Kabolt Table Saw Vs Dewalt DW745

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Forum topic by twistedboriqua posted 01-21-2014 04:25 PM 3809 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2014 04:25 PM

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I’m new to working with power tools and enjoy building stuff around the house and think I’m getting a new hobby. I wanted to know anybodies thought on the Kabolt table saw. I just purchased it from Lowe’s and wonder if I made the right choice with that one. I paid $279 and they have the Dewalt DW745 on sale for $300. I noticed the Dewalt has less rpm’s. don’t know if that’s a big deal. And the dewalt doesn’t come with a stand which I don’t mind building one for it. I just want the best product that my hard earned money can buy. And I’m asking for you expertise advise. Thank you.

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 05:02 PM

I had a thread about the Kobalt table saw just before Black Friday 2013: My final conclusion was that the Kobalt’s fence was going to frustrate me so I opted to pass on it.

I had passed on the Dewalt DW745 because it seemed too small for what I wanted to use a saw for, and it has no dado capacity. The fence on the other hand is far easier to use. It does depend on your needs.

For a portable/benchtop model, I’m looking to get as big a saw as I can get, and am saving up for most likely the Bosch 4100 or Dewalt DWE7490X. I don’t particularly need the stand (otherwise I’d consider the Dewalt DWE7491RS). I’m leaning towards the Dewalt now because of price, ease of using the fence, and how easy the guide is to install/remove.

Oh, and the ABCs of Table Saw by knotscott is a great read.

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 05:11 PM

”I just want the best product that my hard earned money can buy….”

If you chose a jobsite saw primarily because of price, and don’t need to schlep it from jobsite to jobsite, I’d choose neither….a good full sized used saw is likely to be the most bang for your dollar.

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 07:04 PM

I really didn’t like the fence on the Kobalt saw. At first glance it looks like the DeWalt fence, but the Dewalt fence is far superior because the front band back are linked and move in tandem to each other. The Kobalt fence has to be resquared every time you move it (unless you are sliding it with the exteded right side of the table). If you plan on using a router for dado work, you could get by with the DW745 (which by the way my local HDs are clearancing for $229). If you want the flexability to do more, then wait for a bigger saw. At the next level up, if you need mobility go with the DW7491RS, but if you don’t then consider the new Delta that Lowes is starting to carry. Next up the food chain, would be a Grizzly. I left Ridgid out because their hybrid saw has had a number of complaints and may be in the midst of being phased out.

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 07:08 PM

On other thought: I really struggled with the decision to go mobile vs a more stationary hybrid (one you can just move around the garage). Looking back, going with something like a DW745 isn’t a bad idea if you are ok with the fact that it is a stepping stone that you know you may outgrow. If you you end up doing more home improvement and trim work, it will be a great saw for years to come. If you get into building cabinets and furniture, you’ll outgrow it. But just because you outgrow it doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other things. If you have the money and room, it would be nice to have both. Keep the DW745 for working on a deck and ripping trim. Then have a more stationary saw to do your fine woodworking on.

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