DEWALT DWE7480 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw is what I expect from the Dewalt name.
I used it when I was helping out with some hardwoods at my friends’ house but, from the moment I opened the box, I found this saw to have a very durable and higher end build quality. I would expect to last for many years and think it could be considered an investment.
However, because it is so durable and built so well and, despite its “job site” name, this is not light weight or ultra compact.
Lifting and transporting it was no picnic and I actually asked one of the other guys for help. (But I am getting old, so….).
Features and Details of DEWALT DWE7480
The fence adjustment is excellent, as is the precision and the outer tube frame makes it easy to tote around. The blade shipped with this unit burned when ripping 1-1/4″ maple. First cuts out of the box burned. Had to replace blade. The miter bar is no better than the cheap one that came with the Skil. It’s not useful.
The arbor mounting face is out of truth resulting in blade wobble of about 1/64. Maybe a bit more. Changes to different blades provides the same wobble results. The Riving blade was not properly aligned and aligning it is quite difficult, if not impossible.
The fence scale was not calibrated. The whole thing was off by about 3/32 before I re-calibrated it. Dust collection is OK but nothing amazing and I’d say it will get maybe 60-70% of the debris and dust with a king sized shop vacuum.
One thing I really feel the need to mention is that the saw seems extra noisy, but they all are loud. The Dewalt DWE7480 was just very loud and created a lot of racket. It would be better if the wheel that controls the blade height had some kind of lock down, although I haven’t had any real issues with blade height drift but adding/removing the safety attachments is easy and fast, but changing the position of the “riving knife” for non-through cuts is a bit of a pain.
You have to raise the arbor all the way, remove the throat plate, and loosen the knob. That’s a lot of work. To restore the safety attachments, you have to go through the same routine in reverse.
This machine is really just great. I think I would ever recommend it because it isn’t a terrible tool. In short, If you are looking to buy and keep your table saw for a long time, to make an investment that is, then this is one of the best table saws you can find.
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