The DeWalt doesn’t go above and beyond here but has some standard safety equipment as part of its Site-Pro Guarding System. The Blade Guard Assembly is a standard clear plastic set of guards that allows the wood to be fed to the blade but shields you from putting hands on the exposed blade in a slip. The guards will lock in a raised position when you need to see the blade—for example, when adjusting the blade height—which lessens the temptation to remove this safety feature when it’s in your way.
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A solid, safe table saw is the cornerstone to any efficient job-site or worksite. Dewalt wants to close the gap on a cordless job site by introducing several cordless tools including a brand new table saw. We tested the Dewalt Flexvolt 8-1/4” table saw on our job site and in our shop and were impressed with its portability, versatility, performance and power.
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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.
Without worrying much about the budget, the DEWALT DW745 is perhaps the best hybrid table saw you can get. It comes with a powerful motor, it is highly affordable, and it is a high-end tool that can double up as a job site table as well. At only 45 pounds, it is lightweight and can be moved from one location to another. This is why it is our top choice for homeowners.
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.
The first problem I had was trying to outfit some sort of “Y” and hose to tee off my main dust port and attach to the upper one (2-1/2″ to 1-1/4″ “Y’s” are not that common). Then, if the smaller hose on top doesn’t fall to the side, it interferes with the wood you’re trying to cut. After talking to the product manager it sounds like this detail evolved in Europe and found it’s way here. I’ve basically abandoned the upper port and just use the lower one. Cool idea, but it needs some serious redesign and/or an accessory to help make it easier to hook up.
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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.