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At a glance
- 15-amp motor
- 1.75 HP motor
- Blade speed: 4800 RPM
- 3 1/8 depth of cut at 90 degrees and 2 ¼ inches at 45 degrees
- 2.5-inch dust collection port
- Table dimensions: 19.094 x 22.441”
- Weight: 48 pounds
- Max Rip cut to the right of blade: 24”
- Max Rip cut to the left of blade: 12”
- Warranty: 3-year limited
What's in the box
- Jobsite saw
- Miter Gauge
- Push stick
- 10-inch, 24-Tooth Carbide Blade
- Blade Guard
Rack and Pinion Telescoping Fence Rails
Make fence adjustments fast and with accurate precision. The fence runs smoothly on dual tracks, and the rack and pinion system also moves well, and it is comparable to premium models on the market. There’s a bright yellow measuring tape that you can also see easily. The solid locking mechanism is another big plus. And if anything goes off spec, you can make adjustments on site with nothing more than an Allen wrench.
The 15-amp motor has become the standard among jobsite table saws, but given the compact version of the DWE7480, this adds to the desirability of this lower cost unit.
Massive Rip Capacity
Again, this little saw is impressive! Having a 24-inch rip is a game changer for a saw like this. For most woodworkers, this should accommodate about 99% of their cutting requirements.
When you’ve extended the telescoping fence rails for cutting a wide board, there’s additional support for the piece, which keeps it steady and eliminates rocking.
Forward Facing Hand Crank
Adjusting the height of the blade is simple with this hand crank that’s smooth and precise, though it’ll take multiple turns to get it to full height.
Ergonomic Carrying Handles
Grab it from almost any angle, and you’ll have a decent grip. It’s also light enough that it can be carried in one hand by most people.
If you’re a carpenter working out of a van, SUV or tight space, you’ll appreciate how compact and low profile this unit is.
Site Pro Modular Guarding System
This safety and convenience feature gives you the capability for tool-free adjustments for the blade guards and the riving knife, which is a new addition. This is a huge timesaver and an advanced feature that’s becoming more common.
Tilt-Up Blade Guards
Tilt one or both blade guards so that you can measure from your blade to your fence, you can move it out of the way. It locks in place while you’re measuring, and then it easily slides back down into place.
Metal Roll Cage Base
This feature is a nice touch that’s more durable than the cheap plastic bases found on other lower priced products.
Onboard storage system
Being able to store tools and accessories on the apparatus is quickly becoming the standard as it’s a necessity, not a luxury, to have a singular spot for everything, especially on a job site. The only shortcoming here is there’s no dedicated storage spot for the miter gauge.
Fast and Simple Set Up
All you have to do is snap on the fence and install the guard. The only tool you’ll need to accomplish this task is a wrench for the blade. Being able to get this machine up and running quickly while you’re on a site is a big plus.
- A durable metal roll cage base
- Lightweight and portable
- High rip capacity for the size of the unit
- In addition to the warranty, it includes a 1-year free service contract
- The blade is adjustable from 0 to 45 degrees for bevel applications
- Adjustable rear feet help level the saw to uneven work surfaces
- Coated table for a smoother cutting surface
- Onboard storage for tools and safety accessories
- Tool-less blade guard assembly
- Stand sold separately
- No dado capability
- Stability is an issue, especially for wide sheet cutting operations
- Inferior miter gauge with a dial that’s nearly impossible to read with black on black writing
- The motor is quite loud
- No extension for the outfeed
This compact saw still has a ton of functionality and it’s ideal for those with limited space or who are on the go. The most significant shortcoming is that the arbor is too short to accommodate a dado stack, so if making those cuts are important to you, you may want to look elsewhere or considering getting those cuts using another method.
For this lower price, this saw packs a lot of value. Its portability is best in class for a job site table saw, making it a top pick for people who need to travel with their tools or have limited workshop space.
The DW745 has only a 20” rip capacity and 3,850 RPM. It is a lighter weight version of a similar saw. The new and improved 7480 has a slightly upgraded motor with 4,800 RPMs, and it also comes with a stand, but only if you get the DWE7480XA model. The DW745 has no stand, and it must be purchased separately.
The DW7480 is also 3 pounds heavier but given the motor upgrade and the extended table surface, this tradeoff is more than fair.
No, a 10” dado set would require a more powerful motor than what’s available on this model. But, there are some other workarounds if you’re looking to cut ¼” or 3/8” grooves:
- The saw will accommodate the Freud SBOX8 Box Joint Cutter Set.
- Cut a dado joint with a router.
- Create the groove you need by making multiple passes.
Yes, but you’ll first need to get a zero-clearance blade insert. You would likely also need a different blade than what comes stock. We recommend getting a fine-tooth blade like a very thin kerf blade.
The overall height is about 33 inches, which is slightly shorter than the industry standard of 36 inches. This is also an awkward height for taller individuals, though likely not a deal breaker.
The DW780 is made in Taiwan.