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Very good compact saw
I have had my DWE7491 for over six months and am extremely pleased with it. I bought it as an economical, mobile and compact alternative to a contractor or table saw for home woodworking.
The best feature, compared even to some expensive table saws, is the fence. Rack and pinion adjustment, attached at both ends so very precise to adjust and stays fixed. Clever design that can be attached further along the track, to enable up to nearly 850mm wide sheets to be cut. A flip over support for large sheets and an accurate ruler gauge along the ...
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Good luck trying to find a blade for it.
So I bought this saw. Being the top of the line portable job site saw i could find, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Well it turns out there’s a few major issues with this saw that are gonna cause some serious headaches for anyone who buys it.
Firstly it came with a portable stand that doesn’t line up with the bolt holes on the front of the saw? They’re out by 5mm either side? I contacted Dewalt, they confirmed it’s the right stand for the saw and there’s no issue with it being back to front at all. Basically they couldn’t explain it, other tha...n suggesting there’s been at least 1/2 dozen revisions of that stand over the years? I tried to find out whether it’s the stand or the saw that’s drilled out of alignment so I know which one to return, but never got an answer back from Dewalt? The second problem and biggest pain in the rear, is the 16mm bore size for the blade. Turns out none of the competitors blades I can find come with a reduction bush as small as 16mm. The blades available pretty well all come in a 30mm bore, with reduction rings / bushes down to 20mm at smallest. Spoke with Diablo customer service and they told me Dewalt deliberately changed the spindle size to restrict you to buying Dewalt blades and steer you away from buying competitor blades. Diablo don’t make a 16mm reduction ring so I had to look around and managed to find one online. I ordered it in exactly the same width as the Diablo 20mm reduction ring that came with my blade (1.4mm) and after fitting It, discovered the next sneaky move Dewalt made to prevent you using any other blade but their own. Turns out the flange that attaches to the spindle and clamps onto the blade is concave in design. Even though the Dewalt blade that came with the saw has a 16mm bore, the flange that attaches to it is 35mm wide at the point where it starts actually contacting with the blade. It’s also deeper than 1.5mm, meaning the reduction ring designed for the blade can sit inside the flange without even touching the blade. The flange is 5mm wider that the arbor size on the blade and 5mm wider than the reduction ring. Essentially this means the reduction ring is easily able to wander away from the bore in the middle of the blade, while it’s operating, thanks to the large concave flange. There’s at least a 3.5 - 4mm gap between the flange and the saw, on the other side of the blade, that doesn’t clamp onto the reduction ring at all, along it to move left and right freely.
Saw does what I ask of it
I've had the Dewalt DWE7491-XE (with its stand) since June 2017. I rip and crosscut mostly MDF and 4mm thick Alucobond (aluminium composite material). The supplied Dewalt saw blade provides a reasonably smooth and accurate cut through the MDF and I use an aluminium blade for the Alucobond with good results.
I have ripped 100mm or thicker wood by cutting through either side but haven't had the smoothest sawn face (but acceptable for my needs). I bought a dado set and accompanying throat plate from Dewalt in the US and this has worked very well...the few times I've used it. The saw was simple to set up and I found it was accurately aligned. I've since tweaked the alignment of the blade and fence and am getting very accurate and true to angle cuts. The table top isn't completely flat and I sometimes have to allow for that when cutting thin strips. The supplied Dewalt fence is very poor with far too much slop in the mitre tracks for my needs. I bought an Incra mitre fence and Mitre Express for crosscutting. The mitre tracks in the table seem slightly wider than standard and I had to adjust the Incra mitre rail to its limit to get rid of sideways movement. The result is I can crosscut 600mm widths to well within 0.3mm (often to 0.1mm) along each side. I can cut mitres repeatedly to within 0.2 degrees (the limit of precision of my digital protractor). I agree with one reviewer who said that the blade raising mechanism is exposed to sawdust. I vacuum the screw mechanism (and the rest of the saw) at the end of each day's use. The height adjustment sometimes does get somewhat stiff but loosens up if I raise and lower the blade a few times.
Overpriced with bad design expensive repair
Just got my 7491 back from Dewalt. It has a bad design on the blade raise screw. Instead of taking responsibility and fix or covering it with warranty, Dewalt push it back on the owner and they claim misuse and won’t cover it. The thread takes all the weight. And it’s completely exposed to sawdust. Cost me $250au to repair.
Purchased in January 2017.
DeWalt is dishonest and deceptive.
Deceptive advertising stating heavy duty. It's not. Deceptive 3 year warranty. DeWalt won't honor warranty. Deceptive dewalt repair lying about mis-use when it's hardly been used. Don't buy this item because of the 3 year warranty. It's useless. And dewalt repair centre is dishonest. It's faster to get the part and repair it yourself instead of waiting 10 business days. DeWalt is dishonest and deceptive.
Purchased in March 2017.
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Solid, clever and accurate
I was rising up between the Metabo table saw (2000W) and the Dewalt. The Metabo is very good and has built in folding legs, but the accuracy of the fence and the way it is geared so that it is always parallel is brilliant and is what eventually swayed me. The fence support and fold over for fine work is also clever.
All accessories can be stored in the machine during transport.
It's very sturdy and well built the motor has plenty of grunt. They are popular and I can see why. If you buy one you won't be disappointed.
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One of the most versatile portable table saws I've used.
This table saw is compact enough to put away, yet has one of the widest ripping widths (825mm) I've seen in a portable.. which is really handy if you might work on really wide chunks/planks of wood!
Being a tall guy, I originally intended to buy the table saw alone (as decribed here), and build a stand to my height. In the end, I bought the saw+stand kit because it was cheaper to take the stand and table saw, than to buy the table saw alone. (So check for these sorts of sales!) I got a stand included WHILE saving $50.
Once I got it back t...o the workshop.... Straight out of the box, you'll find that the fence is stored under the table, up-side down, and has to be unlocked and flipped over and clipped to the appropriate part of the rails (which depends on your ripping width). The included push stick is clipped in a spot that ensures nothing sticks out while in the packed state, so it packs down very nicely. I was cautious and checked everything mentioned in the manual before using. I didn't find it too hard to get the general ideas, but I imagine that someone new to a tablesaw, may find the manual a bit unclear.
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Deceptive advertising stating heavy duty. It's not. Deceptive 3 year warranty. DeWalt won't honor warranty. Deceptive repair lying about mis-use when it's hardly been used. Don't buy this item because of the 3 year warranty. It's useless. And dewalt repair centre is dishonest. It's faster to get the part and repair it yourself instead of waiting 10 business days. DeWalt is dishonest and deceptive.
I haven’t had that experience at all, so I can’t really respond to this complaint other than to thank you for this heads-up. I don’t know what you consider “heavy duty” but I have ripped and cross cut hundreds of metres of hardwoods like ironbark and Jarrah slabs/sleepers 75mm thick on this table, and only had to replace the blades and the push stick. Which were always going to end up as consumables, one way or another.
Having said that, this is less of a question and more of a warning. So I will try to be helpful here.
Feel free to add your own review so the statistics consider your experiences. Please do not use the question system if you aren’t actually asking a question. I understand that you are upset, but this isn’t the best way to go.
By the way, from my friends in the tool repair business, they mentioned that Bosch has a lower returns rate than DeWalt. Maybe that will help if you are considering a replacement.
Can I fit a dado set on Dewalt 7491XE model?
I don't have a dado blade. I use my router jig for that so I don't have to keep changing blades, unless you are doing a LOT of dado trenches all at once, doing what is necessary for getting dado's to work (relatively) accurately isn't always fun!
Dewalt says that you can theoretically put one on, but I'm not sure if this covers the differences between the US, European and Australian models. If it is possible, (The US version is said to be compatible) the throat plate will need to be replaced with one suitable for a dado blade. (Sold separately of course).
From memory, the 7491 has a 5/8 inch (approximately 16mm) arbour (please check that) on some of the forums it's mentioned that the metric/imperial blades are similar enough to be interchangeable. I just stick with the imperial because they match the supplied blade that came with the saw. If you don't have the right blade, you could try adapting it via some bushing/reducer but it is not recommended for dados... especially when working with hard woods).
As for width... I'm sure you know this, but please for your own safety, ensure there's enough thread left to securely attach the blade to the shaft. I've seen some interesting adaptations of dados over the years... and some have come somewhat loose at the worst possible time.
I'm sorry, I'm not much help. Good luck though!
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