DeWalt DWE7499GD vs DWE7491RS

Have you decided on a DeWalt portable table saw and yet are confused when comparing the DeWalt DWE7499GD vs DWE7491RS? 

Modern portable table saws can make moving from job site to job site a breeze most will have a wheeled base and retractable legs to make a solid foundation from which to work from.​

Both DeWalt table saws offer great cutting capacity and the well respected build quality that the brand have worked hard to earn over the last few decades.

​Let's take a brief look at both saws below before deciding on a winner and why.


DeWalt DWE7499GD Review

The DeWalt DWE7499GD is a 10-inch job site table saw with rolling stand. It is powered by a 15 Amp motor that is strong enough to handle a variety of wood species including hardwoods.

Capable of a no-load speed of ​4800 rpm for a portable unit it is certainly not under powered.

It features DeWalt's "Guard Protect" system to help reduce on the job accidents. The Guard Protect disables the saw if the blade guard is not installed. 

The user must then install the blade guard if they wish to operate the saw in the usual fashion; using the normal on/off switch.

However, if you wish to use the table saw without the saw guard installed you must​ activate a bypass switch before the saw will operate. This adds an extra safety layer to how you operate the saw.

If you wish to use the DWE7499GD without the blade guard you have to acknowledge that fact by being forced to flick the bypass switch.​

​The DWE7499GD using a rack and pinion fence system that makes for quick and accurate fence adjustments each and every time, accurate to 1/64 of an inch.

Specifications

  • 15 amp motor
  • Guard detect system
  • Rip capacity maximum 32-1/2 inches
  • Rolling stand for sturdy setup
  • 10 inch carbide blade 24-tooth
  • 3 year warranty

DeWalt DWE7491RS Review

The DWE7491RS is the predecessor to the DWE7499GD. It is one of the best selling portable tables saws available. 

It has the same 15 Amp motor as the DWE7499GD and also spins at 4800 rpm. ​

Although the DWE7499GD is ahead on the safety features with the Guard Detect system the DWE7491RS still has a few features built in to help reduce the risk of accidents.

The switch features a plastic cover that helps to prevent accidentally starting the machine by bumping into it. Also if you happen to lose power to the saw(power outages can happen a lot on work sites) then when power if restored the table saw will not automatically start up again thanks to the magnetic switch.

​The DWE7491RS has the same sturdy build table that the DWE7499RD also features. The legs are easily retractable and the rear wheels make transporting the unit pretty easy.

The dust port on the 7491RS is larger than on the 7499DG. The cutting depth on the 7491RS is slightly smaller at 45 degrees; 2-1/4 inches versus the 2-1/2 inch on the 7499GD .

However when used to the left the max rip on the 7491RS is a full 2 inches better than on the newer​ 7499G.

Ultimately the performance is pretty much on a par for both units with a few subtle differences as we have seen above.​

Specifications

  • Powered by 15 Amp motor
  • Max rip capacity 32-1/2 inch
  • Stable rolling stand 
  • Cutting depth 3-1/8 inch at 90 degrees and 2-1/4 at 45 degrees
  • 10 inch 24T carbide blade
  • 3 year limited warranty

DeWalt DWE7499GD vs DWE7491RS​

​The choice between the DWE7499DG vs DWE7491RS ultimately will come down to whether or not you want the Guard Detect feature. Depending on where you buy from the 7499DG can be as much as $200 dollars more expensive than the 7491RS.

Personally although it is a nice feature it is still not early as advanced as the ​technology that is currently available from Sawstop which stops the blade spinning as soon as it comes in contact with human skin.

However Sawstop technology is not widely available and the bigger saw manufacturers like DeWalt have not signed up to integrate it into their current range.​

For the money the DWE7491RS is a better value proposition assuming you don't want the added piece of mind of the Guard Detect.​

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