DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw, 12-Inch
The DWS709 won’t win any awards when it comes to features. This is basically a no-frills 12” miter saw with the ability to execute reasonably smooth cuts pretty accurately.
A number of users mentioned that the saw is capable of cutting through a 2x12 piece in one swoop, but this is not the case in my experience.
Whenever I cut a 2x12 with this machine, I can only finish it by raising the piece, and this is due to the slide bar’s lack of length.
Still, the sliding feature is no too shabby. A regular chop saw doesn’t provide such versatility, so many weekend warriors will probably cherish this feature to bits, despite the shorter slide bar in comparison to other compound miter saws in DEWALT’s stable.
While it is advertised as having the capacity to cut 2x14 lumbers, that’s possible if it’s aided by a back fence. For a 2x10 lumber, you can get a single pass with a straight across 90-degree cut.
The DWS709 really shines at making 90-degree straight cuts. Of course being a decent quality miter saw, it is also does 45-degree cuts pretty well.
When it comes to capacity of cut, it’s the same as most compound miter saws. There are controls on the unit so you can miter your saw 50 degrees to the left and 60 to the right.
You can also bevel it 49 degrees right or left using the bevel lock knob. Adjusting the bevel angle is essentially child’s play because the bevel scale is considerably large, and the accuracy of the cuts is terrific.
Actually, all the controls and settings are easy to understand and use. Just make sure you take the time to read the user manual.
The 12-inch blade that they throw in with the saw is your standard 32-teeth carbide blade. Obviously it’s nothing spectacular, but definitely okay for most jobs.
I would imagine that once it blunts, you’ll want to upgrade to a better quality blade. I have a friend who also owns the DWS709 and according to him, the included blade is simply not up to scratch.
He went ahead and replaced it with an 80 teeth blade and the difference in cutting performance is staggering. The cuts made by the blade are incredibly smooth. Needless to say, I’ll be getting that blade too.
Additional Plus Points
I particularly like the auto blade brake because it brings the blade to a halt within seconds after you pull your finger off the trigger switch.
As for built quality, I wouldn’t expect any less from DEWALT. This is one rock solid machine and weighing in at approximately 50 pounds, it’s clearly heavy so getting a rolling stand for it is not a bad idea.
No laser included to help guide you during cutting. Also, the DWS709 is not compatible with the much coveted XPS LED work light.
What this add-on does is it casts a shadow cut line on the wooden piece you’re about to slice through, so it’s great for ramping up your cutting accuracy. Frankly speaking, it’s actually better than using a laser.
And finally, the machine has no depth stop adjustment so making rabbet cuts is not possible. I think for the price, they should’ve thrown in this feature.