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DeWalt Table Saw - Essential Solution For Working Wood - Learn Why!

Updated on November 2, 2016
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DeWalt DW 745 10" Compact Jobsite Table Saw

Have you seen carpenters and woodworkers using tools they have owned for a lifetime? The reason is that your tools are like gold and you never let them get away from you. This is the very reason you buy the best you can afford and, in my opinion, the DeWalt table saw is the answer.

I'm going to show you where to find prices that will satisfy your budget and explain why the value of your DeWalt table saw never ends.

Anyone who has been around carpentry will tell you that a good quality table saw is the center piece of your tool complement. A high quality DeWalt will deliver for years to come.

Having been in the building and restoration business and now a retired homeowner, I can say that each experience will offer challenges on a daily basis. If you intend to meet those challenges you must have good quality tools.

I have tools acquired when I was 15 years old and others from the building business. You may be thinking: "How can tools last that long?" To compound this dilemma I'm age 70 and that equates to tools lasting upward of 55 years. There is a very simple answer here. Spend as much as you can afford to get the best quality possible.

DeWalt table saw is, in my humble opinion, state of the art equipment and the dw745 table saw is a solution for builders and homeowners alike. It overcomes the two most difficult problems with table saws, portability around a jobsite and accuracy.

The DeWalt is exceptionally portable, making it easy to load, unload and move effortlessly around the job site. The accuracy of the rack and pinion fence will save you many hours of rechecking measurements needlessly.

DeWalt DWE7480 10" Table Saw
DeWalt DWE7480 10" Table Saw

The DeWalt DWE7480 Compact 10" Jobsite Table Saw

The DWE7480 is a newer version of the DW745, one of the most successful table saws in the industry.

The new DeWalt carries forward this great heritage including a higher 4800 rpm motor and an expanded 24 1/2" cut. You will find the DWE7480 to be every bit the quality of the DW745 with a competitive price.

To purchase this great saw follow this link where you will also see more details and what others are saying about it.

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DeWalt DW7440RS
DeWalt DW7440RS

DeWalt DW7440RS Rolling Table Saw Stand

Very Strong - Portable - Quick Setup

This stand was originally designed for the DeWalt DW745 and works perfectly with the newer model DWE7480 table saw.

The stand is exceptionally sturdy, sets up quickly on the jobsite and it's roll around capabilities are very good. It is an excellent complement to either of these great DeWalt table saws.

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Paul Anthony's Table Saw Guide
Paul Anthony's Table Saw Guide

Excellent Book On Table Saws & Operational Skills

Professional Operational Techniques & Tips

Much of my knowledge and skill using a table saw was developed in the field under jobsite conditions. At the time there were few publications available to assist in the learning process. We learned by trial and error along with asking other carpenters when we got in a jam. Fortunately there were many times when they granted me kind assistance.

We live in a new day with many fine educational books available. I have listed one here that I feel is an excellent resource to short cut the learning curve on table saws. You would be well advised to take advantage of this excellent guide whether just starting out or a seasoned carpenter.

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DeWalt Saw Blades
DeWalt Saw Blades

Construction Grade DeWalt Table Saw Blades

Combo Pack 32 Tooth & 60 Tooth Carbide Blades

Over my lifetime in construction related fields I have witnessed the progression of materials science from average to exemplary. The saw blades being produced today last longer, cut better and cover a wider range of applications than the ones just 20 years ago.

The high quality we have come to expect in DeWalt products is exhibited in these two saw blades. The carbide tipped teeth and computer balanced blades will deliver excellent results in your projects. You will experience vibration free smooth cutting to deliver high quality results.

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Visual Details Of The DeWalt Table Saw - Essentials Exhibited On The DeWalt DW745 - Photos Courtesy Of Amazon

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Detail Of Rack & Pinion FenceDetail Of Saw Deck, Blade & Fence IndexDetail Of Left Side Cord StorageDetail Of Throat Locking PlateDetail Of Saw Blade Storage Under
Detail Of Rack & Pinion Fence
Detail Of Rack & Pinion Fence
Detail Of Saw Deck, Blade & Fence Index
Detail Of Saw Deck, Blade & Fence Index
Detail Of Left Side Cord Storage
Detail Of Left Side Cord Storage
Detail Of Throat Locking Plate
Detail Of Throat Locking Plate
Detail Of Saw Blade Storage Under
Detail Of Saw Blade Storage Under
Red Cedar Bookshelves
Red Cedar Bookshelves

The Never Ending Value

Unique Projects Along The Way & Quality Tools To Create Them

As you go through life situations change, such as jobs, interests and new places to live. All of these changes create new challenges, especially in your home place.

Our kids left the nest, changing our lifestyle. We read a lot and as a result we have a huge accumulation of books on diverse subjects. We're not talking about just a few, we're talking a library and we needed bookshelves to contain it.

Well, it's expensive to hire a contractor to build cabinet grade bookshelves. We're not looking at four concrete blocks and a couple of 2 X 6's like I had in college. My wife was already burrowing through professional cabinet magazines while the cat and I were sitting by the fireplace getting nervous.

By now you understand it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who finally designed and built the bookcases. So I gathered up five yellow pads, a box of pencils, and looked to the in-house building contractor, namely me.

Everyone who has used a table saw has experienced the aggravating problem of the fence adjustment being different on each end. This causes you to take a measurement on each end of the fence to square it up. During our bookshelf construction process the DeWalt table saw exhibited exceptionally accurate fence adjustment. The DeWalt rack and pinion fence system allowed the exacting accuracy necessary the first time without having to continuously remeasure.

Having a 20" wide rip capacity was invaluable when cutting the 4 X 8 sheets of expensive birch plywood. Red cedar is also expensive and the DeWalt dw745 table saw did a beautiful job on all the cuts.

Observing the attached photo, I think you will agree it was definitely up to the task. While cutting up all this expensive material always remember the old carpenters rule, "Measure twice and cut once".

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Quality DeWalt Workmanship - Red Cedar Bookshelves Gallery - Photos Courtesy Of: Jim Houston

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Shelf Edging & FacingUpper & Face TrimSide & Face TrimBacking & CeilingKick Plate Detail
Shelf Edging & Facing
Shelf Edging & Facing
Upper & Face Trim
Upper & Face Trim
Side & Face Trim
Side & Face Trim
Backing & Ceiling
Backing & Ceiling
Kick Plate Detail
Kick Plate Detail

DeWalt DW745 Table Saw Video - Comprehensive Review

This is a complete review of the DW745 from a tradesman's viewpoint. Having been a contractor myself I can see the authenticity in this excellent review.

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This video shows why the DeWalt Table Saw has exceptional accuracy.

Beautiful Example Of DeWalt Value - Red Cedar 4 X 12 Timber Mantle

Red Cedar 4 X 12 Fireplace Mantle
Red Cedar 4 X 12 Fireplace Mantle

When our fireplace was built we wanted a beautiful mantle that would crown the center piece of the room and tie in with our red cedar bookshelves. My wife and I went to the lumberyard and found the absolute perfect timber, a beautiful 4 X 12 X 12 piece of red cedar.

All was well until we went inside to pay. Surely you've heard of the shock treatment the car salesman gives a customer when they bring in their old car to trade and he comes back and says, "All I can give you for that wreck is fifty dollars". Well, this was just the opposite. When the lumber salesman rang it up and we saw a hundred and fifty dollars come up my wife had to go sit down. Bottom line is that you want to buy a red cedar timber that big only once in your lifetime.

When we got it home the brick layer is standing there and says, "Who's going to cut it", as in not him. Well, being the in-house contractor, carpenter, designer and cat scratcher I headed to the shed to get the DeWalt table saw.

The red cedar mantle had to be cut to length and then ripped to the exact width to fit into the brick slot. The DeWalt table saw will rip to a depth of 3 1/8" requiring a double pass through the saw. Every carpenter reading this has experienced ripping a 6 X timber and getting a blade angle offset of a degree or two causing two angles of cut on the timber. This is not good especially on a beautiful piece of cedar like this.

When the twelve foot timber was ripped and turned over and ripped again I couldn't believe the results from the DeWalt. The blade to deck angle was so close to perfect you couldn't see the difference. It looked as if we had run it through once.

When we got the mantle cut and set in place it was absolute perfection. This is just another reason the DeWalt dw745 table saw has never ending value. Regardless of the task set out for it you always see results even an architect would appreciate. If you have ever worked on a project with an architect you understand what I'm saying.

This is just another project on which the DeWalt proved it's value. I have included our photo of this beautiful cedar mantle for your enjoyment and as an example of the excellent quality a DeWalt can produce.

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An Unusual Example Of DeWalt Value - One Man's Junk Is Another's Gold

Silent Escape In The Woods
Silent Escape In The Woods

My wife and I completed a lot of remodeling and we had some white painted 6 X 6 treated posts left over from a porch we tore out. Nothing was wrong with the posts other than multiple layers of paint. Regardless, they found their resting place in the scrap pile behind the tractor along with 2 X 8 treated scrap from the new deck.

We walk in the woods a lot and sometimes it's nice to sit down and enjoy the wildlife as well as rest a little. My wife commented that it would be nice if we had several benches down through the woods just for this purpose. We casually talked about it and then a flash of insight hit. What about the trash pile next to the tractor!

Well as you can imagine this was the beginning of the next DeWalt project. Below you will see some photos of the scrap pile, the white 6 X 6 posts and the tailings of 2 X 8's. I dug all of them out along with the field mice and sorted out what I had. We drew up a few sketches and decided on the one you see in the finished product photo.

From the very beginning I knew the white paint on the posts had to go. This meant sanding them down with a belt sander and breathing all the paint dust from three or four layers of paint or buying new 6 X 6's. I decided that this would be crazy as the posts and tailings were all treated lumber which would last for years.

Well after a lot of thought and me and the cat sitting on the timbers for a while I decided to get out the DeWalt table saw and cut the paint off. It was easy to see that this was going to be a serious project and I hired my wife to help. I say hired because she was not working free and the posts weighed close to three hundred pounds each.

We set up the DeWalt and I calculated I would have to cut off a saw blade width on each of the four sides to remove all the paint. The saw will rip 3 1/8" so we would have to run the 5 1/2" wide posts through the saw twice on each face.

We got started and were very fortunate that the DeWalt is exceptionally sturdy and could handle the heavy posts. As I have mentioned before the accuracy of this saw is excellent and the blade to deck angle is almost perfect. When you run the post through twice you don't see any blade angle deviation on the cuts. Further, just taking off a saw blade of width was easy. This DeWalt is truly a carpenters saw and stands up to the test.

Bottom line, we got all the paint off, cut the bench posts to length, ripped the scrap 2 X 8's down to size, drilled everything for bolts and assembled the finished product.

Attached are photos of the finished product as well as the scrap pile before we started. You just can't believe how much we have enjoyed these benches on our walks in the woods. This is just another example of a unique project and the DeWalt table saw never ending value.

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Photos Of Salvage Lumber Bench Project

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6 X 6 Posts In Scrap PileScrap Tailings And PostsCompleted Bench Upper TrailCompleted Bench Lower TrailClose Up Of Completed Bench
6 X 6 Posts In Scrap Pile
6 X 6 Posts In Scrap Pile
Scrap Tailings And Posts
Scrap Tailings And Posts
Completed Bench Upper Trail
Completed Bench Upper Trail
Completed Bench Lower Trail
Completed Bench Lower Trail
Close Up Of Completed Bench
Close Up Of Completed Bench
Treated Lumber Bench
Treated Lumber Bench

Treated Lumber Benches - Rewarding Project For Your Woods

This is a fun project to build and very utilitarian for your woods. It also gives you an opportunity to fire up your DeWalt Table Saw.

I decided to include this project on my lens after several of you showed interest in having a bench on your property. The joy you receive after the fact sitting in the woods enjoying nature is unbelievable.

This project originally started as an afterthought while I was cleaning up around my John Deere tractor. My wife and I demolished an old screened porch on the rear of the house and constructed a new treated lumber deck.

The old 6 X 6 treated lumber painted posts and scrap deck lumber were all piled up behind the tractor. All the lumber was treated and I didn’t want to burn good stuff so the plan to use it for benches was created.

Time required: 4 Hours

Difficulty: medium

Cost: $15.00 To $35.00

Materials:

  • 1 - 6 X 6 X 8 Treated Pine Post
  • 1 - 2 X 6 X 10 Treated Pine Lumber
  • 4 - 1/2 X 8 Hot Dip Galvanized Hex Bolts
  • 8 - 1/2 X 1 Hot Dip Galvanized Flat Washers
  • 4 - 1/2 Hot Dip Galvanized Hex Nuts
  • 1 - Pound Hot Dip Galvanized 10d Common Nails

Tools:

  • DeWalt 10" Table Saw
  • DeWalt 7 1/2" Circular Saw
  • DeWalt 1/2" Drill & 1/2" Drill Bit
  • DeWalt 25' Tape Measure
  • 4' Carpenters Level
  • Combination Square
  • Framing Hammer 20 Oz.
  • Post Hole Digger & Shovel
  • Sledgehammer 5# to 10#
  • Box End Wrench 1/2"
  • Open End Wrench 1/2"

Instructions:

1. Cut 6" X 6" X 8' treated post into two 6" X 6" X 4' pieces. This forms the support for the bench.2' 6" of each post will be buried in the ground leaving 1' 6" extending above ground to support the seat.

2. Cut 2" X 6" X 10' lumber into 2 - 4' lengths & 2 - 10 1/2" lengths. The 2 4' sections are seat decking. The 2 - 10 1/2" sections are decking braces. Each of them will be thru bolted to the 6" X 6" posts.

3. Dig two 10" diameter post holes 2' 6" deep spaced 2' 3" on center. Set the posts in holes and be sure spacing from inside face to inside face is 2'.

If the ground is level at this point you should have 1' 6" of post extending up from the grade which should correspond to a comfortable sitting height when the decking goes on. If the grade has a slight slope the upper post should be 1' 6" from grade and the lower post would be slightly higher.

Just be sure you level across the top of both posts so they are flat. You can adjust the post height by adding or taking away dirt from the hole. Once you get the level and face to face dimension correct add some dirt around each post to hold it in place.

Next check each post to see that it is plumb. After this recheck the 2' face to face measurement for accuracy and fill each hole with dirt compacting each.

4. Next take the two under braces cut form 2 X 6 lumber and attach one to each post. Be sure the top edge of each under brace is flush with the top of each post as the decking will lie across it.Make sure an equal amount of under brace extends from each side as it crosses the post which should be about 2 1/2" on either side. Nail each under brace in place and use the sledge hammer on the back of each post to counter the hammer impact so posts won't be displaced.

5. Recheck the plumb of each post and verify the 2' distance from face to face. If the posts have moved out of place use the sledge hammer to bump them back into alignment. Repack dirt with a shovel handle.

Place each of the 4' 2 X 6 pieces on top of the posts and under braces. Allow about 1/2" space between each board in the centerline. Measure from each outer post face to the outer end of each board until the same amount extends outward on each side of the bench.

Hold the boards in place and nail each into the post top and under brace. About 2 nails into the post top and 2 into the under brace will be fine.

6. Next drill a 1/2" hole through each post and on through the under brace. Drill a total of 2 holes through each post so one will be at the top of the 2 X 6 under brace and the other at the bottom.

Maintain about 1 1/2" margin away from the edge of the 2 X 6 so the material will not split. It is a good idea to run the drill bit back and forth through the holes to ream them out so the bolts will go through easily.

Place one flat washer near the bolt hex head on the outer side of the post. Drive the bolt through and place a second flat washer on the bolt along with the hex nut on the inside of the post and under brace.

Tighten up the nuts on each of the 4 bolts. This completes the project and the only thing left to do is enjoy it. This is treated lumber and does not need paint.

As I said before, your tools are like gold and you will use them for years to come. When you get the best, like the Dewalt table saw, it will deliver never ending value whether you're a busy contractor or a homeowner enjoying your projects.

What Are Your Thoughts On The DeWalt Table Saw Delivering Never Ending Value? - Thank's For Stopping By And I Hope You Enjoyed My Lens

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      sujaya venkatesh 19 months ago

      a useful hub

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      What an amazing tool, makes me wish I were a handyman. Great projects and love your library and the bush stools.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @gottaloveit2: Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Really helpful article. I'm just now building a large garden and love the bench idea.

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      Natalie W Schorr 3 years ago

      Very informative lens - well done!

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks so much I appreciate it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I loved all of you wood projects! My dad has a DeWalt table saw, but he uses it for smaller projects. Now, I so wonder why he never made benches. I will have to ask him about that and suggest the project.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks Janis I really do appreciate your thoughts.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      There are so many projects I could do if I had one of these.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Thanks Merry I appreciate this. JimHouston33

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Hi Jim, just pinned this and shared it on google+. Hope you are working on your second one!

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Thanks, I truly appreciate your thoughts.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Pretty impressive page here for your first lens! I guess that's the mark of a true craftsman :-)

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      I have a really cheap plastic "version" of what you have reviewed here, unbranded from my local hardware store, but then again, I can see your wood working skills are a lot better than mine!

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @Tim Bader: Thanks Tim, I really like your birds of prey site. By the way we have a couple of pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. They are big birds and the first time I saw them I thought they were Ivory Billed. Thanks Again, JimHouston33

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @flinnie lm: Thanks again flinnie. JimHouston33

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @takkhisa: Thank you so much for the reply. Quality tools produce beautiful projects. JimHouston33

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Wow what a great review you have here. This table saw sound like it would be perfect for any DIY. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      What a great table saw! I have a plan to make bookshelves myself someday and yeah at that time I would remember this equipment. Thanks.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @julieannbrady: Keep your fingers crossed Julie you never know what the stars will give up. You have the Gypsy blood, all you have to do is Intend. Thanks, JimHouston33

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Well, my thoughts? I'd like a man to come along with the table saw for delivering never ending value! Seriously? I have been listening to three different table saws from my neighbors who I can all see from their garages working on some DIY projects! Now I know who to go to if I need some wood cut.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci for the kind comment. You have some beautiful lenses yourself.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @senditondown: Thanks Jim. I have quite a few DeWalt tools, at least all I can afford. Having been a carpenter off and on all my life it never gets out of your blood.

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      Senditondown 3 years ago from US

      Never had a DeWalt, but it's on my continual list of "must haves" as a carpenter. I'm sure you can relate to that. So many new projects I want to do.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @SusanDeppner: Hi Susan52 send me an email and

      i'll send you a material list.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @Charito1962: Hi Charito1962 thanks. Not only handy but fun when you have carpentry in your blood like me.

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      @BusterDog1: Thanks ButerDog1, Sally actually does pretty good on her own.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I haven't finished reading this yet, but wanted to congratulate you on your first lens, Jim. It looks great, love the photos, and the wood background works so well! Great lens. Okay, back to reading now.

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      BusterDog1 3 years ago

      I think Sally wants you to build a place of her own to stalk mice. Nice read!!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sure sounds like a handy equipment! Thanks for telling us about it.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, I love the work you've done. We could use a couple of those benches around our property. Great testimonial on the DeWalt table saw!