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Forum topic by GettingDusty posted 08-22-2018 12:22 AM 1353 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2018 12:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt dw717 717 miter saw 10 compound slider double bevel model release release date for sale availability

I’m thinking about buying the Dewalt DW717 10” miter saw (compound, db, slider). Been researching it & I see it came out in Sept 2008, so it’s been out 10 years. Seems to me like quite a while without an upgraded model. I’ve read other posts where people listed newer features currently available on newer model miter saws, which are not found on the 717, so Dewalt’s 10” might need an upgrade. I can’t find the 717 in any stores. It appears to only be available by online purchase & shipped to my area. That surprises me. Often with other items on the market when you don’t see something more readily available it sometimes means that model will soon be discontinued or soon for sale as upgraded.

Is 10 years a long time for a new power tool release? I know a saw can last a long time, but I don’t know how often they’re generally released with upgraded features.

Has anyone heard any rumors for a newer Dewalt 10” miter saw equal to the 717? (compound, db, slider).

Does it seem unusual to you that this saw isn’t available to look at & get my hands on seemingly anywhere in Oregon?

Thanks for your insight.

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#1 posted 08-22-2018 01:54 PM

Normally right after you buy yours.

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#2 posted 08-22-2018 02:29 PM

You are assuming that a newer model of a particular tool is always an improvement over the older model. My experience has been that newer models are equally likely to be inferior to the older one.

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#3 posted 08-22-2018 05:16 PM

When the model goes on sale all over the retail world usually means a new model is in the works. As the #2 post said, a newer model may usually be additional “bells and whistles”, but no real improvement in performance. If a tool, like your Dewalt DW717 has been around for 10 years, that shows me it is a good tool to be around that long. If a tool is good, it doesn’t have to be changed or redesigned on a regular basis, like cars. Changes are made for the sole purpose of selling more and making more money with the excuse that the consumer will somehow benefit.

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#4 posted 08-22-2018 05:21 PM

I always expect a new model 10 days after the free return date.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-23-2018 12:14 AM

Thanks for the points. All good & wise. So far I haven’t seen a problem buying the 717 for my circumstances (I want to cut at least 8-in in a small shop with less space) & I can see why a company wouldn’t want to change what’s working. But one of the features I heard the newer models have is a motor/blade that starts & stops more gradually. This makes sense to me for longer lasting parts. On the other hand I’m not hearing about motor failure with these so maybe it’s not so important…And yeah it always hurts a little to have a new upgraded model released just after I buy one.

Thanks again.

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#6 posted 08-23-2018 12:36 AM

If you’re going to be spending that kind of money, why not a Bosch 10 or 12 compound miter saw? I’m biased as I have one, but the fact that you mentioned a “small shop” tells me that the Bosch (or a similar mechanism miter saw) would serve you better as it can sit pretty flat against a wall versus the regular sliders that requires a lot of room behind the saw for clearance.

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#7 posted 08-23-2018 04:07 AM

I like Bosch a lot. They make real quality. Just seems to me that Dewalt is getting better overall reviews…probably only slight if it’s the case. I’m hoping for the 10” instead of the 12” since it’s a smaller footprint, but that slide action does take room. I got pretty excited when I saw that hinge idea on Bosch & others, but I also saw several bad reviews & pictures saying the hinge isn’t (always?) making the straightest cuts. I’ve seen pics of some really wavy cuts. I’m guessing it’s hit or miss. Knowledge is power so it wouldn’t hurt for me to look again at Bosch, the price, their 10” slider.

Thanks for help.

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