Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Owen Very satisfied
Basically, the reason I wanted to write is because I just adjusted the saw blade and the riving knife with Allen wrenches and I was very pleased that the instructions and build made it simple to do. Also, I had at first difficulty raising the saw blade to full height, but:
~underneath the table, found above the left metal shaft that the blade cage slides up and down on was a silver screw protruding out as though not fully screwed down. It has a small black nut that tightens it in place, and it's function is to put pressure on the metal shaft, I am guessing as a safety feature that helps the saw remain at desired height. That bolt can be turned counter clockwise, which also turns the screw, lifting some pressure on the shaft, and then a screw driver can hold the screw in place while you tighten the bolt back down. This gave me more ease in adjusting the height of the blade. I didn't loosen it much, but just enough for ease of adjusting the height. Posted pictures to show you what I am talking about.
On the other side underneath, the black plastic blade cover can be removed for easy access to the riving knife adjustment. Check your fit on Allen wrenches good, so you don't get any stripping out.
I haven't used this saw yet, but I am fully confident it is going to work wonderfully. It is obviously built like a truck.
Adjusting blade perpendicularly to miter slots and centering riving knife properly before use should yield best results.
The adjustments needed are explained in the manual. The other things I mentioned are not.
Hope this helps. Let me know please. I would say Dewalt is a great brand to go with.
Maybe I could post again after I have given it some good use.
August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Deadzero Great saw for the price.
I saw this on the deal of the day and couldn't find a reason not to buy it any longer. Luckily it came at the best time, right in the middle of my bedroom remodel.
This saw has great power, easy to use and was accurate out of the box. No need to adjust the rip fence or realign the saw blade. Everything was square and plumb.
This is my first table saw and it was very easy to learn. There are great safety features built in that did help me when I forgot what I was learning and saved me a kickback bruise due to a novice mistake.
My only regret was not splurging for the rolling stand model. While the scissor stand is nice, it is a bit less secure than I would like. Again, not worth taking off a star as it was my frugal-ness that put me in this spot. I'll build a bench for it sometime in the future anyway.
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TT very nice saw cuts like butter
I HAVE NOT OWNED THIS SAW LONG ENOUGH TO GIVE A GOOD REVIEW BUT WHAT LITTLE THAT I USED IT IT CUTS LIKE BUTTER AND VERY SMOOTH SEEMS TO BE BUILT LIKE A TANK BUT LIGHT ENOUGH TO CARRY AROUND WITH EASH.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pcja Great saw
Fence is very nice for a portable saw. Larger rip size is a plus. Cuts melamine without any chips. Stand is very sturdy. Glad I upgraded to this model.
March 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tim Great saw
I've had it for a month now. I love it! It cuts accurately right out of the box. Fence is straight and square. I can't comment on the stand as I built a rolling cart for it.
March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joe So far so good
Used saw few times, works well. Setup straight forward - read and follow instructions. Factory calibration close, but be sure to check these steps. I cut laminate board - no chipping. If want high portability get the roll stand but for place in shop or garage scissor stand helpful.
February 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ILWW So Far So Good
I'm fairly new to WW although it's all I do. Not understanding that the table saw is the cornerstone of any shop, I bought the $120 Ryobi...and was never more frustrated! The 7490X addresses every single concern I had with the Ryobi. It possesses adequate power whether ripping or cross-cutting. The fence system is EXTREMELY accurate/reliable. I threw the leg-system in the corner and built a custom cart on wheels for it (as I have a small shop) and with its portability, I can't run out of ways to use it. The quick release riving-knife is a really cool feature and its operation consumes only seconds. I hook my shop-vac up to the dust-port and it deals with about 65% of saw-dust. I built a sacrificial fence for dado use, along with a custom throat-plate and dado-cutting is consistently "right on." I love the feature that defaults to "OFF" if power is interrupted and the punch-stop button is pretty cool too. OK...Here's a few features that I don't like:
1. The power-cord is kinda short.
2. You gotta kinda "Mash" the "On" button or you will get a false-start.
3. The table top is non-ferrous so a magnetic feather-board is not an option.
4. The housing is not enclosed so 90% dust-collection proves difficult (without a high-end system).
Although I've only owned this machine for about 3 weeks, I've made 1000 cuts and so far, so good! I'm working my way up to a Delta Unisaw but in the interim, the 4 con's I listed is low hanging fruit compared to the pro's. I really like this machine & would recommend it to my friends.
November 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DC1 Best of contractors saws. Excellent in rip fence accuracy and ease of use.
Powerful, versatile and with great safety features. Miter guide was too loose for serious use - cheap. Couldn't crosscut a 1X12 straight and would hang on edge of table. Need 3rd party guide,$75, or build a cross cut sled. Also dado throat plate DW7444 is almost worthless; the 1" wide slot is excentered to the blade so only 3/8" is available for your dado setup
November 30, 2015