DeWalt continues to demonstrate their dominance in the power tool industry with the DeWalt DW716 Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw. Even though it is roughly the same size as its cousin, the DW715, the DW716 offers double-bevel which the DW715 doesn’t. If you are looking for the latest and greatest version of the DW series you I would suggest that new DW717 Miter Saw.
Additionally, only weighing roughly 2-pounds more than its predecessor, the DW716 remains mobile with its built-in carrying handle and blade locking pin, making it perfect for portable applications.
Packed with many features, one of the best would have to be the double-bevel. One of the main reasons for using a miter saw is to cut complex angled cuts, with the double-bevel feature, it enhances the DW716’s versatility. It allows beveled left and right cuts of 0 to 48 degrees with four positive stops on each side to ensure accuracy.
Another feature that stands out is the DW716’s gearbox and belt-drive. This innovation increases this models durability and vertical cutting capacity.
Advantages of the DW716 include its 15-amp motor that delivers a nearly 4,000 rpm no load speed to enable this model to cut through even the toughest stock. A stainless steel adjustable detent plate ensures accurate cuts with 11 positive stops which helps to increase the DW716’s productivity by decreasing the amount of time needed to change the blade angle.
The sliding fences height enables it to support crown molding up to 6-5/8 inches nested and up to 6.5-inch base molding against the fence. The large 12-inch blade, combined with the fence design enable this saw to cut material up to 2-inches by 10-inches at 90 degrees and 2-inches by 8-inches at 45 degrees.
There are very limited disadvantages with this saw. The lack of a cutting laser, even though it is not totally necessary with this precision saw, is one of those disadvantages. One would think that for its price tag which starts at $300.00 and up, it would at least come equipped with one. The only other disadvantage of this particular model is the warranty.
Granted, DeWalt is a trusted name in the power tool industry for producing high quality power tools, the limited 3-year warranty does not cover part failure due to normal wear and tear. However, with consistent up keep and used correctly, users can avoid this ever being an issue. These are very small disadvantages when compared to the advantages and uses the DW716 offers.
The DW716 is a great saw that can find many applications not only in the workshop, but on the jobsite as well. Portable, durable, and flexible, this saw can bring enjoyment to projects while at the same time making them easier to complete.
Though it may be a little pricy for the for the hobbyist woodworker that will not utilize it often, it will still offer a high quality tool to ensure their projects are completed with a professional appearance. For the professional or enthusiastic hobbyist, it provides not only great uses in the shop, but will also increase the productivity on the jobsite. If you are a beginner and the price tag is too steep for you then a good option would be the DeWalt DW715 model.