Dewalt DW717 DB Miter Saw Review
The DW717 (and brother version DWS716XPS) performs like a champ; it is the mid-grade miter saw from Dewalt. There are more expensive DB miter saws on the market but for almost everyone, this is great.
4.5 out of 5.0 stars.
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I set up the saw on a Gladiator 2-door work cabinet and cut through a few 2x4s and a couple 1×6 white board that I had sitting in the shop; and the DW717 cut cleanly and effortlessly. The Dewalt carbide blade that was included is very nice and I might start buying more of their blades for my other saws. As expected with Big Yellow, the saw is sturdy and well-fitted.
So, What's in the box?
It comes with the miter saw (of course), carbide saw blade, blade wrench, vertical material clamp (very useful for long boards), and a dust bag.
The DW717 ( and DWS716XPS) are very capable and powerful. I will be holding on to the DW717 and have already completed a few moulding projects and a board and batten accent wall. Like almost any saw with good cut capacity and strong specs (rpms/amps), it cuts cleanly and efficiently. Unlike other saws, it slides and manipulates with sturdy ease. If this saw is set to 45 degrees, it cuts at 45 degrees; this might sound like a stupid comment but it does what it needs to do. If you want accurate fits on your joints, you have to buy a saw that is “angle” reliable; this one is. Keep a good blade on the DW717 (or DWS716XPS) and use this saw for years to come. Recommended for all Tool Space users.