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DEWALT DW715 Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Review of the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Outstanding Features and Top Notch Performance

DEWALT miter saws are some of the best on the market, which always makes reviewing them a lot of fun for me. The DEWALT DW715 made its way onto my radar because of its portability and power. And because this single-bevel compound miter saw is made by DEWALT, I just had to see what users are saying about it.

The DW715 really seems like a tough saw to beat in its category. The overwhelming majority of reviews I found had nothing but good things to say about this model. It has a lot of nifty features to ensure perfect angle cuts, it’s easy to use, and it has some really nice safety features. So let’s talk about some of the features that stand out the most.

Premium Portability

If you’re anything like I am, portability is probably one of the most important factors to consider when looking for a miter saw. I have to move my tools around a lot, especially when I am working on large jobsites. I’ve always found that if it’s difficult for me to get a tool to where I need it when I need it, its value drops tenfold. When jobs require you to move your tools around a lot, you want to be able to do it quickly and easily. Weighing in at about 42 pounds, this miter saw isn’t the lightest in its class, but it you should be able to take it wherever you need it without too much hassle. For example, if you’re working on a home renovation project, you can easily take it to whichever room you happen to be working in and quickly get it stored away at the end of the day. There is even a convenient carrying handle to make it easier to move.

A Cutting Machine

It’s great that the DW715 is portable, but how well does it cut? Well, it does a pretty darn good job, I can tell you that. It has a precise and adjustable cam lock miter system that allows you to cut angles with great accuracy. This is certainly one of the DW715’s strong points, as it allows you to execute accurate bevel cuts of up to 48 degrees to the left and up to 3 degrees to the right. That kind of capacity means it can be used for bigger jobs, not just small projecs, and I appreciate that kind of versatility.

This miter saw has a well made arm which easily swings from one side to the other so accurate bevel angles can be cut from both sides. I find this to be particularly handy when cutting corners in materials for doors or windows, for example. The DW715 promises to make cutting bevels even easier. You can angle the blade in such a way that it can cut two angles at the same time – both a miter and a bevel. Because most bevel cuts have to be made to the left with this machine (the left has 48 degree capability as opposed to 3 degrees on the right), it is considered to be a single-bevel miter saw, but in reality, there are very few angles this saw can’t handle.

Personally, I like to use larger blades because I think they give more cutting capacity. The DEWALT DW715 comes equipped with a carbide blade that is a full 12 inches, with the ability to cut through base moulding of up to 6.5 inches. It can also handle 4 x 4 posts and other framing materials with ease. This model has the capacity to cut through up to 8 inches of material, which is more than adequate for most common woodworking projects.

The DW715 gets all the power it needs from a 15-amp motor which spins the blade at 4000 RPM. This motor lets you cut accurate angles faster and more efficiently, which is is especially helpful when doing repeat cuts.

A Safe Design

With all that power, the safety features are my next concern. While it’s all well and good to get perfect angles on wood and other materials, my fingers are a little more precious! So, what I found out is that DEWALT did put some well needed safety features on the DW715. The blade guard covers the blade completely when it is raised, and as you lower it, the guard lifts out of the way to allow you to cut your materials safely. I am usually not a big fan of this type of blade guard (I actually find them to be quite annoying), but none of the users of the DEWALT DW715 had any complaints about it. In any case, I guess it is always better than relying on human instinct and reflexes alone. In addition to the blade guard, the DW715 is also fitted with an interlocking trigger, which prevents the the blade from starting unintentionally and possibly making unwanted cuts.

No Laser

Some of the reviewers of the DeWalt DW715 were disappointed that it doesn’t have a built in laser guide system to helps you to see the cut line more clearly. While I enjoy working with a good laser, the fact is that it is not absolutely necessary to have one in order to get accurate cuts. The DW715 has enough features, like its miter lock system and its bevel positive stops, to help you get accurate cuts without the use of a laser. You can always purchase a compatible laser if you think you really need one.

In The End

The fact that the DEWALT DW715 does not have a laser is not a big deal to me. While I do like working with lasers, I have lots of experience cutting perfect angles without them. I would consider purchasing the DEWALT DW715 for its portability and its safety features. It’s covered by DEWALT’s standard three-year limited warranty, a one year service contract, and a 90 day money back guarantee. so I would be happy knowing that if it turns out that this was not the miter saw for me, I can return it and get my money back.