DeWalt - DW718 12" Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (Rating: 5)

This review is for a saw that I've been using almost daily for a little over four years now. I purchased the DW718 after using the DW708 for over nine years. Out of the box I noticed that the base had grown a bit, but still had 110 degrees of miter settings and the same simple to adjust detente plate. I found this to be a plus after witnessing what some of my peers experienced while recalibrating some of the other manufactures mitersaws. From my experience the only time I've had an issue with a good quality mitersaw cutting out of square is due to the operator when cutting baseboard. We sometimes get in a hurry and moving the miter handle left and right while allowing the locking mechanism to engage causing the saw to become misaligned.

Another plus is the miter detente override. This comes in handy when I need a 44.5 degree miter cut. It has also been useful when "scribbling to fit" becomes necessary. The DW718 is the first mitersaw I've seen use a locking detent plate for the bevel adjustment. This takes the guessing out of setting up for crown mold cuts. I have only had to make an adjustment to this feature one time in four years so that's a plus. I like the laser and easy installation, I didn't like the nearly $100 extra I had to pay to get it or the masking tape I must put over the adjustment screws so they don't back out while in transport. The single laser line is not an issue, having used single bevel mitersaws for years before anybody made a double bevel. I still work my stock right to left. I've been pretty much pleased with the accuracy of the saw and smoothness of operation.
The 60 tooth blade that come with the saw was ok for general trim work but I mostly use 80 and 100 tooth sawblades. Changing the blade is no big deal. Loosen a bolt to allow the lower guard to pivot up and remove the bolt at the sawblade. The factory wrench stays in place when not in use.

The factory clamp could be a tad taller at the shaft that goes into the hole behind the fence. I don't use it much, I have developed other methods. Scrap wood seems to work the best for me. I like the 14" crosscut capacity as I tend to keep a 3/4" piece of MDF for a zero clearance fence. This eliminates tearout at the backside, keeps the little pieces from sailing out the back and ricocheting back at me, and gives me an exact point of reference for the cut. The saw does have a maximum 16" crosscut but this requires removing the fence and using a jig. The jig is easily made from a countertop kitchen sink cutout with 3/4" furring strips added to the bottom.

There is some room for improvement be it minor. The first day with the saw I had to rig me a cord holder at the very back of the saw so the power cord would not get squeezed in the slide. And I didn't like the way the motor sucked sawdust up into itself. I made a small plate along the bottom of the air inlet to keep sawdust from caking up along there. I've never seen a slide compound mitersaw that didn't blow sawdust everywhere. I have overcome the dust problem but I had to make a huge hood out of FRP panel and small ga. angle metal to address it.

And last, this is for every mitersaw made. When are we going to get a place at the base of the saw to plug in a light (unswitched outlet) and a vacuum ( switched outlet that comes on when you pull the trigger). On a whole I'll Give the DeWalt 718 5 stars for accuracy,ease of operation, and value.