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The DWE7490X Portable Jobsite Saw By DeWalt & Why I Recommend Freud Saw Blades As Well

Updated on April 29, 2015

DeWalt -IS-The Choice

We all know there are a ton of saws to choose from, why choose DeWalt? Think about it.

DeWalt remains the number one choice for tools and Portable sawa and to prove that point, let's try a simple test----

Visit any carpenter's or woodworker's shop to see what kind of power tools they have. Power tools that they have had for years and you will find DeWalt tools, overwhelmingly.

DeWalt is one of the most commonly used tools and for good reason. I have many DeWalt tools of my own which was one of the original considerations before my purchase of this saw. After all, DeWalt is still an American owned company.

Think about something. When shopping for most anything today, we all want quality, we all shop price. There are other considerations of course, but for serviceability and real world use? It came down to table top cutting size, not selling price.

The DeWalt DWE7490X edged out price as top consideration.

The DWE7490X

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw with Scissor Stand
DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw with Scissor Stand

I started by reading portable jobsite saw reviews. Then manufacturer's specs. Finally I talked to carpenters and foremen to get their opinions, to help form my decision. Once DeWalt became my choice, the only thing left to do was choose which model. I chose the DWE7490X because of table cutting size. With it's 28" cutting table size, it surpassed the other competing saws.

Evaluation: This saw is such a workhorse and an all around great portable/workshop saw. It has paid back it's original cost tenfold due to all of the quality work I have been able to accomplish with this saw..

 

Something You Won't Read In Any Of The Ads

This is something that's not in any of the literature about Portable JobSite saws.

This is a heavy saw with a stated weight of 86 pounds, (with the stand) If you remove the stand when transporting it? The weight drops to 52 pounds.

That picture is of my saw---in my shop.

Weight aside, every serious carpenter who needs and knows how to use a portable jobsite saw understands and appreciates all that this saw can do. I would never attempt a serious job without this saw.

Every woodworker and jobsite carpenter that I personally know, has this saw. For a busy shop or for a saw to carry to your jobsite. This saw accomplishes both uses easily and it has multiple applications. Sure, we all carry some other portable saw for short work, but for finish work? The DWE7490X literally does everything a shop saw will do and it can carried to any jobsite. This is my jobsite saw and it gets used hard (almost) everyday.

I've had this saw for years and have replaced several parts, but the motor is as strong as a new one. Money well spent.

Want To See What Kind Of Work Can Be Done?

A Custom Frame with used wrought iron insert and mirror

A client requested frame for their entryway. The picture is the finished product. All work shown was done on the DeWalt DWE7490X portable jobsite saw. The wood is Redwood with mirror backing and a used wrought ironwork piece

The client wanted an antique look for this piece and chose the wrought Iron for the insert from an old reclaimed French Balcony. Their idea was to make a bold statement recognizing the past as well as identifying with the present They specifically requested that the wrought ironwork be mounted in it's semi-rustic condition. Meaning, they did not want it painted and freshened up The mirror backing was for depth effect.

The Marriage of the three pieces, the wood, the mirror and the semi rustic ironwork, speak to another time entirely.

The mirror backing adds to the overall effect. It gives depth not only to the piece but the surroundings as well.

More Examples of Woodwork Using The DeWalt DWE7490X

How about a custom Outdoor Kitchen?

Here is an example of a custom counter and cabinet for backyard BBQ's. This client was in the process of building an outdoor kitchen and my work was just a continuation of same. The existing BBQ is the base of the work and all cabinetry and counter tops were built around it.

The doors and trim are of Redwood with recessed hammered silver aluminum panels. Trim work was with the Freud blade and rabbets for the metal was accomplished with the Marples Dado blade.

I did however use a separate tool to finish this job. It's the Bosch Palm Router for the mortised hinges.

As you can see, there is just no end to the projects that can be accomplished with the DeWalt DWE7490X portable saw.

How About A New Mantel

Refacing and old fireplace

This client requested a mantel for their fireplace as well as an entirely new face. Nearly every cut shown was made with the DeWalt DWE7490X portable jobsite saw.

The ATB blade was used to make the side frames of the fireplace opening, a standard finish blade was used to make the forty five degree cuts to put it all together. Granted, there was some tile work done for the hearth and marble inserts for the sides.

The DeWalt DWE7490X is 'THE' saw to use for any shop or job site job. It's 10" blade and 28" cut, allow jobs that are limited only by one's own imagination.

Looking at my finished project, the only thing left to do now, is add glass doors to finish the job.

Some Examples of Freud Blade (Finish Blade) Cuts and Dado Blade Cuts

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Now all I have to do is line it up and glue itClean fitHere are some examples of the different cuts I made with this sawLook how clean the ATB blade cut is....An up close view of a really clean cut with the Dado Blade
Now all I have to do is line it up and glue it
Now all I have to do is line it up and glue it
Clean fit
Clean fit
Here are some examples of the different cuts I made with this saw
Here are some examples of the different cuts I made with this saw
Look how clean the ATB blade cut is....
Look how clean the ATB blade cut is....
An up close view of a really clean cut with the Dado Blade
An up close view of a really clean cut with the Dado Blade

Custom Hat and Shoe Rack

Ordered for a closet installation per customer spec's

This custom hat and shoe rack were ordered by a client for installation in her husband's closet.

Requirements and measurements were very specific as was the type of wood used as follows:

You can see (photo taken in my shop), Birch plywood (new) was used for the flooring and backing. All rip cuts were made with the DWE7490X, as well as the Walnut trim (used wood, reclaimed). Dado cuts were made with the Freud Dado blades mounted on my saw. Measurements, trim and wood choices per clients request.

Once at the primary residence, the original closet shelf was to be removed and the hat rack mounted in it's place. Previously made custom shirt racks mounted on one side of the closet and custom underwear drawers mounted on the other side. The custom shoe rack was to be mounted on the floor of same side as the custom shirt rack, fitting perfectly in between the two previously built cabinets and leaving ample room for his hanging suits.

The DeWalt DWE7490X is indeed a very versatile saw.

Some Examples of Work Performed With the DWE7490X

Rear view of the frame. Wood used is Merbau (frame) and Oak (for the spline)
Rear view of the frame. Wood used is Merbau (frame) and Oak (for the spline)

My First Choice of DeWalt's Jobsite Saw, the DWE7490X

The 'Pro's' of this model saw (Part 1)

The DWE7490X has a notable advantage: Maximum rip cutting size. The DWE7490X has a 28" cutting deck. A monster difference in cutting size when compared with other saws..

This saw can be used either in a shop or (as I stated above), or on any jobsite. It has storage for a miter gauge and extra blades on each side of the table. The stand shown in the picture is durable and strong enough to support the weight easily and is also easy to remove.

The stand proves just as easy to set the saw back in (two tongues on the front slide into slots in stand) Many saws out there cannot accept 8" or even 6" stacked dado blades. This one can....and blade changes can be handled in minutes. In fact, it's the smoothest saw I've ever owed. Everything moves easily, clean and quiet.

All rack and pinion measurement will give exact results with continued repeatability. No other saw can come even close to being as good as this one. The sliding fence goes past the table edge, to make 28" cuts and has a material support built into it. I've even drilled holes in the fence for mounting jigs.

One thing of note While many parts are plastic or aluminum, the important ones are made out of metal for long life.

Finally: There is something found on this saw that is not on other saws of this price range and that is a soft start motor. From what I've read, it's pretty expensive to put a soft start on any motor. But DeWalt uses it on this motor.

This saw motor will last much longer than other saw's motor's on the market in this price range

DeWalt Table Saw Blades

The blades listed are all Freud Diablo ATB blades (ATB stands for Alternate Tooth Blade.) I use these blades for good reason. Not only are they sharp right out of the box? They maintain that edge longer and they are the best. Buy them

The Ultimate In Finish Blades

Freud D1080X Diablo 10" 80-tooth ATB Finish Saw Blade w/ 5/8" Arbor & PermaShield Coating
Freud D1080X Diablo 10" 80-tooth ATB Finish Saw Blade w/ 5/8" Arbor & PermaShield Coating

Each tooth on this blade is angled in opposite directions. It's made for cutting all the way through the wood. Due to it's inherent design characteristics (such as heat expansion slots in the blade and laser cut arbor for smooth blade rotation), contributes to less vibration which means less wear and longer blade life.

Evaluation: If you want clean, perfect cuts for all of your work? Buy this blade. It's the ideal replacement blade for this saw. You can't afford NOT to own it.

 

Dado Blades For The DeWalt DWE7470X

Freud 8 In. Super Stacked Dado (SD508)
Freud 8 In. Super Stacked Dado (SD508)

Why use another manufacturer's dado blade? Simple answer is that absolutely nothing has been left to chance with the Freud design. The razor sharp blades ensure smooth clean cuts in anything and everything a fine furniture maker or professional carpenter needs.

Evaluation: I've used nearly every Freud blade there is and this set makes the smoothest tongue and groove cuts I have ever done. It carries a limited lifetime warranty and is something needed for any saw setup.

 

DeWalt Jobsite Saw Model DWE7490X

The 'Con's' of this model (part 2)

Maintenance

Like any tool worth owning the DeWalt DWE7490X requires maintenance. No exceptions. I schedule a thorough air blowout and oiling once every couple of weeks when I am in my shop but I change to once a week in the field because of my moderate to high usage.

To aid in the maintenance, there is something I do and it's only a suggestion. In addition to the above, (air clean and oiling) I use a good Paste Wax on the table. Partially to protect it, but it also makes the boards slide nicely with much less resistance. Sawdust also has less of a chance to build up because of the wax surface. While this isn't an obscene amount of maintenance, it is a bit more than a saw with less options.

Why I recommend Freud Blades

I've kept my original factory blade as a backup blade. I recommend replacing the factory blades with Freud Saw blades and Diablo blades as the perfect replacement blades and here's why.. I've literally used every blade Freud makes and they work the best with this saw.

When it comes to price, the Freud blades are not so expensive that if you hit a nail (cutting reclaimed lumber), you've ruined the blade, because most times a good blade man can re-sharpen it to factory specs. Try THAT with standard blades. But for the price, these blades give you plenty of quality cuts, many, many more than a regular blade.

Spare saw blades

I usually have 3 or 4 blades, (Freud) plus the Freud Dado blades in the blade storage on the side. One blade for old lumber or pressure treated wood or cuts that are not visible in the finished product (my re-sharpened factory blade). An example would be a nice blade that's gone a bit dull but will still cut clean enough for framing or any unseen applications. Then I also carry a couple of really nice finish blades (Freud) for cuts that have to be absolutely perfect.

I can't say enough good about this saw or Freud Blades

DeWalt Model DWE7490X

In closing

Uses and applications of this saw as described should cover any and all questions people have about this saw.

From it's initial selection and purchase to it's numerous years of quality service, this saw exceeds (not just meets), but exceeds all recommendations and/or claims by the manufacturer.

It has proven sturdy and well built. Properly used, it accomplishes far more than it's original designs. Buying the right blades to use with this saw has been key. The Freud Blades are the best for the work I do.

I have presented images of work I have been able to accomplish using just this saw and the blades. ----The DeWalt DWE7490X IS----The Best Choice for a Portable Jobsite Table Saw.

Thanks for reading today, stay safe and I'll see you on the road--CampingmanNW.

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      mike 2 years ago

      You wrote about dwe7490 correct? but the dw744 pictures make it confusing if you are still talking about only the dwe7490 along the read.

      thanks for the tips!

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @Old Navy Guy: The amazing thing? Is that you can. There are many saws advertised on the web for less money, but there is always a reason. Thanks for your comments.

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      What a thorough review of the table saw. It sure sounds like you can use it for most any work. Thanks for sharing.