DeWalt is one of the biggest companies in the world of tools. That being the case, it is no surprise at all that you are interested in one of their job site compact table saws.
But the question remains: which one do you want to get? They have quite a few options out there, but today we are going to take a side by side look at two specific models, the DeWalt DW745, and the DeWalt DWE7480.
In the following paragraphs and sections, we will take a deep look at the specifics of both tools, but for now there is some basic information that we can go over about each model.
For instance, if power is your top priority, you are going to want to look no further than the DeWalt DWE7480. This unit’s 15 amp motor is capable of delivering 4800 RPM—more than enough to take care of most home or hobby jobs.
On the other hand, if you want something that skews a little bit smaller and easier to transport you are going to want to go with the DW745, which benefits from being one of the most portable options out there.
For more information on which unit to choose, read on!
We are now going to be taking a close look at the main differences and similarities between these two units so that you can make the most informed buying decision possible.
Shoppers may or may not be pleased to learn that these units are roughly the same price. Depending on where you shop, you may find that the DWE7480 skews slightly higher, but in general, if you are torn between these two tools, the price probably is not going to be the deciding factor.
As we mentioned in the introduction, if you are looking for power, you are going to find plenty of it in the DWE7480.
This unit features a fifteen-amp motor that is able to deliver 4800 rotations per minute. It also features an impressive rip capacity that will keep your work highly efficient on the job site.
The DW745 also features a fifteen-amp motor, but due to the focus on being compact, the unit’s rotations per minute count maxes out at 3800 RPMs. It also struggles a little bit with harder stock which means you will be slightly limited in what you can accomplish on the job.
Shoppers will also want to note that the DW745 features a rip capacity of twenty inches. The DWE7480, on the other hand, features a rip capacity of 24 ½ inches.
For most hobbyists and amateur users, both tools will be sufficient, but for bigger jobs you are definitely going to want to reach for the DWE7480.
Size is the one category where the DW745 really wins out. This unit features dimensions of 25.75 x 26.5 x 13.87 in, as opposed to the 25.75 x 26.5 x 13.88 in dimensions of the DWE7480.
This by itself doesn’t make for much of a difference, but once you look at the weights it becomes a little bit clearer why people that need to transport their tool a lot might prefer the DW745.
The DW745 weighs forty-five pounds, as opposed to the fifty-four pounds of the DWE7480. Is this difference in weight going to be enough to sway your decision one way or another? Chances are most people will prefer the power of the DWE7480 to the portability of the DW745.
Still, people that really need a tool that is easy to get around may take special notice of the DW745’s impressively light weight.
Now, here is a quick rundown of the pros and cons for the DeWalt DWE7480.
And, a quick rundown of the DW745.
People are pretty pleased with both of these tools. Many users are particularly impressed with the raw power of the DWE7480, especially given the size and price of the tool.
The general consensus from most users is that the fifteen amp motor is entirely capable of handling most of the jobs that amateur woodworkers might have for it.
On the other hand, no one is saying that the tool is perfect. One thing that many people have noted is that unfortunately the rail system can lock occasionally which makes the rail adjustment really challenging.
Depending on how seriously this issue manifests itself this can actually be a fairly debilitating con, but most users find that the tool works just fine.
On the other hand, people that have the DW745 also appreciate the motor (though some note rightly that it is not as effective as some of DeWalt’s other 15 Amp motors) and they also are fond of the portability factor.
Users have also noted that the miter gauge accessory is very subpar, which means that you may find the need to replace it.
These things aside, most people are pleased with both tools.
And that is that. As you can see, both of these tools are pretty similar in terms of performance. Both are really good at what they do, and each option is going to be right for a certain user. If you want a tool that yields a lot of power, you are definitely going to want the DWE7480.
On the other hand, if portability is your main concern you are going to want the DW745.
The dimensions and weight of this unit make it perfect for transportation which might be the ideal specifications for people that need to move their saw around a lot.
So, which are you going to get? Ultimately only you can make that decision. Our job is not to tell you what to buy. Our only hope is that we have made the shopping experience a little bit easier for you.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!
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