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I was so excited when I found out I would reviewing the DEWALT 12” Compound Miter Saw because it is the gold standard of miter saws, I wanted to see if it would live up to it’s reputation.
I have had 2 miter saws in the past I’ve always avoided using them for precision cuts because they were never square or accurate.
Right when I took it out of the box I checked for square and I was surprised that the blade was actually perfectly 90 degrees to the base when it was set to the zero bevel mark.
Next I checked if the blade was square to the fence and I was surprised again! Out of the box the blade was perfectly aligned!
If your blade is not, there are ways to adjust it, which is what I have had to do on my previous saws. The process is not fun at all, so I was happy this saw came out of the box perfectly set up.
I did a test cut on a piece of plywood that was about 10” long and it was dead on square! Perfect!
With the 12” blade you can cut boards and panels up to 14” wide when its set to 90 degrees and 10” at 45 degrees.
This saw has an adjustable miter detent plate which makes it super easy to quickly adjust the saw and maintain accuracy.
One thing I noticed was how easy it was so lift up the handle to make these adjustments. The movements feel very quick and fluid, much easier than other saws I have used.
The positive stops on the plate are amazing, it makes it so easy to quickly lock the saw in commonly used angles, but there is a detent override on the handle which makes it easy to set any random angle you desire.
If you want a 14 degree angle, just override the detent and lock it down.
You can cut miters up to 60 degrees to the right and 50 degrees to the left.
Another great feature is the depth stop.
Let’s say you want to make a dado or a half lap, you can flip down the black lever as seen in the picture below and adjust the screw to how far down you want the saw to cut.
Then when you make your cuts, the saw will stop before cutting all the way through the material creating the dado or half lap. I love being able to do joinery on a miter saw!
It also has a tall sliding fence support so you can cut longer pieces while on a job site, but I already have a fence on my miter saw station so I won’t be needing that feature too much.
Moving on to the bevels, the numbers are huge, so it’s really easy to read and set your angles.
It took me a few minutes to figure out the common stops for the bevels.
There is a metal tab on the side that swings out, this one is your 45 degree bevel stop. It was accurate out of the box, but it could easily be adjusted with the bolt it rests on.
The other common stops it has are 22.5 and 33.9. It order to activate these stops you simply need to swing out the little black lever as seen in the picture below.
I didn’t check for the accuracy of these bevels since they are not angles I use too often, but they could easily be adjusted by rotating the bolt it sets on slightly.
I just love how easy those numbers are to read…
When adjusting the bevels the saw automatically tilts to the left, but you can make it tilt to the right by pulling out a yellow knob at the back of the saw.
I can see how this would be really useful when cutting crown molding or the like.
Dust collection on miter saws are notoriously bad, this one is not perfect either.
It does come with a dust bag, but I personally think they are useless.
I do like that the dust port is all the way behind the saw and below the sliders because you can attach a vac hose and it will stay out of the way. (My previous saw had the dust port on top of the sliders, it was occasionally problematic.)
The saw also comes with a clamp, blade wrench and 12” Carbide blade, but I will probably upgrade to a higher tooth cross cut blade.
Overall, I would say this saw lives up to it’s reputation. It’s accurate, easy to set up and powerful.
I love all the positive stops for greater accuracy but one thing is missing on this saw. A laser or light to line up your cut. One of my previous saws had a laser that was never accurate, but the other had lights that would create a shadow where the blade was, I always thought that was an amazing feature.
It’s not a deal breaker though since I will probably make a zero clearance fence where I will be able to line my cuts on the kerf made by the blade.
I’m really excited that I finally have an accurate, reliable miter saw, and can’t wait to put it to good use!
This speaker is amazing. The sound quality is outstanding and it was so easy to connect my phone via bluetooth. Just one click of a button, and my phone was paired. As long as my phone is within 100 ft., I’m good to go.
The speaker is really lightweight and easy to carry, I imagine I am going to be using this little speaker for more than just my shop.
It’s snowing right now, so it’s hard to imagine, but I have a feeling this guy is going to get a ton of good use at the pool and around the firepit. Since it runs on DEWALT’s 20V batteries I don’t have to be tied down to a cord.
Because of its portability and toughness this would be great for camping or other outdoor activities as well. If you’re already on the DEWALT platform and love music as much as I do, this speaker is a no brainer.
You can find it at The Home Depot here -> DEWALT 20-Volt MAX Bluetooth Speaker
Now I’m going to rock out and get back to work!
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