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DEWALT DW716 15 Amp 12-Inch Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw Review

Updated on November 16, 2010

Dewalt DW716 12-inch Double Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Dewalt DW716 12-inch Double Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Anyone that is a serious woodworker likely has a miter saw, they are probably the most useful tools you will ever buy. They are certainly worth the investment since making a compound cut is awkward without one. A Dewalt DW716 12-inch double bevel compound miter saw should be amongst the first tools that you purchase because trying to be a woodworker without one is difficult.

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For the most part the type of miter saw that you choose is going to be determined by how much you want to spend and how serious you are about woodworking. You do tend to get what you pay for when it comes to buying a miter saw. There often is a significant price difference depending on the size and the quality of the saw that you choose. It is usually good advice is to buy the best saw that you can afford. This will help ensure that you get the most benefit out of this extraordinarily useful tool.

It is generally possible to get a compound miter saw in three different sizes 8, 10, and 12 inches. When we talk about a miter saws size we are really speaking about how big the blade is. The larger the blade the bigger the piece of wood it can cut. Although you can get miter saws in three sizes the eight inch saw is so limited in what you can do with it that it really isn’t even worth considering. Which means that you will need to choose between the ten and twelve inch options. It is unlikely that most woodworkers would ever encounter a piece of wood that is too big for a ten inch saw so that is normally large enough for most needs. Professional carpenters are usually the only ones likely to need to cut pieces that are too big for the ten inch blade and they are the ones the twelve inch miter saw is mainly aimed at.

Another major consideration is whether you need a standard miter saw, a compound miter saw or a sliding compound miter saw. The standard miter saw can only cut miters which puts a limit on how useful it is and makes it really not worth considering. The compound miter saw is capable of cutting both miters and bevels; this greatly increases its usefulness. The advantage of a sliding compound miter saw is that after you plunge the blade into the piece you are cutting you can move the saw through it; this makes it possible to cut pieces of wood that would otherwise be too large. Of course there will be an increase in price as you step up from a regular miter saw to a compound miter saw to a sliding compound miter saw. The one you select is mostly down to your particular needs but is probably a good idea to consider a compound miter saw.


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