| "Dewalt Table Saw DW745 compact 10 inch"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|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 to find any extension for it. I guess I'll have to make one. Hope the pieces I need to make will fit on the table!!! The blade cut red oak very well.|
| "easy to setup and easy to use"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|Haven't found anything I don't like about this saw. Had everything setup in 15 minutes and has all the features for everyday jobs around the house.|
| "Absolutely the best saw in its class!"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Idaho|
|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.
| "Small, precise, reliable"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Cleveland, OH|
|I needed a table saw to make some replacement kitchen drawer fronts. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money buying a saw to use only a few times - so I figured I would buy one of the many cheap $120 table saws that are available.
Unfortunately, every one of those saws was pure junk - cheap, wavy plastic tables, insufficient (and frequently broken) motor mounts, inaccurate, loose and useless measuring devices. I couldn't bring myself to waste $120 on one of those pieces of garbage.
I went back to my old standby, Dewalt. I own quite a few Dewalt power tools, and while, in my opinion, the quality of their products has slipped a bit in the last few years, they are still far better than a lot of the competitors' tools - you can be assured that it will do what you need, and won't break easily.
I ordered this saw online here at Amazon, using the free shipping (7-10 days, it said) - and to my surprise, the saw arrived at my door the next morning! Sure glad I didn't waste money paying for overnight shipping!
First off, I will admit I am not a carpenter. I'm a DIY'er who has above-average experience building and fixing things. I've built furniture, and can fix just about anything. That said, I was a little taken aback by the manual. It made quite a few references to parts of the saw using technical terms, without really describing what those parts were. It took me about half an hour to figure out how all the guards, fences and so on all fit together. I'm sure a professional contractor who is more familiar with the terms used in the manual could do it much faster.
The saw is SOLID. I mean, rock solid. The table is a very solid, flat, precise slab of aluminum. The bottom of the saw is surrounded by a tubular steel frame, and the remainder is tough yellow plastic. It's not light, at around 70 lbs, but it's certainly not impossible to heft around, and weighs far less than my compound miter saw. It has two well-placed handles right under the table top that make it easy to move around.
The guards are very good - using them correctly, it would be very tough to injure yourself. Unfortunately, for cutting larger pieces, they have to be removed entirely - which is the case for most saws. That said, for ripping boards and so on, they would remain in place and do their job admirably. Removing or installing the guards takes seconds, and does not require tools.
Everything is adjustable and all measurements can be calibrated - everything from the blade angle, rip fence, blade parallax - it's all adjustable. Fortunately, the saw came out of the box perfectly calibrated, so I didn't have to change a thing.
The saw is very loud - but then, most table saws are. I recommend using hearing protection as well as eye protection while using it.
Many people in their reviews bemoan the fact that it cannot accept dado blades. I couldn't care less, I have no need of dados, and the saw works perfectly for what I need it to do.
Overall I'm very glad I spent the extra money to buy this saw, and I expect it to last basically forever, just like most of my Dewalt tools.
| "My first impressions"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|I got this saw for Father's Day. I finally had a chance to play with it today. Here is my first impression.
Based on the reviews of others here, I use the miter gauge that came with saw to hold down papers and I use the Incra gauge I ordered to use with this saw. I'm glad I did as it is a seriously accurate device.
When I first turned this saw on, I was surprised at how loud it is (and I wear a hearing aid). However I believe I can live with that. I made a few cuts in some scrap wood and was impressed at how smoothly the included blade moved through the wood. The sawn edges were nice and smooth. Not bad for a 24 tooth general purpose blade. I made some crosscuts then flipped the piece I cut off over and held it against the other side of the cut to see how straight the cut was. The cut edges fit perfectly and the board was straight across at top and bottom. This saw and the Incra gauge make a killer combination. I tried a 45 degree miter cut then held the cut edges of the miter together to form a 90 degree angle and checked for squareness. OK I could see a bit of light at one end of the square but it was close. The miter joint itself was nice and tight with no gaps.
So far I'm more than happy with my Father's Day gift.
| "Good stuff"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Los Angeles, CA, USA|
|This saw is limited in rip capacity, so know that going in. It is small, so there is no on board blade storage, which is a bit of a bummer. But that's what they're selling. If you want that, they make that in the bigger model. This little dude is great for flooring. It's straight, accurate, strong, and lightweight. Go with a thin-kerf blade so you don't bog it down. For what it is, it's a winner.|