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Forum topic by Madwood posted 04-25-2014 12:53 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2014 12:53 PM

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Currently I have a Dewalt 1150 8” RAS, and although it works well, is a bit underpowered. I have a chance to pick up a 7740 for a reasonable price. Is this considered an upgrade? or, should I hold out for a coveted MBF or GW/GE? I don’t have 220V service and it won’t get serious usage, but would like some extra capacity and power. Is there anything in particular I should look for when I go to see it Sat.? I would appreciate any insight you gents might have.

Thanks, John

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#1 posted 04-25-2014 01:27 PM

I go here for all things DeWalt RAS.

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 02:12 PM

The saw you have is a bit of an odd duck (no offense) among Dewalts. I’m not sure what the rating of that particular motor is, but the 7740 is likely to have more power. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an upgrade. The 7740 isn’t generally considered one of the “good” Dewalts. Those would be the ones with solid cast iron arms, models like the MBF, GWI, 1030 and 1030K, 1400, 925 and a slew of other models. If you see one with the elevation crank located in the middle of the arm, it’s not a solid cast iron arm saw. However, having the crank at the top of the column doesn’t mean it IS a solid cast iron arm, but likely (there were a few model with the honeycomb arm that had the crank on the top of the column). But on to the mart about power, I’m not sure an MBF would have more power than the 1150. It has a 10 amp motor (about 3/4 HP) and I found it to be underpowered for my use. My recommendation would be to look for the solid arm models with a larger motor, 11 amps+. I moved up to a 1030K and find it to be an excellent balance in power and size. I also agree with hairy about the Dewalt forum, it is a great place for all things Dewalt.

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