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Unread 01-19-2014, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I wandered into HD this morning, and there's this table saw, a DeWalt 745, with rack-and-pinion fence. Advertised as "accurate to 1/64"..

That sounds pretty friggin' good. Too good, in fact. On top of that, this saw is clearance-priced at $229.00. Wow.. Marked down from $369.00 Well, I had to have it, as my table saw is a POS, and I've been going to the ex-Pastor's house for clean table saw cuts.

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I read reviews of this saw, and found out that it will do the work of cabinet saws of three times the price. Rave reviews, all around.

I put this saw to the test, and was amazed.

That rack-and-pinion fence is the friggin' bomb. I squared-up a scrap block of mahogany, and cut a wafer-thin section for a headstock overlay. This saw will rise to 3 1/8", and that's tall enough for cutting Gibby style headstock overlays.

I cut a 1/16" slice of mahogany, and it cut like butter. Came out even and perfect. I have never seen such a saw cut so accurately.



That piece of mahogany is 1/16" thick all the way around, as if it were machined. It's perfect. I've never enjoyed such accuracy and even cutting all the way through the work as this saw provides.

Most table saws, you clamp the fence down on the near side, and it seems to move a smidge on the far side. This causes uneven runout. Not on this saw. The R&P is on both ends of the fence, and insures perfect alignment.
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Unread 01-19-2014, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I have almost exactly the same saw. The rack and pinion fence is awesome. It makes adjustments almost effortless and so far mine has always been true. Never bogs down. Chews through maple and bloodwood like nothing.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

You got a helluva deal. I paid nearly 500 for mine
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

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You got a helluva deal. I paid nearly 500 for mine
Are they phasing them out? Whach'a think? Usually when they go that low on sale, they are not going to return.

I Got a badass Rigid floor drill press the same way. Originally priced at $500, I paid about $250 for it. The press never returned to Home Depot. A bench-top model showed up instead.

And hey, answer me this; Does your saw cut as true today as when you bought it? In other words, does it loosen up over a bit of time?
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Had it 2 years now and it works just as good as the first time I used it. I really like the rack and pinion fence system. It nevers drifts or loosens up like clamp style fences and it's always straight. I'm sure as it gets older it will need minor adjustment, but so far I'm very satisfied with its performance.
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Had it 2 years now and it works just as good as the first time I used it. I really like the rack and pinion fence system. It nevers drifts or loosens up like clamp style fences and it's always straight. I'm sure as it gets older it will need minor adjustment, but so far I'm very satisfied with its performance.
Good to know.

If it had a tendency to loosen up, I was going to cut myself a pile of headstock overlays while everything was fresh and tight. Might still do that.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Good to know. I was given one of those a few months ago and haven't done anything with it because I already have a table saw. Maybe I'll set it up for fret slotting.

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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Thank you very much! I have a Skil tablesaw that I am sick of and I was considering to buy the DW745 exactly because the amazing fence system, but not sure if it would worth to spend the money. Thaks for your post I am more confident now.



Bummer that here in Brasil I will pay $600+ on this machine. I wish that the price of stuff here wouldn't be 10x more than in USA...

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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Another bargain in the tablesaw world is the Ridgid TS 3650 Contractors' saw. A very good factory fence (it is traditional single lever lockdown) and smooth controls with very little runout and good flat castiron table. Used ones are usually around $300 USD without accessories.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Table saws need an occasional tune up to work at accurately and at best efficiency. They do get out of adjustment and will make terribly inaccurate cuts. There are books, articles, and online tutorials on how to. Of course having a decent saw to work with matters, too. Not much you can do with sub par equipment.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

Congratulations on the new saw! I have an older DeWalt model DW744 that I bought new back in the late 1990s. I set it up per the manual first thing. After many years of use it finally needed a bit of tweaking last year as the blade was no longer perfectly parallel with the fence. I love this saw and would buy another one in a heartbeat. The fence works great and once the initial setup is done it holds for many years. I should also mention that it has not spent it's entire time in my shop as I have hauled it up to the family cabin many times over the years as we built an addition and did some remodeling. My brother has borrowed it multiple times as well. I think I paid somewhere over $500 for mine which was back when the stand was an optional item.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I've been eyeballing that exact saw. We have one at the shop and it's fantastic.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I'll have to look into that. I could see that becoming a primary tool, especially after I do something like this...
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I have been looking at getting a table saw lately and looked at this model last weekend, it was still priced at $299. Problem is I need to use it with a dado blade to make finger joints for making things like amp and speaker cabs but apparently this one can't accept a dado.

Are you using one OR need to use one with it? At $229 that's a great buy!
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I'll have to look into that. I could see that becoming a primary tool, especially after I do something like this...
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Now, that's the way to do it, right there. That setup is awesome!
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I have been looking at getting a table saw lately and looked at this model last weekend, it was still priced at $299. Problem is I need to use it with a dado blade to make finger joints for making things like amp and speaker cabs but apparently this one can't accept a dado.

Are you using one OR need to use one with it? At $229 that's a great buy!
I won't be doing any dados, I don't think.

At $229, I couldn't lose, no matter if it won't accept dado blades.
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Hmm. Why won't it take a dado?
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Hmm. Why won't it take a dado?
I'm not sure but I think the arbor may be really short. I also wonder if this isn't a cya statement from dewalt. My research has not turned up any other valid reasons.

The Bosch one can accept a dado up to 1/2" but it's $400.
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I have this saw. It's AWESOME. That's a great price. I bought mine a couple years ago for $330. I just grabbed the stand for it around xmas for $125, shipped. This stand is built like a tank. No movement at all. And it's tucks away perfectly. I highly recommend it.

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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

how is the saw for fret slotting?
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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I just paid over $400.00 for a new fence with long rails. Does HD have any more of these? I guess it wouldn't hurt to have another. I'm gonna run out of room soon. I just bought a new Marlin copy carver that I don't have setup yet.
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I'm looking at that same model.

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Re: DeWalt table saw with Rack & Pinion fence

I can testify that this is a good saw. I use this saw at professional level as finish carpenter for years. It has road in back of my trucks for hundreds of thousands miles and been in and out of hundreds of jobs and still cuts as good as the day I got it. You should be able to use it to build guitars for many years just make yourself some good offfead tables and get your self a large Rigid shop vac. for dust collection and your good to go.
I use the equivalent portable saw ( Bosch ) for my home shop table saw and it is just as good but not as compact as the DeWalt.
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I just paid over $400.00 for a new fence with long rails. Does HD have any more of these? I guess it wouldn't hurt to have another. I'm gonna run out of room soon. I just bought a new Marlin copy carver that I don't have setup yet.
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I'm looking at that same model.
Home Deep has them currently on sale again for $299. Good time to buy one.

As far as fret slotting goes, I have no idea as I slot by hand. But considering its accuracy, I see no issue with putting a .023 circular blade on it. It certainly cuts true enough.

Though for such an operation, I would consider using a radial-arm saw.
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