If you’re looking for a capable jobsite saw that is both compact and convenient, then the DeWALT DWE7490X is a saw that is worth looking at.
It includes many of the features that are necessary in a compact saw, such as a telescoping rip fence, and a foldable stand, and it achieves portability without making heavy compromises.
With decent rip capacity and one of the most trusted brand names behind it, is this saw capable of going everywhere that a contractor needs it to go, and most importantly, will it perform?
Read on our DeWALT DWE7490X review.
What Would This Saw Be Used For?
Being marketed as a job site saw, it should be expected that this unit is able to perform on a variety of tasks.
Indeed, specs and testing reveal the saw to be suitable for professional carpenters who are creating framing, shelves, molding, and other trim pieces. Stepping up, both remodelers and decking professionals will also be able to make use of this saw, using it for panels and framing, and the deep 3 – 1/8 inch cutting depth helps to ensure that heavy duty workloads can be met.
Home enthusiasts will also fit within the target market, as this saw is both highly capable and easy to store. A folding stand and collapsible rip fence design mean that the saw easily fits inside a home workshop, or a contractor van or pickup truck.
How Frequently Can the DWE7490X Be Used?
The DeWALT DWE7490X has been designed to run for extended use periods throughout the average work day.
This does not mean that the saw should be run continuously, as this would wear down the sealed motor and other moving parts.
Contractors or home enthusiasts who need to work intermittently throughout the day will not have any complaints with this device. It goes without saying that it is not suitable (or designed) for a factory scenario where it will be used with few breaks.
How Portable is this Table Saw?
A huge purchasing consideration for any job site saw is how portable it is.
At 58 lbs, the DWE7490X is comparable with competing saws. The saw can easily be removed from the included stand in just seconds, and the rip fence extends and collapses easily so that this saw has a small footprint when transporting.
The unit also includes storage solutions for the included accessories, so there is nothing left out to be lost or damaged during transportation. One consideration for interested buyers is that this saw doesn’t include any blade storage, so a separate box will be necessary to protect the included blade and any spares.
What Power Source is Required?
With a 15 AMP motor, the saw requires a 20 AMP outlet to operate safely and consistently.
There are strict requirements to run the device safely @ 120 V.
Cables should not exceed 50 feet in length, and AWG 12-gauge wire should be used. For 25 foot cables, AWG 14 gauge will be sufficient. New owners should take care not to overload any circuit when using a high power tool like the DeWALT DWE7490X.
What is the Performance Rating of this Saw?
With a 15 AMP high torque motor that can spin up to 4800 RPM with no load, performance from the DWE7490X is in the higher end of the 10-inch portable saw market.
From carpentry to decking, this saw has performed exceptionally well in real world scenarios. Building cabinets, bookshelves, and even ripping through hardwoods is possible.
The high torque motor allows owners to cut through both composite (compressed and remanufactured) materials. MDF is particularly easy to work with, which means that home enthusiasts, cabinet makers, and trim specialists will love to use this saw.
What is the Cutting (Rip) Capacity?
One of the advantages of using this saw over some less expensive models, is the fact that it allows for a large rip capacity of 28.5 inches.
This has been a favorite feature of current owners, and will likely factor heavily into the purchasing decisions of anyone interested in the saw.
A larger rip capacity means that larger cuts can be used with the included rip fence, and no modifications or extra table supports will be necessary for moderate sized jobs.
How Good is the Rip Fence?
The rip fence is a great improvement over many competing saws, and uses a rack and pinion assembly where the fence can easily and accurately be adjusted by a gear set along a toothed rail.
The fence is relatively lightweight which is clearly a compromise that has been made to keep the overall weight of the unit down.
Even so, it remains sturdy and accurate for a saw in this class. Being able to use a smooth mechanism to make slight adjustments to the fence will be appreciated over some of the clamping fence alternatives, which are quick to jar during movement, and can therefore be inaccurate in comparison.
Overall quality of the fence is good for the price range, and should be considered as one of the benefits of choosing this table saw.
What Kind of Dust Collection Method is Used?
Testing shows that the included 2-inch dust port and shroud is capable of directing up to 95% of the dust ejected by the saw, and works well with a shop dust vacuum, for portable jobs, a dust bag could be used and would minimize any cleanup that is necessary.
One problem that might be experienced by new owners is that the remaining dust will accumulate under the table. This won’t be a problem on jobsites where the saw is moved and the area is subsequently cleaned, however, it could be something of a downside for home users who primarily have the saw set in one location.
Considering that this is marketed as a portable saw, most owners will be able to overlook this fact, and it still outperforms cheaper units that don’t use any kind of dust shroud/duct to direct material dust away from the unit.
Are Safety Features Incorporated into the Design?
The unit comes packaged with anti-kickback pawls, a riving knife, and a blade guard to promote safe usage of the device.
The anti-kickback pawls are the most important safety features, as they will grip into the surface of working material to prevent it being flung towards the user in the event of a blade stall.
Pawls of similar design are commonplace on portable table saws, and it is no surprise to see that an industry leader like DeWALT has used these in the design of the DWE7490X. The blade guard is a clear plastic type which increases visibility without compromising safety.
The device also includes a motor overload protection circuit which prevents damage in the case of a sudden power loss.
Are There Specific Maintenance Requirements for This Tool?
Maintenance on this tool is relatively low, considering the open design and sealed motor components.
Basic maintenance includes regularly checking the integrity of any saw blades, checking for dust accumulation and removing dust (an air compressor works great for this), and maintaining the alignment of the blade and fence.
The height adjustment screw can require cleaning and lubricating on the thread, using general tool lubrication grease.
Is the Tool Easy to Use?
Experienced contractors will have no issue making use of this table saw, especially those that are familiar with other similar portable saws. The instruction manual is comprehensive, right down to maintenance and adjustment, and should be thoroughly examined before using the device.
Adjusting the blade, assembly, and reading the measurements and other markers on the device are all simple and straightforward.
What is the General Construction Quality?
Overall solid construction quality is high, especially with the table itself. DeWALT uses a mixture of metal and plastic components to ensure sturdiness, without creating too much weight. While there should be no complaints about the table surface and the body, there are some quality issues with the miter gauge accessory.
The miter gauge has a fair amount of play when seated in its slot, and professional users will likely want to replace this with a gauge of higher quality. As a free accessory, the miter gauge doesn’t take away from the overall solid construction of the unit, its housing and the motor.
The stand is another point of contention when it comes to quality. It serves its basic purpose but may be considered too flimsy by some owners. Owners with higher demands may be more interested in going for a rolling stand for additional support, without sacrificing too much in terms of portability.
Are Accessories Included?
DeWALT includes basic accessories that can be expected in a package of this price.
- Blade guard assembly.
- Carbide tooth blade (DeWALT branded).
- Folding DeWALT stand.
- Rip fence.
- Miter gauge.
- Blade wrenches.
- Basic push stick (pattern included in manual to produce more sticks).
For a professional tool, the documentation is outstanding, and it helps to make new users and home users aware of the various maintenance, safety, and adjustment requirements.
The manual is comprehensive and uses diagrams to help illustrate complex concepts. The quality of the manual is a strong point of this package, and should not be overlooked by potential buyers.
Any Tips for New Owners?
As mentioned, the instruction manual should be thoroughly studied before making use of this saw. Extension cables should adhere to the distance and AWG ratings specified by the manual. Owners looking to use any magnetic accessories should also be aware that the aluminum tabletop will not support these.
Verified owner ratings are highly positive,on all the major online vendors.
Are There Any Recommended Extra Accessories?
A higher quality miter gauge like the Incra MITERV27 would be a great investment.
For owners looking for a rolling stand, DeWALT offers the DEWALT DW7440RS .
Shipping & Packing
Packaging is generally sturdy with cardboard and Styrofoam to protect the contents. New owners should take special care to locate the blade guard and miter gauge before discarding the packaging.
These items are embedded in the Styrofoam blocks and could easily be missed. DeWALT could have taken more care to package these items conspicuously to avoid loss.
Does DeWALT Offer Good Manufacturer Support?
DeWALT is well known to be responsive to customer enquiries and concerns, and can answer many questions and perform troubleshooting over the phone. They can be contacted in North America on 1800 556 6696 during standard business hours. The DeWALT website also offers a contact form for non-urgent enquiries.
- Amperes 15 AMP.
- Miter Angle 30° left and right.
- Bevel Angle 0° to 45°
- Blade size 10”
- Max Cut Depth @ 0° 3-1/8”
- Max Cut Depth @ 45° 2-1/4”
- Rip to Right of Blade 28 -1/2”
- Rip to Left of Blade 16-1/2”
- RPM @ No Load 4800
The DeWALT DWE7490X is manufactured in China.
Product dimensions are 30.8 x 20.4 x 30.2 inches. Table size is 21-7/8 x 26-3/8 inches.
A three year limited warranty covers defects, and DeWALT also offers a one-year maintenance warranty.
Additional Fine Tuning Procedure Instructions
The blade should always be aligned for first use.
- Ensure that the blade does not make contact with the throat plate at any setting.
- Mark the blade at two points on opposing sides, and measure the distance to the miter slot. If any discrepancy, begin blade adjustment.
- Use a 6mm hex to loosen the blade pivot bracket.
- Adjust the blade, measuring again at both sides of the blade.
- Retighten the bracket when parallel.
Detailed instructions (including illustrations) for all adjustments can be found in the user manual.
Our Dewalt DWE7490X Review – Final Thoughts
DeWALT doesn’t disappoint with the DWE7490X 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw with Scissor Stand.
As has been common throughout the rest of their similarly sized models, there is a good combination of strong materials and weight saving techniques to ensure a portable package.
Power of the saw is very good, with high torque for heavy duty cuts. Minor problems like a poor quality miter gauge and packaging issues can be overlooked, especially considering the large rip capacity, which will make this an ideal purchase for contractors who want a larger ripping area for bigger projects.
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DeWALT DWE7490X Job Site Table Saw Summary Review
|IMPORTANT FEATURES||PROS & CONS
|-Telescoping rip fence with up to 28 inches rip capacity|
-High torque electric motor running at 15 Amp
-Folding stand included in the package
-Basic accessories included
-Cut depth of up to 3 – 1/8 inch
-10-inch blade with guard and safety pawls
-Includes a basic stand for job site usage
-Designed for portability with a weight that will be manageable by most users
-High quality aluminum tabletop
-Excellent and accurate rip fence
-Support for dado blades with optional insert (13/16 inch)
-Good rip capacity for a portable saw
-High quality user manual
-Poor quality miter gauge that will likely be a throwaway for experienced contractors
-The scissor stand may not be suitable for more demanding users.
Difficult to carry for smaller users
-Blade is entry level quality; experienced users will replace with suitable blades