No woodworking tool receives universal praise, but the DeWALT DW745 table saw comes close. This handy little saw has been in demand for years because of its combination of power, precision and portability. For the money, it’s regarded as one of the best table saws on the market.
Our DeWALT DW745 review highlights the features that make it so popular. Easy to transport to professional job sites, the machine is durable and convenient to operate, and great for home improvement projects too. If you’re looking for an economical and compact table saw, the DW745 is nearly a no-brainer.
Q:Is this [saw] overkill or inappropriate for cutting wood laminate flooring?
A: It’s the PERFECT tool for that purpose … My grandfather was a trim carpenter before he retired and sold his shop tools. He’d had experience with this saw, so selected this one for our project, and I liked using it too. In my husband’s opinion, it’s the best portable table saw on the market, especially for the price.
Q: Does this saw have dado capacity? If so, to what thickness?
A: No…and yes. This box joint cutter WILL fit this saw. It will only cut 3/8″ at a time, but you can always widen that.
Q: How to raise and lower the blade?
A: The blade is chained from the top. The blade is raised to nearly 3 1/2 inches by a wheel under the table.
The DEWALT DW745 table saw is a portable workhorse with a justified reputation for convenience and dependability. The blade is simple to adjust and cuts well, and the rack and pinion fencing is straightforward to operate. The blade guard is effective and simple to install. A special DeWALT DW745 stand can be purchased.The miter gauge is a bit of a throwaway, but the push stick and other accessories can be securely stowed within the unit for quick access. Durable plastic housing and compact design make it lightweight for storage and transport to the worksite. It comes with add-ons and customer support from a large manufacturer too.
How About Some Features:
The DW745 combines durable plastic housing with a metal roll cage base to optimize strength vs. weight: the unit is about 48lbs (22 kg), making it one of the most portable saws in its class.
The saw’s 15 amp (1850 watt) motor has a no-load speed of 3,850 rpm, and easily rips up to 16 in (40cm) of hardwood. Overload protection provides safe performance when cutting frozen or wet pieces. The blade adjusts from 0-45 degrees for accurate bevels.
The DW745’s guarding system is versatile enough for a variety of setups. Tool-free adjustments can be made quickly.
Parallel telescoping fence rails feature a smooth rack & pinion mechanism that makes adjustment quick easy and precise. The front and rear fences have measurement scales which lock easily and accurately.
The push stick and adjustment tools are stored securely on the DW745, so they won’t get lost or come loose at the wrong time. A 2-1/2 inch dust-collection port helps keep your work area clean.
The DW745 has a 90-day money-back guarantee, one year of free service, and 3-year limited warranty.
The DW745 is requires the usual care routine of most table saws. The blade should be cleaned, and moving parts such as the adjustment gears should be lubricated.
A built-in dust collection port can attach to a ShopVac so dust can be vacuumed away. The cutting surface is coated for reduced friction, so avoid severe chemicals and wipe with a lint-free cloth.
A 10-inch carbide blade, push stick, and blade guard come with the unit, and a weak miter gauge that many users replace. The Site-Pro guarding components and push stick have convenient on-board storage slots. One accessory not included is the DeWALT DW745 stand, which is sold separately.
What you do I like about the DW745 Table saw:
I most like the portability and convenience of the DW745. It’s easy to move and store, and simple to set up on a job site. Also, I like the see-through blade guard and safety switch.
The rack and pinion fencing system is solid and simple to operate, and locks down accurately with easy-to-see measurements. The motor is powerful and the blade cuts cleanly.
The 3-year warranty and year of free service shows the manufacturer trusts its product too.
What didn’t I like:
I appreciate the DW745’s compact design for its portability and ease of setup, but these qualities also make the machine less stable.
The saw can rip up to 16″, substantial for such a small unit—but it seems a simple extension would have made the saw useful for cutting sheets of plywood.
The common complaint is the miter gauge. It’s fragile, hard to read, and loose in its slot. There’s no on-board storage as with other accessories … it’s as if DeWALT tossed it into the box to say it had one.
What do users say:
The DeWALT DW745 is a popular compact table saw, and has been for many years. Users like its light weight and simple operation, and praise its reliability and ease of use.
Though this is not a high-precision saw, that isn’t an expectation for such a portable unit. It’s suitable for most woodworking jobs and is commonly used on professional sites.
Homeowners like the ease of operation and the saw’s ability to handle home projects—and also that it stores easily and doesn’t take up much room in the garage. The DW745 is seen as a practical and economical choice.
DeWALT DW745 vs DWE7480
Another popular DeWALT table saw is the DWE7480, a heavier unit with a bit more power than its lighter cousin. The DWE7480 is of similar dimensions, but is 14lbs (6.35kg) heavier, which becomes a real difference if you move the machine often.
The DWE7480 has a 15 amp motor that powers the blade to 4800 rpm. Its fencing system can rip up to 24 inches wide, so it can handle regular plywood sheets. On the other hand, its adjustments are more difficult and the fencing is known to stick.
Choice between the DeWALT DW745 vs DWE7480 comes down to user preference. They are close in performance, and both are excellent machines. They even share a poor miter gauge.
Table saws are the most heavily used tool on most construction projects. You don’t want a saw that skimps on power or usability—or safety either. A good saw will repay its cost many times through efficiency, speed and accuracy.
DeWALT has a reputation for durable tools that meet the needs of both the job site and home workshop. The DW745 has been popular for many years: it’s been called the “best portable table saw on the market” for its convenience and dependability. The compact DW745 delivers hassle-free, solid performance and great value too.