very nice piece of equipment although mine which is new and just out of the box is defective!!
john st.amant, Amazon
1 June 2013
Summary: this saw has excessive arcing at the brushes in the motor. large yellow sparks (fire), some popping, and excessive heat build up. these saws come with a good reputation and i have no doubt they are a great piece of equipment to have in a shop. i would recommend to anyone looking for a good saw. as far as this saw, i've called the service center (2 hrs. away, 1 way) and they say bring it in.
Summary: Bought this for my husband. He reviewed several models and for the money this was an excellent choice. It does not come with a built in laser light but you can purchase the laser system seperately and secure it directly to the sawy. The combined price was still less than the next model with the light. He's very pleased with it and he is a meticulous wood worker and has found this saw to be excellent.
Summary: I bought this saw for Christmas for my dad. The price was fantastic compared to going to the retail hardware stores. The product delivered on time and was packaged very well. This saw may be more than the weekend fix-it guy might need, but the price makes it work going a little extra for an extraordinary tool that has the Dewalt brand behind it.
Summary: Upon my return from Iraq in 2010 I was looking for a miter saw. Lowe's had a sale on the 718 including the free stand. I was sold and bought one to take home. Right out of the box it was easy to set up and use. I'm no expert but I do have experience cutting wood and this tool worked great from the get go. It cut straight and clean with more than enough power to spare. In 2011 my brother borrowed it for a project and didn't remove it from the stand.
Summary: I received this saw quickly from Amazon after seeing a lower price than anywhere else by far. I asked My 2 brothers for their recommendation( they are life long in the Mill work Business)and they both said the dewalt was well worth the price at $500. I paid $399 with free shipping. I took the saw out of the box and noticed that during shipping the lock down had come loose and the saw obviously had moved in shipping. At 50+ lbs this is not unusual.
Summary: This saw works really well. The only thing I would change is the adjustment instructions. It's actually more accurate to measure a cut piece of wood with a good machinist's angle-finder/square and make miter and/or bevel adjustments based on that measurement. Out of the box, settings are within a quarter of a degree or so; not bad for narrow moulding, but not quite good enough for quality work with wider boards.
Summary: Got my new saw out of the box and after a few minutes of was building a deck for my dad. We were able build the entire deck with the saw. The only problem I saw was the saw dust intake behind the blade would get clogged and had to be unclogged with a pencil.
Summary: This is an update to my original review. Bought this saw in January 2011, and I've been using it non-stop for 2-1/2 years. I've cut everything from 4" x 6" landscaping timbers to 2-14" baseboard, mitres, bevels you name it. It hasn't gasped at anything I've thrown at it. I'm a contractor and I mean I use it nearly every day. Bought it to replace my aging radial arm saw, and this is much safer and a lot easier to use than that old beast.
Summary: When I was looking at this saw I read the negative reviews which left me wondering if I should buy the DW. My old DW 705 which was burnt up and I needed a replacement and like the DW I used for 15 years. I wanted to upgrade so I could make cuts with larger widths of lumber. First this is the latest model TYPE 3 not type 1 that had some problems. Next this saw rocks i was cutting 2x8 at 56 degree it was cake.
Summary: I spent quite some time looking at different models and manufacturers of Mitre Saws, as well as the various possibilities: blade size, compound cut, bevel cut, slide or no slide. I am building a deck, but also wanted to be able to use this for moldings in the house. I definitely made the right decision, this saw is so capable and easy to use, it's made the various angle cuts a breeze and cutting an 18 foot 2x12 is no problem for this saw combined with the DeWalt heavy...