The “Work Support / Narrow Ripping Fence” option is a nice addition and one that I have come to enjoy on Dewalt saws. When used as a support feature it helps keep boards wider than the table top from dipping down when the fence is extended. When used as a narrow rip accessory it provides an extra 2-inches of clearance between the blade and the fence. This helps keep you hand further away from the spinning blade.
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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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The shark fin-style riving knife behind the blade keeps cut pieces from binding and causing kickback. The included push stick is useful when using thinner workpieces that don’t allow your hand to be at least 4 inches from the blade. The power button’s flip cover ensures that you only turn the blade on when you mean to, which is a welcome layer of safety.
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Got mine yesterday. Set it up. Cuts very fast. My concern is when I put a straight edge against the fence vertically, it only touches the fence at the top and bottom. There’s about a 0.025″ gap in the middle. Is this a concern for accuracy? I guess I could add a thin piece of hardwood to the face of the fence to make it more flat and perpendicular. I also don’t find an adjustment for the perpendicularity of the fence face to the table. Any thoughts?
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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.