Summary: I am a Dewalt guy through and through. The only other tools I buy is Milwaukee. The only other saw that I have used that is a tad bit better in quality is the Bosch. With that said, I have only two complaints with this saw. The kickback from the motor torque is huge. It actually forces the saw up. If you are not on your game, you could lose your grip. The other complaint is the laser attachment. It goes out of adjustment and does not seem to be solid.
Summary: This is the saw I decided to buy so I shopped around for the best price. The Home Depot has it for $399.00 but Lowes sells it for $339.00 SO I went to The Home Depot and they called Lowes to check the price and then beat it by 10% and I got the saw for $305.10. I think I got a great saw at a great price.
Summary: I've had 10-inch miter saws but this is my first 12-inch and wow, what a difference it makes. This DW716 slices through anything -- wood, steel, PVC, copper, even stones and brick. Like others, I had to spend about 30 minutes calibrating it out of the box, but that also provided overall familiarity with the tool. These generally sell for 20% less at your local hardware store when on sale than here at Amazon, so shop around.
Summary: The DW716 is about what you would expect from DeWalt. Mine was dead accurate out of the box and quiet. What I did not expect was the LED work light. It is set up to light the blade from both sides. But the side benefit is that the blade casts a shadow on the work piece and has you bring the blade close to the work piece the shadow becomes sharper telling you exactly where the blade will cut.
Summary: Received from Amazon in fair shape. The box was damaged and the guard slightly damaged (I was able to fix it easily). It appeared the saw was a return. However, I love the saw and the light is a neat add-on. Free shipping/no sales tax is why I bought it from Amazon. My local store had it at same price but 8% sales tax - YUK! The government will never learn.
Summary: My only complaint about the saw is the accuracy of the bevel. It's very hard to get it at a specific bevel using the gauge. I usually only use a t-bevel and set the saw to that, but if I had to set it accurately to do crown I would shoot myself first to end the insanity straight away. The saw is a workhorse and don't have any other complaints. Been using this specific saw for 3 years of heavy residential and commercial use.
Summary: I've been borrowing a DW705 and was impressed with how simple and solid it was. I was torn b/w a Bosch 4212L and the DW716 but went with the DW716 after weighing all the factors that were important to me. The 4212L seems to have quality control issues based on reviews I'd read on Amazon, however the DW716 seems to have solid reviews and little to no quality issues.
Summary: Growing up, I was spoiled by my dad's DeWalt radial arm saw that was built like a tank. There are few tools that can compare to a good radial arm saw in versatility and accuracy; however, it sorely lacks in portability. After using the DW716 for awhile, I've finally found a tool I like more than the tank of a radial arm saw. While the sliding compound miter saws rival the cutting capacity of a radial arm saw, the sliders tend to be less accurate.