This review compares a rather specialized class of tools, the job site table saw. In this comparison, we pit a pair of DeWalt offerings, the DWE7499GD and the DWE7491RS. These saws, and others like them, are specifically designed for use on job sites where portability and ease of movement from one spot to another are highly desirable features. Another requirement for job site use is excellent material handling and cutting capabilities which translates into a 10” saw or larger and plenty of support around the saw for accommodating 4’ x 8’ materials common on construction projects.
Both saws possess the requisite characteristics, so the next step is to see which one is better. These saws are going to appeal to contractors and builders who need to take their tools on the road. Most homeowners, DIYers, and finish-grade cabinetmakers will not find this saw ideal for their needs unless the homeowner/DIYer needs to move tools in and out of position frequently.
With the DWE7499GD being discontinued but still available as new old stock and costing substantially more than the DWE7491RS, this doesn’t seem to be much of a contest.
Time to dig into the specifications of each to get a feeling for which is the better choice, price difference aside.
Might as well get this one out of the way right up front. The DWE7499GD costs a lot more money than the DWE7491RS. Tool budget or no tool budget, there has to be something pretty special to command that kind of price premium.
Both saws offer a nearly identical set of features. Both have identical saw specs; 15 A, 120 V, 10”blade, 5/8” arbor, with identical capabilities on depth of cut, dado width, and miter and bevel ranges.
Both saws have slick on-tool storage systems for the push stick, miter gauge, blade guards, wrenches and so forth. Just what you’d expect from a saw that has to travel.
They both come with a detachable rolling stand and folding support stand. Broken down, it creates compact package contractors can toss on the truck without taking up much room.
DeWalt has added a blade guard detection feature that requires the user to activate a manual override at the power switch to use the saw without the blade guard in place. While not as sophisticated as the SawStop technology, it is a nod towards safety.
Next up, the short list of each saw’s good and bad points.
And now, a word from the competitor.
Where do actual users come down on which of the two options is better? We went to the modern-day Library of Alexandria no, not the new library in Alexandria, Egypt, but the internet, to get the intel from people with hands-on experience.
Without question, the precision and reliability of the rack and pinion fence on both saws get the most praise. Adjustment is dead easy, and because of the integration with the telescoping rails, the accuracy is all but locked in. Once you get the rough width set, there is a fine adjustment knob for dialing in that last 1/16”.
Both saws come loaded with features needed on the job and in the shop. Users like the power that allows cutting tough wood, the adaptability for dado projects, being able to cut compound bevels, and the ease of adjusting the table to handle larger stock.
Where the rip fence is the bomb, users report the miter gauge as a bomb. It has too much slop in the milled miter channel which users find frustrating as it significantly compromises accuracy. There are aftermarket miter gauges available, but they are not cheap if you get the best.
In the same accuracy vein as the sloppy miter gauge issue are reports from users that the saw arrives with the blade not being parallel to the miter slot. Experienced users will check their power saws for square as a matter of course, especially when they are new. Unfortunately, correcting the out of alignment issue is the table saw version of changing the oil filter on a 2013 Fiat Pop.
The next category of dissatisfaction comes as somewhat of a surprise. This is a saw designed for job site use by contractors. Naturally, that does not preclude others from buying it, say in the case of DIYers and homeowners with limited space. Many users complain about not being able to buy the saw without the stand as they do not need to move it around! Well, it is a nice saw, after all.
After researching the two saws, it is hard to see any reason not to buy the DeWalt DWE7491RS rather than the DWE7499GD. The capabilities and material handling capacities of each are as close to identical as you can get short of slapping a new label on an existing product. The blade guard detect system is nice, but seeing many saws in use on job sites, we suspect it may be overridden much of the time in the quest to get work down with minimal hinderances.
DeWalt makes excellent tools, and either saw will serve the needs of the mobile contractor equally well. For homeowners and DIYers needing to move tools regularly to maximize limited space, this is a fine option. We recommend the DWE7491RS based on price and price alone. The money you save can buy a lot of coffee and sandwiches for the next job site, and the next…
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