The DeWalt DW717 Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw is art in motion and a true testament to DeWalt’s commitment of producing high quality power tools. Complete with nearly every bell and whistle one could imagine, this saw leaves little to be desired.
It is hard working machine that can make any project look as though it was built by a seasoned professional even if it was constructed by a weekend hobbyist. Portable, versatile, and durable, this saw is perfect for nearly any job you can think of.
One of the best features about the DW717 is the 7 positive stops the bevel detent system offers. This will ensure beveled cuts are precise and will increase productivity by reducing the time required to switch between blade angles. This combination of bevel ranges with the steel rail system that makes the head of the monster glide smoothly ensures true cuts that will meet nicely.
The advantages of the DW717 are nearly endless. Along with the 7 positive stops on the bevel detent system, it also possess 11 positive stops on the stainless steel miter detent plate. The dual steel rails and ball bearings deliver a smooth and accurate cut along with an innovative clamping system.
Using the back fence, the DW717 has an impressive cross cut capacity of 12-inches at 45 degrees. Additionally, it has a miter capacity of 60 degrees to the left and 52 degrees to the right to increase its productivity. It can also be fitted with the DeWalt DW7187 miter saw laser system as well as the DWS7085 LED work light. And to top it off, at only 51 pounds and with a durable built-in carrying handle and locking pin, the DW717 is also portable.
Like with many DeWalt models, the DW717 has a fairly small dust bag. This means more frequent emptying to avoid clogs. Another common disadvantage is the lack of a cutting laser. The DW717 is an expensive saw and prices start at $400.00 to $500.00.
For this steep price you would expect to come with a laser. Users have reported that making blade changes is difficult and many have also reportedly changed blades from the factory blade that comes with the saw for a better quality blade to ensure cleaner cuts. One final disadvantage is the saw tends to bog down when cutting harder woods so it could use a little more power.
The DeWalt DW717 is a great saw that can be used by both the professional craftsman and the weekend woodshop warrior alike. Providing both versatility and mobility, this saw is perfect for the job site and the workshop.
For the first time user, the DW717 might be a little overkill considering the price, but it will ensure they are learning on a quality miter saw. For the professional, they will be pleasantly surprised at this saws versatility and usefulness. Being portable also means that professional carpenters and craftsmen can use the saw in their shop or on the site depending on their needs. If you are truly a beginner and have no prior experience with saws and you are a little scared of the price then a perfect fit for you might be the less expensive Hitachi C10FCE2 model.