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Mobility is everything when you have an outdoor workshop like me. I build and make a lot of projects and the miter saw is by far my most used tool. However, weighing in at 57 pounds the thought of carrying it in and out of my basement every time I want to work is daunting. The solution is to attach the miter saw to the rolling miter stand making the entire set up easy to transport and quick to use.
Making my miter saw mobile is key with an outdoor workshop. See how the Dewalt mobile miter saw, rolling stand and Diablo fine finish blade work together.
In order to set up the miter saw to work I need to bring it out of my basement storage area. In addition, my basement storage area is down two steps but that’s no match for the rubber grip wheels on this rolling stand. They make transporting the Dewalt 12″ compound miter saw convenient and easy.
The Dewalt rolling miter saw stand features durable tubular steel construction for long-lasting use. It has a 300 lb. weight capacity and adjustable mounting rails which adapt to most miter saws and portable thickness planers. The adjustable support arms can accommodate 8 foot material and you can store the stand vertically which is vital in tight space situations. This stand is sturdy and strong and perfect for use on the jobsite or in your workshop or garage.
Check out this quick video of the Dewalt miter saw and rolling stand in action:
To raise and lower the stand depress the red lever and lift up (or push down) on the handle. The stand is equipped with pneumatic-assisted raising and lowering so it eases into position.
Lift up and it naturally locks into position and you’re ready to use. Here I am after the initial set up and test run:
The Dewalt 12″ compound miter saw comes conveniently supplied with a 12 in. carbide blade (60 teeth, construction grade) which is fine for rough cuts but I choose to upgrade the blade to a Diablo 12″ 80 tooth finishing saw blade. Changing the blade is fairly simple and well worth the effort.
- UNPLUG the saw first.
- Raise the blade guard by loosening the screw using the on board blade wrench.
- Once the guard is up you should have access to the main bolt.
- Depress the locking pin on the right side, the blade will stop spinning and you can loosen the nut with the wrench. Remember it’s threaded in the opposite:
Once the bolt is loose remove it and the washer and carefully take off the old blade:
Open the new Diablo fine finish blade which features laser-cut stabilizer vents for precise and clean cuts in a variety of wood materials. The advanced stabilizer vents feature a permanent filler baked in from top to bottom for absorbing noise and preventing sideways movement, allowing the blade to slice through wood cleanly, quickly and accurately. Constructed with TiCo Hi-Density special-blend carbide, Diablo’s 12 in. fine finish blade produces precise cuts and provides 5X longer cutting life. The laser cut heat expansion slots allow the blade to expand and contract during use, keeping the cut true and straight. This blade is excellent for trim work and projects such as building bookcases, cabinets and shelving.
Save the packaging from the new blade and slide the old blade inside before disposing. You definitely don’t want anyone getting cut from a trash bag mishap.
Place the new blade in position and then the washer. There are indents on the washer so it only fits one way, no messing this up.
Insert the bolt and hand tighten, you may need to depress the locking pin once you go to tighten the bolt with the wrench. Be sure to lower the blade guard and retighten that one screw then you are ready to make cuts.
You can see the difference having a new, sharp fine finish blade makes when cutting lumber:
The Dewalt 12″ compound miter saw has everything you need for basic carpentry, woodworking, trim work and then some. It’s got a powerful motor, 10 positive stops on the miter plate with up to 60 degree miters on the right, 50 degress on the left. It’s dual bevel (tilts 49 degrees left and right), has tall sliding fences and is equipped with a vertical material clamp. My one negative is the dust bag is teeny tiny, it fills up so fast you are better off connecting to dust collection. When I’m cutting a lot that makes sense and when it’s just a few cuts I’ll use the dust bag.
Overall this saw is a workhorse and the mobility is priceless.
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