| "I bought this saw..."|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Massachusetts|
|a while back and, I have to share space in my garage with those darn cars so...I got the base for it so I can easily move it around. It was my first table saw purchase and I did some pretty extensive research on the various models and price ranges and decided on the DeWalt.
It came in a box that looked like it had been sent through Haiti before the earthquake and survived but, all the parts were there and set up was relatively easy.
To me, and my price range, I feel it is an excellent saw.
| "Great Saw overall"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from White Bear Lake, MN|
|I have used this saw for over 4 years now and it still works great! I'm happy with my purchase and am glad i made the decision to buy this saw. |
The motor is plenty powerful enough to cut everything I've thrown at it over the years. In fact, I just completed laying 1000 sq. feet of 3/4" thick Brazillian Walnut hardwood flooring and used this saw to do the rip cuts where I needed thinner pieces near the walls. This saw cut through it like a hot knife through butter. I was surprised at how easy this saw plowed through it as Brazillian Walnut is almost 3 times harder than oak, so I know that I put this saw through its paces.
The trick is to use a good quality thin kerf blade. The blade that came with the saw is junk - get something better. I recommend the Rigid blade sold at home depot (excellent blade that stays really sharp).
The fence is easy to get parallel to the miter slots once you figure out the trick. The trick is to let the auxillary aluminum fence fall into the miter slot and then snug the auxillary fence face up to the edge of the slots and then tighten down the fence adjustment nuts (the three bolts on top of the fence). This gets the fence almost exactly parallel to the miter slots.
Once you get the fence parallel - just don't overtighten the bolts holding the auxillary fence on - its just aluminum and can warp if you apply too much pressure via. the bolts. Just snug it tight.
The fence locks down as solid as I've ever seen - never had it move on me even a little. It's easy to get it set accurately so that you can rely on reading the fence setting and not having to use a tape measure to set the fence.
Dust control is adequate, but not stunning. The miter gauge is satisfactory. pretty generic miter gauge.
The stamped steel wings were not hard to level to the table. The wings are held onto the main table by five bolts. Hand tighten all of these bolts so that the wing is stable, but still adjustable. Then you can get the wing perfectly level and then tighten it down so it cannot move. The steel wings are adequate and help increase the table size. That being said I did upgrade one of them to the cast iron wing.
1.) the blade guard is disgustingly hard to attach and remove. Once its on it works fine, but it takes 10 minutes to get the thing on/off.
2.) throat plate that is standard seems flimsy. The dado insert that I bought seems beefier and thicker steel than the standard throat plate - a little weird.
3.) The blade included is junk - get a better blade.
all in all an excellent saw. Mine was Made in USA as well - a bonus for me.
| "Great USA made table saw"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Hunt Valley, MD|
|I don't quite understand why Dewalt insists on including the utterly worthless sheet metal table extensions. In the stores, these make this saw look so cheap. And this is definately not a cheaply made saw; overall quality is very high. I have the sliding cross cut table and use a Vega rip fence instead of the Dewalt fence. My copy of the DW746 is a joy to use. I find friendly new features every other time I use it. My top is dead flat. The sliding cross cut table provides an amazing 26 inches of cross cut capability: great for cabinet makers. No other saw offers this feature at such a price. After initial adjustments for precise parallelism and correcting the 90 and 45 degree stops, this saw is dead accurate. It is used very heavily in my furniture shop with no problems. (No experience with the Dewalt rip fence.) Almost unmeasurable runout on the arbor. Precisely machined arbor shaft. I ditched the odd 2 inch dust collector and installed 5 inch dust collection underneath the saw. This was surprisingly easy: the mounting holes are pre-drilled. Oh yes, the included cross-cut guide is absolutely wonderful. I could go on forever. This saw is worth what they charge for it. But please, Dewalt, include at least one decent cast top extension. Ditch the sheet metal.|
| "Nice saw, Comes with a fence but no rails..."|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from NJ|
|I recently purchased this saw from Amazon. It was deeply discounted as I didn't actually need a new saw. My previous saw was the Craftsman version of the BT3100 with the gravity rise stand.|
I will start by saying the title on the listing at the time said "(no fence)". It is wrong. The base model dw746 does in fact come with a fence. DeWalt sells the rails (either 30" or 52") as a separate accessory. It probably streamlines their inventory. At the price at the time I decided to roll the dice despite the listing title. The saw comes equipped as described on the DeWalt site with a fence, but no rails.
Amazon's free shipping had it to my house in a couple of days. It came in a big yellow box upside down. And the guy rolled it into my garage. So if you plan on mounting a mobile base that would be the time.
The saw runs true with little vibration. However my Craftsman vibrated even less and consistently passed the nickel test. Rips are clean and glue ready. The stock blade is not bad. Definitely not good, and I would highly recommend swapping it out for even a low end 40-50T General Purpose or Combination blade.
The fence is easy to adjust and locks tight and square. Most of what a fence is supposed to do.
It is also pretty quiet running. Cutting is cutting, but the noise while running doesn't leave me feeling guilty about turning it on after 8pm in my development.
I also added the sliding table and this is a nice add-on. After a little fiddling I was able to get it dead square and consistent. It makes up to 30" cross cutting feel a lot safer with the miter clamp and being able to keep my hands away from the blade. My previous SMT was nice, but this one is more heavy duty.
Dust collection is pretty good. You won't have a clean room, but I had a reducer for my 4" hose already and it gets a good 85-90% of the below table dust. To keep the dust off the floor I slid a 20"X20" el cheapo furnace filter underneath. It saves me from sweeping the 10-15% for a few days.
As for the final verdict. I think it all comes down to price. If you are in the market for a great hybrid saw this will serve you well as will many of the others. It is well made, and made in the US, and will serve me well for many years. It is not a 500lb. 3HP Beast, and does not claim to be. However at the list price it is overpriced. I paid $600 for the saw and rails delivered to my garage. At that price a great value, no regrets. At $1,200 I would buy a Grizzly or Jet in the $800-$900 range.
| "After a Year owning the saw"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from NY|
|I wanted to wait until I have used the saw extensively before passing judgment on the saw. I have found that a break in period i.e. learning curve is necessary for any type of new equipment especially something as often used as a table saw.|
I bought the saw packages with the 52 fence, cast iron (steel) extension wings and mobile base. As other reviewers have noted, the blade that comes with the saw is something that should end up on a chop saw, not making rip cuts. Replaced this blade almost immediately with a Freud blade, could not be happier.
Assembly of the saw with all of the additional do-dads took a couple of day, spending an hour or two at a time. Instructions were generally straight forward, but would recommend going thru all of it before actually assembling the saw. Because of the 52 rails, some assembly needed to be removed to install rail components. Not a big deal, but added time to the entire assembly.
Now to the operation, saw was pretty set, right out of the box, with some minor tweeking.needed for fence. Powerful and quiet the best way describe the beast, I do a lot of ripping on 4/4 red oak and have had very little saw related issues. Fence remained dead on and repeatable cuts have not been a problem. Dust collection is fair, I have a steel city DC 1200 cfm connected but still I get a lot under the saw. Just recently (still waiting for shipment) invested in a true cut system to replace the stock one, never could get it to sit right...and with the addition of a Incra 5000, makes cross cuts a snap.
All in all, the saw was a good deal for the money spent, a year and 5-600 b/f of oak later, it might have been better to bite the bullet and get a cabinet saw, but what the heck, I can get another couple of years out of this one before looking for a replacement.
| "The heart of my workshop"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Atlanta, Georgia|
|So many features about this saw impress me but I will try to be brief. |
- Power: This saw has all the power you need in a small shop and more to spare. Nothing seems to slow it down, not even for a brief moment.
- Smooth: This goes for the saw itself (no vibration) and for the cuts it makes. I use the blade that came with it for most of my cuts and I never have to sand or plane any of the cut faces. I made a zero clearance insert for it and now it even cuts the cheapest, thin plyood without chipping or noticable marks. I bought a Freud blade for the cross cuts but have not had to use it yet.
- The fence: Smooth-sliding as other reviews mention, very accurate, extremely easy to operate and calibrate.
- The table: Solid and smooth table. The wings should probably be upgraded since they are not as smooth as the main table (made out of sheet steel rather than the cast iron as the rest of the table.
- The controls: just what you need and right where you need them. Large power switch that is easy to bump off with your knee in an emergency. Smooth solid controls for the blade height and angle.
- Solid machine: This is a very solid and heavy machine that will serve you for a long time if you take care of it. Make sure you get the deal with the mobile base (see heavy above) which is so smooth and easy to operate.
There are some features that I would like to see improved. These are few and none of them diminish the value of this saw but I wanted to include them for completeness.
- The splitter and guard assembly is one piece that has to be removed by using wrenches. This is inconvenient and time consuming when you need to remove them for dado cuts (or other non through cuts.) There are splitters that you can buy which do not require tools for removal and installation and DeWalt should learn fron them. Also, the splitter should be seperate from the blade guard so the latter can remain in place for non-through cuts.
- The wings that come with the saw are made of sheet steel and not cast. There are optional ones that you can buy from DeWalt but they should be part of the saw to begin with.