DeWalt DWE7480/ DWE7480XA Contractor Table Saw Review

The successor to the popular DWE745, DeWalt enforces its status as a powerhouse tool company with the DeWalt DWE7480 table saw.

DeWalt gives its customers two options to choose between with this model – the DWE7480 and the DWE7480XA. The latter comes with a stand for stability at a job site.

Don’t have time reading the full article?

Here’s a quick summary of the DeWalt DWE7480 table saw review:

  • 4800 RPM motor
  • Rip Capacity of 24 ½ inches
  • Site-Pro Modular Guarding system
  • Adjustable and automatic locking fencing
  • Lightweight and easy portability

It’s easy to why DeWalt has won many awards for this table saw.

It can also be challenging to find the right table saw to be used for commercial and home use.

Are you finding it difficult to make your purchase based on viewing sales features?

Well, hold on and keep reading. You might find exactly what you’re looking for…

Features & Specifications

The DeWalt DWE7480 table saw has an impressive list of specs and features.

This will provide an all-round view of what the DWE7480 offers.

Specifications

Here are the specifications for the DeWalt DWE7480 table saw:

  • Amps: 15.0 Amps (current)
  • No load speed: 4,800 RPM
  • Blade diameter: 10 inches
  • Arbor size: 5/8 inch
  • Dust port diameter: 2-1/2 inches
  • Depth of cut at 90 degrees: 3-1/8 inch
  • Depth of cut at 45 degrees: 2-1/4 inch
  • Max rip to right of blade: 24 inches
  • Max rip to left of blade: 12 inches
  • Tool weight: 48 pounds

Motor

The motor on the DWE7480 is similar to its predecessor, at 15amps.

What is different, though – is the redesigned motor. It has been altered from the previous model, which had an RPM of 3,850.

Packing an impressive punch with 4,800 RPM, the motor allows for an added cutting scope while still retaining a smooth cut – especially if you’re looking to cut through hardwood.

Is your workshop a noisy place?

Good, then you’d definitely be prepared. The motor on this table saw can be quite loud at the best of times (like most table saws). Though a pair of comfortable earmuffs will do the trick here.

Blade & Rip Capacity

We’ve discussed the powerful motor, which probably gives you a good idea of the power the DW7480 pushes, right?

Well, we’re just getting to some of the best features.

High speeds and prolonged use can often wear a blade down fast. However, the 24-tooth carbide blade is surprisingly durable. The last thing you want is unforeseen expenses of a new blade purchase.

The blade at least prolongs the time required before coughing up some precious cash. In saying that, an aftermarket blade 99 times out of 100 will provide a much smoother, precise cut.

Even if you’re just starting out, and the DWE7480 happens to be your first table saw (we all remember our first), you’ll be guided by the easy to use features.

The adjustable 0-45 degrees blade tilt and blade depth adjustments offer a simple setup for the novice.

If you need table space when working with large material, the rip capacity on the DWE7480 is 24 1/2 inches Enough for most jobs. The wing arm makes the table easily extendable.

The only drawback with the DWE7480 is the inability to use dado blades – however, if you had the previous model, you would be aware of this minor issue (for some).

So don’t say you weren’t advised.

Rack and Pinion Telescoping Fence Rails

The DWE7480 provides a very handy feature with the rack and pinion telescoping fence rails.

Fence adjustments can be made quickly. This allows for more time to spend on your project, providing accuracy and extreme flexibility.

If you require to adjust the fence rail – easy. Just unlock and away you go.

The rip fence, whilst adjustable and quite flexible, locks into place – preventing accidents and giving you the peace of mind of keeping your limbs where they should be.

Inclusions

When you buy the DWE7480, you’ll find the following:

  • DWE7480 10-inch table saw
  • 10-inch, 24 tooth carbide blade
  • Miter gauge
  • Push stick
  • Blade guard

What Impressive Qualities Does The DWE7480 Include?

Dust Collection

As fun and as rewarding woodworking can be, the mess that can be left behind after a days’ work can be incredibly frustrating.

Fortunately, DeWalt looks after messy workers with a nifty feature.

The DWE7480 includes an aluminium dust collection port which can connect to a 2 ½ inch Shop Vac, collecting dust in an efficient manner.

This is the size of a standard vacuum hose – so this won’t be an unnecessary expense for you.

Portability and Size

Perhaps one of the most premium features it has over its competitors is its size and portability.

Weighing only 48 pounds, it’s quite lightweight – meaning you can bring the table saw where needed. However, it’s 3 pounds heavier than its predecessor.

It’s perfect for those who re-arrange their workshop (if you’re like me and can’t stay with one layout) or are moving between job sites.

The DWE7480 features an onboard storage system, giving easy access to the Site-Pro Guarding components.

Due to the size of the DWE7480, the table saw can fit into a majority of tight spaces you may have within your workshop/ commercial setting (whatever the setting – you get the drift).

Blade Guard

We’ve stressed how important safety is, yet a lot of woodworkers and hobbyists for one reason or another, don’t find safety as an important feature to include.

DeWalt caters for everyone with the DWE7480. This includes an important safety feature in the blade guard.

The Site-Pro Modular Guarding system provides you with a tool-free adjustment, allowing you to guard components in line with their respective application.

Your fingers (which are incredibly important, have we stressed this enough?) are kept safe by the transparent blade guard, allowing you to see exactly what you’re doing, whilst allowing for safety.

The riving knife prevents any kickback from occurring – and with long hours often spent on the bench, it is easy to tire and lose focus. If this is you – then this is a feature you should be considering when deciding upon the next table saw to purchase.

In case this isn’t enough – the DWE7480 also includes a power switch upon the front of the table saw, giving the ability to switch off.

This is an important safety feature in case of emergencies which I hope never happens to anyone.

My Recommendation

There are alternative table saws on the market which provide plenty of power and precision. However, some do lack the ability to be moved at ease or condense their features.

The DWE7480 though is powerful, with a 15-amp motor at running at 4,800 RPM packed full of features. The safety features in particular are also not to be overlooked.

A key locked power switch prevents unauthorized use, another of the safety mechanisms DeWalt has included.

The DWE4780 would be a good fit for all hobbyists and contractors alike. Especially those considering an upgrade, or for those looking for something new.

With hassle-free portability, lightweight design and a compact build, it’s a good fit for all settings. This is really useful when you need to take it with you on to a job site.

With all of these features – it shouldn’t be a challenge finding your next table saw.

If I had to recommend any portable saw – it would be the DWE7480 or the Bosch 4100-10. If you have a little extra, the DeWalt DWE7491XS is well-worth the price.

You won’t regret purchasing any of these units.

Hope this review has helped.

If you think I’ve missed something or want to add your say, reach out by leaving a comment below.

James Thomas

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