Sliding Compound Miter Saw - 12" DW718SP vs DW780

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Forum topic by trolleyman posted 10-06-2013 09:55 PM 6403 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2013 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw slider sliding compound miter saw

I need to replace my crappy Ryobi 7 1/2 inch slider. The reviews on the latest Makita 12” slider scare the heck out of me. Dewalts 780 looks nice but at $600, it is up there. Forget Kapex – WAY too expensive. I see the Dewalt DS718SP available for $400 and I found a deal for $350 on CL. What do all of you think about the 718? I do woodworking as a hobby and mix construction type projects with more refined projects. So I do not need the absolute best but I have compromised with this old Ryobi for far too long! Is the 718SP a decent buy or should I look for something else?

-- Paul, MA - Experience is what you get just after you needed it!

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 10:24 PM

I can’t vouch for the 718, but I’ve had a 717 (10 inch) Dewalt Slider for about six months now, and I love it. I got the LED to mark the cut line. It’s rock solid, and I really like the feel of it. Price seems to gyrate at Lowes, got mine when it was $419.

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 11:25 PM

I have the 718 with the LED kit – very pleased with this saw. So far it gets a A+. By far the best feature I have ever seen on a miter box is the LED. Its used between 4 – 6 hours every day of the week (lots of hours), its not quite a year old, never had a problem with it. I do use a wixey to set up complicated & precise compound miters.

I have never used the 780

Good luck

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 03:12 AM

I have a DeWalt 708 slider that still works great. I paid $332 for it when it was new in 2000. I use it every day. It is a 12” saw and if I had to replace it I would get a 10” Bosch slider.

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 02:00 PM

Just bought a Bosch 10” slider and very happy with it so far. First thing I did was change the blade out with a Freud.

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 06:31 PM

I would get the bosch gcm12sd rather than the dewalt if $600 isn’t too much money for you.
The slider on the dewalt (at least the one at the borg) was not smooth at all.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 01:45 AM

The Bosch GCM12SD looks more like $700 (695) on Amaz. The 10 inch 4310 is $500. A 10 inch saw would be fine for me with an advantage in blade choices. Room is not too much of an issue as my foundation happens to step back just above the height of my bench so I gain a few inches to push back the saw. I was concerned because the Dewalt 718 did not seem to be around long before the 780 came out yet the 718 is still around as the 718SP. The saw appears to be available still and perhaps I can wring another $25 off the price.

I have looked into the Makita saws but alignment and quality issues are reported way too many times. Bent fences leading to kickback and broken or bent zero degree stops are just not acceptable in my book.

Things have not been working out with my career as an electrical engineer lately so the budget is a bit tight and I cannot do what I might perhaps like to do. But a brand new 718SP in the box for $325 leaves room for a nice quality blade. My old Ryobi will have to be a give away I fear! Such is life.

Thank you all for your thoughts and recommendations. I have been cleaning and reorganizing the shop (LONG OVERDUE) so I will make clear space for something! I will let you know what happens.

-- Paul, MA - Experience is what you get just after you needed it!

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 03:11 AM

I have the DeWalt 718 because I needed a saw with a higher vertical cut height then my previous one and I’ve used it dozens of times and I absolutely love that saw works beautifully, I have mine on the Bosch gravity rise stand too.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 03:23 AM


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#9 posted 10-09-2013 04:28 PM

I have the 780, in fact I replaced a ryobi miter after it died while I was rebuilding my deck. Locally I’ve seen both Lowe’s and Home Depot selling the 780 with a stand for 600. If you look at this deal be sure you know which stand they are giving you – the sales guy had no idea what I was talking about, then tried to pair me with a dinky $100 stand (Heavy Duty Work Stand). The stand they are pairing with it is one they sell for $200 (Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand). He had to look it up on the lowes website to know what I was talking about. I don’t see them on the website anymore but I’ve seen them still marked as a bundle in the store.

The saw is great. The LED blade guide beats the heck out of the laser line that was on my old Ryobi. While I was building my deck I loved it, and the work stand. Now that I’m done with those projects though, and I’ve moved it down into my shop, I think I bought more saw than I need. The clearance required at the back for the slide is enormous, such that I have to move it away from the wall when I want to use it, then move it back when I want to use the jointer.

I’m very happy with it but if I had it to do again I’d probably get a smaller one, as I think it would handle pretty much everything I do with it and I’d have some cash and shop space left over.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 05:11 PM

I own the DWS780. I love the integrated light (not on 718), back fence feature that allows for 16.5 inch crosscut, and the DWS780 has much nicer dust collection than 718. All stops can be micro adjusted to perfection. If you get it at home depot or Lowe’s it comes with a fancy stand ;). I’ve used the cut depth stop several times and like that too.

Seriously, the saw is a treat to work with.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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