Sunday, October 13, 2019

The New Toy - DeWalt DW745 Compact Saw

My new toy - ready to be opened

Every once in awhile Christmas arrives in the shop when a large box suddenly shows up with the promise of something exciting within.

For a long time, I had my eye on a DeWalt compact table saw to replace the old Black and Decker table saw that was starting to get a little tired after many years of faithful service.

What really drew me to this particular Dewalt saw was that the rip fence was integrated into a geared rail system that had a measurement indicator that showed the distance between the blade and the rip fence.

Basically what this meant was that I could accurately set my rip fence with just a twist of a knob versus manually sliding the rip fence and measuring the distance between the blade and the fence with a tape measure.

The fence system that this saw used also guaranteed that the rip fence would be parallel to the blade, something that I always had a bit of an issue with table saws that had to be manual slid into place.

Since I don't have a very large budget for tools, I had to rely on asking for Home Depot gift cards as birthday and Christmas presents. After a few years, and a lot of patience (not to mention a lot of gift cards), I finally had enough accumulated to claim my new toy.

I do have to admit that I did give the cashier at my local Home Depot a bit of a heart attack when I pulled out a stack of gift cards to pay for my new saw. 😁

Once I got it home I didn't waste much time getting it out of the box and setting it up.

After using the saw for a few days, I am quite impressed with how well the saw is working out.

The effort I need to set up the saw's rip fence to make a cut is a fraction of the time that I needed to spend with my old table saw. With its rip fence indicator, I am always confident that my cuts are always accurate.

My DeWalt table saw - all set up and ready to go

While I am very pleased with my new toy, as with anything with the shop, there is always the need for something new to which will allow me to create even more neat things. 

I guess I'll still be collecting Home Depot cards for quite some time to come...  

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