. That's your call.
In terms of construction, you’ll be happy to know that the vital components contain little to no plastic pieces. The miter scale in particular, is made out of metal and easily adjustable to help you get those dead-on angled cuts.
It has a truly solid construction overall, though I must admit this is a quite hefty miter saw (35 pounds). There’s a rather well-made ergonomic handle built into the unit but it still doesn’t make the DW713 any lighter.
If you’re a bit lacking in the strength department to lug this tool around, then you’ll want to get a foldable rolling stand also made by DEWALT. Problem solved.
Now for the complaints…first off, the tool doesn’t come with a built-in clamp which is a shame. You can buy a DEWALT brand clamp that works with the DW713, but be warned—the darn thing is way too costly!
The next best thing would be a generic C-Clamp. Not the most ideal solution to be honest because depending on the size or design, a generic clamp can get a little obstructive particularly when you’re making bevel cuts with the tool.
And my last beef with this tool is that it does not include a laser attachment. I know it isn’t mandatory but it’s a lot easier to acquire those remarkably precise cuts with the aid of a laser.
Naturally, DEWALT has one that’s compatible with the tool and it’s called the DWS7085 Adjustable Miter-Saw Laser System. Again, not that cheap!