Unlike my blazing hot expectations, my Dewalt Dw745 compact job site table saw turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Not in a bad way, but it wasn’t a suitable product for what I had in mind. You see, I was thinking of creating a couple of heavy duty chairs and accompanying furniture parts with the help of this Dewalt table saw, but the most I could churn out was small stack cuts and biscuit joints.
This Dewalt Dw745 table saw review is strictly for home based users who are DIY enthusiasts. The table saw is not bad; if you are concerned about quality, dependability and long lasting results, they are all in there. However, Dewalt made this cheeky little fella for mid-range users. The table saw is small; it is lightweight and it does a handful of jobs within a limited capacity. Period.
Think of it as a beginner’s unit. Now that I think of it, Makita 2705 table saw is much better due to additional 1,000 surplus RPM and its ability to rip through a long range of dense wood stacks. Read on and find out why, and how this corded table saw can be the suitable power tool for you…
Yep, it is a small table saw with a bit of defying results. Basically, it depends on your expectations. If you hope to bring your entry-to-intermediate level carpentry skills to fruition, this Dewalt Dw745 compact job site table saw is the perfect match for you. On the other hand, if you are a professional, you might as well shrug the idea of buying this table saw because it will not serve your needs.
The first time you will unbox the DW745, you will notice its striking bold yellow color combination. Dewalt did a splendid job of combining the signature black and yellow layout with distinctive yellow colored markings on key areas of the table saw.
The way to identify these markings is by closely looking at the circular saw blade or wrench storage unit at the right side of the assembly and vice versa.
Technically, the color spots were made to help people locate each important part of the table saw. You see the same markings on brand new motorcycle parts too. Dewalt just wanted to help people stay on par with assembling the model DW745 without the probability of making any mistakes.
The overall dimensions are small; you get a compact table saw, which is roughly bigger than the size of a large chess table. The downside is that although the small size increases the portability factor, you are not able to get a lot of heavy-duty work done on this model. I will shed some light on the setbacks in the appended paragraphs later.
You can find the complete list of accessories at the product’s respective sales page at Amazon. The important stuff that matters is that Dewalt Dw745 comes with a standard fence for perpendicular pressure adjustment, spare wrenches for screw tightening, a riving knife and blade guard.
The blade guard is a nice translucent semicircular slotted plastic part with a satisfying safety perspective. Obviously, you cannot rely on limb safety when it comes to a blade guard, but it does help to prevent unwanted accidents every now and then. The important feature is the square shaped electric brake box installed at the lower bottom side of the table saw assembly. You can easily spot it if the DW45 is inverted upside down.
Additional accessories include a bush kit and a miter gauge. The gauge is of inferior quality and so is the fence. It seems as Dewalt was trying to rush the job at the end, and snuck in a light standard fence to fulfill the formality.
Just like other products, the Dewalt Dw745 10 Inch job site table saw was also tested for angular precision. I just went along with placing a scale perpendicular to the saw blade. It was an exact 90-Degree angle. Same theory was applied to the fence because I did not want to make unwanted crosscuts during my wood crafting ventures.
Despite of its small size, Dewalt managed to create small compartments within the body of the DW745 corded table saw. At one side of the assembly, there’s a small section where the power cord is rolled around small metallic posts.
As you shift your gaze to the adjacent sides, you will notice that the company made small square shaped cutout areas for storing the wrench, the riving knife (*whenever it is not installed) and other necessary parts. They could have just left the obligation of storing the tools to the table saw owner, but the company decided to stick it all together in one piece.
Since the blade size only boasts of a 10 inches diameter, you only get to use the table saw on a select range of materials. For starters, the DW745 Dewalt table saw cuts effortlessly through 3 1/8 Inch lumber; and 2 – 6 inch stacks easily. Anything beyond that will cause the table saw to malfunction!
This is the most important part of the entire review. In some way, the two issues discussed here apply to any and all range of table saws out there. First of all, whenever you are cutting a heavy wood panel, you will notice that DW745 Dewalt saw blade can stop when it is 95% through the material.
The blade is bound from further circular motion because the two pieces of wood are now pressing hard against the blade from either sides. A lot of people ended up with a burner unit by not taking care of this little issue.
Secondly, whenever you are cutting a sheet or a panel, make sure that the fence is pressing hard against the said panel from one side, while you are manually exerting the same amount of pressure on the same panel from the other side. This is important because the saw blade can burn the wood within a matter of seconds if uneven pressure is applied. You will notice dark brown burn marks inside the cut area after a panel is split.
Dewalt, or none of the other companies claim responsibility for any damages occurred due to the aforementioned careless mistakes.
Since the blade guard blade guard is movable on an axis, the safety system is categorized as modular. You are also able to entirely remove the blade guard on the Dewalt DW745 table saw should there be any such requirement at hand.
However, the best thing with modular safety is that you can easily make modifications to the guarding components. As long as these components are application specific, the safety features can be “meddled” with easily.
Let’s say you have a big 20 Inch stack panel; it can be cut with the help of adjusting pinion and face rails. Dewalt sort of created a useful table saw to help allow a liberated sense of use to all the users out there.
No Load Speed
Max. Cutting Capacity at 45°
Max. Cutting Capacity at 90°
25.8 x 26.5 x 13.9 inches
Assuming that it is your first time with table saws without any prior experiences, I’d rather have you double check your requirements. If you are an entry-level DIY project enthusiast, or a small-scale contractor, this Dewalt table saw is ideal. Professionals may disagree on many forefront when it comes to aggressive/ nonstop cutting.
My parting advice to you would be to check online for DW745 Dewalt 10 inch tabletop saw reviews or read our table saw tool guide . Read them at length; share your opinions at dedicated table saw forums, compare this table saw with the best table saws from other brands such as Bosch or Craftsman and go through a couple of videos at YouTube. You will eventually end up with a spectacular product regardless of whether it comes from DEWALT, Skil or any other company.