You have probably heard of the hype around the DEWALT DWS780 by now and got curious. With curiosity comes hesitance; is it really worth the hype? Or is it another saw you pay for with sweat and tears only to disappoint?
We will go through its features, positives, negatives, and the final verdict together to find out.
DEWALT DWS780 Review
Dual rail sliding system
Sliding compound miter saws have the benefits of compound miter saws and the sliding feature.
Compound saws can do horizontal miter and vertical bevel cuts, which are two different angels. Sliding saws have rails to slide the saw back and forward while cutting.
The sliding feature allows the user to cut much wider material than a non-sliding saw with ease. As a sliding miter saw, the cutting width is pretty impressive in the DEWALT DWS780 saw.
This saw can miter 50 degrees to the left and 60 degrees to the right.
Can we talk about the miter detent plate? It has 10 adjustable pre-made positive stops to avoid the hassle of finding the right angles. The cam lock miter button helps lock the chosen angles to make the most precise cuts.
Say goodbye to having to flip over your workpiece to make the bevel cuts you want. The high clarity scale makes you see exactly what you’re doing through scale for the most accurate bevel cuts.
The easy bevel adjustment guides you in cutting better than a parent guides a child to walk. You can bevel cut at 49 degrees left and right. It also has positive stops at 0, 22.5, 33.9, and 45 degrees, also left and right.
The saw has a bevel cut depth of 13.75 inches at 45 degrees.
It weighs 56 lbs (24.8 kgs). This is not the lightest per se, but it is definitely light considering all the features it has. It has a handle and hand indentations to facilitate carrying it around and storing it. It also has a collapsible design.
This makes it perfect for dynamic work environments. It is a recommendation for contractors, farmers, cabinet makers, garage owners, and anyone who needs to move the saw around a job site.
The DWS780 does not disappoint in durability. It is made of tough metal plates. The blade comes with rugged guards. The stainless-steel miter detent plate is tough and here to stay.
The 15 amp motor is no joke either, reaching up to 3,800 rpm speed. This powerful motor enables the corded saw to cut through the largest and toughest timber it meets.
In addition, the high-grade blade it comes with is a 60-tooth 12-inch carbide blade, perfect for heavy work.
Not every saw user is born with steady hands, which makes the use of early saws difficult and dangerous.
DEWALT DWS780 has an integrated XPS cross-cut alignment system, which has a bolstered LED backlight. This strong light casts a shadow, showing you exactly where the cut will be. It is even more accurate than the famous laser guide.
The system is also superior to laser guide in that it doesn’t need recalibration after time or between blades. This makes the XPS system more productive too.
What We Like about it
First, it has one of the most versatile cutting abilities on the market. It has the sliding feature. It can make miter, bevel, and compound cuts. It works in different directions and angles. It has scales and positive stops to make everything faster and less tiring.
Second, it is portable, which is a nice surprise coming from such a versatile power tool.
Third, it is tough, sturdy, and powerful. It needs little maintenance due to the amazing build quality. With a 15 amp motor, you shouldn’t expect anything but impressive.
Lastly, it is innovative in its accuracy with an ultra-bright backlight that helps you see exactly what you need to see as a saw user.
What We Don’t Like About It
Although it makes an ambitious claim about a dust-collection system that catches over 75% of dust, the annoyingly long tube gets clogged up very quickly. It could definitely use some improvement.
In addition, the soft-start function is absent, which can be dangerous if you’re not a professional.
Finally, its blade is not suitable for fine woodwork; you will have to get another one with 90 to 100 teeth.
What’s in the Box?
Along with the 12-inch double bevel sliding compound miter saw, you get these essentials:
- One dust bag
- One 60T carbide blade
- One blade-change wrench
- One vertical hold-down clamp
There is no doubt that the positives of the Dewalt DWS780 significantly outweigh the negatives. It is a multi-dimensional gift sent by the gods to every serious woodworker.
If fine woodwork is your priority, just get a different blade. Other than that, you’re definitely good to go.