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Miter Saw Reviews: Read My Review of the DeWalt 713 Compound Miter Saw

Enter now my review for the master craftsman carpenter in your home. My review of the Compound Miter Saw.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Miter Saw Reviews: Read My Review of the Dewalt 713 Compound Miter Saw

the dewalt 713 compound miter saw
I don't know about you, but when it comes to woodwork I'm no master at it. Although, I love good quality woodwork and finished woodwork just like most everybody else. Fortunately there are many good quality woodworking tools that are available today to the person who is adventurous in this endeavor.

Some of those tools that make this job much easier and that produce real nice results are:

  • Planers
  • Routers
  • Sanders
  • Heat Guns
  • Laminate Trimmers
To name just a few. These tools give the woodworking entrepreneur and hobbiest lots of power over his/her creation. All woodworking falls under the category of creative artwork. Anyone who has an interest in woodworking can create masterpieces of work with all the tools available to them.

But there is one area of woodwork that is tedious and takes a good steady hand to do. That is finishing woodworking. Finish woodwork requires precision in the cuts that are made to cover the flaws to make it look perfect to the eyes. Creating perfect finish carpentry.

Enter now my review for the master craftsman carpenter in your home. My review of the Compound Miter Saw. As usual, after spending many hours researching the myriads of miter saws, I decided on the best quality saw for this review is the DeWalt DW713 10-inch Compound Miter Saw.

This saw meets or exceeds all the other saws in its class in quality, features and price for quality. DeWalt saws are known for their durability, power, and engineering. Let's dive into the fruits of this power saw and see how well it makes the cut!

The Extraordinary Features
  • Powerful Motor
To start, this DeWALT Miter Saw has a powerful 15 amp electric motor that delivers a speedy 5000 rpm to make your cuts as crisp and clean as a hot knife through butter. Which is what your looking for especially when doing miter saw cuts at angles which we'll get into in a minute.
  • Stainless Steel Detent Plate
This DeWALT has a built in stainless steel 11 inch detent plate for those larger pieces of wood your working on. so you can get those perfect angles no matter the size of your cut. this plate also helps ensure you don't have kickback from the blade and the wood and possibly get hurt. If you ever had that happen when cutting wood you know it doesn't feel good.
  • Tall Sliding Fences
This is support for your crown molding vertically at 4-1/2" and it easily slides out of the way to make those quality bevel cuts you like. A very nice feature.
  • Machined Base Fence
This support maintains the fence perpendicularity for added blade cutting accuracy. A quality feature that some of the miter saws I looked at didn't have. Nice!
  • Cam Miter Lock
This is used for quick and accurate miter saw table positioning, further helping with your cutting accuracy.

  • Miter Deterent Override
This is used for your fine adjustment and precise angles to get that just perfect cut. No more guessing here. Nice feature.
  • Greater Versatility
This saw has a 0-50 degree left and right miter adjustment capacity for greater versatility and accuracy in those important cuts your looking to get.
  • Bevels
dewalt racing matt kensethIt also has a 3-48 degree bevels for greater increased cutting capacity.

These are some of the more prominent features to this outstanding miter saw. But the one feature that caught my attention was that this saw is compatible with the DeWALT adjustable Miter Saw Laser System. This laser system although sold separately, is the ultimate for getting the perfect cut. If you want the most accuracy in your cuts then this is the way to go.

But this DeWALT Saw has accuracy written all over it even without the laser system in my opinion. You can't go wrong either way.

More Attractiveness

This DeWALT Compound Miter Saw comes with a powerful carbide blade that'll make cutting your crown molding and baseboards a sinch to do. With its powerful design for quick, accurate cuts angles are no problem for this saw.

With it's 10 inch carbide blade it makes quick work for cutting framing or molding and other cross-cutting miter jobs. It is a durable sturdy saw designed to allow precise cuts and versatile setups required for miter job applications. It's adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate has 11 positive stops for easy setup and improved efficiency.

It has an easy to adjust cam-lock miter handle to make those quick and accurate miter saw angles. Also features an easy detent override to allow you to adjust the miter setting without the saw slipping into the other miter detents. With big miter capacity of 0-50 degrees to the left and right adding more versatility. As you can see this saw has it all!

In addition, a tall fence supports 4-1/2-inch crown molding nested vertically, as well as 6-inch base molding set vertically against the fence. The fence slides out of the way easily when it's time to make bevel cuts. Let's talk more about the bevel ability of this awesome saw for a minute.

This woodworking saw is engineered to deliver quick and accurate bevel cuts. Easily setup bevel cuts that measure between 0 and 48 degrees on the left and bevel cuts that measure between 0 and 3 degrees to the right. This setup makes the capacity for those big jobs easy. We like this feature!

Plus, it has positive bevel stops at 0 and 45 degrees which makes finding and setting the most common bevel angles a swift and smooth process. This DeWALT saw can also deliver clean 45 degree bevel cuts through dimensional lumber with measurements all the way up to 2 by 6 inches. Nice!

lady using dewalt toolsEasily Portable

The lightweight DeWALT Compound Miter Saw weighs just 35 lbs and has a built in carry handle, making it comfortable to move around from place to place and store it at the end of the day. Nice!

Safety Feature

This miter saw also comes with a full blade cover for maximum safety as well as a saw dust bag to catch all the dust. Making safety even more prominent with this DeWALT miter saw. And we really like this feature!!

The Imitable Specs
  • Blade Diameter- 10"
  • Amps - 15Amps
  • No Load Speed - 5000rpm
  • Arbor Size - 5/8"
  • Vertical Capacity: Baseboard Against Fence - 3-1/2"
  • Vertical Capacity: Crown Molding Vertically Nested - 4-1/2"
  • Horizontal Capacity: Baseboard Lying Flat - 6"
  • Horizontal Capacity: Crown Molding Lying Flat - 5-1/4"
  • 45° Bevel Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) - 2x6
  • 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) - 4x4"
  • 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (Max Width) - 2x6 dimensional lumber
  • 45° Miter Cut Capacity (Max Height) - 2x4
  • Tool Weight - 35lbs
  • Shipping Weight - 38lbs
Ok, Ok Kev You've Impressed Me Enough With This Awesome Saw, Let Me Ask You, What Comes In The Box?

You've had enough have you?...Well there's more I could tell you about this great piece of equipment, but I think I've made my point.

What comes in the box.....
  • DW713 DeWALT 10-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, one carbide blade, blade wrench, and dust bag.

Cool, Now Does It Have A Warranty?
Well this was one of the most attractive things about the DeWALT saw that really caught my attention for you. Check this out.....
  • This DeWALT® High Performance Tool comes with a warranty package that includes:
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • 1 Year Free Service Contract
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Now thats what I call exceptional outstanding stuff there. Where do you go wrong here? You are covered!

Wow That Is Awesome Stuff There Kevin, Can I See Some Pro's and Con's?.....I gotch you!

The Pro's
  • When you buy this saw, I feel you get higher quality things you need, not a feature laden saw with mediocre components. You'll appreciate the tall fence, the blade guard, a dust bag that actually catches sawdust, a high quality miter table/gauge without stickers, a 15 amp motor, and a stout and sturdy frame.
  • This saw has adequate power and does not bog down unless you really try to rush it which is a bad idea to start with. I cut plenty of hardwood with it and have had no problems. The saw is very accurate, mine was perfect out of the box.
  • I purchased this saw after having to take back a craftsman 10 inch because it could not cut accurately. What a difference! This saw is just made better.
The Con's
  • The only problem is that the top edge of the bevel pointer is not on the same plane as the bevel scale, leaving you without a good point to read the bevel. This is a 10 cent part, which is not in keeping with the quality and features of the rest of the saw.
  • Great saw, but getting the listed accessories (DW7080 Work Support Extension and DW7084 Crown Molding Fence) is problematical.
  • I don't think there is a better saw on the market at this price, but next time I'll spend more to get a saw that has a soft-start and that's quieter.
These Pros and cons were taken from Amazon and you can read more of them there. Right here at this link. At the time of this writing there are 41 reviews of those that have used this saw. Out of 41 customer reviews 31 of them are 5 stars. This product has a 4.5 star rating overall.

Alright, Well How Much should I expect To Pay For Something This Nice?

the dewalt 713 in actionWell at the time of this writing the DeWALT DW713 10-inch Compound Miter Saw at Amazon is $219.00. I don't think you'll find it at a better price, especially when you consider that this dewalt miter saw also comes with Free Shipping from Amazon. So when you couple all that together it's a great deal.

So Then Where Should I Buy One At?

When you consider the deal that you're getting, with all the quality and features of this woodworking miter saw, and the free shipping, you might as well get it at Amazon. Unless you don't care to spend hours searching for a better deal on it, and then you might not even find one! Yeah, you can't go wrong, get it here at Amazon.

Heres to you creating your masterpiece of woodwork!!

Thanks for coming by...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

See Practical Ways to Furniture Upholstery Cleaning and Upholstery Fabrics

genuine leather upholstery fabric
Along with cleaning your carpets, rugs, and floors comes the furniture upholstery cleaning. Cleaning upholstery can be a much more tedious task depending on the size, shape of your furniture and where the stains your trying to remove are located on the piece your trying to clean.

There are all kinds of things that can destroy upholstery fabrics as well as stain them and cause unwanted odors. Some of those things that you're probably familiar with are..
  • Pet Stains
  • Food and Drink Spills and Stains
  • Cigarette Burns and Stains
  • Ink, Wine, Dirt, etc..
These are just a few.

Then you have the things like the cat scratching on the upholstery fabric that over time will destroy the upholstery. Other ways to destroy the upholstery are people who sit on the furniture with sharp objects in their pockets, long toenails on the dog will tear the upholstery over time, and using the furniture as a step ladder to get up high for whatever reason.

There are lots of ways our upholstery can get destroyed. But, in this article I want to give you some practical ways to keeping your upholstery clean. This article will not deal with upholstery repair.

What is Upholstery

woman relaxing on clean upholstery
There are lots of people who ask the question "what is upholstery?" Well quite simply, upholstery is the material that covers your furniture's padding and frame. Whatever that may be. Whether a sofa or couch, lounge chair, mattress, box springs for your bed to list a few.

In fact you can upholster any piece of furniture you can think of. There are 3 primary types of materials that are used as fabrics for upholstery. They are...
  • Cloth Materials
  • Leather Materials
  • Vinyl Materials
There are also different grades and thicknesses of these materials. Of course most furniture already comes with upholstery. But some people over time get tired of the original upholstery and like to change it. Upholstery fabrics come in all kinds of patterns and colors to choose from. These can be purchased on the internet and at your local upholstery fabric store or outlet.

Practical Upholstery Cleaning

Now, there are multitudes of upholstery and furniture cleaning products available on the market. But these furniture cleaners are fairly expensive and may not do what you want. As well as these chemicals may destroy the coloring in your fabrics.

You have to shop extensively to find the right cleaner product to fit the right cleaning situation that your trying to accomplish. What I'm going to give you here are some easy home furniture upholstery cleaning ideas that work very well on a multitude of stains and marks. Here they are...

Number one...
  • Soft Brush and Vacuum Weekly
Use your vacuum sweeper hose and a brush to loosen the dirt and suck up the dirt and dust from your furniture upholstery. In fact, if you have a carpet steam cleaner, such as the one I reviewed right here on the site, your a big step ahead of everybody else who doesn't have one. Why?

woman steam cleaning upholstery
Because these machines come already equipped with the upholstery cleaning tool. With the added advantage of hot steam to break down dirt, dust and stains and get them out easier. It is highly recommended that you obtain one of these easy, powerful cleaning tools!

Number two...
  • Make Your Own Foamy Detergent
You make this by mixing equal amounts of water and soap detergent. Do not use Laundry detergents. Some of these contain bleach and will ruin your colors in your fabrics. Use liquid soaps like Dawn detergent for dishes.

Simply mix these in equal amounts and then use an electric hand mixer and whip these together until its a nice creamy froth. Then use a sponge, brush or rag and scrub it into the stained areas and rinse. Works very well on most stains.

Will also remove most odors from the upholstery as well.

Number three...
  • Make a Shampoo Cleaner
No not with the carpet shampoo from the store. Save your money! Heres a better and just as good idea. Use the hair shampoo that you have already. Mix equal parts with water and agitate until foamy. Use a sponge, brush or rag.

Works well on greasy or oily stains on the upholstery. After all, it gets the oil out of your hair doesn't it? It's a perfect fit.

Number four...
  • Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
You probably have this item already in your bathroom or cupboard. This item is already known to clean, disinfect, and sterilize. Think it will work on fabrics as well? You bet'cha! Although when you use it, be sure to spot test an area to make sure it's not going to ruin any colors in the upholstery fabrics.

Stretching Out The Upholstery Conclusion

woman enjoying clean upholsteryThere are 4 practical solutions to furniture upholstery cleaning. Stay home! Save your money! And use what items you already have available to you to get the job done. Not only that, but you don't pollute the upholstery fabrics with possibly dangerous chemicals from the store.

Upholstery cleaning doesn't have to be hard. It just has to be done. When you do it, do it the easy way by creating your own solutions. You'll be very proud of what can accomplish and know the chemicals that were used to clean it with. That they are safe for you and your family.

Unless you haven't noticed, all these ways I've given you to furniture upholstery cleaning, are entirely non-toxic. And you already have most of these probably in your home. Thats my goal here at this blog, is to help you get the most for the least amount of your hard earned money.

I hope that is what you see here, and that it is a great benefit to you.

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