The Dewalt DWE7485 jobsite table saw looks to be one of the most popular holiday deals this year, and for good reasons – it has a fantastic fence system, it’s a great size, its safety accessories are easy to use, and it’s still affordable.
As an aside, I always wonder if anyone really buys a table saw as a holiday gift for other people, or if they’re buying it for themselves.
I have used both of this saw’s predecessors, as well as the similarly designed cordless model, and also Dewalt’s larger table saw that is bundled with a rolling stand.
If I were looking for a compact jobsite saw or a first-ever table saw as a DIYer or woodworker, this is the model I would choose.
Its size and shape also makes it adaptable, with many woodworkers and hobbyists building workstands and larger table systems around it.
Sure, you could spend less and go with a homeowner type of table saw, but I wouldn’t. With the Dewalt, the saw has a sturdy frame, comfortable and convenient controls and adjustments that can be recalibrated if necessary, and a top-notch rack and pinion adjustable fence that’s a pleasure to use.
With cheaper table saws, nearly every aspect is compromised, and you’re left with a cheap quality machine.
With the Dewalt DWE7485, it’s a high quality table saw but there are 2 compromises. First, it is a smaller size than table saws bundled with rolling stands, and so it runs a 8-1/4″ blade instead of a 10″ blade. Second, it cannot be used with a dado stack.
If I were buying my first table saw today, this is the model I would buy, as it’s not worth the headaches to go with cheaper alternatives. I would choose something else if I needed a rolling stand – the Dewalt DWE7491RS.
There are two purchase options – the saw by itself, and the saw with a folding stand. If you think you might want the folding stand, it’s a good idea to purchase it with the saw, but you can always buy it later.
Would you recommend anything different to someone in the market for a portable table saw?
Dewalt DWE7485 Portable Table Saw – $299
Dewalt DWE7485 Portable Table Saw with Stand – $329
This bundle gives you the Dewalt DWE7485 table saw with its compatible folding stand, which typically retailers for ~$70. So, if you want the stand, you can get it for $30 more than just the saw by itself.
Note: DeWALT is a ToolGuyd sponsor.
Dewalt DWE7485 Specifications
- 8-1/4″ blade diameter
- 2-9/16″ max depth of cut at 90°
- 1-3/4″ max depth of cut at 45°
- 24.5″ max rip cut right of blade, 12″ left of blade
- 5800 RPM (no-load)
- Weighs 46 lbs
- Blade brake
- Power-loss reset (prevents accidental restart following loss of power)
The saw comes with a fence, riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, miter gauge, and push stick, as well as on-board storage for everything.