I already own one of these tables saws and have had it for 10 or more years...
As a builder and manufacturer the Dewalt DW744X is light weight and does it all....
I bought my first one from Sears and just recently bought my second one from Sears. After shopping all over the internet and local stores I could not beat their price.... Plus easy store pick up and I was notified by phone and email that my product had arrived at the store for pick up.... I highly recommend anyone looking to buy this table saw to get it from Sears.... I have recently bought a gas trimmer from them also... I use Sears for many of my shop tools and have always been satisfied....
THANK YOU SEARS FOR GETTING ME THROUGH ALL MY WORK PROJECTS!!!
<p>I already own one of these tables saws and have had it for 10 or more years...</p>
<p>As a builder and manufacturer the Dewalt DW744X is light weight and does it all....</p>
<p>I bought my first one from Sears and just recently bought my second one from Sears. After shopping all over the internet and local stores I could not beat their price.... Plus easy store pick up and I was notified by phone and email that my product had arrived at the store for pick up.... I highly recommend anyone looking to buy this table saw to get it from Sears.... I have recently bought a gas trimmer from them also... I use Sears for many of my shop tools and have always been satisfied.... </p>
<p>THANK YOU SEARS FOR GETTING ME THROUGH ALL MY WORK PROJECTS!!!</p>
I am not an expert or professional carpenter/contractor that use it a lot, and I don't plan to use it a lot. I need something "portable" or movable. My experience with table saw was in arch. school, where I need accuracy and easy to operate. No, I don't use it to build small models. I have a model-use table saw. This is for something else.
I was really looking for something with good fence, table, guiding rails/scale. The Bosch 4100 with stand and wheel is what I really wanted. However, the price was over my budget, and I turned to Craftsman brand. I like the price and overall design of the craftsman one with the normal stand, priced at $180. However, looking the real object, the table is a little too small for my use. I need to cut 4' x 6' board quite often. Having small table and fence requires higher skill to cut large board.
So, I started looking for alternative. I found the DeWalt at one of the Sears on BIG Sale. After 5 months of use, and comparing others I have used, I like to summarize the following.
1.) Rack & Pinion designed fence - it is good. Easy to operate, can control small increment easily by "rolling" the handle.
2.) Table size is about right, table material seems durable.
3.) Fairly powerful motor.
4.) Good basic tools it comes with to tighten the blades and other stuffs.
5.) Dust collection on the bottom .. easy to take it out.
6.) Side grips are good. Fit hands well
7.) the Legs are stable. Even when I was pushing a length object, it won't move backward.
Unlike the manufacturer manual stated, and just like other users mentioned, you need to do a lot of adjustment.
1.) Need to adjust rip scale. It is like 0.75" off mark. Example, you set to cut 2" width, but the end result is 2.75".
2.) Bevel stop and Pointer adjustment - It is 1 degree off from default. I need to readjust that.
3.) Rip fence scale. Unlike the Ridge TS2410LS, it can only operate 1 direction. Example, you can only set cutting 12", and cut to the right. You cannot "re-position" the fence on the left side and cut there. I mean you can re-position the fence to the left, but cannot really measure or set from there. I believe both Bosch and Ridge saws allow you to do it.
4.) The blade and the fence is not perfectly parallel, need adjustment. Because it is not really parallel, it is kind of hard to do crosscut of a plywood board.
5.) Casing - not sure if it is just me. I feel that the yellow casing is a little to the thin side. I understand it is a portable saw, and should be lighter. But ... I'd appreciate it was make stronger/durable.
Overall, I think it is a pretty good saw. And it would probably worth around $250. I'd go for Bosch for $500 non-sale. However, if Craftsman's saw with Stand at $99. I would have gotten it instead. Having Stand is very important... if it has wheel even better.
I would recommend this to others if it is between $200 or 300 range. Not sure, anything over $300.
I bought this saw because it was Dewalt. I needed a portable because I didn't have room in my garage for anything else. I returned a craftsman because you could'nt use dado blades with the model I got, so I went for dewalt. I liked the rack & pinion . It sounded great, but didn't work very well and the blade was out of plumb. The instructions are backwards . It tells you how to straighten the blade but it tells you how to deal with the rack and pinion .You should'nt have to do any big adjustments. (just alignment) Because my blade was so far out of plumb I took it to a Dewalt service center and asked them to fix it. I told the serviceman about the problem and he told me ,If it were him he'd take it back for a replacement or a refund. I was kind of upset so I just took it back for a refund and got the Bosch which I'm very happy with. The sears people were great and gave me no problem at all. I think the Dewalt people need to do sum work with this saw.
The Bosch 4000 is an excellent unit but for my needs the DW 744 works just fine. I use a midsized pickup to haul my tools and my job sites can be many and varied over a short period.
The DW 744 breaks down quickly, the stand, although awkward, can slip into my truck almost anywhere.
The performance of the saw is excellent (with a real blade installed)
Yes, the "hard startup" is old school and the cord does hang out of the bottom, but the rack and pinion fence setup is hard to beat.
I too sufferd the rack and pinion out-of-mesh-syndrome, it's a simple fix, if one takes the time to read the manual (page 6).
Overall, if the Bosch unit rates a 5 then the DeWalt is a close 4-1/2.
I've only had the saw for three years and expect to easily last several more.
Maintain the unit and periodically tweak the settings and you'll be rewarded with continued accuracy and performance.
I gave this saw 3 stars and here's why. I purchased this saw about 4 years ago. (I didn't know about the bosch 4000 at the time). This saw has at least 3 big problems with it. 1. The electrical cord hangs out the bottom of the plastic casing, which puts it in the way when you go to set it down, be carefull you don't set it down on the cord. Very bad idea Dewalt, Bosch comes out the back, much better. 2. The RACK AND PINION design is supposed to allow the fence to allign perfactly with the blade, thats IF it doesn't jump out of allignment, which it does all the time. And half the time you don't know it. Another bad idea Dewalt. The bosch has a standard fence the allows it to lock down in front, which is the way it should be. 3. If the blade on the Dewalt should come out of allignment, good luck trying to line it back up. The instructions talk about a part that it doesn't even have to do this. You have to unbolt two bolts in back and two bolts in front and losen the blade angle mechanisim to do this. Nice going Dewalt. To re-allign the blde on the Bosch you have two bolts on the front and two on the back, but at least they tell you this. Very nice bosch. The Dewalt has a hard start which many of them do. The Bosch has incorporated a soft star like the heavy duty saws have, this saves wear and tear on the motor. Again, nice job bosch. I can't wait to get rid of my Dewalt and buy a bosch.