DW745 table saw and DE7400 folding rolling stand

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DW745 table saw and DE7400 folding rolling stand

Post by phill » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:44 pm

I've had this bad boy for a few weeks now, and love it.
Now this is my first table saw, so I have nothing to compare it with.

It's big, but attached to the stand means I can store it away under a shelf in the workshop. While on the subject the stand is superb, it's got nice rubbery wheels and is like a sack barrow to use. the legs fold away, and are easy to click into place. it's also very light weight.

The saw is light weight, but with a sort of built in roll cage to protect it on site.

The table is NOT magnetic (some sort of lightweight alloy), so you can't use magnetic finger things! the surface is coated in something which makes it very slippery and it won't rust!
The fence is great, and comes with a scale so you can cut without needing to get your tape measure out. it locks in place with a simple lever. It's on a rack an pinion and is very accurate.

The blade winds up and down with a simple handle, and can be swung to an angle be releasing a lever and pushing to the angle required and re-locking.
All very accurate, I made a bucket, so lots of cuts at 15degrees and it came out spot on

Dust extraction is pretty good, it's fired out underneath at an amazing rate.

It's noisy, but no worse than any other power saw.

It comes with a little plastic pushing stick, which is handy as it clips to the side of the machine, but I use a kreg thing, and some push pads. I'm not a fan of sticks.

I had a problem with the adjustment of the throat plate - I could not get the thing adjusted high enough at the back. D&M tools posted a new one by return, but this was the same. The cure was to file 1/2mm off the little lugs and it's been fine since.

The instructions are reasonable, but it does take a bit of head scratching to figure some of the things out. once figured out they are pretty obvious really.

I've used it a lot more than I was expecting, and it's so fast to setup it's ideal.

Summary - light weight, solid, accurate saw.

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Post by phill » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:49 pm

Forgot to say the on-off switch is tucked away under the table, and seems further back than it needs to be. At the moment I still have to look for it, rather than knowing exactly where it is
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Post by skiking » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:53 pm

Looks a good review....but :ttiuwop:
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Post by phill » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:30 pm

skiking wrote:Looks a good review....but :ttiuwop:
I know, but it's cold and dark, so you will have to wait :lol:

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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:21 pm

So here is the saw attached to the "trolly dolly" , note also the nice wheels, and although it does not look like it the stop things at the left side do keep the table off the ground.

The legs snap into place very easily and it simple tilts into place.

You can see the frame and the push stick tacked on the top.

should you wish to remove the table you simply un-clip it, simples!
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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:24 pm

here it is in work mode
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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:27 pm

the table top showing the scale (metric only!) and fence.
also plenty of saw dust, to "prove" I used it
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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:29 pm

you can see the handle to lift the blade
the tilt angle adjuster
on/off switch
and the mech to adjust the fence.
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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:35 pm

Forgot to mention the trolley dolly handle does not have to stay in place, it can slide back into place.
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Post by phill » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:11 pm

well that's odd all the pictures which were here earlier have vanished - making my posts here look a little random and odd.... :wtf:
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Post by phill » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:13 pm

:oops:
I've just be informed that you need to log in to see the pictures.
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Post by Cantseeitfrommyhouse » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:00 pm

I like Dewalt kit, and well over 50% of my stuff is Dewalt, but the price tag on this is just too high for me. That's why I opted for the Makita 2704, which is not as nicely made but is far bigger and 100% accurate in terms of cutting. If I had to make the decision again I'd consider importing an american spec bosch. (for some reason they get a more up to date version than us)
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Post by royaloakcarpentry » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:12 am

I hate dewalt, fullstop.

had a few of there tools and they didn't last long. battery drills inferior to makita. Mitre saws and mitre bevell saws are not as accurate as makita. I just hate em lol.

I only use makita but don't mind a bosche drill or jigsaw.
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Post by Rich-Ando » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:48 pm

royaloakcarpentry wrote:I hate dewalt, fullstop.

had a few of there tools and they didn't last long. battery drills inferior to makita. Mitre saws and mitre bevell saws are not as accurate as makita. I just hate em lol.

I only use makita but don't mind a bosche drill or jigsaw.
everybody has that story about every make of tools.

you wouldn't get me to have a bosche if you gave it me free. i once burnt 4 of them out within 3 weeks on council bricks, useless crap.

Makita, like it and i have use some of it myself although i would take the Dewalt battery drill over the Makita anytime.

as for the Dewalt saw :thumbright: i am sure you will get much use out of it.

i was lucky enough to know a couple of joiners that have their own workshop. when i used their Dewalt table saw i couldn't believe how good it was. dropped an 800mm/3M length of wood on it and cut it np. ran doors through it too but it was an £11k machine :lol:
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Re: DW745 table saw and DE7400 folding rolling stand

Post by phill » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:21 pm

Thought I would post an update.
I have used the table saw a lot more than I expected to!
It is hidden away most of the time taking up little room, but it's so fast to get out (the trolley is superb) and set up.
Now I am more familiar with it I am much faster at setting up cuts, and trust it to do what I expect, to the accuracy I want.
Latest key jobs include
cut down a long windowsill, with a slight angle - something which would have been a hand saw and plane job before, and a lot less accurate.
trim a load of TGV down the centre, or just cutting off thin strips.
cut a notch out of 2x2 (making an L shape)
I find I use a Kreg Pushstick a lot, and have used the fetherboard a few times (and wished I had used them a few more times when stuff has wandered a little off course!)
so still happy with it.
It's very easy to use, very accurate. and with the DE7400 very portable
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