In-Depth Review: DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Summary

96.5 %
Review

Though I am not a carpenter, or any type of professional woodworker, I found myself needing a saw. My kids are really into tree houses, dog houses, doll houses, cat houses…any type of pretend house really. My wife and eldest daughter are also very keen on recreating everything they see on Etsy-type blogs or in Mr. Kate’s videos.

That being said, I tried to find the best saw model I could get my hands on so I cut finish all these projects quickly and return to more manly endeavors like toying with the car. Though not completely out of the loop when it comes to tools, I was both pleasantly surprised and a bit concerned at the sheer amount of miter saws on the market.

I was drawn to the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw mainly because I am familiar with the brand and I see their products as being high-quality ones.

Effectiveness

Price

Ease of Use

Support

We Like

  • Powerful motor, 15 amps
  • A no-load speed of 4,000 RPM
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops
  • Sharp and accurate cutsIncreased bevel capacity

We Don't Like

  • The fences might not be parallel on all models – it’s best you check them before buying
  • Poor adjustment features

Introduction

For my needs, I find that the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw works pretty well. It does allow me to finish all work in a record time with no fuss. Performance wise, it is a pretty powerful unit and have quite a few nice features.

Who Is It For?

As I am mostly a DIY guy I do not know much about what professionals need. However, I find that the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw does work perfectly fine for my needs. It’s a pretty powerful and quite efficient unit.

I would recommend it mainly to people like myself or possibly woodworking newbies. As most people have stated, this is not the saw to handle cutting very large and dense wood panels so if your project requires this, you might need to orient yourself elsewhere.

Buyer's Guide

Considering the large number of miter saws on the market, I decided to do a bit of research on what one such unit should have. I am a newbie after all…

Most professionals stated that a miter saw should be making precise and accurate cuts, but I already knew that was what I wanted. After a bit more stalking, both online and off, here is what I found out:

  • Blades

Apparently, miter saws usually come equipped with an 8, 10 or 12’’ blade and there are various types of blades for cutting different materials. Normally, a miter saw will come with its own high-performance blade intended for cutting wood which I thought was great.

One tip though – remember that the more teeth your blade has the better. This will ensure the cuts are deeper and leave a finer finish.

  • Miter

Saws are generally preset to adjust to a variety of used angles. The 45 degrees angle is normally used for right angle joints. Keep in mind that although there are countless units that will meter to only one side, its best to opt for one that will miter to the left as well as to the right.

  • Slide

This will allow you to cut even pieces with greater widths. It’s best to check the saw’s information to see its capacity before purchasing it. For strictly dado purposes the capacity can be less.

  • Bevel. Compound.

The bevel option means that the saw you have will cut an angled bevel into your wood piece. This will allow you to cut 2 angles at the same time. While some units are only single-beveled there are those that will tilt both left and right.

  • Dust Extraction System

If you mainly work inside, in a fairly small workspace, it is best you opt for a miter saw that will allow you to attach it to either a dust extractor or a vacuum. However, most good models on the market will be able to catch at least 75% of wood particles so no need to worry.

Product Details

Description

This Dewalt model is a pretty sharp and thin saw that will satisfy most customers’ requirements. It does come with some included accessories, namely a dust bag, a carbide blade, a blade wrench and some comfortable side handles in the base.

The stainless steel miter detent plate (complete with 11-positive stops) will deliver nothing short of a repeatable accuracy and an increased worksite durability. As a bonus, the miter detent override will allow you to override the miter stop as well as adjust to any desired setting without having the saw slip into the miter detents.

Tall sliding fence will support a crown molding up to 5-1/4" when nested and a base molding up to 6-1/2" when placed vertically against the fence, while easily sliding out of the way for bevel cuts.

This model from Dewalt will allow for 0-48 degrees to the left and 0-3 degree to the right for an increased capacity, as well as 0-50 degrees left and right of miter capacity for a greater versatility.

Product Information

  • Color: Yellow
  • Product Style: Miter Saw
  • Weight: 42 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 20 x 27.7 x 18.8 in
  • Power Source: Corded-electric
  • Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Product Type: Bare-tool

Features & Benefits

  • Smart Design

Smart design that doesn’t compromise power or cut accuracy – this single-bevel unit from Dewalt comes equipped with a powerful, 15 amp motor, allowing for a no-load speed of 4,000 rotations/ minute. The DW715 will quickly cut, crosscut, mold, frame and engage in various miter-cutting jobs. The precise, adjustable stainless steel miter detent has 11 positive stops created with an easy setup and improved productivity in mind.

  • Increased Portability

The DW715 is a very lightweight unit when compared to others. Its 42 pounds combined with the incorporated handle the unit comes with will increase its portability. Depending on your physique, you could easily carry it to the jobsite with just one hand.

  • Increased bevel capacity and appropriate stops

This miter saw will deliver quick and very accurate cuts no matter the application or wood variety. It is able to provide 45-degree bevel cuts through the toughest dimensional lumber (2 by 8 inches). Also, the bevel cuts could be set anywhere from 0 to 48 degrees to the left, and 0 to 3 degrees to the right. With this unit, setting the most common bevel angles will not be a strenuous process anymore.

Pros

  • Powerful motor, 15 amps
  • A no-load speed of 4,000 RPM
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops
  • Sharp and accurate cuts
  • Increased bevel capacity

Cons

  • The fences might not be parallel on all models – it’s best you check them before buying
  • Poor adjustment features

Social Proof

Long before buying the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw I searched the internet to find and compare a few of the better miter saws on the market. To no surprise really and much to my benefit, I found that most of them had quite a few reviews stating both their hits and misses.

From all the sites I've stumbled upon while researching the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, there were more than 600 reviews in total for this particular saw. So, what did they say? Is it good? Is it bad? Though most people, about 90%, had given this product between 4 and 5 stars, there were those who might have been a bit disappointed in its overall performance.

Starting on a good tone, most previous buyers were quite pleased at the record time it took for them to finish their work. This is what I was looking for and I felt I’ve found a winner. Some also praised the deep and accurate cuts, a good feature considering they were building cabins. The saw’s sturdiness and long life were also praised.

On the downside, there were those who disliked the fact that the fences were not exactly parallel on their model and recommended others should check for this before buying. The poor play with the adjustments was also a question raised by some having problems with the fact that this model is not upgradable.

Alternative Choices

Though I quite like the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, I do like to have a few options on hand. After a bit of hefty researching I came up with some alternatives.

Here is my shortlist of the best miter saws on the market:

1. DEWALT DWS779 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Also from Dewalt the DWS779 model also comes with a 15 amps motor that allows for 3,800 rotations/ minute. Its design makes it a durable unit while not cutting from its overall power.

Performance wise, it will cut up to 2 x 16 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees and 2 x 12 at 45 degrees. The incorporated dust collection system will catch up to about 75% of wood particles, a pretty good feature though I think it could use an improvement.

While a bit heavier and pricier than the DW715, this unit is a good choice for many.

2. Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Another option to keep in mind is this model from Hitachi. Also equipped with a pretty powerful, 15 amps motor, this unit will be able to handle most things you throw its way. A nice added feature is the horizontal handle complete with vibration reducing, soft elastomer that ensures a perfect grip.

The large extended flip fence, raises up to 4 inches for vertically cutting crown molding and the large table surface will allow for a better support of the working material. The miter adjustments can be done fairly quickly, mainly thanks to the thumb actuated positive stops.

3. Black + Decker M1850BD 7-1/4" Compound Miter Saw

This die cast aluminum, Black and Decker miter saw comes as a very compact, lightweight unit (under 17 pounds). However, this does not take anything away from the power of the cuts or from the accuracy. Many will find this model ideal for crown and base molding jobs.

The unit’s miter range is 0-45 degrees both left and right and has nine positive stops. This miter saw is perfect for those wanting to do some craft projects that require trim and framing.

4. Ryobi ZRTS1345L 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Line (Certified Refurbished)

This last model on my shortlist comes from Ryobi and is equipped with all necessary accessories. The electric blade the saw is equipped with will stop the blade in seconds and the dual view bevel scale is easily visible from both sides of the unit.

These features, combined with the integrated laser will provide an accurate and enhanced cutting experience.

Alternative Choices Comparison Table

Alternative Choices

Our Rating

Price

DEWALT DWS779

Hitachi C10FCE2

Black+Decker M1850BD

Ryobi ZRTS1345L

The Final Cut

After reading countless reviews and actually using the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, I have to say I like it. Though I was a bit disappointed when some previous users said the fences were not parallel, after checking and using this unit I feel a bit more at ease.

For a fairly compact, light model, it does its job pretty admirably, at least in my case. I do use it mainly for DYI stuff for my kids and wife and I do find it does work pretty fast, allowing for some more me time.

The stainless steel miter detent plate, complete with 11-positive stops, does help a lot when it comes down to accuracy. I also like the stainless steel the entire unit is made of, and I think it will be quite durable in the long run.

All in all, though there might be some room for improvements, I am glad I purchased the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw.

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