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DEWALT D28715 14-Inch Quick-Change Chop Saw Review

Updated on October 24, 2013

A Good Quality Abrasive Cutoff Saw

In order to cut metal you are going to have to have a good quality chop saw. The best option is a cold saw as it will allow you to make accurate cuts very easily; the downside is that they are very expensive. That being the case for most people the best option is an abrasive cutoff saw. An abrasive saw is the type that most people think of when they picture a metal saw, the ones that throw sparks all over the place. They are not great for making accurate cuts as you will need to clean up the cut when you are done but they are great if need to make a lot of rough cuts.

There are a lot of good abrasive cutoff saws on the market so making the right choice can be a bit of a challenge. In order to help with that I have reviewed one of the more popular options, the Dewalt D28715. This should help you to decide if it is a good choice for your needs.

Things I Like About the D28715

There is a lot to like about the Dewalt D28715 chop saw, the best thing is how well built it is. Given that we are talking about a saw that is at the bottom of the price range for metal chop saws this quality is actually quite good. It is a sturdy saw that gives you the feeling that it will last forever. Despite being a very sturdy saw it is also quite light which is nice if you have to move it around the job site.

The other nice thing about the Dewalt saw is that it comes with a quick blade change feature. On most of the other cutoff saws that I have used changing the blade was a major hassle that took me forever. This was particularly true after having used it for a few years as the bolt would inevitably become stripped. In addition to a quick blade change there is also a quick lock vice which really helps to speed up your work.

There is lots of power with the D28715 so you should have no trouble going through even the toughest of materials. The soft start feature is also nice both as a safety feature and to reduce the wear and tear on the motor. In fact I like this feature so much that I really wouldn't consider a metal cutoff saw that didn't have it.

Things I Didn't Like

While I like the fact that the Dewalt chop saw comes with a quick lock vice one of the criticisms that I have is that it does not hold all that well. This starts to be a problem if you are cutting something that needs to be held firmly in place. The reality is that as convenient as quick lock vices are they simply don't hold that well. If you are going to be doing a lot of cutting that requires precision work where you need the piece to be held firmly in place you may want to consider a metal saw that has a vice with hex bolts.

The other issue that I have with this saw is that it can be a bit of a challenge to make accurate cuts because of issues with blade deflection. Although this is true of almost all metal cutoff saws it does seem to be worse with this one than most.

Should you Buy the Dewalt D28715?

Overall I quite like the Dewalt D28715 chop saw, it is a pretty good value for the money. If you are going to be doing a lot of cutting of metal I would strongly advise you to invest in a good quality cold saw.They cost a lot more but they are money well spent if you are doing a lot of metal cutting. If on the other hand you are looking for a saw for occasional use this is definitely one that is well worth considering. It does the job quite well for a price tag that is less than two hundred dollars. It is not the most accurate saw in the world but it gets the job done and should be more than adequate for most users.


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