Excellent Saw, September 8, 2001
Reviewer: Alan D Frank
Our small business specializes in finish trim carpentry.
We have a number of miter saws to include the DeWalt
DW708, DW705, Milwaukee Magnum 6496, and a Hitachi C10FC2.
Each of these fine saws have unique qualities providing
Recently we purchased the DW706. Since purchasing the
DW706 it is unquestionably the saw of choice when is comes
to tall base and crown molding installation. The saw has a
very smooth start and stops with little drop. It is
accurate, has clear viewing areas and seems to take daily
abuse to include being bounced in a trailer from job to
job. We hesitated to buy at first when deciding to
purchase, as we are less than satisfied with the compound
accuracy of our DW708 specifically during full bevel
operations. But the DW706 has impressed each of us. The
only issue that keeps the saw from a five star rating is
the lack of friendly release mechanism for the double
bevel feature. I would not let it stop you from buying
however. This is the best I've used to date.
Fantastic compound miter saw - worth the money!, September
I am a professional craftsman and was in need of a new
compound miter saw. I looked at Bosch, Hitachi, Makita,
Porter-Cable, and DeWalt. Based on price and performance,
the DeWalt is the hands down winner. I read all the other
reviews before buying the saw. The only things I have
discovered are 1) the crown molding stops made by DeWalt
will NOT let you cut 6-5/8" molding, though the saw is
capable of doing it. I had to hold the molding by hand,
and still made excellent cuts. 2) A laser guide would be
nice, but its absence is not a reason to not get this
tool. 3) The saw dust really doesn't collect well in the
bag, but I have several tools with dust bags, and none of
them work well, so big deal.
As far as some of the other negatives I read, like the saw
jerking when the trigger is pulled - I had no issue like
that at all. The blade jumps up a little initially, but
the deck didn't move. Also, I don't know what people are
complaining about reading the bevel angle. Sure, some
sawdust collects, but why wouldn't it? I found this
objection that I read a complete overstatement.
The blade that comes (premounted) to the tool cut perfect
angles. I checked the stop angles and they were dead on
out of the box. The only adjustment I made was about 1/2
degree on the bevel indicator.
The tool has a blade lock, and the bevel is easy to rotate
side to side. Since I need to take this tool to job sites,
I was concerned about ease of transport. This tool has a
built in handle, and weighs only 44 pounds. It is easy to
move around especially when you lock down the blade.
There is no doubt in my mind that I bought the right tool.
EXCELLENT, USEABLE QUALITY, December 14,
Reviewer: S. Verden "Virginia woodworking enthusiast"
I've had this saw for about 2 years now. I wanted the
DW708 Sliding miter saw, but $399 was more attractive than
$599. For me, that was a good choice.
1) AMERICAN. I like to try and buy American first if
possible. This one has more American content than most
(The box said so, anyway).
2) RELIABLE. I use this thing all the time, and always has
3) ACCURATE. Mine was aligned well, and I have not found
anything that assembled improperly due to this saw's
alignments. I have built several custom cabinets from
Maple and Walnut, and all the joints I got from this saw
were square and tight.
4) UTILITY. Functions great and easy to use. I wanted the
12" slide saw, but this already would make 95% of the cuts
I need, and costs a lot less. It has a good-sized table,
and the table is not two-thirds removed for the miter
gauge, so it supports smaller pieces more completely as
well as longer pieces.
I see that Hitachi has a digital readout saw now, but I'm
not sure I would want that. More complexity than I would
want. The only thing I wish this saw had from DeWalt was a
Mine has been excellent. I picked carefully from the above
points and have not been disappointed. If you like to
woodwork and have never used a compound miter saw, this
will become your favorite tool quickly.
A Finish Pro's favorite!, November 21, 2005
Reviewer: RSV (Jersey)
I'm a cabinetmaker and finish carpenter by trade and
currently own, and have previously owned, a variety of
powered compound miter saws from Hitachi, Milwaukee,
Porter Cable, and DeWalt. My DW706 has been my absolute
favorite miter saw! In fact, I also own a DW708 and that
clumsey beast never leaves the bench, but the DW706
coupled with DeWalt's saw stand have provided me with 4
years of excellent service! Even though I also have a 10"
unit, I prefer to take the 12" DW706 on just about every
field project I have!
This past weekend my local Home Depot was clearancing the
old DW706 inventory to make way for the replacement model,
the DW716, so I bought 2 new DW706 mdoels for myself and
my son! Couldn't beat the deal at $249 a piece while
everyone else is still selling the old inventory at least
$100 more! I hope the DW716 can fill the big shoes of the
Good saw, June 16, 2005
Reviewer: Patrick L. Raugh
I purchased this saw about a year and a half ago and have
since remodeled 2 apartments and built a house with it. It
does most things very well, especially cutting tall base
and wide trim accurately. The only problem I seem to have
with this saw is cutting on the flat. The saw seems to bog
down when midway through the cut. I tried another blade in
the saw with the same results. Now I just stay away from
cutting on the flat. All in all, however, this is a very
good saw and I'm pleased with it!
First miter saw - great purchase!, February 21, 2005
Reviewer: Joel P.
While I've used a few different miter saws in the past,
this is the first one I have owned personally, and I
couldn't be happier with it. I was trying to decide
between this and a Delta with the laser guide but
ultimately chose the DeWalt DW706 thanks to its superior
fit and finish and build quality. So far I've used this
for some shelving projects and closet upgrades around the
house, and it's been incredible. Great power, easy to use,
and I'm not missing the laser at all. Miter adjustments
are easy and true. The saw is extremely sturdy but still
relatively easy to move around. Now I'm saving up for the
DeWalt miter saw stand.