DEWALT DWE7491RS Table Saw Review
DEWALT 10″ Job Site Table Saw with Roller Stand DWE7491RS
DEWALT DWE7491RS Table Saw
Model number: DWE7491RS
Power source: 120V
Motor size: 15 Amp
Weight: 90 lbs
DEWALT DWE7491RS Features
- Rack & Pinion Telescoping Fence System Make fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate
- Patented material support, can be used for narrow rip cuts.
- 32-1/2″ Rip capacity easily cuts a variety of larger shelving and trim materials
- On Board Storage System provides easy access to the Blade Guard Assembly, fence, riving knife, miter gage, wrenches, push stick, and cord wrap when not in use.
- Rolling stand designed for easy set up and breakdown with excellent stability
- Telescoping fence rails retract to create a small, portable package
- Flip over ripping fence Allows for narrow rip cuts
- 15 Amp Motor quickly rips through hardwoods with ease
- 2-1/2″ Dust Collection Port easily connects to a vacuum for efficient dust extraction
- 3-1/8″ depth of cut at 90 and 2-1/4″ at 45
- 21-7/8″ X 26 – 3/8″ table provides superior material support
Powerful, Portable & Innovative Features
The DEWALT DWE7491RS is a very good job site table saw. I’d even go so far as to say I think it’s the best overall job site + mobile stand option out there. This is a pretty bold statement considering I’ve been a huge fan of the Bosch saws for years. My assessment is based on the combination of power, quality build, cut capacity, and an effective mobile solution.
- Power -The new DEWALT 10″ job site table saws feature a powerful 15 amp motor with an increased speed (over the previous models) of 4,800 RPM. The higher blade speed seems to have improved ripping quality slightly. Overall this saw has plenty of power for all the applications I tested (cutting 3/4″ plywood, 2x framing material, and 1x Maple).
- Performance – The DWE7491RS performs very well. The rack and pinion fence rails are the key to this saws accuracy and overall performance. The fence is easy to adjust and stays parallel to the blade. The unique fence design rides on rails at both the front and back of the saw, eliminating the possibility of fence drift. This saw also comes with a miter gauge for cross-cutting. The miter gauge isn’t all that great but it gets the job done.
- Mobile Stand – This is one of the better mobile stands that I’ve ever used. It’s easy to set up, very strong, and I love that it stores in the vertical position in a compact configuration. This stand is worth the extra $100 over the DWE7490X which has a scissor stand.
- Features – The DWE7491RS is packed with features that are often seen on more expensive shop table saws.
- On/Off Switch – This saw features a very nice on/off switch with a safety lever/cover. The safety cover has to be lifted up prior to turning on the saw. To shut off the saw it has a bump pad making it easy to shut off.
- Flip Over Fence – This is a very cool feature as it provides two useful benefits. When ripping narrow pieces, the flip over fence allows the user to make the cut without interfering with the blade guard. Without this feature the guard would have to be removed. When ripping wide boards, the flip over fence can be locked into a lower position to support the work piece.
- Accessory Storage – DEWALT clearly made an effort to make it easy and convenient to store the accessories including the blade guard. One of my pet peeves on the job site is asking the crew where they put the guard. Typically it gets removed for some cross cutting or dado’s and then never makes it back on the saw. Having a dedicated storage location for the guard makes that much less likely to happen. There’s a place to store the wrench, guard, riving knife, miter gauge, and the anti-kickback knives.
The DWE7491RS has two dust ports for dust collection. One port is located below the table and one is located above the blade guard.
At the rear of the saw is a 2-1/2″ dust port that connects to the area just below the blade (typical location on a table saw). Attached to a job site vacuum it’s very effective and collects about 80% of the dust depending on the material you’re cutting.
The saw also has a smaller 1-1/4″ dust port on the top of the blade guard to allow any dust above the table top to be collected. At first I was very excited about this idea but soon discovered it seems more of a hassle than a cool new feature.
The first problem I had was trying to outfit some sort of “Y” and hose to tee off my main dust port and attach to the upper one (2-1/2″ to 1-1/4″ “Y’s” are not that common). Then, if the smaller hose on top doesn’t fall to the side, it interferes with the wood you’re trying to cut. After talking to the product manager it sounds like this detail evolved in Europe and found it’s way here. I’ve basically abandoned the upper port and just use the lower one. Cool idea, but it needs some serious redesign and/or an accessory to help make it easier to hook up.
Cut (Ripping) Capacity DWE7491RS
The DEWALT DWE7491RS leads the industry for cut capacity on a job site table saw. This saw offers an impressive 32-1/2″ rip capacity to the right of the blade. The increased rip capacity is sure to put pressure on other manufacturers to increase their capacity.
The unique rack and pinion fence system includes a flip over fence attachment that serves two function. One of those functions is it creates a support for wide materials when the saw is set up to rip material wider than the saw’s table top. The flip fence allows you to cut wider material yet the saw remains very compact when it’s stored.
DWE7491RS Mobile Roller Stand
The roller stand that comes with the DWE7491RS is extremely effective and easy to use. One of my biggest concerns when buying a job site table saw is mobility and ease of set-up for one person. Weighing 90 lbs, saws like these can be a serious lifting hazard for one person. So having a mobile solution that allows a single worker to set this saw up is a hugely important issue for me and many other users.
This stand is one of the easier stands to set up that I’ve used. To fold the stand up you simply stand the saw up on it’s end. Then the 4 legs fold down by releasing easy to use levers. It takes less than a minute to set the saw up and there are no tools required. The large wheels and comfortable height handle make rolling the saw and stand super easy.
Overall Impression | DEWALT DWE7491RS
The DEWALT DWE7491RS is the best job site table saw I’ve ever used. I say that in large part because the saw has great power, largest rip capacity on the market, and the best mobile stand that I’ve used. The DWE7491RS is also extremely accurate and very well built.
I only have two minor concerns with this saw but they are so small that this saw still gets a 5 star rating. DEWALT could step up the game on the dust collection if they offer users an effective way of using the dust port on the blade guard. Maybe they offer an accessory splitter and hose package. My other concern is the plastic parts on the fence where it connects to the table. I suspect those parts could break when they are cold if you remove the fence and toss it in the trailer or back of your truck. Again, these are minor in comparison to the rest of the saw (food for thought on the next design).
If you’re in the market for a new job site table saw this in my opinion is the one to own!
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