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Product Description

Amazon.com Review
The first thing we look for in a table saw--portable or otherwise--is an accurate, smooth-working fence, and the telescoping fence on DeWalt's 10-inch portable table saw impressed us immediately. Fully extended, the fence delivers a 24-1/2-inch rip capacity, letting you cut to the center of a 4-by-8-foot sheet, while the rack-and-pinion design lets you make microadjustments fast and accurately. We also liked how the fence rides on both the front and back rails so that it's parallel to the blade at all times. The telescoping rails retract, too--when the job's done, the saw is easy and safe to transport.

Like most 10-inch portable saws, DeWalt's has a 3-1/8-inch depth capacity at 90 degrees and a 2-1/4-inch capacity at 45. The 15 amp motor cranks plenty of torque and doesn't lag when cutting hardwood or pressure-treated stock. Performance aside, DeWalt clearly also kept safety in mind when designing this saw. Its oversize on/off switch is positioned so you can easily bump it off with your knee if you get into trouble making a cut. The arbor on Dewalt's saw also has the capacity for a full dado stack. Add to that the saw's dust-collection hookup and sturdy steel stand, and you've got a portable table saw that can hold its own in the shop. --Jon Groebner
Product Description
High torque 15A, 120V direct drive universal motor, 3650 RPM. Smooth die-cast aluminum table with durable, no-mar coating. Telescoping, rack and pinion fence assures accurate cuts and extends to 24-1/2". Blade wrench and miter gauge storage on board. Built in carrying handles. Includes 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade.

Product Reviews

Love the fence, hate the blade guard, February 7, 2001
Reviewer: Joseph Chiu

If you're buying a table saw for the first time, consider carefully whether you intend to use the saw for woodworking or for construction.

As a construction saw, this is a terrific saw.

This is a powerful and accurate machines that'll make you very productive. I particularly love the rack-and-pinion fence on the 744. It's a cinch to use -- just slide the fence, fine tune the position with the dial, and then snap the locking lever. The fence is perfectly parallel every time.

The telescoping fence has a clever supporting arm that allows you to rip up to 24.5" to the right of the blade. You can also move the fence to get 15.5" of ripping capacity to the left of the blade. (I think everyone pretty much agrees that it's a great fence.)

Although I'm pretty happy with my purchase, I have to agree with other reviewers about the shortcomings of this saw.

1. The table top is a bit small. In particular, there's not enough room between the fron!t of the table to the blade. This makes it hard to work with larger pieces.

2. The mitre gauge is so-so. As others have mentioned, the angle-stop tab sometimes gets pinched as you're sliding the mitre back. Also, I wish they made a mounting hole/slot on the mitre so that I can easily attach a jig.

3. The blade guard is a hassle to remove and to reinstall. It takes too much time and effort to remove the guard whenever I want to dado or use my cross-cutting jig (sled). This is the one place where I wish DeWalt could have borrowed from Sears Craftsman saws.

4. The universal motor is noisy and has a big start-up kick. There's also a bit of vibration even after the motor has spun up. (Granted, this is pretty much true with all portable saws, except that the Bosch has the soft-start motor controller.)

5. The included saw blade is fairly generic -- you'll want to replace it with a blade for your particular needs.

I think shortcomings #1, 3, and 4 a!re design tradeoffs that are inherent in portable saws (aimed primarily for construction use). #2 is somewhat disappointing in contrast to the quality of the telescoping fence.

If you're a serious woodworker, you'll probably be much happier with a woodworker's saw (like the DeWalt DW746) which vibrates less, runs quieter, and has more table space. (On the other hand, a woodworker's saw is bigger and costs more.)

Still, I think the DW744 saw is a great saw, and it's good enough to be a 'crossover' saw for basic woodworking. Even though there's a bit of vibration (compared to a woodworker saw), it's not excessive, and the oft-praised fence makes accurate work of small cuts.

I enhanced my saw with DeWalt's side and outfeed supports (DW7441) and put it on a Trojan portable saw stand (SC-744) which allows me to easily move the saw.

The good out weighs the not so good, June 30, 2000
Reviewer: Donald Foy
Good - This saw has as accurate a fence as they make. The rack and pinion mechanism starts and stays dead on. I have made furniture with very fine joinery tolerances. Everything always comes out square a straight. The motor works surprisingly well for 13 amp. Set up was as simple as unpacking the box.
Not so good - The mitre gauge is pretty flimsy and the 90 degree stop tends to catch on the table top when you start it beyond the edge. I replaced the mitre gauge to get rid of the headache. DeWalt, as they always seem to do, included a cheap blade with the saw. Easy enough to fix but why not throw in a nicer blade?

works like a charm......a true DeWalt, February 28, 2006
Reviewer: John K. Black "jkb624"

Once you get it assembled, it works great. The fence is precise, the blade cuts feather smooth, and the blade height adjustment is easy. Great saw overall!

DEWALT DW744S 10", February 21, 2006
Reviewer: Howard Levine

The saw was not in working condition when it arrived at my house. The motor was not positioned properly. I called Dewalt and they really could not help me. I took the saw to a service center by my house. They worked on it, but it was still not right. I then put a spacer on the blade shaft. It now works. I do like the saw just wish it came in proper working order.

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