My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.
So let’s talk about the Dewalt DW745 S 15 Amp Corded Jobsite Table Saw
At $299, this saw is a good value. You can plug it into any 15 amp outlet and it will deliver a shocking amount of power for it’s size. It is light and compact, comes with a stand, and has built-in storage for all the bells and whistles of which this saw brags. My favorite thing about this saw is the fence and its adjustment mechanism. The rack and pinion system provides accurate alignment to the blade making for straight, safe cuts with the saw.
Used indoors, this saw is significantly louder than my cabinet saw, but that is understandable, seeing as the motor isn’t enclosed in a cabinet. Most other Dewalt table saws have a dust collection port built into the guard, but this one doesn’t have one. That said, I don’t generally use dust collection when outdoors, which is the only place I intend to use this saw, so that is a bit of a mute point, plus, the dust collector port located below the saw does a pretty good job by itself. My biggest complaint about this saw is that the arbor cannot accommodate a dado blade. By changing that one feature, this saw would become infinitely more valuable to me.
At $299, would I buy this saw? Without the ability to use a dado stack (one of the few things I regularly use a table saw for), this is not the saw for me. If I were looking for an affordable, rugged jobsite saw for general use, however, this would be a great option. It’s little enough to be packed around, and durable enough that it can be tossed in and out of the jobsite truck with all the care of a team of contractors and maintain it’s accuracy.