While the thought of a “portable” miter saw is appealing, carrying one around by hand is not my favorite past-time. I’d rather use a dedicated miter saw stand. We’ve used a bunch of these over the years, and when DeWalt announced it had put out a new gas-assisted model, the DWX726, we thought we’d give it a try to see how they might have improved upon what was already on the market. First and foremost, the job of a good miter saw stand is to support the saw, while also providing a consistent feed and support for the work material. There are two basic types of miter saw stands, the compact fixed stand (with or without roller feeds) and the heavier-duty rolling stand that is made to be a more permanent yet portable solution. DeWalt has both, but the new DWX726 promises to be both robust and highly portable.
The DeWalt DWX726 comes disassembled. For us, this presented a fun project. For you, it may be a great excuse to break in that new apprentice and see what he’s made of. In our opinion, the instructions were fairly clear, save for the fact that the manual didn’t maintain a consistent frame of reference for the close-up drawings, so at times it was difficult to figure out the proper orientation of a part. The only required tools were the included hex wrench and a few wrenches to grab hold of the bolts for the wheel assembly. The tubular steel appeared to be strong, and the way everything fit together led us to believe that once assembled, the miter stand could handle even larger miter saws and perform well on unpredictable jobsites. Overall, it took us around 30 minutes to put it together and we’re sure we wasted a lot of time in the process.
One of the first steps is assembling the wheels, which are made of tough, solid rubber and don’t need to be inflated. They also won’t deliver as smooth of a ride for your saw, but we don’t anticipate this being a major obstacle.
Once assembled we needed to mount our miter saw stand to the DeWalt DWX726. This ended up being fairly easy, save for the fact that we didn’t realize that moving the horizontal rails all the way back would inhibit the long bolts from passing through the captured nuts. This would appear to be no big deal were it not for the fact that each rail has a centrally-located fastening point which is obscured by the miter saw itself. That means that if you want to readjust either of the rails, you need to completely remove the miter saw or planer. But you know what? You’re only going to do this once, so really any hassle here isn’t all that significant – and perhaps having read this, you can avoid our mistakes and get the job done even more quickly. As you might be able to tell, we used a non-DeWalt miter saw for this exercise and the stand was easily adapted to fit. In fact, having learned how the rail system worked, it was easy to see how just about any saw on the market should be able to fit onto the DWX726 stand. At the worst, you could affix your saw to a piece of plywood and then mount that to the stand, but our guess is that would be a rare event given the flexibility we experienced.
The stand also comes with integrated cord wrap posts that need to be installed, but allow the stand to capture and maintain the electrical cord of your miter saw or planer and keep it from dragging on the ground. There’s no way to secure the plug, however, and so if your cord doesn’t include a cord-pinch, you may want to invest in a hook-and-loop cable tie or something similar.
Testing and Use
When we finished our assembly, we grasped the handle, triggered the red activation lever with our thumb, and lifted the stand, but that was with the DWX726 empty. Having mounted the miter saw, we again grasped the handle, foot on the extension leg for support and pushed downward. We found it to be a relatively simple effort that dropped the weight of our 12″ miter saw smoothly. Lifting it up again was an equally simple matter and we quickly had the saw at its proper working height. At times lifting and lowering the stand was hampered by a mechanism that liked to stick, but after moving it up and down several times we figured out its quirks and were able to consistently get the lift to behave in the way we wanted.
We cut different material on this stand with a heavy 12″ miter saw. In fact, this was quite the test. With the saw coming in at 65 lbs, this was one of the heavier tools you’re likely to put on the DWX726 Rolling Miter Stand. Even with the weight of the saw, the stand rose and fell properly, and when cutting dimensional lumber and 1x trim material it never felt flimsy or unbalanced. In fact, we balanced the miter stand when we first installed it by pushing pretty hard in all directions until it was perfectly centered. Upon using the saw the table didn’t move around too much and cuts were easy to make consistently. The glide rollers did a great job at feeding us the working material and the fact that there were dual extensions meant that we were able to feed the material from either side – very convenient if you have a dual bevel saw and are cutting a lot of crown. We also really liked the way the height and width of the roller supports could be very easily modified to fit any type of miter saw or length of material. The total max width is around 8 feet, which is made possible by the fact that the ~3ft. long square tubes fit into each other when fully retracted. It was also satisfying to find that when we placed heavier lumber across the miter saw, the weight didn’t cause the roller arms to strain or lose their applied pressure to the wood.
When we were finished we put the miter into a 45 degree position, locked the arm down and again collapsed the stand and lifted it up onto its wheels for storage. The compactness of the stand was impressive, having just come from a spread-out area that was a full 8 feet wide and as deep as the full cutting depth of an extended miter saw arm. This is a miter saw stand that actually takes up less of a footprint on the ground than my miter saw does when stored by itself. Plus, it’s easy to move about from jobsite to jobsite. That’s a convenience worth paying for.
If you use your miter saw a lot, or are a professional tradesman who goes from one jobsite to another, the DWX726 is a great solution that works with just about anything on the market. At just under $200, it’s a no-brainer add-on to make your tool more portable and more usable. I could even see this being used in the woodworker’s shop, simply because it enables you to move your miter saw or planer around quickly and easily. It’s this vertical storage capability that makes the DWX726 an even more attractive tool. We’ve used a lot of miter saw stands and, while the DeWalt DWX726 isn’t breaking a ton of new ground, it is a very improved alternative to the DW7440RS rolling miter stand. This is a great rolling stand that we feel is priced to sell. In fact it’s nearly 33% less than a popular competitor. Maybe you can take that extra $100 and buy your significant other something nice.