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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great saw, good price.
on October 12, 2006
This is a great deal on a Dewalt 12 inch miter saw. This is the second reconditioned miter saw I've purchased. My first was a Delta 10" which still works great, but the blade guard bit the dust and the saw is so old, the part is no longer available. Instead of trying to fix up the old saw, I decided to upgrade to this 12" Dewalt reconditioned unit. Compare the price to a new Dewalt 716 saw costing nearly 400 bucks in the retail stores.
Mine arrived in excellent condition and true and square right out of the box. The only slight adjustment I had to make was to adjust the miter gauge plate, which was slightly off.
The best feature on this saw is the double bevel feature. A quick tug on the slide bolt releases the saw head to bevel either right or left. Great for cutting bevels in wide boards that you have to flip to continue the cut. The saw cuts smooth and clean. It has enough power to cut through green lumber without bogging down.
The saw is fairly quiet, as far as power tools go! Compared to my old Delta, the Dewalt DW716R is quiet as it cuts. (I'm sure my neighbors especially appreciate this, particularly on an early Saturday morning!!!)
As for the saw being reconditioned, I was very pleased with the condition. Other than a "reconditioned by" tag (and a small "R" melted into the plastic of the motor housing), you cannot tell that this saw has been reconditioned.
I would have given this saw a rating of 5 stars, except that I would have liked to see some accessories included with the price of the saw. My old Delta included things like the hold down clamps and length stops. The only "accessory" you get with this saw is the dust bag. The laser system is also an "accessory" in the Dewalt line that is now being included in most other saw brands. It would be nice if Dewalt would build the laser into each of their saws as "standard equipment". At the very least, include the hold down clamps and stops.