DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480 vs DWE7499GD vs DWE7491RS
Choosing a new table saw ain't easy! Big brand like DeWalt have lots of offerings and all the similar model numbers can get a little confusing.
They currently offer 4 portable table saws the DW745, DWE7480, DWE7499GD and DWE7491RS.
The DW745 and DWE7480 do not come with stands and are intended to be used in the same location. They can of course be mounted to a rolling stand to covert them into a more versatile job site table saw.
Both units also work great when integrated into a cabinet as seen below.
The DWE7499GD and DWE7491RS come with stands included. You can choose either a rolling stand or the more traditional folding legged only. They are what is commonly referred to a job site table saws i.e intended to be used on building sites and can handle large sheets of stock
Performance wise between both sets of saws it is pretty similar. However the job site saws have a much bigger rip capacity of 32-1/2" versus the other two which are in the low 20"s.
To help give you a clearer picture of the full model range we have compared each set of tables saws separately below with a comparison table included for each.
DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7480
Cut depth 90 degrees
Cut depth 45 degrees
Comparing the DW745 and DWE7480
The difference between the DW745 and the DWE7480 are in the rip capacity and in the motor speed.
The DWE7480 has a larger rip capacity of 24-1/2" than the DW745's 20" on the standard models, you can upgrade to larger rips but that comes as an added expense. As ever that measurement is when you are cutting to the right of the blade.
The motor in the older DW745 is only able to manage a maximum no-load speed of 3850 RPM. For the DWE7480 DeWalt redesigned the motor. It now has a maximum speed of 4800 RPM.
Generally the higher the blade speed the more accurate and cleaner the cut. So, if you are the kind of woodworker that needs to make finer more accurate cuts for furniture then the DWE7480 is the clearer choice.
DeWalt DWE7499DG vs DWE7491RS
Cut depth 90 degrees
Cut depth 45 degrees
Comparing the DWE7499DG and DWE7491RS
From looking at the above table it is clear that they are pretty similar job site table saws.
Feature wise the major difference between the DWE7499DG and DWE7491RS is the safety features found in both saws.
The DWE7499DG has what is called "Guard Detect". This simply disables the saw if the blade guard has been removed. It can be over-ridden at the flick of a switch.
On the DWE7491RS there is a plastic cover on the switch to stop accidental power on's. If the saw loses power during operation it will not start once power is restored. You have to switch the saw to the off position and then bacj to the on position in order for it to work.
DeWalt DWE7480 Review
The DWE7480 is powered by a redesigned 15 amp motor. It has a maximum no-load speed of 4,800 RPM.
On the cutting front it has a rip capacity of 24-1/2 inches when cutting on the right side of the blade. Cutting on the left side of the blade it has a rip of 12 inches.
The adjustable fence uses a rack and pinion adjustment system, ensuring accurate and true adjustments every time.
The cutting angle can be adjusted through to 45 degrees. Of course the cutting depth will be affected at that angle. At 90 degrees you get the maximum cutting depth of 3-1/8 inch, whereas at 45 degrees you get 2-1/4 inch.
It comes with a 24 tooth Carbide blade. The blade protection uses a pretty standard anti-kickback feature and tool-less blade guard.
You can hook your shop vacuum up to the DWW7480 using a 2-1/2 inch dust port helping to keep your workspace that little bit cleaner.
DeWalt DW745 Review
The DW745 is the older model to the DWE7480. It has an older specification motor that gives a slightly lower top speed of 3,800 RPM.
The maximum rip capacity is also smaller and comes in at 4-1/2 inches shorter than the DWE7480 at 20 inches even.
You get the same rack and pinion fence lock, cutting depth and 24 tooth blade.
DeWalt DWE7491RS Review
The DWE7491RS is a 10 inch rolling job site table saw that is powered by a 15 Amp motor. It has a maximum no-load speed of 4,800 RPM.
The rip capacity is a large 32-1/2 inches when used to the right of the blade. At 90 degrees you get a cutting depth of 3-1/8 inches and at 45 degrees you get 2-1/4 inches.
It comes with a rolling stand that has four sturdy legs that can be folded up during transport. The wheels used are quite large making navigating steps and cluttered building sites that little bit easier.
DeWalt DWE7499GD Review
The DeWalt DWE7499GD is the newer version of the DWE7491RS seen above. It has the same 15 Amp motor with the same top speed of 4,800 RPM.
The DWE7499GD comes equipped with what is called "Guard Protect". "Guard Protect" will disable the motor and the spinning of the blade if the blade guard is not installed.
It is possible to bypass this feature using a bypass switch. This feature is the only major difference between this saw and the older model above.
The price is also much more expensive and realistically you should not have to pay so much extra for a blade guard system.