The DeWalt DW715 Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw is a great example DeWalt’s commitment to producing high quality power tools. Hitting the market in the 1990’s, the DW715 became an instant hit with professional craftsman and armature woodworkers alike. Its mobility while remaining durable, made it the preferred miter saw for both job site needs and the workshop projects.
One of the best features of this model would have to be its power and blade size. Even though the DW715 weighs only 42 lbs, it still packs a lot of power with its 4,000 rpm delivering 15-amp motor. This combination of small size with big power makes it perfect for the craftsmen with small shops or limited space.
Even though this saw is light weight, only 42 pounds, it is still powered by a 15-amp motor which delivers an impressive 4,000 rpm no-load speed. This is important because the more power delivered to the blade, the cleaner the cuts and the harder the stock that the saw can chew through.
Another advantage is the DW715’s fence height. The tall sliding fence can support crown molding up to 5-1/4″ nested and base molding up to 6-1/2″ against the fence to enable it to handle larger stock. Additional advantages include an adjustable miter detent plate that is constructed of stainless steel and possesses 11 positive stops to improve efficiency and ensures accurate cutting while the 50 degree left and right miter offer greater flexibility. A massive 12-inch blade can tear through nearly any material you can throw at it and adds even greater flexibility to the DW715.
The one major disadvantage of the DW715 is its single-bevel cutting. Many cuts require complex angles and with the single-bevel of the DW715, there are some cuts it simply cannot perform. Though still a useful and dependable miter saw, this fact places some restrictions on the DW715’s abilities.
Another flaw in this model is the fact that it does not come with a laser to show where your cuts are going. Though not necessarily a must have, one would expect for the price, $200 and up new, it would be equipped with one.
The only other disadvantage to this saw is its dust bag. The dust bag is fairly small and requires frequent emptying to avoid clogs. This flaw could probably be easily fixed by your woodshop dust collection system however.
DeWalt is known for producing high quality power tools and that reputation continues with the DW715. However, the DW715 is better suited for the new users or the hobbyist woodworker that would not have to make too many complex angled cuts. Though not completely useless by serious woodworkers, its limited bevel would hinder its professional applications, such as for a trim carpenter, and the frequently clogging dust bag could potentially make it a hassle on the jobsite. If you are looking for a band saw more suited towards the serious woodworker then the Hitachi C12RSH model.
So, the workshop is probably the best place for this particular saw for both beginners and expert users. There, users could make use of their shop dust collection system to eliminate the need for the small dust bag and the chances of having to make super complex cuts would be less of a demand than like it would be on the jobsite.