496 of 505 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good from the box, even better with proper alignment
A friend got this six months ago for job-site use. It cut pretty well right from the box. The fence has a rack-and-pinion system that is clever, but not quite perfect. We measured the alignment error and have two fixes. If you want to know about them so you can save some money, read on...
Using a TS Aligner, we checked the alignment of the fence. The fence was...
Published on July 20, 2009 by G. Conner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dewalt Table Saw DW745 compact 10 inch
It's OK. First think I did was replace the miter gauge with a good one (Incra Miter 1000SE). While the table size is small and convenient for most use, there are times when a larger table would be nice. I have been unable to find an extension that is manufactured with this table in mind. The edge of the table looks like it was made with tabs and support, but I can't seem...
Published on September 30, 2010 by Bill
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496 of 505 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good from the box, even better with proper alignment,
This review is from: DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity (Tools & Home Improvement)A friend got this six months ago for job-site use. It cut pretty well right from the box. The fence has a rack-and-pinion system that is clever, but not quite perfect. We measured the alignment error and have two fixes. If you want to know about them so you can save some money, read on...
Using a TS Aligner, we checked the alignment of the fence. The fence was near-perfect when we backed up to the mark, (going right) but it skewed by as much as four or five-thousandths when we moved the fence to the left. That's because the connecting rod between the two gears flexes and there is some "slop" or "play" in the gears. This is more noticeable when approaching the mark from the right. Sometimes this is referred to "lash-back or back-lash."
The easy work-around was to always go past the mark (an inch or so to the left) , then roll the knob back slowly right to the mark and try not to overshoot. That works OK, and it is free, but it is a time-wasting nuisance and won't provide the consistent accuracy that good woodworking requires.
SO... we replaced the flimsy metal rod that connects the two rack-gears. Instead of the stock rod, we used hardened O1 tool rod, which doesn't twist or flex as easily. The rod costs $12 bucks. We also adjusted the two gears to remove the slop. (loosen set screw, twist gears forward together, then re-tighten) Now we had fair fence parallelism in both directions. Not bad for a twelve-dollar fix... but there is more.
After using the saw a while, several of us noticed it made burns marks even with reasonable feed-rates and a new blade. One rainy day, we got out the TS aligner again and checked all the critical alignments. Dewalt uses decent bearings, so the runout was not too bad. But there were a number of other small inaccuracies that added up: arbor run-out, slot-parallelism, fence alignment, blade-alignment etc.
It took about an hour of measuring, but the Dial indicator with the TS Aligner helped us get everything literally "dialed-in." Now this thing cuts as smoothly and accurately as our five-thousand dollar cabinet saws.
The secret is to choose a saw with good bearings and a design that allows adjustments.
Dewalt and Bosch contractor saws both qualify.
Use a dial indicator with a TS Aligner to accurately measure and adjust EVERYTHING. It takes an hour, but it is worth the effort MANY times over. If you buy a new saw in the box, you have to assemble it anyway, so that isn't much more work. ... You can get professional precision at a fraction of the cost of a cabinet saw. If you don't have a TS aligner, you can use a dial indicator with a magnetic base and a 1-2-3 block set.
We cut all kinds of mitered molding and trim. We make custom installations and complex speaker cabinets that require EXACT cuts. After we adjusted this with the TS Aligner, the noise-level was lower and blades stay sharp much longer. That's always a good sign!
The beautiful thing about this saw is that we can take it to a site, make measurements on a story-pole and cut exactly to the mark, repeatably and reliably. The saw's design allows you to adjust it, assuming you have the right adjustment tools. Those tools are inexpensive and pay for themselves very quickly. You get your money back fast because you waste less wood, blades last longer and the motor runs cooler when everything on the saw is tuned up.
This is a good saw because you can adjust it and it has accurate bearings. It takes some tweaking, but with a TS Aligner and a cheap dial indicator, you can get many times your money's worth! (About FIVE times in fact!) Highly recommended!
105 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best saw in its class!,
This review is from: DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity (Tools & Home Improvement)I have owned the DeWalt DW745 for over 3 years now. Before purchasing this saw I did extensive research to determine which portable table saw would be the best for me. To give you a little background I worked myself through college as a salesmen in Sears tool department and as a residential finish/trim carpenter. During the course of my carpentry work I never owned my own table saw and the subcontractor who employed me went through several different portable table saws. The saw I used most during that time was the slightly larger DeWalt DW744. The DW744 is a fantastic saw primarily because of its rack and pinion fence design. I also used a Bosch 4100, which was a great saw but doesn't have a rack and pinion fence and I do not like how bulky the saw is in storage or transportation with the attached wheel based stand. The only other saw that I used during that time was a much smaller and cheaper Skill brand table saw, which I don't even know the model of. That saw was truly a nightmare. The distinction was that it probably cost around $150 while the Bosch and DW744 where in a higher class of "contractor portables" costing around $500.
After graduating from college I quit working as a carpenter, however I was frequently being asked to do side jobs trimming so I needed my own table saw. I also make a great deal of furniture. Because I was no longer working full time as a carpenter I had a more narrow focus in finding "the best saw for me." I had three primary criteria in a saw. First I was on a budget, I was looking for a table saw that was more in the $250 to $350. Second I was also looking for a saw that was relatively light (doing side jobs I didn't want to haul around a bulky/awkward or heavy saw.) Finally the most important thing to me was finding a saw with a good fence design preferably rack and pinion. Mind you I understand that this is not what everyone else is looking for and as such you should get the saw that will fit your own criteria. My needs ruled out the DW744 as well as the Bosch 4100. They are both great saws but cost about twice as much as I wanted spend and they are just a little larger than what I was looking for. In my search this was the only saw that met every single need I had. most other portable table saws fit into the really cheap $150 to $200 range and preform much like the Skill table saw that I mentioned above. The Craftsman Professional (contractor series) seemed to be the only other saw in the size and price range that I was looking for only it lacked the rack and pinion fence. However after working as a salesmen at sears and seeing just how often Craftsman power tools were returned I decided that saw was not the design that I was looking for. The DW745 was really the exact size/cost/design that I was looking for.
The best selling point of this saw is the fence. If you haven't ever used a rack and pinion fence you need to. It is absolutely the very best design that I have used. To cut the cost a little lower, I found a DeWalt certified refurbished dealer and purchased it from them for about 30% less than the new price was. Also when I purchased mine the stand was included so it actually probably saved me closer to 40% considering that you will spend another $60 or so for the stand. And the stand is a great design, folds up so to store very well and holds the saw perfectly. For me this wasn't really a risk because it still had a 3 year warranty and I have had no problem with it in the 3 years that I have had it. After doing many trim jobs with this saw and building a large amount of furniture with it, I can without hesitation say this was one of the best tool purchases that I have ever made. If you have similar needs to the ones that I described you won't regret purchasing this saw. If you need to make cuts larger than 16 inches and you are using the saw everyday you may want to go with the DW744 or Bosch 4100. But if you aren't and you are looking for something that is little smaller, a lot less money and still as high of quality you can't go wrong with this saw.
99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serves its purpose,
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This review is from: DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity (Tools & Home Improvement)When I saw this, I immediately thought of how handy it would be on the jobsite. I have a Bosch 4000 that I truly love & believe its the best 10" saw in it class, but its heavy and I don't always need the capacity of that saw. This "little" DeWalt is perfect for ripping 1x stock for trim work & the like. I've even had it up on my scaffold. I've found the fence to be dead on and very easy to adjust. The motor has plenty of power. I think DeWalt hit a home run with this saw...Now if it only came in a cordless version!!
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dewalt Table Saw,
Its a little loud but that doesn't surprise me. Overall this is a prime saw. Its smaller size proved to be more functional than I would of imagined. The job went smoothy with this saw.
68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With only one small exception,
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Tool,
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DW745 table saw,
The saw is adequately powerful for for small on-site ripping. I chose this unit as an alternate and compliment for the heavier Bosch 4000 when I only need to rip a few boards on the job site. However, it is fairly noisy (not measured) and lacks the soft-start and brake accompanying a larger unit like the Bosch 4000.
Because of the relatively small table which lacks side and outfeed extensions, this saw cannot perform at the level of a cabinet saw like our Delta or even like the Bosch 4000 (which does have side and outfeed extensions).
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Little Engine That Could " Hardwood Flooring Contractor,
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great saw,
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to home workshop. 2.5 years ownership , very pleased!,
I would also recommend the DEWALT DW7450 Table Saw Stand for use with this saw. It is a very handy accessory, it too is lightweight and compact for storage.
Please note that this is a lightweight portable saw so my review is based on what I would consider lightweight home remodeling, lightweight construction, and do-it-yourself-ers. This saw is limited in work table surface and limited to a 16 inch rip capacity, it is not intended to be a replacement for a full size table saw or cabinet saw :-)
** UPDATE **
This saw is still a great tool to have in my limited workspace. I have owned this saw for a couple of years now and it still works great. I did find out a while after purchasing this saw that there is no way to use a DADO blade with it. This was disappointing and I removed one star from my rating because I feel that had I known this up front, I would have looked at other alternatives. The saw packaging and instructions were not clear on this point. Still a great portable tool, just wish I could DADO with it.
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