Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 77
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bear THIS IS AN AWESOME SAW!!!!!
I spent about 3 months researching saws from $300-$1000 price range including DIY saws to hybrid saws. I am a weekend woodworker and I would put my skill level between intermediate and advanced. I build anything from book cases/ tables to small decorative items. I work with Pine, Oak, Ash, Cocobola and any other wood type that fits the project I am working on but to make it simple I work all woods from hard to soft and 10 feet long to a few inches. I never know what the wife will have me building next. I have a small $100 table saw which was a great entry level saw but the complexities of the projects I am getting into far exceeded the capabilities and accuracy level of the smaller saw, so I went table saw shopping. I discovered that to get into the level of precision that I wanted and the safety features, the saws start at about $350 and go way....way up from there. I decided $500-$800 was my budget number. I had it narrowed down to the Bosch 4100 or Dewalt 7491 for portable saws and the Delta and Ridgid for the Hybrids with all 4 being near or just above the $600 range. I decided on the Dewalt and have never looked back or said "man I wish this saw had this or that". The deciding features were the on-board storage, the rack and pinion system and the very stable but portable stand. Right out of the box the saw was within 1/64th of an inch or less for the miter slots and fence to blade. The only thing I adjusted was the scale guide to measure to the right side of the blade (personal preference). I changed blades from the Dewalt 24 tooth construction blade to a Diablo 50 tooth combination blade (blades are the same thickness so no adjustments were necessary) and the cuts were smooth as silk. I have read that you will never extend the rip fence out to the 32-1/2" capacity yet I find myself out there all of the time with larger material. I guess if you have it you will use and I do. The precision in this saw with the rack and pinion and fence is remarkable. It has completely changed my workshop. I stand there sometimes and wonder why I didn't do this sooner. I now only cut things once and they end up EXACTLY how I expect both dimensional and square. What took me an hour to cut on the other saw now takes me 10-15 minutes because I don't have to measure everything 2-3 times and then still have to fix the piece because I could only get so much precision out of the other saw. That makes wood working FUN and my work looks more professional. I only make things for the house but I don't want junky/imprecise looking things even if I made them. I broke down a 4'x4' sheet of MDF the other day without any problem and the dust extraction worked great and that is a big deal with MDF. I have a good shop vac and with it running with the saw I would say it caught at least 95% of the dust. I am not a Dewalt junky or any brand junky for that matter. I use the brand and tool that works since no brand is great at every tool but this saw is leagues ahead in my opinion. With the built in and add on safety features, this saw doesn't scare the daylights out of me however I do still respect it. Yes I have had a table saw launch a piece of wood (landscape timber) and hit me square in the chest and I haven't forgot it. With the riving knife installed I am not as worried about that or in constant reflex mode when I am making cuts. This saw feels safer. If you have limited garage/shop space like me but want high precision and a VERY STABLE saw, one that keeps things fun and allows to handle large pieces then this is the one! I have had the saw for about 2 months and use it every weekend or more and it constantly exceeds my expectations. I would buy another one in a heart beat. The miter gauge is cheap plastic but does work. I will be upgrading to the Incra 1000HD miter gauge to get the full potential from this saw. Otherwise I don't know of any other add on's or upgrades that this saw needs besides the miter gauge and blade and that is preference also. The ones with the saw may fit you well, they just didn't fit my needs. Jigs and such you would make yourself anyways to cater to your own needs and specialties. Set up was simple too. Total setup time was about an hour or two but I took my time and didn't see it as a race. Great purchase and no regrets!
May 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BroncScootDawg The quality and performance one would expect from DEWALT
I ordered this product online through Home Depot's customer service department. I received a phone call when the shipment arrived at my nearest store location and picked it up myself. Upon opening the package I was delighted how easy this saw to assemble. While putting it together, which only required a few simple tasks like fastening on the legs and handles, I observed how much quality and durability was engineered into the design of this product. I've used it for various numerous tasks including cutting 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheets of plywood, ripping 2 X 4's down, and simple crosscut tasks. I'm amazed at how accurate the fence measurements are on the provided built in scale after calibrating it according to the supplied directions. This is a pricier table saw but you get what you pay for IMHO. The motor handles larger cuts extremely well. I think DEWALT is spot on with this piece of equipment!
April 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dewalt Best saw to own
Used other saws in the past but this saw was easy to use and very easy to roll around and the stand is very stabile.It was easy to find the dado plate in a dewalt outlet store.If one thing I didn't like was the plastic miter gauge it fits real loose and it looks like a toy.
January 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WOODstudio Very accurate and versatile saw.
I am very satisfied with this saw. I initially had dreams of getting a larger cabinet saw for my shop space - however after weighing the pros and cons of this saw I decided it would be a better purchase at this time. This saw was easy to set up and allowed me to get right onto the projects that had been waiting for its arrival.
January 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pvtdevo Excellent portable table saw
They put an extreme amount of thought into this saw! For its size and weight it is extremely stable even with large pieces of lumber weighing over 75 lbs. The fence is accurate right out of the box. Every accessory has it's own storage. Full depth cuts are easy with the 15 amp motor.
April 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 72jld72 Great portable table saw.
We have been building houses for over thirty years now and this is the best portable so far. The only other saw I haven't used is the Bosch, which got good reviews, but after using this model I don't see me getting one any time soon. I even stopped in at the Muncy, PA Grizzly store and looked at their contractor model, it's a nice saw but the thing weighs 190 lbs. and isn't that easily moved around. A couple of things that are really nice about this saw is the rack and pinion fence and when you set an angle from 0 to 45 you unlock it and the whole motor/blade swings freely, no extra moving parts to break or plug up down the road. The 15 amp motor kicks, we were ripping 45's on 14 foot 2x6's like nothing. It's a nice saw.
January 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Woodshop Mostly good
Cuts great, easy set up, great stand, fence is the best I've seen on this type of saw. I'm a little disappointed in the table top surface. It seems they cut corners to reduce weight, which is understandable. But the surface is not perfectly flat like a cast-iron table is. There is a slight dip right near the blade which makes squaring the blade to the table pretty much impossible. I didn't really notice it on my cuts. So I guess I shouldn't worry about it. But it does bug me.
September 8, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 A great saw; but...
This saw comes with excellent reviews; and most of it is really excellent, at least at first use! I have only had the saw for a couple of weeks. It assembles easily and really does fold and store in a minimal space. My impression of its functionality is good. I made some vanity drawers very easily and quite precisely; BUT the mitre guage is truly terrible; even for cross cuts it is imprecise and useless. Why spoil an otherwise excellent product with a real piece of junk? Apart from this I would give it a 5, and am now trying to fiugre out how to make a decent replacement for the mitre guage.
December 8, 2014