DeWalt DWS778 Mitre Saw - a Toolstop REVIEW

Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

Brand new for 2013, DeWalt has launched a 250mm blade diameter slide saw.

The model number is DWS778, and here's our hands-on review.

We'll cover the following benefits to owning this saw:

The first thing noticeable about the DWS778 compact mitre saw is that it is, indeed, compact, despite the large blade size (which spins at up to 4300rpm).
Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

Slide Rails

The compact size is aided by the slide rails, allowing the saw to sit flush to the wall where you're working; the slide rails do not extend out the back of the saw.

Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

Dust Extraction

This is a key feature of any saw these days, and reliable dust extraction is essential especially when working in-doors, such as in the case of kitchen fitters.

The DWS778's curved dust shoot is compatible with DeWalt's Airlock system. A quick quarter-turn locks the hose in place meaning the hose will not pop-off even when the saw moving up and down, in and out.

Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

XPS Light

The XPS light fitted to the DWS778 saw is a fantastic feature on any saw. It provides you with 100% accurate cross-cutting lines, 100% of the time.

It also serves as a highly efficient job light, idea for when working in low-light areas, or during the darker winter months.

Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

Integrated Positive Mitre Stops

The DeWalt DWS778's mitre stops can be set, with a reassuringly positive "click", to 15, 22.5, 30, 45 and 50. With a twist of the quick-release handle the angle can be set to any angle in-between.

Dewalt DWS778 250mm Compact Slide Mitre Saw

Slide Guides

The base and fence have been machined to meet the accuracy requirements of the most demanding applications. The slide guides can be moved right up to the blade to prevent any nasty little off-cuts flying about the place!

Capacities and Capabilities

Have a great specced out saw like the DWS788 is one thing, but knowing that it'll handle the jobs you need it to is another.

We reckon DeWalt have got the balance between key user benefits and handling capacities. See our table below.

Blade Bore:
Bevel Capacity:
Mitre Capacity [right/left]:
Cutting Capacity at 90/90 (W x H):
305x85 mm

Video Review of the DeWalt DWS778

We asked an experienced joiner and kitchen fitter to test the DeWalt DWS778 and give us his thoughts on the above mentioned benefits. Watch his review on Toolstop TV here, or via the player below.

We'd love to know what you think about the DeWalt DWS778 saw, so tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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darrell owen on Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:20:02 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Brought this disappointed blade guard hits fixed fenc e every time I use it

Toolstop on Mon, 05 May 2014 12:44:38 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I think this saw will give you trench cutting if thats what you mean

gv on Sat, 03 May 2014 20:40:22 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

For this saw category I would expect groove cutting.

Toolstop on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:17:01 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

This saw is built against a classic and still great design but has improved and modern features and technology such as the dust extraction and accuracy

John Stratford on Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:55:37 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

very similar design and features to my ELU PS mitre saw which is getting on for 30 years old, Apart from the motor technology is there anything new here ?

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