There is nothing about this saw that impresses me other than the accuracy of the XPS Light and the fact that it is mains-powered. This saw is probably good for rough framing or rough-cutting, but if you build furniture or do finish carpentry and demand precision, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GET THIS SAW!!
At the very least, go into a store in try one first. The amounts of blade deflection AND arbor run-out are among the worst I've seen. I COULD NOT get a square cut on this thing at all. When I put my combination square on the blade, there would be gaps of at least 0.03 inches at full extension even when just lightly pushing it. THAT IS CRAZY!! After changing out the blade, still 0.03 inches of runout! WHAT And even after pushing the saw back to chop-saw mode, still 0.012 inches!
I also hate how Dewalt skimped out on the dust collection. The exhaust is quite literally useless when cutting thick lumber as all the dust gets flung up into the air instead of going through the rear port. What Dewalt really should have done is placed an additional dust port on the saw head to collect the dust generated when cutting thick material.
And don't get me started on the slide mechanism. When you lower the head it really binds up the bearings making it impossible to slide. You can even oil/grease the **** out of those things and it would still be only marginally better. I took apart this saw's slider and (as others have mentioned) the saw only has ball bearings on the left side (the left slide arm). The right slide arm's bearings are 4 bronze bushings (two top, two bottom) that are not polished. This is just ****** IMO. How much would it cost for Dewalt to improve the right-hand bearings I'm sure that the DW708 was the best and last good slide saw that Dewalt made (their chop-style saws are still good). Should have never ever ever sold that.
Other ****** things is that everything else (not only the sliders and the blade) also need a LOT of squaring up out of the box. Once you do it, have no fear, since you still get to do it again immediately after. This has happened multiple times since I first squared it up out of the box. I'm sure that someone is going to ask what I have right now. I took this saw back and I'm now using the Makita LS1216L (for rough cutting) in conjunction with the Dewalt DW716XPS (for finish work). The Makita slider and my current Dewalt chop had absolutely square fences, as well as screws for fine-tuning the angles if necessary. The LS1216L has a substantial slide system, the Dewalt's one is junk. It has many complaints about safety and accuracy, but so far I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever, and it (the 1216) is a better value in my opinion.
For the money I spent, I expected a LOT more than this. Perhaps I just got a bad one, but I went into a local store and tried one out and it had the exact same issues. I have no idea how any finish carpenter or cabinet shop or even homeowner would be able to use this in any way. I can't wait to get rid of this piece of absolute ****. I know that slider saws will inherently have more slop than a chop saw and some degree of slide resistance, but this one is absolutely horrible - that old DW708, which I should have never sold, had substantially less.