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11-12-2010 04:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw question newb

So I found a used DeWalt DW708 scms for $200. I’m pretty new to the whole woodworking thing and completely new to buying used power tools. What should I be looking for as far as deal breakers/makers? I’ve never owned a mite saw so I’m not really sure what to look for. Any help would be appreciated.

I’m Matt, by the way. Totally love the site.

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 07:26 PM

hi Matt,
i don’t know that particular saw, but what you can do first is to find out the retail price, age and condition.
something never or hardly used is worth max 70% of retail, something used but in good condition would be worth 50% max. anything else isn’t worth much.

for a miter i would check if there is any play when the saw is locked, pull it out and push it left and right to see how much it moves. it shouldn’t move at all in therory. set it to angle in each of the pre-designed stops at the most common angles and check for play. also check if you can lock the saw at an angle and not pusch it out too easily.
see if it slides easily, if the engine makes a good sound without sparks or smell and maybe finally if the nut to remove the blade is in good condition and if you can actually still switch blades.

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 10:06 PM

If you can find one for a good price I would go with a 10” sliding miter saw. Mine is a cheap craftsman and I wish I had a better one but that being said I still use it all the time. You can buy it new for under $200. Like I said I don’t like craftsman power tools but I would buy it again before I bought a non sliding miter saw.

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 05:47 AM

I would make some cuts and check the miter with a good combo square.

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 03:00 PM

Buy it from someone who used it for one project and now doesn’t have the space to store it any more. Don’t buy it from someone who used it every day on various job sites for five years and now needs a new one.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 04:03 AM

I drag a dewalt saw around for work everyday. We have a few of them. The 708 is an older model I’m guessing its over 5 years old. If the saw has been moved from site to site I would pass. We don’t need much precision from our saws, which is a good thing. They don’t hold up well to being dragged around and tossed into trucks repeatedly. The miter detents on our saws are sloppy, and the bevel seems to move around 1/4-1/2 degree no matter how hard you crank down on the lock. I’d pass on an old saw unless you know for sure that it’s been in a shop the whole time and not dragged from worksite to worksite.

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 04:17 AM

Black Friday is just around the corner see who is having a sale. There are a couple of sites that have the black friday items for sale for this year.

-- mrg

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 01:55 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I called a few days ago and it was gone already. But I’ll keep said points in mind for future reference. I just went to Sears and checked out a Craftsman 10” sliding but I wasn’t too impressed.

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