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Goblue4016

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01-28-2019 10:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt dwe7491 7491 table saw delta 36-725 tablesaw hybrid jobsite

Hey All,

New member here but I’ve lurking around here for quite a while. I just started getting back into woodworking recently so trying to purchase the essentials. I’m just a DIY guy working out of a 2 car garage which the wife parks in every night. I’m only currently making stuff for my new home and friends and family but maybe down the road I will build stuff on the weekends to sell on Craigslist or Facebook.

I’m trying to decide what table saw route I should go and I have it narrowed down to the Dewalt DWE7491rs which I would remove the stand and drop it into a 4×8’ mobile workbench I’m going to build.

Or should I go with the Delta 36-725 and still butt it up to the workbench I’m going to build.

They are both pretty close power wise and rip capacity wise but I know one is a hybrid saw and the other a Jobsite. Is the Delta going to perform a lot better because of the hybrid?

I borrowed my friends Dewalt dwe7490 and used it to build a media center and it was pretty tough to cut larger prices of plywood on it even with indeed and outfeed rollers. (I currently cut down the plywood with a circular saw then take to the table saw)

80% of the time I will be cutting plywood on it but It would be nice to cut larger prices safely as the one I borrowed struggled with me keeping the plywood flat and up on the fence when making 28” wide rips for 6 feet long plywood.

Obviously the Dewalt will be easier to store but I can make room for the Delta also.

Anyone have opinions or suggestions? Or if you need more info let me know! Also I don’t plan on taking to a jobsite or anything, it will pretty much stay in the garage.

I attached a pic of the popular media center barn door design that I built, my 1st build since high school shop class haha.


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EeerWoodworker

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#1 posted 01-28-2019 11:01 PM

I have the delta and like it alot, I was also trying to decide between the Dewalt and Delta. Overall I am pretty happy with the delta, it did have its quirks. The motor capacitor was disconnected when I got it and the thing had no power and got hot until I figured this out.

Sometimes I wish I had gone with the Dewalt and built a nice cabinet for it such as in the links below. With a nice stand you can increase the support for plywood.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/298202

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/155690

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Goblue4016

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#2 posted 01-28-2019 11:10 PM



I have the delta and like it alot, I was also trying to decide between the Dewalt and Delta. Overall I am pretty happy with the delta, it did have its quirks. The motor capacitor was disconnected when I got it and the thing had no power and got hot until I figured this out.

Sometimes I wish I had gone with the Dewalt and built a nice cabinet for it such as in the links below. With a nice stand you can increase the support for plywood.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/298202

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/155690

- EeerWoodworker

Hey thanks for the reply!! Good to know you like the delta, and yea I’m trying to decide if I should build that drop in workbench for the Dewalt like you posted or just go delta. I’m curious to hear what you and others have to say about the performance difference between the 2 saws. The Dewalt 15 amp vs delta 13 amp, RPMs, etc. which one would give me better cut quality. I always try to make the best decision but I agonize about everything until I finally purchase one lol

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EeerWoodworker

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#3 posted 01-28-2019 11:52 PM



Hey thanks for the reply!! Good to know you like the delta, and yea I’m trying to decide if I should build that drop in workbench for the Dewalt like you posted or just go delta. I’m curious to hear what you and others have to say about the performance difference between the 2 saws. The Dewalt 15 amp vs delta 13 amp, RPMs, etc. which one would give me better cut quality. I always try to make the best decision but I agonize about everything until I finally purchase one lol

- Goblue4016

I would say without question the Delta will give the better cut, it is silent compared to a jobsite/benchtop saw and its hard to replace the mass and stiffness of a cast iron table. My dad did all his work with a cheap $100 craftsman benchtop that was probably the cheapest saw sears sold in 1995 and did quite well with it.

There are tradeoffs with both.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 01-29-2019 12:02 AM

Unless you need portability, get the stationary saw. A full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor will have the lion’s share of advantages. Putting a portable saw inside a large cabinet offsets one of the few advantages, and leaves you with all the disadvantages.

Some light reading to help with your choice.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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EeerWoodworker

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#5 posted 01-29-2019 12:06 AM


Unless you need portability, get the stationary saw. A full size cast iron saw with a belt drive induction motor will have the lion s share of advantages. Putting a portable saw inside a large cabinet offsets one of the few advantages, and leaves you with all the disadvantages.

Some light reading to help with your choice.

- knotscott

Not exactly, because you still also h ave a portable saw.

I am going to end up with a jobsite saw also just because there are times that I wish I could put mine in the back of the truck and take it with me, or even carry it out back and use in the backyard for home improvement type stuff.

I think you have to ask what exactly do you see yourself using it for and how you will be using it.

I am a big guy, but I aint big enough to hoss around my Delta like that.

It is almost if they aren’t quite the same tool, but can substituted for each other in freely in most situations.

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Mainboom

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#6 posted 01-29-2019 12:28 AM

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife-Polar-Bear-Series/G0833P

I looked at both the tablesaw you are but in the end I went with the grizzly. delta doesn’t have very good customer service for one. And the delta I looked at that the store here in town had looked really cheap. the dewalt is nice but I wanted something with more power. you can run the grizzly 110v or 240v. I currently have it 240v but have run it 110v. get a good blade and it goes through plywood like butter. just another option. mine is very accurate. but I took the time to set it up right. plus the cast iron tables make a big difference compaired to a jobsite saw.

if you really want a jobsite saw I would suggest the bosch first and the skill second. the worm drive on the skill is tried and true and I have seen one cut a 4×4 no problem. the bosch is very accurate and has a good motor in it . bosch has pretty good quality for the most part most everything I own is bosch so im kinda bias about it. no matter what its gonna come down to what you can affor. but my grizzly is really nice I don’t regret it for a min. but get someone other then ur wife to help you unload it.

another edit…. I have a work bench I cut 2 inches off the legs and now use it for an outfeed table for my table saw. I just did it infact. ill be cutting grooves into the top to accept the miter gauge. put a set of powertek casters on it and its great just another thought for ya .

-- CRANE OPERATORS START EARLY because iron workers need their heros ready when they wake up

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#7 posted 01-29-2019 12:58 AM


Hey All,
I attached a pic of the popular media center barn door design that I built, my 1st build since high school shop class haha.

- Goblue4016

Welcome to LJ.

It’s gonna drive you crazy everytime you ask opinions on a particular product because invariably folks will suggest other options as they genuinely love the tools they have. i.e. I’d get the Grizzly! I love mine. :-)

P.S. If you are using your phone to take pics hold it horizontally and they will post in the right orientation.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Goblue4016

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#8 posted 01-29-2019 02:38 AM



https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife-Polar-Bear-Series/G0833P

So I haven’t looked at that exact grizzly but I was considering this one:

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-T-Shaped-Fence/G0771Z

I do know that the grizzly table saws are better than the delta but from the threads I read people said they weren’t sure if it was about $500 more better because I can get the delta or the Dewalt for about $500

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Goblue4016

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#9 posted 01-29-2019 02:41 AM



Welcome to LJ.

It s gonna drive you crazy everytime you ask opinions on a particular product because invariably folks will suggest other options as they genuinely love the tools they have. i.e. I d get the Grizzly! I love mine. :-)

P.S. If you are using your phone to take pics hold it horizontally and they will post in the right orientation.

- Andybb

Yes I can already see my head will be spinning with all the suggestions!! But they all help with me just getting back into woodworking.

And haha good call on the picture as it was from my phone and I couldn’t figure out how to rotate it, so thanks!

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AndyJ1s

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#10 posted 01-30-2019 02:50 AM

Between those two choices, I’d go with the hybrid, hands down. You can only extend the table on a jobsite saw to the rear, and on the sides. You can’t really do anything to extend the table in front, to give you more space before the blade. That short length before the blade is one of the most glaring weaknesses of the jobsite saws. It is a lot easier to meaningfully upgrade the rip fence on the hybrid as well.

But only you know how you will use it, and what will work best for you. All we can do is tell you what would work best for us, not necessarily for you.

(the other) Andy

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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DLM

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#11 posted 01-30-2019 03:57 AM

I had the Dewalt, and it was a great little saw when it was all I had room for. It’s loud, has a little vibration, and the table is tiny. I still built a lot of furniture on it.

I traded up to the Delta, and it’s much more saw, but still small enough to tuck out of the way. It’s way quieter than the Dewalt, very smooth, the fence is worlds better, etc.

I made some more space recently and looked hard at upgrading. I still need some mobility, and the only thing I think a “real” saw would do better is have more power. That’s really never been an issue for me, so I ended up replacing the rails, adding a bunch of top, and a fold-down outfeed table. The table completely changed how I use the saw, and I use it as a table about as much as I use it as a saw. That might be an alternative to your mobile workbench, depending on how you’ll use things.

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Mainboom

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#12 posted 01-30-2019 04:05 AM


https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife-Polar-Bear-Series/G0833P

So I haven’t looked at that exact grizzly but I was considering this one:

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-10-Hybrid-Table-Saw-with-T-Shaped-Fence/G0771Z

I do know that the grizzly table saws are better than the delta but from the threads I read people said they weren’t sure if it was about $500 more better because I can get the delta or the Dewalt for about $500

- Goblue4016

the one you posted has about the same fence system as a delta cheap aluminum. the table saw over all is gonna be heavyer. that base is one piece steel.the table top is cast. the delta I think is sheet metal of the cabinet and I know the wings were cheap metal. I have the same motor but a better fence plus mine has dust collection a better riving knife system. I got mine on sale for like 800. I would take the one you posted over a delta if I had to choose between the 2. like I said I looked at the delta at lowes and the fence didn’t slide very well. and seem very flimsy. I don’t like to buy things 2 times and ill not need to buy a new table saw for atleast 15 years id bet if ever

-- CRANE OPERATORS START EARLY because iron workers need their heros ready when they wake up

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M. Chippa

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#13 posted 01-30-2019 01:44 PM

My vote is for the Dewalt. It’s a great saw and the fence system stays true. The only down side is the blade lift and rack pinion sometimes get gummed up.

Everyone says you can’t put a dado stack on it, but I can fit 2 blades and spacers fine on mine without cranking down.

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DLM

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#14 posted 01-30-2019 03:39 PM

The Dewalt fence is accurate, but it’s super thin, has a weird floppy-thing to compensate for the tiny table, and is generally difficult to use with jigs. It may be worlds better than other contractor saws, but it does not compare favorably with the Delta.

Dado fits fine on the 7491, but trying to dado on the tiny table is one of the main reasons I changed saws.

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Goblue4016

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#15 posted 01-30-2019 04:09 PM



I had the Dewalt, and it was a great little saw when it was all I had room for. It s loud, has a little vibration, and the table is tiny. I still built a lot of furniture on it.

I traded up to the Delta, and it s much more saw, but still small enough to tuck out of the way. It s way quieter than the Dewalt, very smooth, the fence is worlds better, etc.

I made some more space recently and looked hard at upgrading. I still need some mobility, and the only thing I think a “real” saw would do better is have more power. That s really never been an issue for me, so I ended up replacing the rails, adding a bunch of top, and a fold-down outfeed table. The table completely changed how I use the saw, and I use it as a table about as much as I use it as a saw. That might be an alternative to your mobile workbench, depending on how you ll use things.

- DLM

Thanks for the info – i was actually watching a youtube video last night about someone doing something similar to this and i did like it. i was looking for info on upgrading the rails though as i would love to have a 36” rip or larger instead of a 30” but still have the mobility of a saw like this. how did you upgrade yours? when i was at lowes last night it looked like just angle iron and square tube. was it hard and did you extend yours?

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