DeWalt vs Ridgid. Which company makes better table saws?
It’s not always easy to figure this out, especially when you’re shopping online and have limited access to the tools. Add that to the fact that online descriptions are pretty much just sales ads, and it may feel impossible to figure out which brand will serve you better.
The good news is that we’ve done the hard work for you, comparing the two brands’ strengths and weaknesses, and also reviewed some models from each, so that you can figure out which will be the best choice for you.
Power is a very important attribute of a table saw. A table saw that doesn’t have enough power may not have the punch it needs to cut harder woods and will generally go slower on common lumber and plywood. More powerful saws will open up options in the kinds of woods you can cut, and will also make the process go much faster.
In most cases, DeWalt table saws have more power than equivalent Ridgid models. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something you should pay attention to while shopping.
It’s always a bad feeling when you go to do the final assembly on a project and realize that you’ve cut a piece wrong. Table saws that lack precision will end up wasting a lot of your time and materials, as you have to do recuts.
Generally speaking, Ridgid table saws are set up better for precision work. They tend to come with oversized handles on each of the adjustment wheels, which makes it easier to get the exact settings you want when making the cut. DeWalt models aren’t horrible in this category, but they’re edged out by Ridgid.
Both of these brands make portable table saws. If you’re in the market for a portable table saw, you really can’t go wrong with a DeWalt model. This brand tends to have better systems for transportation, easier to set up and take down, but also tend to have better expansion systems that allow you to cut bigger materials once you’re ready to go.
If you need to do big projects away from home, you’re better off with a DeWalt.
DeWalt-brand table saws have a slight edge over Ridgid table saws in most instances. It’s not always true, so you should always compare models before making a final purchase. If you’re still not sure which to buy, be sure to check out our model reviews for a more in-depth understanding of what makes these brands different from each other.
The DEWALT DWE7491RS’s portability puts it head and shoulders above the competition. It has large wheels which allow you to roll it from place-to-place without too much exertion. Its folding legs also mean that no matter where you want to work, you’ll always be able to set this machine up and use it on a stable base.
A 15-amp motor on a portable table saw is nothing to scoff at. That’s the kind of power you need if you want to get jobs done quickly and work with harder woods. It also features an excellent dust port, which comes in handy when you’re using this machine inside.
The table is a bit small, but it does come with an expanding rack and pinion system that allows for rips of up to 32”. Overall, this is one of the absolute best portable table saws on the market, and you would be remiss not to check it out.
The DEWALT DW745 is a small table saw with big ambitions and great value. It only has a 20” rip capacity, which is quite small for table saws. Despite this, it has a 15-amp motor which should easily power through anything you throw at it. So, even though this model can’t cut huge pieces, it cuts the pieces it can cut just as fast as other models. It also comes with a metal roll cage that helps protect the machine against damage while being moved.
If you’re fond of changing out the guard for different projects, you’ll love this model, since it comes with tool-free guard replacement. This feature alone will save you a lot of time between projects.
This model does come with a cheap miter gauge, though, many people tend to go with an aftermarket miter gauge anyway, so it’s not that big of a deal. Overall, if you need a small table saw for small projects, but need a lot of power, this is a great choice for you.
The Ridgid R4512 is our favorite Ridgid table saw. It comes with a cast iron table, which is generally the gold standard when it comes to table saws. Cast iron tables do a good job of dispersing vibrations, which leads to better cuts, and their expected lifespan is much longer than with other units. This model also comes with oversized handles, which makes operation easy.
One of the big plusses on this unit is that it comes with accessory slots, which means you won’t have to store blades and fences elsewhere and will always have the part you need nearby. It also features a 13-amp motor, which should be strong enough to get any job done.
While it is a portable unit, it relies on a large, wheeled base, which means this isn’t a unit that you can easily take on the road. Rather, it’s good for moving around a garage, but that’s about it. Overall, if you’re looking for a table saw with good power that you can move around, but don’t plan on taking on long trips, you should check this model out.
The Ridgid ZRR4513 provides excellent value for the price. It comes with a 15-amp motor, which is great power for a table saw. It also features micro-bevel adjustment, meaning that you can get the exact angle and depth of cut you want, every time. This will save you a lot of time that you have spent redoing cuts on other models.
It’s also extremely portable, coming with a great set of rolling wheels, which means you don’t have to lug the entire eight around yourself. Those wheels are mounted on a frame designed to go from travel mode to work mode in just one touch.
One thing to keep in mind with this unit is that it is a factory-refurbished model, which means that sometimes you don’t get the quality you expect of a new model. However, it comes with a good warranty, so if you have any problems, you should be able to get it serviced or return it. Overall, this model has the power you need and combines it with excellent portability.
The DEWALT DWE7491RS was our favorite DeWalt table saw due to its portability and power. The DEWALT DW745 is the best for the money, with a smaller size, but good power and portability. The Ridgid R4512 is our favorite Ridgid table saw because of its cast iron table and oversize adjustment handles, while the Ridgid ZRR4513 was the best value, providing new quality at a refurbished price.
Overall DeWalt table saws tended to be somewhat better, though that won’t always be true. Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand the differences between DeWalt and Ridgid table saws and will help you find the model that is perfect for you.
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