DeWalt DW745 Table Saw Review
The table saw is a must-have tool in the workshop. It allows you to cut stock with ease and accuracy at half the time when compared to other power cutting tools. However, it's not easy to get a reliable and performing unit, especially considering that there is simply so many models on the market.
If you have been researching for a good model for your workshop recently, you may have found the DeWalt DW745 to be often at the top of the list of many review websites. How well does it perform and is this unit worth the investment? Let’s find out!
DeWalt DW745 Table Saw Review
#1. Technical Features
The centerpiece feature of a table saw remains its blades. The miter blade of the DeWalt DW745 is a 10-inch 24-tooth carbide blade that is tough and durable and can easily be used for heavy-duty cutting tasks. It does not have a lot of blade tooth so this unit is best for raw cutting tasks rather than refined finish cuts.
To refresh our readers, a 40-tooth blade is much better for a smooth and polished finish, while a 24-tooth blade is better for cutting ease. In any case, this blade will easily cut through material and not bend or break on anything.
Moreover, the blade angle adjustment comes in the form of a turning will that is located right at the front of the unit. It can perform common woodworking bevel angles ranging from 0 to 45-degree. There is a miter gauge on the angle adjustment which allows the user to make very accurate angle adjustments.
Motor & Speed
Just like the blade is important in a table saw, the motor and speed are equally important factors. We find a powerful 15-Amp motor in this unit that delivers 1,850 Watts of power. It is powerful enough to provide enough torque at the blade for heavy-duty cutting tasks.
The blade itself will not stall or choke even when used on thick and high-density stock. Moreover, the blade turns at a fast 3,850 RPM which will cut through stock quickly and easily.
This fast speed compensates for the low tooth count on the blades and allows the DeWalt DW745 to deliver a smooth and professional cut finish. This is one aspect where we see excellent engineering being employed.
To helpkeep the cut line clean, you can easily connect this portable table saw to a Shop VAC or an external vacuum system. It uses a standard 2-1/2 inches dust port.
There are multiple safety features in the DeWalt DW745. One of the most obvious is the location of the power switch. Indeed, it is situated at the front of the unit for easy access in case of an emergency. Additionally, the rolling bars are wide and sit flush to the ground providing a lot of stability. This portable table saw will not tip over easily when used.
Additionally, there is a transparent blade guard that protects your fingers from the moving blades at all times. Even more noteworthy is the presence of an inbuilt riving pawl that prevents kickbacks.
#2. Other Features
- T-Fence: This unit contains a metal T-fence that can be easily maneuvered along the telescopic fence rails. It provides a lot of control and accuracy when using this table saw. Additionally, the fence can easily be locked in position with the locking system.
- Miter gauge: For more ease-of-use, there is a measurement miter gauge that provides the user with quick and easy measurements along the fence rails.
- Riving knife and transparent hand guard: For maximum protection, this compact unit comes with a riving knife to prevent kickback and a transparent hand guard for user safety.
When you purchase the DeWalt DW745, you get accessories like a 10-inch carbide blade, a miter gauge, push stick and a transparent blade guard. It is a basic unit with only bare accessories provided but is still allows you to start working with the unit right away.
The DeWalt DW745 is definitely not the cheapest compact table saw on the market. There are even better deals like the SKIL 3410-02. However, in our opinion, this DeWalt table saw has better build construction and will be more dependable over time, especially when used as a heavy-duty table saw. Taking into account its rich set of features and excellent build quality, we think that the price remains still quite reasonable even if it is a little bit more expensive than other models with almost similar performance. Overall, it is a decent investment for both the short and the long term.
#5. Expert Reviews
Jon from Jon’s DIY YouTube channel gave a good demonstration of the DeWalt DW745 in action. He starts the review by mentioning his need for a small and compact table saw. Since he has a medium size garage, this unit is a given. Jon stores his unit is a small corner of his workshop. As we can see, it is compact and easily fits in a limited space.
He mentions in his review that you can connect your regular Shop VAC to this model. In his demonstration, he uses his DeWalt miter saw stand with this table saw. It fits perfectly. The reviewer notes how stable the table saw is and above all, he was impressed with the stability of this unit.
While he shows how to deploy the unit on its stand, he also explains how to fold it back. It is equally easy as he positively notes. He used the DeWalt DW745 to make a cupboard project, and according to Jon, the end result was above his expectations.
However, he had one negative comment about this unit. He did not like the blade durability and within a few months of purchase, he had to replace it with a 40-tooth Diablo blade. But overall, this unit left a positive impression on the reviewer and he likes it.
- Excellent build construction. Durable and long-lasting.
- Small and compact. Can be stored in a small space.
- Powerful 15-Amp motor will cut any stock with ease.
- Fast blade speed of 3,850 RPM will deliver a professional and smooth cut.
- Blade angle can be adjusted and locked in position.
- It has a practical fence that easily moves along the fence rails.
- A little bit more expensive than other table saws with the same performance.
- Rip capacity of 20 inches is on the small size. Not recommended for cutting large stock.
- Blade is only 24-tooth. Not ideal for finishing cuts. Note that you can always change the blade with a 40-tooth blade for refined cuts.
Who Should Buy
We recommend the DeWalt DW745 to homeowners and amateurs who do not have a big workshop and work with fairly small stock, of 20 inches in width or less. Despite its small and compact size, this unit has a lot of power and offers a lot of bang for the buck. It can even be used as a heavy-duty table saw when needed.