Compact and powerful, the DeWalt Table Saw DWE7485 is a good match for carpenters because it is very portable and can be easily transported. This 8-¼” table saw from DeWalt is a quality product that allows for exceptional beveling, cross-cutting, and ripping.
The rack and pinion fence rails help make adjustments quickly and accurately. And with a 24.5" rip capability, the DWE7485 is capable of tearing through 4x8 plywood or OSB sheets with ease. The mighty 15 Amp, 5800 RPM motor can smoothly perform a variety of tasks. This article will cover this best selling table saw to help you determine if it's the right choice to meet your needs.
DeWalt 8-1/4" Table Saw (DWE7485) Review
DeWalt Company Overview
DeWalt has been manufacturing woodworking machines since they were first formed in Leola, Pennsylvania in 1924. In 1949, American Machine & Foundry Co., Inc. purchased the company before selling it to Black + Decker in 1960.
Black + Decker's Product Service Division celebrated its 100th year in 2018 of making parts, repairs, and accessories. Currently they make these services available at 64 centers and 830 authorized centers within the United States.
- Amps: 15 Amps
- Arbor Size: 5/8"
- Blade Diameter: 8-1/4"
- Depth of Cut @ 45°: 1-3/4"
- Depth of Cut @ 90°: 2-9/16"
- Max Rip to Left of Blade: 12"
- Max Rip to Right of Blade: 24-1/2"
- No Load Speed: 5800 RPM
- Weight: 46-pounds
- Switch Lock
- Rack and Pinion System
- Miter Gauge
- Blade Angle Adjustment
- Dual Dust Collection
- Blade Depth Adjustment
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Design of the DeWalt DWE7485 8-1/4" Table Saw
The DWE7485 table saw features a handy built-in storage for specific items such as wrenches, blade guards, and miter gauges. Also included with the table saw is a miter gauge, riving knife, and anti-kickback pawls, push stick, as well a few other items.
DeWalt created this smaller version of their 10-inch table saw to meet the Underwriters Laboratories' standards when a rule was proposed in 2017. The rule was to limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters after 2015 had an estimated 33,400 table saw-related emergenices.
The fence on the DWE7485 uses a rack and pinion system, and the rails have a built-in measuring tape. The fence itself is attached with a clamp and mounted on either side of the blade. The most you can rip is 24-½” to the right and 12" to the left.
At the bottom of the saw is a 19" x 19" surface that lifts out to the left or right. When fully extended, you can make a 24.5" cut.
There are two dust ports: One measures 2-½ inches and can fit many shop vacs. The other is underneath the table saw and has a large opening that can handle shop-size dust extraction hoses.
Of the estimated 33,400 table saw emergencies, about 30,800 (92%) are likely related to the victim making contact with the saw blade. Safety starts and ends with the blade guard.
One of the safety features included is the switch lock. The switch lock stops the tool from turning ON should the power button be pressed accidentally.
The blade guards are transparent, which enables you to see the blade as it makes its cut. The blade brake stops the blade from slicing after the power button is pushed.
This table saw prevents the board from jumping or "kicking back" when you use the table saw. Kickbacks are extremely dangerous and can cause severe injuries.
This version has a power-loss reset, which keeps the saw from starting if you lose power. The power button has a guard to keep it from being accidentally turned on. The included push stick keeps your hands and fingers safe when pushing your material through the blade.
Performing maintenance is an important part of keeping the DeWalt DWE7485 Table Saw running in top form, it'll also help maximize the saws service life. But before cleaning, removing attachments, or performing any maintenance, be sure to shut the table saw OFF and disconnect the power source, this will help lower the risk of serious injury.
If the blade becomes difficult to raise or lower, you'll need to clean and grease the height adjustment screws by doing the following:
- Rotate the saw on its side
- Clean and lubricate the height adjustment screw threads using a general-purpose grease
Keep dirt and dust out of the table saw's storage area. Blow dirt off with dry air as needed - you should always wear eye protection and masks when performing this task. Never use harsh chemicals for washing the non-metallic parts of the saw, as they may damage the materials.
Check the upper and lower blade guards and the dust extraction tube, and remove any chips, dust, or blockages as needed. Keep the ventilation slots free of debris and regularly clean the housing with a soft cloth.
Dust Housing Collection
Clean the dust housing collection area frequently by doing the following:
- Rotate the saw on its side. The bottom part of the unit needs to be accessible
- Open the dust access door, loosen the two screws and detach the door
- Clean out additional dust and reattach the door with the screws
The DeWalt DWE7485 Table Saw is a quality product that's ideal for contractors and carpenters because of it's compact size and portability. However, it does not accept Dado blades, which may be an issue if this is a feature you frequently need.
The rack and pinion system on this saw is difficult to beat and will likely spoil you for any other design. The fence moves equally smooth on the front and back, and provides a clear and accurate cut. The miter gauge is made from thick, sturdy steel, however there is a bit of a wobble which is disappointing, but there's an easy work around covered in the video below to overcome this shortcoming.
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One thing to keep in mind with the DWE74585, is that although this table is easy to use for cutting smaller sized items, if you need to cut something large you'll need assistance. If you're working on a project with others around, this probably will be more of an inconvenience, but if you tend to work alone it'll be a major issue. It's also not ideal for cutting thick wood or hardwood.
If you're looking for a larger saw capable of tackling bigger projects, you should take a look at the DWE7491RS 10" DeWalt Table Saw. You can read our full review HERE.
Another thing to note, is that the saw does not come with a stand. If this isn't your first table saw, you may already have one available, or maybe you plan to use it on another surface where a stand won't be required. But if you need a stand, expect to spend a few additional dollars to purchase one for the saw.
DeWalt 8-1/4" Table Saw
However, in the end, there's little doubt that the DeWalt DWE7485 8-¼” Table Saw is a quality product and is an excellent choice for the novice, but we'd be hard pressed to recommend it for the professional, at least for large projects. The affordable price, portable design, and revamped safety features make the DeWalt DWE7485 Table Saw a great choice for smaller projects.
- Portable and compact design makes it convenient to transport
- Multiple safety features protect you and your family
- Pinion fence and rack system locks the board in place and prevents it from moving
- It has a 24-½” rip capacity providing up to 5800 RPM
- Does not come with a stand
- Difficult to use for large scale projects because of it's small work area
- The miter gauge is a bit wobbly right out of the box
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