Dewalt 10″ Portable Table Saw DWE7491 | Review

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Dewalt DWE7491RS Table Saw

I’ve used a lot of table saws through the years and my favorite for the shop remains the Delta Unisaw 36-L300, but the Dewalt DWE7491 jobsite table saw has become my go-to workhorse when I have to work out in the field, or when the Unisaw is out of commission in the shop. I’ll go over the pros and cons of this tool in more detail below, but you can see it in action in our latest video review:

Dewalt DWE749 Table Saw Review

 

DWE7491 Features-Pros & Cons

The Good:

Power to spare: The 15 amp/4800 rpm motor gives this saw plenty of power to rip and cross-cut the densest materials. I’ve used the saw to cut everything from rock-hard 50-year-old ash to pine plywood and have never had a problem with its power curve.

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The saw is a pleasure to use. I’ve cut everything from 3/4″ ply to rock-hard ash and oak with ease.

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The wide-stance of the stand makes the saw extremely stable, even when cutting above-mentioned plywood. It doesn’t tend to rock.

Portability/Storage: Aside from the obvious portability aspect of this saw, the fact that it has such convenient on-board storage for its accessories is a big plus. Also, setting it up is a breeze, thanks to the leg-lock levers. Loved these on the Dewalt Workstand, too!

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I don’t know who invented these levers originally, but I’d kiss them right on the lips if I got the chance. These levers beat the crap out of the little thumb-buttons usually found on locking systems like this.

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This is our shop Unisaw. I mentioned it in the video review and figured it would be nice to show you what I was talking about. This was not one of Delta’s shining moments, btw.

My favorite is the location for the push stick. Having had my share of run-ins with saw blades, I’m keenly aware of the value of the push stick, but it’s not always handy at the moment its most needed. Dewalt’s storage hooks put the tool exactly where it needs to be, so it can be used without even really thinking about it. The key, of course, is to replace it in its holder after each use.

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Brilliant location for the push stick. Bravo!!!!

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Again, simply brilliant.

Precision Fence: This is where the saw shines. The rack and pinion rail system is top-notch and I felt like I could really dial in exactly what I needed. The dual-position fence is also handy when cutting sheet goods, both thick and thin. And the measuring scale is large, bright, and easy to read.

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The rack and pinion system makes for precise fence positioning.

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And in position 2. It’s simple to adjust between the 2, as well.

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Dual scales correspond to fence in position 1 or 2.

The cord wrap and blade-change wrench storage are handy, as well – conveniently located on the left side of the saw – easy to access whenever necessary.

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In addition to the blade wrench on-board storage, they’re simple to use. The Throat plate removes with the twist of a knob and the arbor is easily accessed.

The Middle Ground:

Blade Guard Storage: During assembly of the saw, I’ll admit I had a difficult time figuring out how to store the blade guard in its storage clamp. Once I figured out the trick (and maybe there isn’t a trick, maybe I’m just not the sharpest tool in the shed), it seats nicely every time. And as always, we recommend using it whenever possible.

Dust Port: It works OK, and will probably be fine for most users.

The Bad:

Miter Gauge: It works. OK. I’m spoiled and I like the precision miter gauge on my 36-L300. The accessory on this saw has a little too much slop and is more than a little difficult to fit back into its storage clips for my taste. But then again, it’s a jobsite saw – I’m not making fine furniture with it. ‘Nuf said.

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While it’s neatly tucked out of the way, the miter gauge storage clips are a pain in the butt to deal with.

Bevel Adjustment: See my comments about the miter gauge as a point of reference. The bevel adjustment works well for jobsite needs, but it would have been nice to have a little more precision control.

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The free-swinging bevel adjustment leaves a little to be desired for my taste, but it works.

The Bottom Line:

I like this saw. Ok, actually, I more than like this saw. It lives up to Dewalt quality standards for the most part and will likely last for years. As a jobsite workhorse, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. In my humble opinion, with just a couple of minor tweaks in the design, it could be a home run for the Dewalt team.

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