As part of our paid partnership with Home Depot (which ends this month), they sent along a Dewalt DW745S portable table saw, with stand.
I have used this Dewalt table saw before, and the more recent model (DWE7480) that came after it.
Today, let’s talk about the top 5 reasons you, or anyone looking for a compact portable table saw, should buy this model.
- Compact size
- Fairly capable
- Awesome fence
- Great bargain
To start off, it is compact. While not as small as the Dewalt FlexVolt table saw (reviewed here), it’s definitely one of the more compact portable table saws I have used. It’s quite portable too. Even though it’s not as boxy of a form factor as some other compact table saws, it carries very easily. Whether you’re setting it up outside, or hauling it in and out of a truck, it’s comfortable to move around.
But, its small size doesn’t mean it’s puny. In fact, a rolling change a few years ago had increased its rip capacity.
- Rip cuts up to 20″ right of blade
- 3-1/8″ max cutting depth at 90°
- 2-1/4″ max cutting depth at 45°
- 10″ blade size
- 2-1/2″ dust port
- Weighs 45 lbs
No, it can’t work with a dado stack. No, it’s not going to easily handle stacks of full-size sheets of plywood. But that’s not what this saw is for. Dewalt says that its 20″ of rip capacity easily cuts a variety of larger shelving and trim materials.
The fence is awesome. Dewalt has perfected their rack and pinion fence, which adjusts smoothly, easily, and accurately. All of the user controls and adjustments are smooth and easy for that matter. It delivers a solid user experience.
I have donated a couple of Dewalt table saws over the years, and never heard anything negative about them. I still have a Dewalt rolling table saw I use often, and it too has been great. This particular DW745 went to a local electrician who is doing some home remodeling. So far, everyone is pleased, with no complaints.
Not to mince words, but I have always had the perception that cheap table saws are fraught with problems. Common complaints are that they have flimsy enclosures, poor accuracy, and cheap components. Maybe that has changed, but it’s looking at some of the user reviews for tables saws in the $100-200 price range tend to reaffirm my perception.
In my personal experience, and drawing upon years of not hearing anything notably bad about them, I trust Dewalt’s portable table saws to be reliable.
The DW745 is an older but current model in Dewalt’s portable table saw category. This particular SKU, DW745S, comes with a folding stand. Portable table saws need to be secure in use, and the included stand helps with that.
At the moment, Home Depot has this combo priced at $299, which is very good for what you get. There are specials on the saw around holiday times (here’s a reminder of Black Friday 2018 deals), but I don’t think I’ve seen better pricing on this special combo set.
If you don’t want the folding stand, Home Depot might have the saw at special pricing for Father’s Day. But if you might find use in the stand, it’s less expensive to buy it as part of this combo.
$299 is a great bargain for this compact, capable, easy to use, and reliable portable table saw.
I think that it’s the best portable table saw for the money, and that you’d be hard pressed to find anything better at under $300.
Frankly, I have a little regret that I gave it away. While not a fully-featured table saw, since it can’t work with dado blades, it’s easy to set up, easy to use, and in my experience, trouble-free.
Even the guarding is easy to use. I see a lot of contractors using portable table saws without the blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, and even the riving knife, saying that it takes too much time or effort. I’ve always been adamant about proper tool safety, but 5 minutes of reading OSHA accident reports will be enough to convert anyone.
While the use of power tools is never completely risk-free, Dewalt has made the guards and safety accessories quick and easy to use. That’s something I always like to see with power tools, and especially table saws.
If you’re shopping for a new compact table saw and wondering about whether you should buy this, I’m hesitant to offer advise, even though my answer would be an enthusiastic “YES,” given the paid partnership with Home depot.
However, a reader recently asked me a question about Dewalt’s warranty policies, and I took a closer look at a part of their warranty that I had glazed over so many times in the past. They have a 90 day money-back guarantee.
If you are not completely satisfied with the performance of your DEWALT Power Tool, Laser, or Nailer for any reason, you can return it within 90 days from the date of purchase with a receipt for a full refund – no questions asked.
I would caution that it could be a hassle to have to return something like this, but I can’t imagine it not working out for someone shopping for portable table saws in the $150-300 price range. If it doesn’t check all your boxes, a larger and more capable portable table saws command much higher price tags.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
This is one of the most popular portable table saws on the market.
For those of you who have also used the Dewalt DW745 portable table saw, or the DW745S (with folding stand), what do you think about it?
Thank you to Home Depot and Dewalt for the review sample.