At the recent DeWalt media event, we had the opportunity to test out a range of innovative products. Among them was the brand-new DeWalt 12-inch sliding compound miter saw, known as the DWS780. DeWalt proudly claims that this saw is the lightest dual-bevel sliding miter saw on the market, weighing in at just 56 pounds. With a price tag of $599, the DWS780 is an excellent choice for professionals and passionate DIYers looking to tackle major home projects. In this preview, we’ll explore the key features and benefits of this impressive tool.
Enhanced Precision with XPS LED Lights
The DWS780 stands out with its new XPS LED lights that project a laser-like light onto the work surface. This feature aids in showing precisely where the blade will cut. DeWalt is confident in the accuracy of this system, stating that it is more reliable than traditional laser systems that may drift over time. While this innovation allows for precise cutting, it is worth noting that the saw still utilizes a smoke blade guard, which unfortunately obstructs the view of the blade.
The DeWalt DWS780 is a dual-bevel miter system capable of tilting from 0 to 49 degrees in both directions. This saw offers positive stops at 0, 22.5, 33.9, 45, and 49 degrees on both sides. The beveled scale, designed in striking black and yellow, is easy to read. Additionally, the saw can be tilted 60 degrees to the right and 50 degrees to the left. For precise cuts, the stainless steel miter stop features 10 positive stops, allowing for accurate results when working on crown molding and other cuts. DeWalt has retained its reliable black push-down cam-lock miter buttons to secure the angle between the fixed detents on the stainless steel plate.
Caption: DeWalt DWS780 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Powerful Motor and Versatile Cutting Capacity
Equipped with a robust 15 amp motor spinning at 3800 RPM, the DeWalt DWS780 delivers impressive cutting power. One notable design feature is the power cord, which is cleverly routed through the back of the saw, ensuring it doesn’t interfere with the slide-miter mechanism. In terms of cutting capacity, this saw can cut up to 6-3/4 inches vertically and 13-7/8 inches horizontally at 90 degrees. DeWalt claims that the saw can handle a nesting crown capacity of 7-1/2 inches. The rear fence design allows for cutting 2×16 at 90 degrees and 2×12 at 45 degrees.
Caption: This new saw has great vertical cutting capability
Lightweight and Ergonomic
While the DWS780’s cutting capabilities are remarkable, its standout feature is its weight. Weighing in at just 56 pounds, this saw is incredibly light, especially for a sliding double miter saw. Moreover, DeWalt has incorporated ergonomic handles, making it easy to grab and transport the saw from the job site to your truck or trailer.
Caption: Compact when closed
Availability and Accessories
The DeWalt DWS780 sliding compound miter saw will be available starting from August 1st, retailing at $599. As with all DeWalt products, the DWS780 is backed by a 3-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
- Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand (DWX723)
- Compact Miter Saw Stand (DWX724)
- Heavy Duty Workbench (DWX725)
- Heavy Duty Workbench with Miter Saw Mounting Bracket (DWX725B)
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