DeWalt DW718 12-inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Saw
By D. Clark
I purchased the new DeWalt DW718 shortly after receiving an introductory DVD of the new 12" miter saws sent to me by DeWalt. I was impressed by the presentation on the DVD which exhibited the improvements, compact size, larger capacity, ease of miter and bevel adjustment and the new laser alignment system. I've had a 10" Makita compound slider saw for years and have used it extensively. The limited capacity and lack of a laser alignment sight were serious drawbacks. I've held off buying a new saw until now because none of the newer saws had that much of an improvement to justify replacing my old Makita. After seeing the DVD and personally examining and playing with the saw in a "Big Box Store," I decided the improvements justified the purchase. Another deciding factor was the smaller footprint and table height. My old Makita was mounted to a roll- around workstation with folding wings to support long material. I hated to give up the old workstation and build a new one. To my surprise the new DW718 easily fit my existing workstation, and the table height was exactly the same. All I had to do was remove the Makita, align the fence of the DW718 to the fence on the extension wings of the workstation and bolt it down. I was back in business in no time. I installed the laser alignment sight and took great pains to set the three adjustment Allen screws correctly to insure maximum accuracy.

When this was done my evaluation started. First, the quality of the saw, detents, table and overall build quality was excellent. Another reviewer complained of several flaws on his saw. I found none of these problems with mine. I did have to make small adjustments to the red angle indicator arrows and the miter detent bar. The adjustments took 5 minutes and were easy to do. The laser system is a real winner, and its illumination of the entire cut range of the saw, both vertically and horizontal, is excellent. The laser will be a real time saver as well as improving the accuracy of my cuts, especially with cutting miters and bevels. If you buy the saw, get the laser system. It works off the saw's power system and will work even when the saw isn't triggered. This is a good safety feature. I didn't find any problem with blade or head deflection mentioned by another reviewer. The slide works very smoothly and the large horizontal handle is a nice feature. The miter and bevel adjustments are easy to make and the detents snap into place firmly. The DW718 is noticeably quieter than my older direct drive Makita. The saw brake stops the blade quickly and the blade guard returns rapidly. Both are important safety features that work as they should. The standard carbide blade cut smoothly and was much better than I expected for an OEM blade. I have replaced the blade with a Freud LU91R012 but will use the OEM blade when cutting potentially damaging material. The only negative thing I've found about the saw is the dust collection system. Most miter saws, due to their ability to be set at many angles, do a poor job of collecting saw dust. My older Makita was one of the better ones, but the new DW718 does a very poor job of collecting saw dust. Other than that drawback, the saw is a definite improvement and will nicely fit into my shop. I can highly recommend the DW718 to anyone requiring a high quality large capacity compound sliding miter saw.

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  1. Overall a great saw. Love it.
    Review by ERIC

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    Great price on a great saw. Best price I could find on the internet. Great for doing fine finish work or general construction. (Posted on 2/22/11)

  2. three thumbs up
    Review by eric

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    This saw is the industry standard (Posted on 4/4/11)

  3. not too bad of a lift and very smooth.
    Review by Darrin

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    a saw like this in canada is 800. dollars plus tax (Posted on 12/23/10)

  4. Best of class
    Review by Dean

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    The deWalt 12 inch double bevel sliding mitre saw is basically your best of class item for this type of tool. Solid construction; well thought out attributes and great engineering make this the saw to have for the serious woodworker and the contractor alike. Toolking had the lowest price I could find online by $75.00. Shipped on time with free shipping. Could not ask for more. (Posted on 4/22/11)

  5. First ToolKing purchase
    Review by Jamie

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    Bought this to start renovating an unfinished basement. I have some experience with the 12" non-sliding compound miter saw and decided to go ahead and get the slider. No complaints so far, it cuts very well even with the stock blade. I would recommend the laser, and the miter saw stand, both have added greatly to the functionality of the saw. (Posted on 3/4/11)

  6. Cannot go wrong with this saw, get it!
    Review by Tom

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    I know a lot of pros who use this, I finally committed and have been using it daily. I studied comparable saws and just knew this was the one to get! Great price also. (Posted on 1/3/11)

  7. Love it!
    Review by Drew

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    After reading many different reviews I finally decided on this saw, wouldn't change my decision for a different miter saw at all! Cuts nice and smooth, quiet...can't ask for more. And Tool King's price was the best around! (Posted on 1/7/11)

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