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Forum topic by LeanSix posted 09-15-2015 04:12 AM 979 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2015 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: used tool buying miter saw dewalt

Hey gang, I am new here, but find this website incredibly useful and informative.

I have an option to buy a Dewalt Miter saw(DW176 no laser) for 175 that from the pictures I have seen looks like it is in good condition ( description says age approx 2 years used on less that 100 project hours)
I was wondering if this is a good deal and what sort of things I should be looking for when ( and even if I should) buy used tools but especially a used miter saw.

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 01:32 AM


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#2 posted 09-16-2015 02:49 AM

I couldn’t find what model the DW176 is to comment on, I’m thinking you mean the DW716 instead (typo?)...

In general, when looking for a Miter Saw you want to look at what you will be cutting on it and compare that to the saw’s capabilities. For example, if you do a lot of decks and fences, and need to consistently cut 4×4” posts, you should def get a 12” blade that can cut through them. If you will be mainly using it on hardwoods, 2×4s and trim, you may get away with a 10” blade.

The next option is sliding vs. stationery blades. Again, consider the stock you will be cutting with. if its mainly for framing and you’ll only be cutting 2×4s or 2×6s, you can get away with stationery blades. Once you go wider than that, you would want to have a Slider saw in order to cut trough without having to flip over the stock after the first cut and match up the blade with the kerf.

Last thing to really consider is the blade. with any used tool, I’d definitely check the blade and look for teeth that may have broken off. Also, make sure you can get the manual so you can figure out how to do all adjustments to guarantee the blade is square to the fence and table. There are alot of adjustments so the owner manual is a must.

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 03:54 AM

Thanks! yeah typo—thats what comes of typing at night… :D

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 05:33 PM

$175 for a dewalt 12” with double bevel is a good deal. Find out what type of work it has been used for, pro work or hobbyist DIY’er. 100 hours seems pretty low but would make sense if some one bought it to finish their basement and is done with the tool. You can get the manual on line for learning how to true the fence etc, but be sure to make some cuts with it.

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#5 posted 09-18-2015 03:57 AM

Thanks All—just got the saw—I am so happy! will post pics eventually of the long line of projects :D

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#6 posted 09-18-2015 05:18 AM

I own the 716. Its a great saw. for $175 I say you got a good deal if its not too beat up. About my only gripe with it is that from the factory, they sometimes catch on the plastic guard coming down (the guard is attached to stamped steel which if its a bit warped will push the guard to the side to the point where it catches) But if yours is used and has seen a lot of cycles this problem is probably already resolved…

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#7 posted 09-18-2015 05:41 AM

For that kinda money what’s holding you back. Use it till it dies then upgrade.

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#8 posted 09-19-2015 01:00 AM

For that kinda money what s holding you back. Use it till it dies then upgrade.

- BurlyBob

True That :D Thats why I got it—looks like a peach too!

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#9 posted 09-23-2015 04:55 AM

Well, good for you. You got to start somewhere. Enjoy it.

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