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Forum topic by GMman posted 08-27-2009 03:13 PM 1961 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GMman

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08-27-2009 03:13 PM

I plan to buy a portable table saw since I have limited room to work.
I was looking at DeWalt table saw DW745 on sale at $380 that is $50 off next week.
I also looked at DeWalt DW744X more expensive and not on sale at the moment.
Does anyone know if they are the same saw except for DW744X having a folding stand.
I went through 3 Delta portable, cheap at $150 to $175 and they are not accurate and the motor don’t last.


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patron

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 03:25 PM

gee man ,
i’m not familiar with either of them ,
but something better ,
is better than nothing !
my theory is buy the best you can afford ,
and off course pay the electric bill ,
so you can use it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ellen35

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 03:29 PM

I had the Dewalt DW745. Outstanding saw. I bought a separate stand for it. $380 is a great price too.
I sold my 745 and bought a Grizzley table saw b/c I liked the bigger table and quieter operation. The Dewalt 745 does not take a dado blade – if you need one, consider another saw. The blade and fence were dead on and it really is a nice machine!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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John Gray

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 03:32 PM

Take a look at the October 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking they did a test on benchtop table saws and rated the Bosch 4100 over 4 others including the Dewalt DW744XRS.
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/oct09
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleabstract?aid=15442

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 03:47 PM

I had the Bosch 4100 and can vouch for it’s excellent performance and safety features. I too, upgraded to a (Ridgid) Hybrid for the extra work surface, and better , much better precision.

if you HAVE to use a portable saw – I’d recommend either the Bosch, or the new Ridgid with the riving knife. for some reason, I didn’t care much for the dewalt saws when I had a chance to check them out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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SnowyRiver

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 04:30 PM

I have a small delta portable. I have had it for years, and not even sure just what the model number is. I have built lots of decks, done lots of hardwood floors, and lots of home remodeling work with it. My one suggestion regardless of the brand you choose, is to get one that has a good fence system. One that locks parallel to the blade each time so you dont spend a lot of time setting up the cut. My Delta has a lousy fence and it always takes me some time to be sure its locked in the right place.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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GMman

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 04:42 PM

Thanks to you all. snowyriver …... that is one reason I don’t like the Delta the fence you have to measure both ends and sometime it still not accurate, and the motor start very hard I had one fix one time and I was told that it is why the motor breaks it doesn’t start smooth.

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SnowyRiver

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 04:52 PM

^^^Yes, very possible. Although I havent had any motor trouble with it, the motor looks like a large electric shaver…ha ha ha. You can see a small back view of it on my shop pictures. I have my Dewalt miter saw sitting on top of it in the left side of the picture.

Dont discount looking on Ebay or Craigs List, there are often great deals on there, even for used equipment.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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GMman

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 04:59 PM

Where can I see a picture of your shop

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SnowyRiver

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 05:42 PM

Click on my picture, then click on workshop on the toolbar just above the picture.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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GMman

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 08:36 PM

Man you have a shop do you woodworking as a business or for a hobby.
After seeing you shop I will never show what I have for a shop.

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reggiek

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 09:27 PM

I would agree with Purp….I have the Bosch and it is one heck of a good saw for its size. I used it on many jobs when I was contracting and even though I have a real cab TS now…I still pull the Bosch out when i need a quick cut or rip. The fence on the Bosch is very accurate for this type of saw….the aluminum table and the safety riving knives are of excellent quality….anyway…watch for sales or on the internet and you will not be disapointed…I have used the Dewalts, Rigids…Ryobi (I call this brand a throw away)....the Dewalt and the Rigid are good saws…but the Bosch is in a different class….There are several reviews here I believe…

Snowy…wow..you should be the poster guy for Powermatic….I hadn’t seen your original shop post and slipped in from here….what a nice shop…mine would never look that well organized even though I try to keep it as neat as possible. You can be proud of that shop for sure…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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SnowyRiver

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 03:36 AM

Thanks for the shop compliments folks. I use the shop just for a hobby. Wish it was a bit larger as we all do, but its been great to work in.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 06:11 AM

I go for the bosch 4100

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 12:27 PM

The Bosch do seems to be a better saw!

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