|Item Weight||110 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||31 x 24.5 x 31 inches|
|Item model number||DWE7491RS|
|Color||Yellow/Black/Silver Table saw/stand|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Cutting Diameter||10 inches|
|Warranty Description||3 year limited manufacturer warranty|
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DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity and Rolling Stand
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- Rack and Pinion Fence System Make fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate
- 32-1/2 inch Rip capacity easily cuts a variety of larger shelving and trim materials
- 15 Amp motor quickly rips through hardwoods with ease. Flip over ripping fence allows for narrow rip cuts
- Rolling stand designed for easy set up and breakdown with excellent stability. Depth of Cut at 90°- 3-1/8 inches. Depth of Cut at 45°-2-1/4 inches
- 2-1/2-Inch Dust Collection Port easily connects to a vacuum for efficient dust extraction; Weight: 90 lbs
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|Included Components||stand||(1) Gravity Rise Table Stand, (1) 10 In. 40-Tooth Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade, (1) Standard Throat Plate Table Insert, (1) Smart Guard System, (1) Rip Fence, (1) Miter Gauge, (1) Push Stick, (1) Blade Wrench, (1) Hex Adjustment Wrench||(1) table saw, (1) 24-tooth carbide saw blade, (1) rip fence, (1) miter gauge, (1) push stick, (2) blade-change wrenches||stand||C10RJ Table Saw||SPT70WT 10-Inch Portable Worm Drive Table Saw, Rip Fence, Table Insert, Barrier Guard Assembly, Anti-Kickback Device, Miter Gauge, Push Stick, 10-Inch Carbide 24-Tooth Rip Cutting Blade, Blade Wrench, Hex Wrench, Manual|
|Item Dimensions||31 x 24.5 x 31 in||39 x 29.75 x 21 in||26 x 24.75 x 15.5 in||28 x 39 x 18 in||22 x 28 x 36 in||19.9 x 23.4 x 13.4 in|
Functionality and Portability
The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2 inch (82.5cm) Rip Capacity and a Rolling Stand features a rack & pinion fence system which makes fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate. The 32-1/2 inch rip capacity easily cuts a variety of larger shelving and trim materials - the patented material support allows this to be used for narrow rip cuts. This unit features a 15 amp motor which quickly rips through hardwoods with ease. The telescoping fence rails easily extend and retract to create a small portable package and the flip-over ripping fence allows for narrow rip cuts.
This saw offers 3-1/8 inch depth of cut at 90 degrees and 2-1/4 inch at 45 degrees. A 2-inch dust collection port easily connects to a vacuum for efficient dust extraction to keep clean up at a minimum. The rolling stand is designed for easy set up and breakdown with excellent stability, and features large heavy duty wheels that easily roll over steps, curbs, and jobsite debris. The 26-1/4 inch X 22 inch table provides superior material support. This unit features an on-board storage system which provides easy access to the Site-Pro Guard components and push stick when not in use.
- Cabinet Installers: ripping filler boards.
- Hardwood Floor Installers; ripping floor boards.
- Trim Carpenters: ripping moldings, wainscoting, ripping and cross cutting 1X material for framing book shelves and entertainment centers, ripping framing lumber.
- Deck Builders: ripping deck boards, rail cap, railing.
- Remodelers: ripping framing lumber, sheet material (4 feet X 8 feet).
- Serious Woodworkers: home hobbyists, ripping sheet material (4 feet X 8 feet), framing lumber, (2-inch X 12-inch), sizing material up to 3-inches thick, ripping and cross cutting 1X material used for dados, rabbets, mortise and tenons.
What's in the Box
- Jobsite Table Saw
- 10-inch 24-Tooth Carbide Blade
- Rolling stand
- Push Stick
- Miter Gauge
DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools and accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors, nailers, saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more. DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America.
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Aside from the aforementioned upgrades, most of the other specifications (like cut depths) are identical to the previous 744/745 series. The least expensive model, the 7480, is no longer crippled like the 745 was...even the least model has a 24-1/2" fence to rip sheet goods in half. Both the 7490X and 7491RS can accept dado blades, but Dewalt does now say on the 7480 that dado blades are "not recommended." The new series also seem to carry a heftier price tag at the moment, but the money does seem put to good use. The trusted rack & pinion fence adjustment is still present, so your fence will remain true through heavy use.
The new models seem to have similar differentiation as the previous series and the deciding factors are fairly straight forward based on your needs. If you want a basic 24-1/2 rip capacity saw with no stand, the 7480 is your choice. If you want to improve your rip capacity to 28-1/2" and have a stationary (but still portable) integrated stand, the 7490X is your choice. If you want maximum portability in a rolling stand, along with an impressive 32-1/2" rip capacity and a bonus fully integrated system storage, you go with the 7491RS series.
Some would say that 24-1/2" rip capacity is all that's needed. It's true that you can rip the short side of a 48" sheet good, but it means you would have a fair amount of material hanging off to the left side of the blade. You can't do it alone, that's pretty well a fact. The improved fence system solves just this problem and provides adequate material support where it's needed. It features two positions for the fence, which can be moved outward to accommodate the large 32-1/2" capacity. The measurement scale accommodates both fence positions with one starting at 0" and the other at 8" and out of the box, it was pretty close to accurate. (See usage update below.) I have noticed that the fence material support bracket is less strong at the maximum distance, but it doesn't seem to make a major difference since it's really only for basic material support.
I never used the previous model of rolling stand (744 series), but comparatively I think this one is a bit easier to manipulate from what I saw of YouTube videos. Although the saw and stand are fairly heavy assembled, getting it from storage/rolling position to operating position (and back) is a safe, easy and quick process. It might present a challenge for shorter/lighter folks, but it's easy for me with average height and weight. Once in place, the saw is sturdy as a rock...no problems with movement and it's not side heavy in any particular direction. I also liked that the handle can be positioned in two ways...compact (for tighter storage) and easy-to-carry.
Assembly was really quite simple and the instructions/diagrams are clear, it took maybe an hour to assemble and a bit after that to learn the major adjustments and perform blade checks so I could get started. All your common adjustments are found within easy reach and I found that calibration adjustments I wanted to make were quite easy to perform. It's great to have all your safety gear completely integrated into the stand, everything has a place and it's less like for safety gear to be misplaced or unused entirely. The saw features a no-fail recessed power-on button with a large stop that could be easily kneed or kicked in an emergent situation. There's basically no way this thing could inadvertently turn on, but as always, it's best to practice power-off safety when working directly with the blade. The riving knife accessories are super easy to install or remove, which means I'll probably end up using it in most cases!
My biggest gripes at the moment are due to a lack of accessories. I've read that the older series dado inserts aren't a 100% match and fit fairly loose in these new saws. Sure enough, Dewalt doesn't list any accessories available for this particular saw as of this moment...so that's probably not a preferred path right now. (Note: As of late 2014, a dado plate is now available, part # DWE7402DI. No infeed or side supports like the 7xx series, though.) You can use a generic adjustable roller stand (or custom built outfeed table) and DIY dado/zero clearance plates in the mean time. I thought about taking away a star for that, but with workable solutions right now, it's not a big deal for me. Also, the provided miter guage is not really practical, but anyone who's semi-serious in outfitting their saw is going to build/buy a decent crosscut sled and a miter sled anyway.
Overall, with the increased power and larger fence system, this particular unit is starting to approach cabinet saw capabilities. It's by no means an absolute replacement, but it's certainly more capable than the predecessors and competitors offerings. If you're like me and you want the capacity of a cabinet saw, but the need for storage/portability triumphs above all...then this unit is definitely something you should look at. Yes, it commands the highest price of common portable contractor saws on the market right now, but it's money well spent if the increased fence capacity and refined portability is worth it to you. As they say...buy once, cry once.
I'll update this review when I've had a chance to run various materials through it, but initial performance is great. I tried both soft woods (pine, fir) without any incident and I could definitely notice the power upgrade for the hard woods (tried walnut, cherry & QS oak so far). I got nice, clean cuts and quick measurements across the fence were accurate enough for me. As with pretty much any saw, the provided blade is sufficient for rough cuts...but you'll want 60/80 tooth 10" blades for any fine work. I have a couple cabinets to mill down and build in the immediate future, so I'll certainly be putting this saw through a workout of it's advertised capabilities over the next few weeks.
Usage update: I've used the saw for quite a few hours now, so I have a pretty good feel for the shortcomings and limitations.
* It cuts everything I've thrown at it like butter. I found some 8/4 cherry to try and although it slowed her down more than I'd seen, she chewed through it just fine. I think it could easily take on a 12/4 piece with enough time and patience. I am also loving that large fence and use it more often than I anticipated already...it's been awesome to easily cut larger panels easily. I can only comfortably cut 4'x4' panels on my own, but I did do a 6'x4' panel in two cuts without too much trouble. (One rough, one final.) Anything larger (and especially full sheet cross cuts) and you'll need help or a decent infeed/outfeed system. Do be aware that when you push this saw hard, it will draw more than 15 amps and can trip fuses/breakers that are rated at that level or less. I use a vacuum switch with a 15 amp fuse and it trips when I push it hard...if I didn't have that, my breaker would likely blow.
* I mentioned in my original review that the table top was "flat as could be." Well, according to my dial gauge and straight edge, there is a slope of about .015" across the width of the table. This doesn't have any significant impacts as far as I can tell, as long as your blade is 90 degrees (or the desired bevel setting) to that slope. Also, I'm not thrilled with the tabletop or coating. Upon building my panel and cross cut sleds, I found it would fairly easily rub off with even the lightest friction. (It didn't take long at all to get that "used" look.) It's also not at all ferrous, so no attaching magnets...probably to save weight since actual metal is, umm, heavy. Plan on using using clamps if needed to secure things, both regular and miter slot as desired.
* Upon a full tune-up/settings check, my fence distance gauge was off by over .015". No big deal and an easy fix, but I was having trouble getting even close to precision for some cuts off the gauge. Also, my fence was off parallel to the miter slot at position 2 by almost .010" front to back. Probably not enough to cause problems with most cuts or rough work, but too much for my preferences. Also an easy fix, but it did take some fussing to get it "just right." The arbor and fence at position 1 were close enough to perfect. It was a little irritating to have to tweak a new saw into perfection, but it wasn't too difficult and is probably due to the primary market for this saw being rough work, not cabinet grade. If you're going for precision, you may need to adjust from the factory. I recommend a quality try or combo square, a shop made fence measuring jig (or an A-Line It jig) and a digital or analog caliper for determining error rates.
* I found that my 60+ tooth fine blades require me to remove the dust shroud in order to remove the blade. An inconvenience and it adds about 1 minute to the process, but not that big of a deal unless you're constantly changing blades.
* Total dust collection is a mystery until Dewalt does something. At least if you rely on a Shop Vac and 2-1/2" hose. The 2-1/2" port is solid, no problem, and catches most dust. But, a fair bit of dust kicks up as usual...which is why they designed the riving knife with integrated dust chute. Awesome option, but absolutely ludicrous to plumb for at this time, making the accessory virtually worthless. There is no 2-1/2"x1-1/4" Y adapter out there and I'm not going to use 5+ fittings, convert to 4" and add a bunch of extra hose to do it. I find the normal fallout with the regular knife preferable to shooting it six feet across the room.
* Some quick things that are hard to find about this saw. It takes up to a 8" sized dado blade, up to 13/16" in width. (I haven't used a 6" dado, but an 8" worked fine...I can imagine a 6" would work with less max depth.) The working table top height is 36-3/8". Maximum storage height is about 44-3/4" with the handle in compact position or just over 48" in easy-carry position. There's a lot of mis-info in the Q&A here and even from the manufacturer, these measurements are from my actual 7491RS saw. Feel free to comment if you want other fairly precise measurements. Accessories for this saw will start rolling out Q1 of 2014, with a dado plate being the first anticipated accessory to roll out from Dewalt.
Other than those things, I still think it's an excellent saw. Maybe 4.5 stars would be my actual rating due to the from-the-factory adjustments I had to make and my disappointment with the table top. Other than that, it's been comfortable to use and work with and is giving me great results and perfect joints. I'll update if anything else comes up.
Issues to note:
1) The in-feed length (length of table before the blade) is only about 4.5" (3" before throat-plate). This is an extremely short amount of in-feed. It makes it hard to align parts (even with a feather-board). As you push in it is easy to malign the wood (especially as the pieces get longer) causing a little snipe or worse, kickback. The 7490 has an additional 3" of in-feed (total of about 7.5" or 6" before throat-plate) see photos, which might not sound like much, but makes a big difference. With that extra length and a feather-board, you can have your piece well aligned before it feeds into the blade. Much safer, avoids kickback!!
2) The 7480 has a "flat-track" for the miter gauge instead of the standard "T-track" (again see photos). This is a big deal. Without the T-track keeping the miter gauge in place, it can pop out if you have any pieces more than about 6" in width that you try to crosscut. It gets hairy quickly trying to partially support a wide piece, while aligning it (and with such a short in-feed). Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying you should depend on the T-track to actually support a large piece, but it is easier if your miter gauge isn't flopping out on you..
3) The off switch, ugh. The 7480's switch pulls UP AND OUT which means to shut it off you have to push it down with your hands (see photos). The 7490 has a simple button that pushes IN to start and has a nice "knee switch" that you can bop with your knee very quickly to shut it off. You should never really need this (always plan your cuts safely and have a helper for large pieces..), but it's a good safety feature to be able to quickly shut down these powerful saws.
In totality, these 3 issues are a big deal. Any single issue might not be a problem, but they all play in together to make the 7480 much harder to use. The 7490 also has the longer arbor for use with dado blades and better tool storage. It is a little bit heavier, but I appreciate the slightly larger table top. I'm glad I switched the 7490. I would not recommend the 7480 to friend.
I don't know why the 7490 has a lower average review, it is the same as the 7480 but at $100 more it is much, much more useful and safer. Perhaps people expect that at $100 more it should be a perfect cabinet-grade saw (which is just unrealistic).
Finally, DeWalt's rack-and-pinion fence system is a dream to use. My shop has wide temperature swings and I used to have to re-align my old table-saw's fence almost every time I used it (thermal expansion / contraction). What a pain! This DeWalt fence is rock solid! Simply love it.