|Forum topic by RMIGHTY1||posted 11-22-2014 06:13 PM||4208 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
11-22-2014 06:13 PM
Trying to decide between the two of these saws. Issues involve trade off between soft start feature and the 32-1/2 inch rip capacity. Those having soft start feature, how much are you loving it? How often would I NEED 32-1/2 inch ripping capacity? Does the 24 inch ripping capacity basically meet all ripping needs?
I know, I know, it all depends on what I need to saw. Using a contractor saw to make cabinets can get kind of tricky. Are any of you actually using a portable saw to build cabinets? Can you use the 24” rip capacity to do so?
I suppose I can have HD or Lowes rip my 4×8 sheets for me at time of purchase. Then will I love the soft start? Bosch and most others have the soft start. I do not think my first generation Ryobi table saw has soft start.
There are many other differences between the two Dewalt portable saws I am considering but these are the two issues stuck in my head. I use the saw as a home hobbyist. I am not a professional using these saws daily for a job.
Features I like about the 7491 are the 32-1/2 rip capacity, open motor area, 2-1/2 inch dust port, accessory storage, a no load speed of 4800 rpm, and costs $10 less. Disadvantages, no soft start, weighs 110#, difficult to remove from portable frame. Features I like about the 744 are the soft start (I do?), 24-1/2” rip (do I need more?), and 91# weight, easy to remove from the portable frame. Features I dislike are the enclosed case (traps more sawdust), 2” dust port, no load speed of 3650 rpm, and costs $10 more. Cost difference really does not bother me. Lotta money, big decision, must live with it.
Too bad I will not be like some ladies I know who will buy a dress, wear it on the w/e and return it on Monday. I should buy both saws and just return one but that is too much hassle for me.
All comments are appreciated.
-- I sawed the board twice and it's still too short!!!