Thought I would take a short break from tutorials and write a tool review instead. People often ask me what tools I use to make my projects (see my Favorite Tools Page). While I’m not an expert on woodworking tools, I can tell you that certain tools will make your life a lot easier. One of those tools in particular is a miter saw (or as some say — chop saw). So I hope this Dewalt miter saw review will be of service to you.
I’ve had my saw now for a few months, and it’s been a very useful tool. I’ve used it for several projects lately — window sills, pen blanks, pallet-board bottle opener, crown molding and trim. You can purchase this saw at your local home improvement stores or order through Amazon. As of this writing, Amazon is offering the DEWALT Miter Saw for $599 which is a decent price.
Why did I purchase the Dewalt miter saw? I wanted a saw that wouldn’t take up much space and could easily cut angles with precision. Honestly, it took me a while to decide between the 12 inch Ryobi and the Dewalt. Both of these saws are great saws and come with excellent reviews But I had some gift cards and decided to spend a little extra on the Dewalt. I generally don’t buy saws or other tools on the high end, but I think it’s a good idea to spend a little more when you have the money. This saw should last for a while, and it’s hard to beat the quality of Dewalt.
Here are a few of the features on the Dewalt Miter Saw:
- Cuts 2 X 16 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees.
- Cuts 2 X 12 dimensional lumber at 45 degrees.
- Adjustment plate is stainless steel with 10 stop positions.
- 15 amp, 3800 rpm motor.
- Weighs 54 pounds and has a rugged handle built for portability.
- XPS Cross cut alignment system (I’ll explain this one some more)
Besides the Dewalt name, the deciding factors for me were the rugged and durable design, the ability to cut wider boards, the ability to cut angles, and the ability to cut 6 ft X 6 ft timbers. I enjoy building outdoor projects also, and believe this saw has the capacity to meet that need. Oh yes — and it’s portable, which is more than I can say about my Grizzly table saw which I also love dearly.
One of the coolest features of the Dewalt Miter Saw is the XPS cross cut alignment system. Rather than using a laser, this saw uses an extremely bright LED light that casts a crisp shadow cut-line on your board. So you can tell where the blade will come into contact with the board every time.
If you’re not familiar with miter saws, here is a good video that goes into the operation of these saws.
Read all the reviews and shop around for a good price. This Dewalt saw is a 12 inch compound sliding miter saw, so it might be more than what’s needed for most handyman projects. But like I said, if you’re financially able, might as well buy a better saw.
Enjoy the pictures below. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions about this saw.