DeWALT DW744X Portable Saw Review
Issue: Portable 10-inch Table Saw Review (July/August 2013)
Posted Date: 4/17/2014
Street Price: $499.99
Motor: 15 Amp, 115 Volt
Cutting Capacity: 3-1⁄8" @ 90°; 2-1⁄4" @ 45°
Maximum Dadoing Width: 13/16"
Height to Table: 35-1⁄4"
Net Weight: 57 lbs
While DeWALT’s DW744X is the only model here without wheels, the saw is otherwise well appointed. It’s got a unique rip fence design: instead of sliding along front and back rails, the fence is fixed to them. To change rip fence settings, you extend the rails out on rack-and-pinion gears. The design keeps the fence parallel to the blade/miter slots and prevents it from deflecting if pushed laterally. A red hairline cursor makes fence settings easy to read, and it passed my ripping tests with flying colors.
|Portable table saws enable you
to carry out sawing tasks wherever
they’re most convenient: on the
deck, in the basement or out in the
yard. You’re not limited to the shop
The guard is a clear plastic split configuration that offers good visibility of the cutting area. It pops off quickly with a flip lever. But you won’t feel that old urge to ditch it, because it functions well without getting in the way.
DeWALT’s soft-start motor was powerful, and feedback circuitry keeps it cutting with consistent torque under load. Like Bosch, this saw also has a good vac-assisted dust shroud to help keep your cutting area tidy, plus a cleanout access door.
|Changing rip fence settings on the
DW744X involves unlocking the fence
rails and rolling them in or out on
rack-and-pinion gears — the fence
moves with the rails. The design
proved accurate and sturdy in
Strangely, DeWALT provides no power cord wrap. It’s a basic detail the other saws have and this one really needs. The steel “TV tray” type stand sets up fast, and rubber feet hold it firmly in place. When you are done sawing, you’ll have to lift this wheel-less saw to transport it, and there are contoured grips molded into the table edges to make that easier. At more than 50 lbs., though, the saw feels heavy. But the tradeoff for the convenience of wheels is that DeWALT can keep this setup even more compact — probably much appreciated by contractors. The whole works fits in a car trunk.