Dewalt 7480 or 7490x?

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Forum topic by jwyant posted 05-04-2016 11:09 PM 458 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2016 11:09 PM

Hello everyone!

Well, today is my birthday and a gift to myself will be a new, my first, table saw. After watching countless Youtube and online reviews, I have narrowed down my choices to either the Dewalt 7480 or 7490X. There are tons of comments on these saws, but none that are recent. So, I ask you guys this….

So, I am looking for your advise, as you all of you have much more experience than I do.

Here are my needs:

1. I dont need it to be movbile
2. I plan on building a rolling bench that the saw will fit into. I would like a long rip area and cross cut extension.
3. I am not sure if I will need the ability to use Dado blades or not. I think I can use the standard blade to
accomplish what I need to use it for (homeowner, hobbyist)
4. ROCK SOLID rip fence. I plan to make a cross cut sled to give me precise cuts.
5. Stay in the $500 range.
6. Something that will last!

Here are some notes that I have gathered, please let me know if I am off base:

1. If I can get a 24” rip capacity, then I could rip 4X8 boards with no issues, so I am not sure I need the extended rip capacity on the 7490x?

I considered the Bosch 4100-09 (I think that is the correct number) but the complaints on the rip fence not being square might be a deal killer for me.

Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks everyone.

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 10:05 AM

I have the 745, which looks very similar. It is a very good saw. The fence design is fantastic. It is strong enough for dense hardwoods, and has a shroud over the blade that makes dust collection easy. On the downside, it is, much like my ex, apocalyptically loud for its size. Also, the infeed / outfeed capacity is limiting. I have ripped sheets of plywood with this saw, but not without invoking the Almighty. I think if I were doing it all over again, I’d look a little harder for a used hybrid. You won’t go wrong with the DeWalt, but you might wish you had a larger table.

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 10:34 AM

Sawdust, you make some very good points and I am “maybe” looking at the delta 36-725 or the rigid version, can’t remember the model number. However, both are more expensive than the dewalts

My rational on the dewalt is that I plan to build a mobile work/tableware bench that the saw will fit into, so the out feed and side ext area won’t be an issue.

ugggg, decisions, decisions!!!

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#3 posted 05-05-2016 11:57 AM

I find it kind of funny that your number one ‘need’ is what you don’t need:

1. I dont need it to be movbile
- jwyant

And then proceed to ask about two machines that are designed specifically to be moved around (portable jobsite saws). As for rip capacity – even those with cabinet saws don’t usually rip 4×8 sheet goods on them. Much easier to rip it with a circular saw or track saw to rough size and then to final size on the table saw.

For what you appear to want to do, find a saw with a real induction motor and larger table. Those Dewalts are great for being portable, but are small (limited capacity and very little mass) and loud (universal screamer motors). There isn’t much of a reason to buy a portable saw if you don’t need it to be portable, and will most likely find yourself wishing you had something heavier and bigger.


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 01:05 PM

Thanks brad. Great insight. I apologize on my list, it was not in order of priority, just what came to mind first.

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 01:10 PM

I own the DW7480, it is a great saw for a portable one. You might be better served looking on Craigslist for a nice used contractor saw. If you are short on space the DW7480 can accept a smaller dado set but does not come with the dado throat plate but it is available.

If space allows you will want to get an induction motor as opposed to the universal one. You can’t go wrong with the DW7480 but you could do better if you can find a used one in your price range.

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 01:51 PM

Thank you Tech. I searched Craigslist and here really isn’t anything out there in my area. Found one that was built on the 70s. Lol.

Space is an issue, smaller part of my garage, so that is why I am leaning towards a saw that has a smaller footprint but could be secured to a workbench that would double as a larger cutting area and a work bench.

Regarding the dado ability, I did not think the 7480 accepted dado blades. I think for what I will be doing, I should be able to get away with using the regular blade to cut slots (sorry if that is incorrect terminology) in the wood. Dados would be a bonus.


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