Dewalt DW713 Review: How good is it really?
When the Dewalt logo is put on a tool, it brings an air of expectation. For decades Dewalt has been known for well-built, reliable and affordable tools. They have built a reputation among DIYers and contractors, and each new product they release are expected to live up to that same
reputation. In this Dewalt DW713 review I will reveal whether
this product is a worthy addition to their current line of dependable tools.
With so many portable miter saws on the market, what makes this product stand out from the rest? Can a portable unit deliver in the same way as a larger saw? And what do we as DIYers and contractors stand to benefit from such a stripped down design?
Let’s see if we can find some answers, and find out if the DW713 can live up to the Dewalt reputation.
What you get for your money
The Dewalt DW713 is designed for two purposes, to make easy miter and bevel cuts capability and to be portable. From simple tasks such as trimming baseboards, to the complex cuts involved in crown molding, this compound miter saw aims to simplify the job so that the hobbyist and the seasoned professional can get started quickly.
The 10-inch durable carbide blade spins at 5,000 RPM, giving you both the durability and the power you will need for your woodwork. Unlike many saws on the market, the standard 40-tooth blade will give you precision cuts out of the box.
The tall 4-1/2 inch sliding fence slides effortlessly out of the way for bevel cuts, giving you a greater range of movement. With 0-50° left and right angles for miter cuts, and 0-45° left, 0-3° tilts for bevel cuts, any job becomes a matter of simple adjustments.
With 11 positive stops for miter angles and 0° and 45° common bevel angles, the DW713 feels intuitive to your needs. A cam lock miter handle affords the user quick and simple positioning, while a miter detent override system allows for fine adjustment without the risk of the saw slipping into fixed detents.
The saw comes with a blade replacement wrench and an additional dust collection sack to keep your work area clean and tidy.
Is this device portable?
The definitive answer to this question is yes. Weighing in at a lightweight 35 lbs, it is designed with movement in mind. The built in carry handle makes for easy transport. If you have multiple job sites and are looking for a compound saw that you can bring with you, the DW713 is definitely worthy to be on your shortlist.
The product has a no frills feeling to it, however, this keeps the device light, and adds to the strength and durability of the unit. Though if you intend to use the Dewalt on sites without a power source, you will have to invest in a battery and charger.
Can I upgrade this saw?
Most compound miter saw users use it for a range of tasks. Knowing exactly what you will be doing, makes it easier to choose the right unit.
The DW713 is strong and accurate and comes with a quality blade, but this may not be enough for some more seasoned woodworkers. An easy change mechanism will allow you to fit higher tooth blades for cutting different material. This can greatly expand the range of tasks you can undertake.
Other accessories include a base clamp for larger jobs, and laser guidance systems for users needing a greater degree of accuracy.
Is this saw suitable for beginners?
Armed with the in-depth manual, even a first time user is able to get stuck into the many functions of this miter saw. The simple and straightforward design works hand in hand with the user-friendly positive stop system to produce accurate cuts straight out of the box.
The DW713 comes with a 90-day money back guarantee, a 3-year warranty, and a 1-year free service contract.
What I don’t like about the DW713
The biggest problem we’ve found with this product is the size of the blade. It can be a difficult deciding between the range of 10’ and 12’ saws on the market. As a prospective buyer you should always keep in mind what you expect from your purchase.
A 10’ saw such as this is perfect for 2×2 or 2×4 lumber. However, if you are looking to cut 2×6 you will need a 12’ blade. These come at a greater cost, but perform a greater array of tasks.
For the price of the DW713 you could buy a 12’ saw. Though taking into account that 10’ blades are available in a greater range and at lower costs, you may still find this product takes you further for your money.
Dewalt DW713 vs. Dewalt DW715
The DW715 is like the DW713’s big brother. In many regards it is a very similar compound miter saw. It is capable of the same 0-50° miter angle range and 0-48° bevel cuts. Both products perform a consistent number of positive stops (read more here).
The major difference is the size. The DW715 is designed with a powerful 12-inch blade for cutting large lumber. This can make all the difference if you intend to work with such material.
The size has a few drawbacks. The saw performs at a slightly lower 4,000 RPM, which is standard for 12’ blades. It is also a heavier machine, weighing in at 42 lbs. This means the 715 isn’t as portable as its little brother.
Dewalt DW713 vs. Hitachi C10FCE2
These two saws are very similar, although they come from different manufacturers. Both are 10’ compound miters, running at 5,000 RPM from a 15 AMP power supply. With no big difference in weight, they are both designed to be portable. Even the range of angles, both miter and bevel, run to similar degrees.
The Hitachi comes with a basic clamp, which must be purchased separately in the case of the Dewalt. However, this cost is offset by the difference in blades. The C10FCE2 is outfitted with a 24-tooth blade that will need to be replaced for precision cuts. Though the product comes at a slightly lower price, the cost and effort of replacing a blade will eat up that difference in price real quick.
The decision will ultimately come down to brand loyalty. Both Dewalt and Hitachi share a strong reputation for quality. With many consumers choosing to equip their workshop with machinery from one of these two brands, the small differences between the different products often go ignored (learn more about the C10FCE2 in my review here).
Where to buy at the best price
The Dewalt DW713 is available from most commercial retailers. However, most consumers find the prices at Amazon.com difficult to beat.
It is also worth mentioning this saw was updated in 2012, with any device produced after that designed as a Type 2. When making your purchase, always ensure you are being sold the most up-to-date model.
As previously mentioned, as a company Dewalt has built its reputation on durable, high-performance machinery. The DW713 is no exception.
Designed as a lightweight, portable machine, the product meet the needs of any woodworker who carries their tools with them. With an extensive range of functions, intuitive mechanisms to reach maximum accuracy, and a no-frills approach to durability, this product is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
As an investment, the DW713 comes with the standard Dewalt warranty, and a range of add-ons to extend your usage of the device. This is a saw designed for precision, and built to last a lifetime.