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How and where do you intend to use your table saw? If you plan to take it from one worksite to another then you must use a job site table saw A job site saw is portable, compact and usually has its own stand and may or may not have wheels. Stationary table saws are also called bench top saws because these don’t come with a stand. These rely on a table or a workbench to support the weight of the saw. There are also cabinet table saws which are heavy duty saws that are mounted in a metal or cast-iron cabinet. These saws are very heavy but are usually made with moving wheels and complete cutting features.

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The latest DeWalt Table Saw is a compact 10-inch job site power saw with a number of great features. First of all, it has a rack and pinion telescoping fence which will let you make fence adjustments easily. This saw has a 24-inch rip capacity so you can use this for a variety of materials. It has an onboard storage system so you can carry tools with ease.
I tested both saws and found their performance similar, though thanks to the rolling stand, I was more likely to reach for the DeWalt. If you don’t value the stand, the SKILSAW packs a lot of power in a small form and is the preferred job site saw of several local contractors I know. If you’re a weekend warrior like me, you may value the stand enough to spend the extra money on the DeWalt.

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At the Dewalt media event I inquired whether an accessory power cord was in the making, so users could plug into a power outlet for AC current.  Having both options would be nice. The dual option would be handy on construction sites with no power.  On these sites contractors often compete with extension cords for a generator outlet.  Having a cordless option for these situations would be amazing, later on, when the house has power, you could plug in.

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Chris – Great question. If you break it down a bit you can see why. The table saw uses a much smaller blade so the demand on that saw is actually quite a bit less. Also, if you make the table saw 120, you need another battery, and the conversion cable….the saw becomes VERY expensive. Just my two cents…but I’m fairly sure this is what kept it at 60v….it’s damn impressive though.

I’ve had this table saw about a year and have had very good results making precision cuts with the rip fence. Ease of use has been great. Get it out set up and get to making cuts fast. I am not making a daily living with it so I may not notice some short comings that daily users would. Maybe like with hand tools, someone won’t notice the difference between Snap-on or Craftsman wrenches until you make a living with them.

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Further testing showed that the red “Stop” lever was the cause, not the power switch.  After turning on the saw, the red stop lever would drop too hard onto the stop button and turn the saw off.   After conferring with the product manager at Dewalt, it was determined that the red stop lever spring force was too high.  The units we tested was from a “manufacturing sample lot.”  MSL’s are the first time the plant does a big run of the product and Dewalt then has time to refine and make adjustments, before the tool goes to production.

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