Shop Talk

The October 2011 Featured Tool of the Month

  • Dewalt’s DWS780 Miter Saw:

    A 12” Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With XPS Technology


    More than a handful of craftsmen list Dewalt among their preferred and most trusted industrial equipment manufacturers. This, of course, is no coincidence. Dewalt has a well earned reputation of high-performance and big power and with tools like their new and revitalized DWS780 miter saw, there is no real question why Dewalt is an industry leader. Introducing this miter saw in response to the growing craftsmen demand for a saw that can perform in both the shop and on the jobsite, this tool is turning heads and clean-cutting a huge amount of stock

    Designed specifically to meet the needs of professional woodworkers and industrial builders, this saw is rugged and powerful enough for the demands of job-site life while also being precise enough for more delicate applications in the shop. The thing is durable enough for tasks like decking and framing, but still weighs only 56-lbs making it one of the lightest saws in its class. The thing is designed around the professional crafter and is engineered to perform in both of his worlds – both inside and outside, aggressive and precise. Additionally, with such a comparatively light-weight build, the tool is also equip to be more easily carried between those two worlds. It travels well, so to speak.

    To get a little more specific about the new perks this saw brings to the table, the tool features an integrated XPS cross-cut position system. This precision system casts a “laser-like” shadow on your work surfaces directly over the cut line. Really, a smooth, thin shadow is cast atop your materials indicating exactly where the blade is going to touch-down. This mechanism is deadly accurate and, allegedly, requires no adjustments – ever; no recalibration over time, and no adjustments after blade changes. The XPS system provides a truly accurate cut-line with no maintenance whatsoever. Of course, this improves your general visibility of the cut-line and enhances your overall working accuracy and results as well.

    The saw’s motor delivers 15-amps of power and 3,800 RPM for long lasting power and greater life-time durability and with an effective dust collection system (which captures more than 75% of the debris you generate), the DWS780 is ultra-efficient on all counts. The saw’s exclusive back fence design additionally allows users to cut up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90-degrees and 2×12 at 60-degrees. The tool’s tall sliding fences can easily slide out of your way to perform bevel cuts, while also boasting the chops to support crown molding up to 7-1/2” nested and base molding up to 6-1/2” vertically against the fence (horizontal capacity (with baseboard lying flat) is up to 16”).

    Additionally, the tool’s adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate (including 10 positive stops) both improves your cutting accuracy and increases your overall productivity and with miters 60-degrees to the right and 50-degrees to the left, a revised gearbox and belt-drive design (which increases vertical cut capacity) the saw offers a huge overall cutting capacity. An oversized bevel scale additionally ensures your bevel angle adjustments are fast, accurate, and simple.

    The miter saw delivers ultra fast and accurate miter angles with a cam lock miter handle (which also features detent override), and special thanks to the tool’s dual horizontal steel rails, innovative clamping mechanism, and smooth linear ball bearings, the tool’s is masterfully durable and conveniently compact. The DWS780 additionally boasts a precise miter system and machined base fence support that optimizes the thing’s overall durability and cutting accuracy. The kit includes a 12” carbide blade, a blade wrench, dust bag, and vertical material clamp.

    Altogether, the thing is comprehensive, competitive and really quite cool. If you’re looking for something that can perform well in the shop and on the jobsite as well, something that travels and stores easily, and something that can provide both big power, intense precision, and a 3-year limited warranty, don’t look too much further than this new 12” double bevel sliding compound miter saw.