The DW717 double-bevel sliding miter saw by Dewalt is equipped with the type of cutting precision that will satisfy the pros and an ease of operation that makes it a suitable choice for beginners. Dewalt claims that their latest miter saw features the type of optimized cutting accuracy that can easily outperform higher priced models. Continue reading to find out whether or not this model really does have what it takes to hang with the big boys or if it’s a better fit for home use only.
Our Verdict: Hands down, this is one of Dewalt’s toughest miter saws to date. This saw allows you to make repeatable cuts quickly and easily. The saw’s taller than average fence, powerful motor and the built-in bevel and miter detents, make a saw that’s versatile, easy to use, and incredibly durable. We would recommend this miter for DIYers, beginners, woodworkers, and pro craftsman.
Continue reading to learn more about this best-selling model by Dewalt.
Overview and Features
If you’re in need of a reliable, tough sliding miter saw for DIY jobs around the house, or a well-built compact saw for your woodworking shop or business, then you’ve come to the right place. Versatile, equipped with a variety of bevel detents, a top of the line fence, and an adjustable miter detent plate, this saw comes with all of the bells and whistles you could want in a pro-quality sliding miter saw.
Bevel Detent Plate
This model comes with the patented Dewalt bevel detent system. This adjustable bevel detent plate features a total of seven stops, a nice extra that can help to save plenty of time in your workshop. This plate will provide fast, clean cuts. The positive stops prevent time that’s wasted trying to achieve a precisely matched cut. Now, you can make repeat cuts easily and quickly.
In terms of cutting capacity, this model offers a max of twelve inches at a forty-five-degree angle using the fence.
This model comes with a ten-inch blade.
With a no-load speed of four thousand revolutions per minute, the saw is powered by a fifteen amp motor.
Stainless Steel Miter Detent Plate
This versatile, adjustable detent plate is made out of stainless steel and features a total of eleven positive stops.
The durable fence design will come in handy, especially for beginners who are not yet confident in their miter saw skills and need a little help when it comes to ensuring a smooth, clean cut each and every time.
The taller than average fence is perfect for working with baseboards and crown moldings. This fence can support 6 ¼ inch crown molding, nested vertically. When set against the fence the saw can handle six-inch crown molding. When making bevel cuts the fence smoothly slides out.
The saw is equipped with a couple of horizontal rails, a design that helps to improve blade travel accuracy. Because of the horizontal dual steel rails, this saw features a compact design that won’t take up too much room in your workshop.
Warranty and Money Back Guarantee
Covered under a three-year warranty, the manufacturer also offers a three-month satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with how this saw performs Dewalt will offer a refund, no questions asked, if returned within the three month period.
This miter excels at delivering accurate, fast bevel cuts. It can handle bevel cuts between zero and forty-eight degrees to the right and left. This type of capacity makes this saw suitable for bigger jobs, making it a great choice for the pro looking for a reliable saw they can bring from job site to job site. The saw’s design allows you to easily flip over the saw instead of struggling to turn over the workpiece, something that can be a real hassle if you’re working with heavier or longer materials, in cramped quarters.
The variety of bevel stops will allow you to quickly tear through wood as you make repeat cuts at the precise measurement. No long setup time, no manual measuring, just simple, fast, clean cuts.
While a large sliding miter usually equals more power and precision, this lighter, compact miter offers a truly surprising performance both in terms of power and cutting accuracy. The lightweight compact design also makes this saw highly portable. Weighing in at fifty-one pounds and equipped with a handle, you can easily transport, carry, and store this saw from one job to the next.
If you already know how to use a miter saw and want a model that can take your woodworking projects to the next level, then this model by Dewalt will be a total game changer and the one you need if you want to tackle larger projects.
Clearly, in terms of ease of use, cutting accuracy and speed, the Dewalt is at the top of its class. Competing models such as Makita Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw is offered at a comparable price but it only offers thirteen amps compared to this model’s fifteen. Additionally, it lacks many of the extra features that make this model so easy and convenient to use.
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- Miter detents
- Bevel detents
- Lightweight design
- Built-in handle
- Large cutting capacity
- Taller than average fence
- Three-year warranty
- The saw has a twelve-inch cutting capacity