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Dewalt DW712

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Looking for a new mitre saw. I was ready to buy the DeWalt 12" but I saw a DeWalt 8 1/2" slider. Says it'll do 3 1/2" crown nested, and has a horizontal pull about 11 3/4, much better than the DW715.


It's about 80 bucks more than the 12' and I'd need to buy the table extensions and a dust bag seperately, but I'd be willing to throw in the extra cash since it suits my needs better.


Looks like a nice toy, but I can't find anyone who knows about it or has used it.


Any help out there?


Thanks

(post #126417, reply #1 of 14)

I bought that 8" slider about 3 yrs ago.  Made in Italy.  Nice saw.  Accurate miters and bevels.  It bevels 45+ degrees one way, and 2 degrees the other way.  I think the miter is 45 and 60.  Only problem I have is limited choice of blades.  I think it will cut a 1x12 shelf board. 

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(post #126417, reply #2 of 14)

I believe it was marketed to stair guys and trim guys. I just saw them on sale at the Lowes around here for under three hundred.


I let my hardwood guy know. It would be perfect for him.


I need the 12" for all we do.

 

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(post #126417, reply #3 of 14)

If you go for it, save yourself some dough and forego the dust bag.


Aint met a miter saw yet with dust collection worth a dang.


If you really feel you gotta plug that hole, I'm sure you've got at least one mismatched sock floating around your dresser drawer.




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(post #126417, reply #4 of 14)

Ditto on the dust bag. Best yer catch is a small percentage.

 


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(post #126417, reply #6 of 14)

I have a 10 inch Hitachi slider.  When I'm cutting 1x's all day long I have to empty the dust bag 4 or 5 times

(post #126417, reply #13 of 14)

Oh so true Dust collection on Miter saws is a hard thing to do.

But I found a great solution
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11312&cs=1
I use this only when I set up a job site shop (when I will be on a job more then 2 or 3 days)
I have every thing I need to set up a portable shop in my drop gate trailer and for that my choice was a 12" dewalt slider. I also have a Dewalt 12" (Non-Slider) a delta 10" slider. (and a old Delta 8" but I use that mostly for cutting alum. and pipe and stuff.)

Which is best? depends on what I am doing the Dewalt Slider is permently mounted with full extension wings so setup and portability is not the plus with this saw but the ability to cut long trim with it fully supported in nice and when doing exterior PVC trim it is a real life saver.

The Dewalt 12 " is my #1 saw it is on a folding portable stand with wheels and extensions that are good for most work and it's ability to cut 6" vertical is great. and the 1x8 flat cut is good enough for most trim work.

The Delta almost never gets used anymore now that I have the Dewalt 12" slider in my trailer but i used it for all kinds of work but it's stops are not as good as the Dewalt's but It did a lot of work when I was using it. would I buy another Delta? NO.

(post #126417, reply #14 of 14)

I've stuck a vacuum cleaner bag on the exhaust chute of my miter saw.  It certainly doesn't catch all of the dust, but it helps.

(post #126417, reply #5 of 14)

The Hitachi 8 1/2 is the way to go.

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(post #126417, reply #7 of 14)

One mismatched sock? Married with two kids, all I have are mismatched socks.


Kidding. I'm lucky to have socks at all.


Agree with eveything you guys are putting out there. Dust bags are useless but it makes the customers feel good.


The Hitachi is a sweet piece too. Price tag is around a hundred more than Dewalt. Don't know if I can swing that right now. Might have to wait to see who ends up in the white house.


Have to do some more research. Appreciate all the input.


 


Anyone else?

(post #126417, reply #8 of 14)

Might have to wait to see who ends up in the white house.


Sounds like somebody is lookin' for Tavern access.




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(post #126417, reply #9 of 14)

Are you using the saw for trim exclusively?


I almost bought the 712 a couple of months ago but opted for another 718 because for only $150 more, it came with a stand and a couple of extra blades.


When I first began finishing I had an 8 1/2" Hitachi. It was a great saw once I got used to cutting everything and I mean everything on the flat.


The Hitachi was a great saw but since then I've bought nothing but DW's.


The thing I love about DeWalts is being able to hold the bladeguard up with my thumb while getting a sight line on my cut. Nearly every other saw has you on your friggin knees peeking under the bladeguard. OK if you are 5'-07" PITA if you are 6'-01".


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(post #126417, reply #10 of 14)

Tavern access? My ears are standing like the dog when asked if he wants to walk. Have I missed some posts? Unlike my lawyer brother in law, I've never passed a bar in my life.


I still do a trim job here and there but I do mostly custom casework and furniture. Don't like to go out and do the installs anymore but sometimes, if you want it done right...


Accuracy is the most important thing. Nothing worse than trying to adjust for the sloppy detents after a few years of use. The 712 is a bit smaller than the 715 too, although the weight compares. Looked at the 718 but I'm so set in my ways, don't know that I'd use a dbl bevel.


You all are making the Hitachis sound like they're worth a second look.


Hey Gordsco know what you mean about the blade guards. I've always found that a zip tie takes care of that problem. Hope OSHA ain't listening.

(post #126417, reply #12 of 14)

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Edited 4/4/2008 12:07 pm ET by rez

 

(post #126417, reply #11 of 14)

Hi Alfalfa,

I have the DeWalt 712 AND I have the Hitachi C8FB2. Both are nearly identical in design and capacity. If the Hitachi had a more positive scale indent it would win even though the DeWalt has nearly double the size motor. I never stalled or bogged down the Hitachi but not knowing exactly what angle you are cutting kind of stinks.

Bottom line both are good saws. Put a Forrest 8 1/2" Chopmaster on them for flawless cuts.