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A DeWalt Flexvolt 60V single battery 10″ sliding miter saw with “Tool Control” has been available in the UK since 2020. In 2023 it landed in America as a proper 12″ 60V single battery slider model DCS781. It arrived with a few new tricks minus one discussed below.

DeWalt’s Press Release Header

“Cut, Capture, and Charge: DEWALT Announces 60V Max Brushless 12 in. Double Bevel Miter Saw with Exceptional Runtime and 20% More Power.”

What It Is

Cut, Capture, and Charge uses the blade braking after a cut to recharge the battery.

Exceptional Runtime is based on the 60V single battery DCS781 getting 675 cuts in 3 1/4″ baseboard on a 9 amp hr battery vs the gen one 120V dual battery DHS790 getting 289 cuts in base on two 6 amp hr batteries.

20% More Power is based not on the 120V DHS790 but on running this new DCS781 on a 9amp Flexvolt battery against the Milwaukee 18V 2739 miter saw on a 12amp battery. This is pretty much what we saw running the Flexvolt 7 1/4″ circular saw DCS578 on a 9amp vs. the Milwuakee M18 FUEL 2732 on a 12amp.

The DCS781 comes equiped with the standard Flexvolt shadow cut line and they’ve thrown side handles on this unit as well. Nice. Or as my wife would say, Noice!

What It Isn’t

It isn’t like the UK 60V single battery DCS781 in that the US version does not have “Wireless Tool Control” that allows direct connection to the vac. So that sucks. Guess we’ll have to keep using momentary pedals.

It isn’t as powerful as the gen 1 Flexvolt DHS790 one pass cutting through 2x material. That said, the 781 and 790 feel pretty equal when making multi pass cuts.

The DCS781 is not a corded/cordless miter saw like the DHS790. Will they release a 120V AC adapter for the 781? I doubt it.

Quick Specs

  • Model: DHS781
  • Weight: 50.9 lbs
  • Bevel Capacity: 49-49
  • Max Cut Depth: 6.5″
  • Cut Capacity: 12.18″
  • Power Source: Cordless
  • Battery Type: 60V Flexvolt
  • No Load Speed: 3800

Bottom Line

The new 60V DCS781 is less powerful than the 120V DHS790 and with no 120V AC adapter. I never use the AC adapter on my 790 and would trade it for the one battery operation of the new 781. The 781 being a nit smaller and 5 lbs lighter than the 790 is nice too.

Check out the 781 bare unit here.

Or in kit form as the DCS781X1, which comes with one 9 amp hr Flexvolt and the 6 amp charger, which is my favorite charger because it’s pretty fast with no fan so it’s nice and quiet.

See the 781 vs 790 in action here:

Hey, I'm Alex and I love tools. Having worked in carpentry and as a painting contractor I have a great appreciation for tool innovation. The freedom of cordless is amazing. These days, when not traveling with my wife Zhou, I remodel houses and write tool reviews. Enjoy the website. :)


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