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DeWalt DW716 Miter Saw Review

DeWalt DW716

DeWalt DW716

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Functionality

Design

Price

Review Summary

For decades, DeWalt has set the standard for quality tools at reasonable prices. From their pneumatic nail guns to the drill bits used during crafting parties, they have never wavered in their attention to detail and their eye on quality.

The DeWalt DW716 is a powerful tool that will be comfortable at your home shop or your work site. It has a bevel adjustment system that improves its accuracy when making cuts, an essential factor when buying any miter saw. However, it does lack a sliding arm, so doing a large number of cuts can be more complicated than with other miter saws.

For simple uses, cutting slat boards between joists or studs for reinforcement, it is a great tool. It is designed more for precision than for quantity. It has the power to do the job but lacks the features for efficiency when making a large number of cuts in succession.

DeWalt DW716 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Powerful motor
  • Very accurate cuts
  • Safety-minded design
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • More expensive than other DeWalt miter saws
  • No sliding arm

Specifications

Brand: DeWalt

Model: DW716

Product weight: 44 pounds

Dimensions: 5” x 20” x 18”

No-load rotating speed: 3,800 RPM

Amperage: 15A

Voltage: 120V

Blade diameter: 12”

Miter Range: 48° left, 48° right

Bevel Range: 48° left, 48° right

Warranty: 3 years

Design

This saw is the definition of plug and play. It is ready, willing, and able to make as many precise cuts as you need and get your job done with efficiency and style. It has the quality you expect from a DeWalt saw and is calibrated correctly. Having accurate calibration ensures your cuts will be the exact angle you wish, every time.

Even at 44 pounds, it is very sturdy and durable. This is due to the top-quality materials DeWalt uses in all of their tools, including the blade. It is composed primarily of stainless steel, making it corrosion-resistant and adding to its strength.

close up DeWalt DW716

Accuracy

The DeWalt DW716 sets to standard for bevel cuts. And its design ensures you can make your cuts at maximum speed without any difficulty. It is easy to tilt the blade, move the miter angle, and is very user friendly to operate when making cuts.

When you move the miter or bevel into position, a locking pin holds it in place. This limits the chances of errors in your angle of cut. And when you are done, pull the pin and return it to start.

Portable

The unit is only 44 pounds, making it lightweight enough to move without strain. Of all the miter saws in DeWalt’s family of products, this is one of the most portable and easiest to carry. It’s not the lightest, but with its precision features, it is the one you want to bring to your job site for those delicate angle cuts.

It has a clever and handy carry handle that only adds to its portability. And it is compact in comparison to other models. Less surface area means there is less of a likelihood of damage, which extends the unit’s durability.

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FAQ

What is the warranty on this model?

Three years. DeWalt has given it a manufacturing warranty against defects and faulty issues from the factory. Plus, the company offers free servicing for a year and a 90-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind.

Is it safe to use?

As with all saws, there is a level of responsibility required when using it.  But beyond that, yes, it is very safe. The blade is covered, both when in use and when not functioning in its working capacity.

Does it have a laser line or LED guide?

Unlike other DeWalt miter saws, this model does not come with a laser line or LED guide. There is, however, the option to purchase one if you desire the added reinforcement that your cuts are accurate.

What Users Say

The consensus is very positive. Users can’t believe that such a lightweight, compact saw has the power and precision to do such a fantastic job every single cut. They found it the perfect tool for cutting everything from studs to baseboards to crown molding with efficiency. They love that it exemplifies the quality, durability, and longevity they expect from all DeWalt products. Many are still going strong after years of consistent use at homes and work sites.

Some aren’t happy with the fact that various DW716 models will not accept the laser attachment some of the advertisements recommend. And there have been some manufacturing issues, mostly attached to the miter blade table and blade bolts that are not adequately tightened when the product is unboxed.

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Conclusion

The DeWalt DW716 is a terrific tool for precision. It has the power to get the job done, the miter feature to make the highest quality angle cuts, and the portability to store the unit when not in use—all in all, an excellent tool for smaller jobs.

As with any tool, it is wise to double-check all fittings before use. DeWalt makes a long list of high-quality products, but product quality control is not infallible. Especially with a saw, double-check everything yourself. Safety must be paramount when using any of these tools.

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