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Debora Cadene

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04-22-2013 07:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Hey all. I’m new here, so bear with me and all the questions I’m getting ready to pop out. I have some tools, but now I need to learn about them before I begin.
I have a brand new, but slightly older model of a Dewalt chop saw (DW708) and the miter stand (DW723). I have just taken the miter stand out of the box, and would like to set it up properly so I’m not always on the floor, but I get stuck when reading directions that are cheap with pictures or diagrams.
Is there a front and back to the stand? There is a metal butterfly clip on the side with the logo. The directions tell me that one of the brackets must engage the locator clip . This clip does slide. Do I tighten it in a certain spot? And when it says “engage”, does that mean that I make sure one of these brackets clips into the middle of said clip?
In the hardware bag, it comes with en extra carriage bolt for use as the forward right bolt on certain miter saws. I happen to have one that is mentioned. Something about clearance with the table is needed. SAY WHAT??? Again, no pictures of where to place said bolt.
AND I think, but am not positive…last one.
The bolt and washer order…..bolt slides through bottom of bracket. I am assuming I don’t add the washer or lock washer thing to it before sliding through the bottom because it has a square head that sits in the slot. So bolt through bottom, then large washer, small washer with split in it then bolt.

I have looked for videos, and have asked questions elsewhere, but the answer was somewhat vague, and videos for what I just asked are probably hidden someplace listed under “I can’t believe she had to ask that” section.


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#1 posted 04-22-2013 10:54 AM

Debbie. – I’d like to help, but don’t have that saw… Maybe pictures here would help get answers, too.

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 11:44 AM

We’ll be glad to help, but pictures if you can. Not sure I have seen a Dewalt stand.

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 11:59 AM

Perhaps you might make a trip to HD or Lowes and they’d have an assembled one there that you can look at. They might even have someone who has assembled one on duty when you’re there. Take pix of it from all angles if possible.

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 12:30 PM

Debora – I had the same problem when I set up my saw. I happen to have the same model saw and stand. I will take some pictures tonight.

You will need to use that optional bolt. The standard bolt will interfere with the bottom of the saw when you attach the bracket to the bottom of the saw.

As far as I can tell, there is no front or back to the stand. That butterfly clip is there to limit how far you can slide the saw on the stand. You might have to slide the saw left or right on the stand to use the supports on the stand when cutting short stock. When the instructions say “engage” it means that both brackets are fully locked on the stand. Set the rear of the brackets on the stand and then lower the front of the saw. You will hear a loud “click”. Rock the saw a bit to make sure the bracket is fully engaged.

I cant remember the order of the washers off the top of my head. I do remember finding the information buried on dewalts site. If I remember correctly, there was reference to an additional sheet added to the instructions that came with certain stands

edit: take a look at page 3 and 4 of this pdf. Should clear up the mounting issues

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Debora Cadene

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 01:47 PM

Monte, the stand is just a miter saw stand with the folding legs that holds the chopsaw, but its not the new just happens to be made by Dewalt, but I am sure there are other makes out there. I can take a picture as soon as I find the dang cord for the camera.

Junebug….Thank you for the link for the pdf. My little 3 page manual doesn’t have all those pictures and definitely not the bolt order. I’ll will attach the shorter bolt to the front right bracket . The locator clip shows one of the mounting brackets sitting in the middle of it. It says to move it to where you would like your saw to sit, then tighten it down before attaching the saw. It sounds like it is not really necessary though from your reply. The pdf also tells you which order the washer go… Sort of feeling silly for that question, because now its seems like a no brainer.

Thanks guys.

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 02:30 PM

I have the butterfly bracket centered on my stand. Never felt the need to move it and I’ve never had the saw move while cutting.

Dont feel bad about not knowing the washer order, it was confusing in this case.

Let me know if you want or need pictures of everything assembled

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#7 posted 04-22-2013 02:37 PM

You cant learn if you dont ask?

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Debora Cadene

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 03:01 PM

Junebug…I’d love any pictures you are willing to share. Visuals have always been my best friend!!

I put the bolts in, keeping the short one for the front left. I was only able to put on the washer, as there is no room for both and after only two turns with the wrench, the nut started to spin. When I took it off, I see there are no threads on the top of the bolt. How lucky can I get.
Can I use the longer one, but from the top??

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 11:45 AM

Sorry for the delay. Here are the pictures of the way I have my brackets attached. Not sure if its the proper way, but it works

Front Left

Front Right

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Debora Cadene

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 12:11 PM

Thanks junebug, I appreciate the pics. I ended up putting the far right one in like you have yours, but the rest I put from the bottom up, so the square head would stay seated in the grove of the bracket. So far, nothing has fallen off, well, thats not true…I almost dropped the whole dang thing off the backside putting it on, but some how I was able to hold on and pull it back up. I did a bunch of cutting for my table and benches and made a big mess, but boy is it nice to be standing and cutting instead of working off the floor.

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 02:21 PM

i originally had the bolts coming up from the bottom, but I get tired of scraping my arm on the exposed bolts. Glad its working out for you

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 04:50 PM

The clip goes on the front as I recall (had the same stand). It
indexes one of the clip on saw base units. It can be moved
wherever you like, but in general since you might want the
saw more or less centered, you could offset the clip from the
center by half the width of your saw base. Realistically most
right handers probably prefer to cut with the long piece to
the left of the saw blade, so moving the saw to the right
of center on the stand allows a little more support to the
left for those long boards.

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 01:46 PM

I have the same saw and stand but mine are quite a few years old now. Both have been excellent.

The idea is to engage one of the saw brackets into the clip but I very rarely do. That setup is designed for construction and, when centered, the support arms cannot index a standard 92.5” stud. With the saw mounted offset, it has no problem.

There is a lot negative to be said about that combination and I’d be the first to chime in. The saw is way too heavy, first version of the stand doesn’t have wheels, awkward size and shape to store. Every time I have to cut a large number of dimensional lumber members to a specific length, I know I have the best setup for doing so. It really works well in that situation.

You might want to check out the aftermarket Irwin laser. It works very well, is affordable, and makes the saw a treat to use.

I will admit, however, that I picked up a 10” Hitachi miter saw about a year and a half ago and haven’t used the DeWalt since. It’s cheap, accurate, and doesn’t require a truss to move around. I’ll certainly be using the DeWalt setup for construction framing, though.

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Debora Cadene

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 12:30 PM

Thank you everyone..I sure appreciate all your help and ideas.

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#15 posted 04-27-2013 04:04 PM

Be sure once you get it set up to go back over your saw for plumb,square and level. Check the angles for true 45 too.

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