Dewalt DW744X Table Saw Review
DEWALT DW744X 10-Inch Job-Site Table Saw with 24-1/2-Inch Max Rip Capacity
- Improved air flow
- Provides electronic feedback
- Durable and heavy duty
- Site-Pro modular guarding system allows for tool-free adjustments of guarding components appropriate for each application
- Exclusive telescoping fence delivers 24-1/2-inch rip capacity without sacrificing portability
- Rack and pinion fence rails make fence adjustments fast, smooth, and accurate
- Telescoping fence rails retract to create a small and portable package
- Features a 15-amp, high-torque motor with the power to cut pressure-treated lumber and hardwoods
I recently reviewed this popular DW744X Table Saw with the Site-Pro Modular Guarding System. I used this Table saw mainly as a job-site saw but I also used it in my workshop at home. It requires two men to lift it because of its awkwardness. The weight is not a problem, it is just difficult to lift on your own. It is a large table saw.
When I bought the saw I also bought the additional out-feed and side supports. These two items work great but unfortunately they do weigh a few pounds which makes the saw even heavier. Since I usually work by myself, the extra 30 inches of out-feed support at to be carefully balanced against that extra weight.
The saw is very secure as it sits on its stand. One of the main features is that this saw has enough power professional use. The saw?s rack and pinion fence is awesome. In my opinion it is one of the best fences on the market today. Since I am right-handed I always place the fence on the right hand side of the blade. For my friends who are left-handed and require the fence on the left-hand side they need to reset the measurement.
I did discover that the fence was a 1/32 of an inch out of parallel from the blade. I don?t know why table saw manufacturers do this but it always seems that the mitre gauge is a complete afterthought. There is a slope that goes from the gauge bar to the gauge slots of almost 1/16 of an inch. For me this is not a key issue as I seldom use it.
This saw does have a lot of wonderful features but it would have been great if Dewalt would have added an onboard storage and a cord wrap for the mitre gauge. However, there is included onboard storage for the blade spanners and spare blades. It is always beneficial when there is extra storage for these assessments so that they do not get lost.
I notice that the motor seemed to occasionally overheat. As I investigated the problem I discovered that the aluminum shield seemed to be holding the sawdust. There is a rubber extension that covers the bottom side of the blade just below the table. If you use this saw in a workshop environment you would probably benefit from this as you could attach a shop which would eliminate the extra sawdust.
Another minor inconvenience with this saw is that the threaded bar gets clogged with saw dust. This makes it very difficult to raise and lower the saw blade. I was able to jimmy-rig a piece of tubing that was a little bit larger than the diameter of the threaded bar. So far this seems to have worked and keeps the saw dust off of the handle.
There are a few other minor tendencies that makes me give this saw a four out of five star rating. Most of these minor inconveniences I have been able to resolve. As mentioned earlier, this saw would receive a completely different review if it was in a home workshop rather than on the construction site. Therefore, I would advise future customers buy this saw for home use only.
Dewalt is a great company and they make a lot of fine products. Some of the products are more geared towards handyman use around the home. They have a fine selection of equipment that would be excellent for a home workshop. Construction workers who use their tools on the job-site require heavy duty performance. Dewalt makes heavy duty equipment but this table saw does not qualify.