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DEWALT DW718 12-Inch Double-Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw

4.2 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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  • Powerful 15-amp, 3,600 rpm motor delivers extended power and durability
  • Adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 10 positive stops improves productivity and ensures cutting accuracy
  • Precise miter system and machined base fence support optimize cutting accuracy
  • Tall sliding fences support crown molding up to 6-5/8-inch nested and base molding up to 6-1/2-inch vertically against the fence
  • Innovative gearbox and belt-drive design increases vertical cutting capacity
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Whether you're cutting baseboard or crown molding, the DEWALT 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw provides quick, accurate cuts to complete the job. Thanks to a powerful 15 Amp motor, an easy-to-adjust cam-lock miter handle, convenient miter and bevel stops, and a tall fence for oversized moldings, this saw is ready for a range of crosscutting and miter-cutting applications. In addition, it comes with a durable carbide blade, a blade wrench, and a convenient dust bag.

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12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
At a Glance:
  • Powerful 15 amp motor delivers no-load speed of 3,600 rpm

  • Adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops

  • Tall, sliding fence for work with crown and base moldings

  • Four hardened steel bevel stops on each side for versatility

  • Two steel horizontal rails for blade travel

  • Three-year limited warranty, one-year free service, and 90-day money-back guarantee
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DEWALT 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

This miter saw features a 15 amp motor that delivers 3,600 rpm for a wide range of cutting jobs. View larger.

DEWALT 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The saw's tall fence allows you to cut oversized molding. View larger.
Smart, Powerful Design for Quick, Accurate Cuts
The DEWALT double-bevel sliding compound miter saw's 12-inch blade is backed by a powerful and dependable 15 amp motor. Offering a no-load speed of 3,600 rpm, it makes quick work of cutting framing or molding, as well as other crosscutting and miter-cutting jobs.

This sturdy saw is designed to deliver precise cuts, allowing for the versatile setups required for miter applications. The precise miter system's adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate features 11 positive stops. An easy-to-adjust cam-lock miter handle delivers quick and accurate miter angles, and features a convenient detent override, which allows you to adjust the miter setting without the saw slipping into the miter detents. And the saw's big miter capacity--0 to 60 degrees to the left and 0 to 50 degrees to the right--adds versatility.

Tall Fencing and Compact Sliding Rails
The tall fence supports 6-5/8-inch crown molding nested vertically, as well as 6-1/2-inch base molding set against the fence. The fence slides out of the way easily when it's time to make bevel cuts. This saw stays compact thanks to its dual horizontal steel rails, which feature an innovative clamping mechanism and linear ball bearings for increased accuracy and durability.

Increased Bevel Capacity and Convenient Stops
This saw is designed to deliver quick, accurate bevel cuts. You can easily set up for bevel cuts that measure between 0 and 48 degrees to the left and to the right. This handy setup provides increased capacity for big jobs and allows you to flip the saw instead of the material. Plus, with hardened steel bevel stops at 0, 33.9, 45 and 48 degrees on both sides, it makes finding and setting the most common bevel angles a quick, easy process.

Ideal for a range of applications, the saw's unique fence design allows it to deliver clean, 45-degree bevel cuts through dimensional lumber measuring up to 2 by 12 inches. At 90-degrees, it can cross cut 2 by 16s.

Portable and Compatible with the DEWALT Laser System
This lightweight compound miter saw weighs just 53 pounds and features a built-in carry handle, so you can move it around the jobsite easily and lift it comfortably when it comes time to stow the saw at the end of the day.

For additional accuracy and ease of use, this saw is compatible with a DEWALT DW7187 (sold separately) adjustable miter saw laser system (sold separately), which ensures that the cutting line is easy to see via a red laser line.

This 12-inch double-bevel sliding compound miter saw also comes with a DEWALT warranty package that includes a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract, and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

What's in the Box
DW718 DEWALT 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw, carbide blade, dust bag, blade wrench, and vertical material clamp.

DEWALT 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The adjustable stainless steel detent plate features 11 positive stops and rotates 90 degrees for a wide range of cuts.

From the Manufacturer

The DW718 takes cut capacity to the next level. The innovative back fence design delivers cut capacity up to 2 x 16 at 90 degrees and will cut up to 6-1/2” base molding when standing vertically against the fence. The DW718 is powered by a 15 Amp motor and comes equipped with a 12” carbide blade which spins at 3,600 rpm. The extra tall fences and double bevel feature deliver unmatched performance. The DW718 incorporates an adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 10 positive stops for the most common miter cuts. The cam lock miter handle eliminates the need to twist the miter handle to lock in on the miter angle and delivers a quick and solid miter lock. The saw features a miter detent override which allows the user to override the miter stops and adjust to the miter setting desired without the saw slipping into the miter detents. The innovative machined base fence design delivers long term fence straightness by providing additional support to the fence. The DW718 is designed to accept the DW7187 DEWALT Adjustable Miter Saw Laser System which delivers visibility to the cut path. The saw can be beveled to the left 0˚ - 48˚ and to the right 0˚ - 48˚ with positive stops at 0˚, 22.5˚, 33.9˚ and 45˚. Weighing in at 53lbs and equipped with dual horizontal rails, the DW718 is designed to be compact and portable. The DW718 includes a vertical material clamp, carbide blade, blade wrench and dust bag.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number DW718
Item Weight 68 pounds
Product Dimensions 33 x 24 x 19 inches
Item model number DW718
Size full size
Color Black & Yellow
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Blade Length 12 inches
Included Components bare-tool
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
National Stock Number 3220-01-566-8503

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #271,549 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#99 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Saws > Miter Saws
#13,617 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 68 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available July 2, 2004

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I have just recently purchased the new DW718 double-bevel sliding compound power miter saw with the high hope of a getting something really nice. Boy was I wrong! I really had high hopes since the older DW708 was a nice saw!

Firstly, the table is smaller than the dw708, the rails are 1 inch in diameter (rather than the common 1 3/16") this smaller rail system causes major power head deflection!!!! Accuracy is severely compromised by too much head flex - even worse is how over 14 inches of travel, the cut is out by about 16th of an inch, too much play in my opinion! Since the saw is made in MEXICO, I really feel that there are quality issues. As the older model was made is the States (hurray), this new model has a bad finish! There are aluminum slag deposits everywhere! I had to get out my grinder and start grinding off the extra aluminum that appears to be everywhere! The newly redesigned cam-lock handle is flimsy and harder to use than the previous cam-lock system. One thing that I really don't like is that they got rid of the miter-verneer scale for the miter scale. One could easily adjust (on the DW708) to 1/4 or even 1/2 degrees - you still can now, but it is way harder. They now use a wimpy piece of "flexible red plastic" single arrow; very unimpressive; it is hard to read! Also, the bevel lock is hard to use and get at. DeWalt placed it very close to the motor. So you have to pull the power head completely forward in order to get a complete grip on the bevel lock handle if you want to lock into a certain bevel angle, very bad design! They have redesigned the dust collection system. It works by having a black plastic pipe run for about 12 inches before the dust bag is attached. Barely any dust is caught. Even with my 6.5 peak Horse Power vacuum I cannot collect any dust.
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Jay has it right on. I also own a dw706,I am not trying to bash DeWalt,I have many yellow tools and the 706 is a good saw for base and crown capacity upright. This dw718 is something like you would expect from Harbor Freight Tools Brands,the castings alone are very crude. $720 with laser,and a cheap series 20 60th blade is way too much. It went back.
I bought a ls1013L, what a difference,great saw,super build/finish. The laser is preinstalled,can move line without tools to eitherside of kerf quickly and the vertical does not change as on the 718 if you move the laser kerf position you need an allen wrench and have to play with the guard. I would have bought the 12" if I did not have the DW706. The Makita is Made in USA even,except for the blade.
I understand the capacity is good but the accuracy,etc. is crude, even the holdown shaft "D" shaped end looks like someone rubbed it on rough concrete,not even flat.
Checked another display at Lowes and the same thing.esp. rough slider action too.
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By MsFit on October 30, 2005
I purchased the new DeWalt DW718 shortly after receiving an introductory DVD of the new 12" miter saws sent to me by DeWalt. I was impressed by the presentation on the DVD which exhibited the improvements, compact size, larger capacity, ease of miter and bevel adjustment and the new laser alignment system. I've had a 10" Makita compound slider saw for years and have used it extensively. The limited capacity and lack of a laser alignment sight were serious drawbacks. I've held off buying a new saw until now because none of the newer saws had that much of an improvement to justify replacing my old Makita. After seeing the DVD and personally examining and playing with the saw in a "Big Box Store," I decided the improvements justified the purchase. Another deciding factor was the smaller footprint and table height. My old Makita was mounted to a roll- around workstation with folding wings to support long material. I hated to give up the old workstation and build a new one. To my surprise the new DW718 easily fit my existing workstation, and the table height was exactly the same. All I had to do was remove the Makita, align the fence of the DW718 to the fence on the extension wings of the workstation and bolt it down. I was back in business in no time. I installed the laser alignment sight and took great pains to set the three adjustment Allen screws correctly to insure maximum accuracy.

When this was done my evaluation started. First, the quality of the saw, detents, table and overall build quality was excellent. Another reviewer complained of several flaws on his saw. I found none of these problems with mine. I did have to make small adjustments to the red angle indicator arrows and the miter detent bar. The adjustments took 5 minutes and were easy to do.
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I would say this is a great contractor saw, but perhaps not the best trim saw. Then again, you probably wouldn't be buying a slider if you were interested in precision cuts for trim work. And if you wanted a precise long cut, you'd probably be using a table saw. I bought this one because I felt it was the best bang for the buck and the best compromise for everything I was looking for at the time. I can't afford to have a separate saw for every situation, and thought this would serve me well in most anything I would do, except ripping. I had used the 708 for a good while and was extremely happy with it. I was looking forward to the quality of the 708 with the new features.

I've had the 718 for a year now, and I've got to agree with everybody; the good and the bad. I was a little apprehensive about buying it based on reviews of the slide action not being very good. But I have a tendency to research and analyze things to death; so I decided to just get it and find out for myself.

The first one I received, I sent back because of the slide action. It felt extremely jerky, and I didn't feel that I could get a smooth cut. I figured it had been damaged in shipment as the box was damaged. Unfortunately, the replacement saw felt the exact same way. Making a tour of different stores, I found all of the display units felt the same as well. There is a huge difference in the slide action when compared to the smoothness of the 708. I don't feel that you would ruin your cut because of it; but it's not what you expect... especially for the money you just spent. It definitely makes you take your cut slow and easy. However, I will say that the jerky action you feel when you slide it while not making a cut is somewhat lessened while you are actually cutting.
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