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DEWALT DW745 Table Saw Review

DEWALT-DW745

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Excellent

DEWALT DW745 Table Saw

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Last modifiedAug 24, 2019 @ 8:57 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Update Added Aug 24, 2019 @ 8:57 pm – 

To cut to the chase I love these Dewalt table saws, I truly do, so much so I have purchased 3 of them in the past year alone. They cut perfect, have amazing options, have a great feel (and sound), are durable, and cuts accurate out of the box.

Only recommendation/suggestion I would be make is be sure you buy the correct ripping size you need, we have tried all the models and currently use the Dewalt DWE7491RS, its a bit pricey but it has a 32.5″ rip capacity in a jobsite table saw. 

At first we were skeptical with such a rip capacity but after 100’s of sheets of 4’x8′ plywood the rip guide has worked flawlessly for rough work, millwork and furniture and is extremely accurate especially for a portable jobsite saw. There is a reason these Dewalt saws have 1000’s of high star reviews, it is because they work and are worth the money! I personally could not find anything I would change besides the price, but that is because I am cheap, and it is still not bad for a tool that should last near a lifetime of daily use.  

– I personally spend 1000’s of hours a year researching things before I buy for my hard earned money so I truly hope this update saves you some time digging through reviews, it is the sole reason why I started Tool Nerds, Hope all is well,  Tyler ~

Review Summary:

Every devoted DIY-er knows how useful and helpful a table saw can be. Instead of hassling with large pieces of wood and searching for ways to cut them properly, you can do it in a blink of an eye if you have a high-quality portable table saw.

The most important thing when buying a heavy-duty tool is to comprehend its capabilities. Many people invest money in the first model they stumble upon, and that’s usually a big mistake. The reason is quite simple – you’ll end up with a unit that doesn’t meet your expectations or fulfills your requirements. Therefore, the thing you should do is to read our full reviews and get all the necessary insights about a particular model so that you know what to expect if you ever opt to buy it.

Take a moment and check this particular model out, it might be the thing you’re looking for if you’re a devoted hobbyist.

Specifications:

  • Weight – 53 pounds
  • Dimensions – 25.8 x 26.5 x 13.9 inches
  • Power source – Corded/Electric
  • Voltage – 120V
  • Wattage – 1400W

Dewalt DW745 – The Basics


When it comes to this particular model, it’s a great solution for people who like having an affordable piece of equipment with a good amount of features. It has everything you’ll ever need for any mid-sized DIY project. In fact, even some professionals praised its accuracy, durability, and most importantly – portability.

The main advantage of the DW745 is the fact that you can carry it anywhere and move it from place to place without any issues. It doesn’t weigh much, and it has a convenient base which ensures a firm grip. Safety is quite good, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t take too much space. In simpler words, if you’re looking for an entry-level table saw, take a moment and check this particular one out.

The Features


The design


As far as the design goes, it’s okay but far from impressive. It does offer everything you need for work, but some parts could have been designed a bit better. However, if you consider the affordable price, the design is more than satisfactory.

One of the notable things about it is the fact that you can adjust anything without using any additional tools. The tool-free adjusting system is what makes this particular model worth checking out. Also, the telescopic fence rails allow you to position the unit to your personal preferences. Therefore, instead of you being the one who needs to adapt to the environment, you can simply fine-tune the machine so that it fulfills your needs.

Dust collecting


This unit does feature a dust-collecting port, but you won’t get too much of it because the unit isn’t fully enclosed. Therefore, even though it can collect dust, that’s not something you should count on.

Safety


The safety mechanisms on this table saw are pretty good. It has a convenient guarding system, blade guard, push stick, and miter gauge. In other words, there are more than enough security features to keep you as safe as possible. However, don’t forget to wear safety equipment, regardless of your expertise. Studies have shown that a vast majority of injuries happen to the more experienced individuals because they let their guard down at some point. As you may know, you should never lose focus while you’re working with a heavy-duty tool because you’re risking severe injuries.

Pros:

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Lightweight

N

Highly portable

N

Affordable price

N

Cuts Great

N

Durable 

N

Very accurate guide 

Cons:

N

Top plate is made of plastic

N

Absence of good customer support

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Things we liked about it

The thing we noticed first about DW745 is its light weight. While other models tend to weigh a lot, this particular one weighs only around 50 pounds. In other words, you won’t have issues with moving it from one place to another, especially if you utilize the base and use it as a carrying handle.

One more thing we liked is the price. One would expect a hefty price, especially when you consider the fact that Dewalt manufactures it. They are a well-respected brand, and most of their tools have a somewhat premium price. However, this particular one doesn’t, and it’s great news for people who have a limited budget.

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Things we didn’t like

The top plate is made of plastic, and it’s a major drawback for every serious DIY-er. While it seems pretty irrelevant, the materials used in the production of the upper plate play a pretty significant role, especially as the time goes by. Plastic components aren’t as durable as the ones made of metal, and they can get twisted and crooked after a while. Needless to say, curved table greatly affects precision and accuracy.

Some people reported that they had negative experiences with Dewalt’s customer support, but we cannot confirm it. However, it’s still worth mentioning so that you have a general idea of what to expect if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

General user impressions


People seem to like the Dewalt DW745 because of its affordability and ease of use. A vast majority of users said that they do like their new heavy-duty tool, but it has limited capabilities. Therefore, professionals aren’t particularly happy with it. On the other hand, DIY-ers love its versatility and an envious level of safety mechanisms.

Overall, it’s an entry-level saw with a couple of neat features, but you cannot expect a miraculous performance. That said, it still offers enough for devoted hobbyists.

DEWALT DW745 table saw

Conclusion


If you’re looking for a neat machine with good specifications and an okay performance, you’ve found the right one. The main thing you should think about is your budget. If you’re on a limited one, take a moment and check this unit out. However, if you do have some space to calculate, you might want to check some other ones and make a small comparison. Whichever seems better – probably is.

As far as the quality goes, it’s okay. The company could have designed some aspects of it a bit better, but it’s nothing you can’t get used to. As far as we are concerned, it’s a worthy investment if you know what to look for. Feel free to check some of our other reviews out; you might find something that suits your needs better.