Value For Money8/10
Previous Customer Rating (May'16)9/10
- Massive cutting capacity
- Great dust control
- Double bevel
- Super accurate cuts
- Great customer reviews
- Premium price tag
- Large unit
Now it is time to have a look at a real heavy duty mitre saw with our Dewalt DWS780 review. The product offers incredible features, the ability to cut through some massive timbers and has state of the art technology making it an impressive mitre saw.
For those of us that like to have the latest gadgets and tools that will take on any job no matter how big then this if for you. You can buy this with the confidence that you will never be caught out by a job that a larger mitre saw could deal with.
At the high end of the pricing level it is a big investment but one that is well justified for the serious wood worker that tackle structural materials on a regular basis.
The Main Features
The DWS780 has so many features that it will suit any job you need it for. The key with this saw is if you will utilise all of the features as it is an expensive saw. It will serious overkill for the DIY enthusiast unless you are tackling some fair size construction work.
The DWS780 looks great! There are not too many mitre saws out there that you can say are good looking but this breaks the mould with some serious attention to detail on very part of the saw. The robust industrial design looks high quality to back up its performance.
The yellow and black colours of Dewalt clearly stand out and make it instantly recognisable as a saw from the reputable manufacturer. Tools like this will make any building site or workshop look great and cutting edge.
The saw as a whole is designed to be light and portable making it easy to carry around a building site, this is important especially if it is needed in some hard to reach space. Coming in at 24.8 kg this is light for the cutting capability and has a handle to carry it around.
The Dewalt DWS780 is a beast and will glide through some really tough materials with ease. Powering up the saw is a strong 1675 watt motor that has an adjustable speed for cutting various materials. To get the best finish on materials other than wood this is a great feature and enables the perfect set up for steel, plastic and other materials.
The cutting capacity is second to none. The maximum cut depth is 110mm (4.3 inches) for the largest construction timbers. The maximum width is 303mm (12 inches) which can cut through some serious pieces of wood using its bronze rail guides for absolute precision and smoothness.. This is the cutting capacity of larger table saws combined into a mitre saw.
This single bevel saw has the ability to cut to a 49 degree angle on both the left and right bevel setting which are easy and fast to set. Using the quick release bevel controls multiple angles can be achieved quickly.
The mitre settings go up to 60 degrees on the left and 50 degrees on the right. This is easy to operate with a mitre cam lock to quickly set and change angles. This combined with the bevel angles will allow you to cut some very tight and accurate angles with some pretty large pieces of material.
Once the DWS780 is set up, the XPS Shadow Line cut indicator will accurately guide you through the cut and also illuminate the material and blade whilst cutting. This is a very handy feature if you are on a site or workspace where light is at a limited.
For cutting grooves and rebated the cut depth is easily adjustable to accurate depths.
The DWS780 is a highly adjustable unit to make sure it is super accurate over its lifetime. All mitre saws will wear over time meaning they need recalibrating. The fine adjustment available on this machine means you will never lose accuracy.
The safety features on the Dewalt DWS 780 mitre saw are great. The dust management is very powerful and build to manage large volumes of dust in a commercial environment and also deflects any dust away from the cutting area making it easier to watch the blade.
The blade is covered with a large and robust automatic cover. The spinning blade is only ever exposed when the saw is actually cutting through material.
The cutting light helps with cutting in badly lit areas and means you don’t need to bend to down and get close to the saw to watch the cutting process. Unlit works spaces can be very dangerous so this is a worth while feature.
The robust base means that it will sit well on a flat surface and will not move around easily, very important when you are trying to deal with large timbers that are very heavy.
Spare and Repair
When you are investing in an expensive power tool like this it is important to know that the back up is available in case anything goes wrong. Even the best quality items can break or will need servicing from time to time especially if they are being pushed to the maximum usage every day. The Dewalt dealer and service network is very big in the UK and means your saw can be fixed and back on site in no time. Spares are readily available for these popular models that are in use on many construction sites and workshops.
The DWS780 In Action
This is not a saw for the DIY enthusiast unless budget is no option or you are attempting a large construction project.
This saw would be at home in a roofers van ready to be carried up to the roof joists and cut some pretty accurate cuts quickly and close to where they are needed. Often roof timbers and steels are too large in size for many mitre saws which do not have the capacity to cut through them. The great thing about this saw is that it can be carried up to where the large timbers are being worked on which considerably speeds up the job.
Any carpenters working on wood framed houses would be able to use this mitre saw for many applications. Cutting large timbers for the frame and structure are no problem and then the smaller finishing touches to the inside of the house can be cut with a great finish. This is such a versatile saw.
Value For Money
You may be thinking that this saw is not great value for money but you would be wrong. For many construction workers this will cover the job of many saws therefore cutting the costs considerably by buying once. Money can also be save in time by only carrying around one saw that can be taken into small working spaces.
For the DIY expert and tradesmen that don’t do structural work then this is probable a nice to have but not an essential and a cheaper model like the Dewalt DW777 would do the job just as well.
The Round Up
Our Dewalt DWS780 review has shown that this is not your average mitre saw and allows some heavy duty work to be carried out that most mitre saw wouldn’t be capable of. The fact that it is light and portable means it is brilliant for the roofers and construction workers out there that need to cut various metals and timbers as well as work in tight spaces. As well as working on the heavy duty stuff it will then revert to the delicate fine finishes on the smaller visible woodwork that we all associate with a mitre saw. For a general builder this is great tool that will be handy on jobs from start to finish.
A really impressive tool that we would highly recommend if your projects require this cutting capacity.