DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480 – Table Saw Showdown
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DeWalt portable table saws can be seen on a lot of job sites and home woodworking shops. When it comes to the DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480 which is the better choice?
Modern portable tables saws have come a long way. They are easy to transport and yet are still very capable saws especially if used in conjunction with a decent stand.
DeWalt has firmly cemented itself in the table saw market and have produced several different lines of portable table saw, all of which have been really well received.
Both the DW745 and the DWE7480 are both pretty competent tools and are suitable for a variety of work environments and small to medium sized cutting jobs. As ever care and attention should be observed when using any powered saw so always follow good safety practices when using them.
For us the one to buy is the DWE7480. More power and a larger rip capacity make it a much more versatile saw than the DW745.
Lets take a more in-depth look at the DW745 and DWE7480 below.
DeWalt DW745 Review
The DeWalt DW745 is a 10 inch compact portable table saw. It is powered by a 15 Amp 1850 Watt motor than can spin the blade at a non-loaded speed of 3,850 rpm.
At 3850 rpm you are looking at the low to medium side of blade speed for a table saw. However if you are looking for larger jobs or are looking to get a lot more precision out of your cuts then a blade speed of at least 4,500 rpm is desirable.
With a maximum rip length of just 20 inches it is a little below what you would expect however given the compact nature of the saw and it's portability it sufficient for most small jobs.
Fence wise the DW745 has a rack and pinion type rip fence so you it should give you a reliable parallel alignment. The fence can be adjusted left or right quite easily via an adjustable knob and is held tightly in place with some heavy clamps.
The blade that is supplied is an industry standard 24T carbide one. The blade can be adjusted to 45 degrees at which you will get a 2-1/4 inch cut depth. At 90 degrees you can get a cutting depth of 3-1/8 inches.
A a mere 45 pounds in weight it is one of the lightest portable table saws available. Of course this is due to it's slightly smaller dimensions than most portable saws. This light weight makes it pretty easy to transport and if that is a major selling point for you it might be a good choice.
It integrates perfectly with the DW7440RS stand to make a pretty solid work station that is easy to move around on any site.
Included in the box is: a 24T 10 inch carbide blade, meter gauge, push stick and a blade guard.
- 15 amp 1850 Watt motor
- Max no load speed 3850 rpm
- 20-Inch rip apacity
- Max cut depth 3-1/8 inch at 90 degrees, 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees
- Modular guarding system
- 3 year limited warranty
DeWalt DWE7480 Review
The DeWalt DWE7480 is also a 10 inch portable table saw. It gets it's power from a 15 Amp motor that is capable of spinning the blade at a no-load speed of 4,800 rpm.
The Dewalt has a maximum rip cutting capacity of 24-1/2 inches . It too has a rack and pinion adjustable fence system just like the DW745 which adds a lot of stability to the fence.
As stated it has a max rip size of 24-1/2 inches to the right and a 12 inch max size to the left of the blade.
You get the same super smooth table surface that is treated to help reduce friction as on the DW745.
It has a tool-less blade guard and also features an anti-kickback system.
The blade is the same 10 inch 24-tooth Carbide and has the same adjust-ability as the DW745.
The blade is kept clean via a 2-1/2 inch dust port that cleanly filters away all dust from the cutting area helping to keep your work surface clean and increasing your accuracy.
Adjustable rear feet mean you can get it as level as possible on an uneven surface.
You get the same accessories included as the DW745 also.
- 15 Amp motor
- Max no-load speed 4,800 rpm
- 24-1/2 inch rip capacity
- Max cut depth 3-1/8 inch, at 45 degrees 2-1/4 inch
- Dust port
- 3 year limited warranty
DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480
Both models have a 15 Amp motor yet the DWE7480 can spin at 4,800 rpm versus the DW745's 3,800. This extra power is due to a redesign of the motor found in the DW745. That extra power is surely appreciated.
Having that extra power and more importantly speed can mean an improvement in the accuracy and precision of how well the blade can cut especially as your blade begins to dull. So here the DWE7480 is the clear winner.
The DWE7480 also wins on max rip capacity of 24-1/2 inches compared to the DW745's much smaller 20 inch max.
For the most part both saws share a lot of similar features. However, it is the performance that sets the DWE7480 apart from the DW745.
With a higher rpm, better cutting ability and bigger rip capacity the DWE7480 is the better performer overall of the two.
This makes the DWE7480 the clear choice over the DW745.