DEWALT DWS780 Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT DWS780 Miter Saw
If there’s one thing that puts a smile on my face, it’s realizing the fact that I’ve spent my hard-earned money on a near faultless power tool.
Well, since getting my DEWALT DWS780 and putting it through the paces, I’ve been smiling a lot.
DEWALT DWS780 Sliding Compound Miter Saw
The DWS780 has almost all the elements needed for a truly exceptional miter saw, and the fact that it’s made by one of my favorite power tools company in the world makes it just that much better.
What exactly make this saw so great?
Okay, here’s the lowdown…
When I first unboxed it, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the construction. The saw has a good amount of metal components and the whole unit feels extremely sturdy. It just gives out that made-to-last kind of vibe.
The DWS780 shines like the sun in the cutting department. Armed with a stock 60-tooth blade, the cutting power of this tool is incredible.
Some people might feel tempted to immediately switch the blade with one that has more teeth, but I would strongly suggest that you stick with it. The stock blade is phenomenal in its own right and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
It has no issues cutting through 6x6 posts, and if you have some wider pieces such as 4x10’s or 4x12’s that need to be cut, this saw will handle them easily and without leaving unpleasant wood shards around the cuts.
The cuts are delightfully smooth, accurate and with the double bevel feature, you’ll be able to produce a decent number of safer cuts. It can make cross cut that are 16 inches wide.
There are so many things you can do with the saw. From crown molding to trimming and framing projects, the flexibility it offers is simply brilliant.
The mechanisms for adjusting the saw are a snap to use and they are very responsive. I didn’t face any problems when working the mechanisms and locking on the angle adjustment.
And don’t get me started on the angles, which seems to always hit the mark.
Additionally, the slide is excellent—a feature that’s truly helpful for cutting up much larger wood boards.
No more turning over the board to cut the opposite side. With this saw’s slide, a large board can be cut straight through from one side. This will save you a lot of time especially if you have multiple large boards to go through.
I especially like how you don’t need to calibrate the saw. Out of the box, the calibration is faultless.
XPS LED Lights
The DWS780 doesn’t come with a laser but it offers a much better substitute in the form of XPS LED lights. Each side of the blade is furnished with an LED light and they cast a line of shadow on the wood, so you’ll be able to determine the exact area where the blade will cut.
The lighting accuracy is truly amazing. A good number of users have expressed their delight with the saw’s XPS LED lighting system, and some even went as far as to say that it is much more precise than using a laser.
After all the accurate cuts I’ve achieved thanks to the lighting system, I concur as well—it is superior and no calibration is required to get it to work.
The DWS780 biggest problem is that without a decent rolling miter saw stand, it won’t work as well as it should.
You can buy one which is also made by DEWALT, and they run for about a couple of hundred bucks…yikes! True, it isn’t a cheap price, but you should really get one. Check out my pages on the Rolling DEWALT Miter Saw Stand and the Heavy Duty DEWALT Saw Stand.
Oh, and let’s not forget, the DWS780 itself is already mighty pricey.
Also, the slide is a bit lacking in smoothness. It not’s a big deal but it does get frustrating from time to time.
Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw Rating and Review
DEWALT DWS780 Miter Saw
Although not totally perfect, the DWS780 is still consistently enjoyable to use and it happens to be the tool of choice for some professional contractors. This speaks volume of the quality of this saw. If you do have the cash to splash on this thing, don’t hesitate—just get it!