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DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw DCH790

DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw is a Much-Anticipated 12-Inch Solution on a Cordless Platform

There’s no doubt that the most anticipated and talked about tool from the 2016 DeWalt Experience is the new DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw. Well, miter saws actually. There are two models, each with 3 configurations to choose from. The really big deal is – obviously – DeWalt developed a full size, fully featured miter saw for its FlexVolt system.


There are some common characteristics between the two models that are worth noting. Either DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw has a hybrid power source. An available AC adapter gives you the ability to run until you forget to pay the power bill. In situations where power isn’t available or simply isn’t convenient to run an extension cord, two FlexVolt 60V Max batteries work in series to offer a full 120V power supply.


DeWalt’s CutLine blade positioning system uses an LED light to cast a shadow exactly where the blade is. There’s no laser calibration to figure out where to expect your cut to land. The saws feature a 12″ blade diameter that is capable of vertical cuts up to 6-3/4 inches with a slightly reduced 6-1/2 inches on the DCH716.

DeWalt 120V MAX AC DC 12-Inch Miter Saws

From internal testing, DeWalt was able to make up to 289 cuts (conflicting reports also reference 310) on one charge in 3-1/4 inch base molding. For another metric better suited to framers, they got up to 244 cuts in 2×4 SPF lumber.

How you decide to get into the platform with the DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw is up to you. The flagship DeWalt DHS790 model is a dual bevel sliding compound miter saw while the DeWalt DHS716 model loses the sliding mechanism as a simple dual bevel compound miter.

Kit options vary. The -AB models feature the respective miter saw along with the 120V AC adapter for use with a standard outlet. -T2 models include two FlexVolt 60V Max battery packs and a quick charger. -AT2 kits will come with the batteries, charger, and AC adapter.

We didn’t have the chance to work with the saw for as long as we’d have liked to at the media event, but I can tell you that the DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Miter Saw has plenty of power to make the cuts we’re used to with a 12-inch miter. Once we get it in for testing, we’ll be able to give you a much more thorough idea of what to expect. For now though, my first impression of the performance and build quality are both very positive.

DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw DeWalt 120V MAX Sliding Compound Miter Saw (DHS790)Specifications

  • Model: DeWalt DCS790
  • Power Source: Dual FlexVolt Batteries, 120V AC power via adapter
  • Miter Saw Class: Dual-bevel sliding compound
  • No Load Speed: 3800 RPM
  • Arbor Size: 5/8 inch
  • Blade Diameter: 12 inches
  • Max Cross Cut (90 Degrees): 16 inches
  • Max Cross Cut (45 Degrees Miter): 8 inches
  • Max Vertical Capacity: 6-1/2 inches (7-1/2 inches for nested crown)
  • Weight: 68.6 pounds (DHS790T2)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $649.00 (DHS790AB), $749.00 (DHS790T2), $799 (DHS790AT2)

DeWalt FlexVolt 120V Max Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw (DHS716) Specifications

DeWalt 120V MAX Compound Miter Saw (DHS716)
  • Model: DeWalt DHS716
  • Power Source: Dual FlexVolt Batteries, 120V AC power via adapter
  • Miter Saw Class: Dual Bevel Compound
  • No Load Speed: 3800 RPM
  • Arbor Size: 5/8 inch
  • Blade Diameter: 12 inches
  • Max Cross Cut Capacity: 10 inches
  • Max Vertical Cut Capacity: 6-3/4 inches (6-5/8 inches for nested crown)
  • Weight: 54.2 pounds (DHS716T2)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $499.00 (DHS716AB), $599.00 (DHS716T2), $649.00 (DHS716AT2)

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