My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.
So let’s talk about the Dewalt DWS779 12” Double Bevel Sliding Miter Saw:
I used this saw in the shop at Pratt for over two years on a daily basis. It’s accurate, durable, and pretty much everything you’d need in a miter saw. The only reason I don’t have one in my home workshop is because the sliding arm design on this particular saw gives it an enormous footprint, well over three feet front to back when the saw is fully extended. Because of this, it doesn’t fit on top of the cabinets in my shop. Were I using it on a dedicated stand or on a jobsite, I’d have zero other complaints.
If you’re buying a slider to cut big crown molding, you might look into another fence design, as I’ve heard from a lot of my contractor friends who specialize in crown molding that the fence on this saw is a tad short for that purpose, but I use my chop/miter saw for rough stock sizing and have never cut a piece of crown molding in my life, so this hasn’t been an issue for me.
You see yellow tools at most jobsites because Dewalt makes tools tough enough to stand up to the abuse they get from contractors slinging the tools in and out of work trucks, lots of different users running material through the tools, etc. This saw is no different. A lot of other saws have an aluminum bevel detent plate. These get worn down and sloppy. Dewalt uses stainless steel plates which hold up to a whole lot more abuse.
For compound bevels, I like that this saw has actual physical stops at 22.5 and 45, so they don’t go out of alignment, and the detent plate is actually adjustable, so if things get knocked around, you can re-adjust the plate placement.
At $349, would I buy this saw? If I had the space on my cabinets to run this saw over the saw that I currently use, I would, all day long. It’s a great value for the money. The dust collection is very good (for a miter saw), the recoil action and the ergonomic motion of this particular saw in use is my favorite as well.