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4 Years Use and Still Going Strong
I can't say I've had any of the problems reviewers here seem to have experienced, in fact not a single problem in the 4 years I've been using mine. The arbor is a standard 5/8" which is slightly under 16mm and I've had no problems ordering blades - I bought mine on Amazon as it's cheaper in many cases to buy from the US and pay the shipping cost than it is to buy the same blade in Australia where prices tend to get inflated. I've built kitchen cabinets, workshop benches, windows, doors....... and can attest to the saws accuracy. I've made an au...xiliary fence as she one on the saw is sometimes a little on the short side when ripping long sheets. Other than that the saw has performed flawlessly. I think that many of the dummy spitters here may be just a bit too lazy and incapable of thinking outside the square when it comes to addressing minor issues and problems. Dust collection is not 100% effective - I have a homemade cyclone system hooked into the saw - and I make sure to blow out the workings of the saw regularly and lubricate where I think it's needed - no saw is maintenance free. Four years of trouble free operation means I'm more than happy with this saw and how it performs.
Purchased in August 2017 at Sydney Tools for $994.00.
Blades hard to find
I bought this saw because I liked the fence. What I did not realise was that the arbor is a non standard 16mm. You cannot use reducing bushes on this saw so they have to be 16mm bore blades.
Bunnings don’t sell them. Other tool shops don’t sell them either. No one stocks Dewalt blades. Diablo don’t make them. The guy that suggested to get imperial bore size blades because they are close is giving bad and dangerous advice that voids the warranty and you really don’t want to mess with wrong size arbor blades on a 2000w motor.
Only option to b...uy online a very limited range of blades and wait / pay for delivery. What a dud. Instructions supplied are totally inadequate with a series of diagrams but no corresponding reference to them. This is my first Dewalt tool and certainly the last as this stupid decision is designed to limit aftermarket blades and they don’t even make an effort to sell their own. I also hate the inflated price and forced freebies that I’m actually paying for anyway.
Purchased in March 2021 for $1,260.00.
Don't look any further. This is the one!
Ok so i had my beast for lmost 3 months now and absolutely love it. Its extremely accurate and versatile and has a great build quality. I've build a mobile Table Saw Bench for mine and use it on a weekly basis for ll my woodworking and building. I loved it o much i did a Youtube Video on it.
Dewalt DWE7491-XE Product Review
Dewalt DWE7491-XE Work Bench
Purchased in August 2020 at Sydney Tools VIC, Caroline Springs for $1,299.00.
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 ...
Purchased in September 2019 at Total Tools for $1,189.00.
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.
Purchased in March 2020 at Total Tools for $1,189.00.
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.
Purchased in June 2017 at Sydney Tools NSW, Alexandria for $1,000.00.
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.
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
One of the reviewers had some negative things to say about the bore/arbor size of the blade. Is it true that special adapters needed to be able to be able to fit an Oz-supplied blade? Amazon seem to have plenty of 16mm or 5/8" bore size blades.
Yes, you must always check the arbor size when purchasing circular saw blades. They vary across brands. Most woodworking supply shops and tool shops in Australia, and online sites, sell reducing bushes to adapt from say a 30mm hole to a smaller hole. Some blades come with bushes in the pack. Of course if the blade has a smaller hole than the arbor you can't fix that! Preferably buy a blade with the exact arbor size. Bushes not suitable for Dado stacks.
I just had a dewalt 7491 last week. I have 2 question here. First, the motor started off with a burning smell and after that its gone, but the motor keep showing sparks when running and a bigger spark when stop. Dewalt retailer agent said its normal and show a new set on the spot and it does spark. Is this normal? 2nd question, i can't find any information regarding the cast table top material made of. Aluminum? Thks in advance.
In relation to the motor I have noticed that with mine at all. At the end of the day if it becomes a bigger issue or affects performance in anyway you always have the warranty to go back on. In relation to the table top based on my research the table too is plastic but I can’t confirm this as there may be different models in different countries.
Never seen sparks or had burning smell that I can recall. Even with a heavy dado set. Not sure where you would see it unless looking under the table at motor housing when sawing?
The top is pressed steel which is powder coated. If making your own saw table or mitre devices which slide in the tracks, consider buying metal slide rails which incorporate adjustable plastic side screws to get the perfect fit in the tracks.
Thanks Stevo. Yes the spark is coming out from the motor. As the motor is running, I look down at the motor side, and its sparking, agent said (toolmart) its normal, its the brush from the motor that is sparking. A few of FB comented is normal. I also send an email to Dewalt, but not even sure they will response to my email. LOL.
Hmmm, can't remember where i read, the top is cast, but not sure what material.
Hi guys, I’m in the market for a new table saw and from what I’ve seen while researching the Dewalt dwe7491 seems to be the best of the bunch. The only concern I have is most of the reviews say that it’s extremely noisy. I work from my garage and I am really mindful of annoying my neighbours, is the noise really that bad?
Well, it's loud as the motor and saw is not fully encased as a large expensive table saw might be. But it is designed for use on a work site. I doubt it is much different to any compact contractor style saw. You will of course have to wear ear muffs. I guess I could say 'show me a saw which is quiet'.
It's a very good bench saw but it does make a lot of noise. I have it set up near the kitchen in what was a breakfast nook at the rear of the house! My wife wears ear muffs if she is nearby when I'm sawing. I've asked my neighbours if they hear the saw and to my surprise they say they don't. I only use the saw during the day. One can hear the saw from outside the house but the sound is muffled. I suppose it depends how close your neighbours are to your garage as to what they will hear. I agree with Stevo that saws (especially worksite type saws) are noisy machines.
Thanks for the feedback, I think I’ll go for it as it ticks all the boxes.
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