The Dewalt DWE7485 is a compact table saw with a smaller 8.5 inch blade. This saw is designed to offer good ripping capacity and power with a more compact design than some other portable table saws. Let’s take a closer look.
Cutting Power & Motor
The Dewalt DWE7485 table saw has a lot of power for it’s size and price. The 15 amp motor can run with a maximum speed of 5800 RPM’s, which is quite high compared to some other saws in this price range. The high speed and power makes it easy to rip through sheets of materials while you work on your projects. Dewalt says this is designed for ripping and cutting wood, plastic and other softer materials, and it does that with ease.
People who use this saw generally have no issues with the cutting power and it’s one of the highlights of this smaller saw.
The cutting table is large enough to handle 4×8 plywood or other sheets of material and has a rip capacity of 24.5 inches. That’s not bad at all for a smaller table saw like this. The rip capacity makes it quite useful for a lot applications and this saw can find a place easily at home or on the job site.
The cutting table is made from aluminum and is a very smooth surface. The table is nice and flat and people who use this saw haven’t run into any issues.
The rip fence on this saw utilizes a rack and pinion design that allows for quick and accurate adjustments while staying in proper alignment. The fence moves smoothly and locks into place easily.
The total rip capacity allowed when the fence is fully extended is 24.5 inches, which should be good enough for people who need to rip anything up to 4×8 feet in size.
When the fence is properly aligned with the blade, it tends to stay that way and can be confidently used. However, some people have run into issues with the rip fence being properly aligned out of the box. This can be fixed by loosening the locator pins on the rip fence system and realigning the rip fence properly, then tightening the locator pins back up.
Another thing with the rip fence is the vertical square alignment. This can’t be adjusted, so if you happen to receive a unit where the rip fence vertical alignment is off, you’ll want to swap it or return it for one that is square.
This saw does have a sawdust collection port on the underside of the saw and on the blade guard. The dust port on the underside is a standard 2.5 inch dust port. The port on the blade guard is a 1.5 inch port. Dewalt doesn’t offer any Y connectors to connect to both ports that they mention in the manuals, which confuses some buyers of this saw.
People who are having best results with the dust collection ports are using the 2.5 inch port along with their shop vacs or other sawdust collection systems.
This saw is pretty heavy on safety features, much like most modern table saws. The most noticeable the features surrounding the blade. There is a blade guard system to keep the blade from being fully exposed. The riving knife keeps materials from pinching on the blade. The anti-kickback pawls keep materials from kicking back if they do become jammed or misaligned.
This saw also features a safety features that will keep it from restarting automatically if it becomes unplugged or loses power during use.
There is also a blade brake on this saw which will help slow down the blade after it’s turned off.
In general this is a pretty solidly built table saw. Sure, there are some plastic parts like a lot of modern power tools, but they don’t seem to really cause any issues for the owners of this saw. This saw will stand up well to general home use and also will hold up well in more demanding environments like job sites.
As far as table saws go, this is one of the more portable options out there, even without a stand. This saw is designed to be more compact in size at 22.75″ L x 22.75″ W x 13″ H. The total weight of the saw is 54 lbs. It is designed to be carried with one arm by one person.
If you can lift 50 lbs, you shouldn’t have much of a problem at all moving or carrying this saw. If you struggle to lift 50 lbs you will want to have somebody help you when moving this around.
This saw isn’t designed to use dado blades and if you want to be able to use a dado stack you’ll need to look at other saws instead of this one. This is one of the drawbacks of this saw and it’s compact design.
Dewalt includes several useful accessories with this saw. This saw is also designed to have on-board storage for these accessories, so you’ll have less of a chance of misplacing them and they should be readily available when needed.
The accessories include:
- 24T 8-1/4 Inch Blade
- Rip Fence
- Miter Gauge
- Blade Change Wrenches
- Anti-Kickback Pawls
- Blade Guard System
- Riving Knife
- Push Stick
Setup & Assembly
There isn’t a whole lot to setup with this saw and most people have good luck with the saw being mostly properly aligned and configured out of the box. We recommend going through all of the adjustments and setup that are listed in the manual. This will help you get familiarized with the saw features and will help put you in better position to properly use and maintain the saw.
Bench or stand mounting is possible with this saw and there are mounting holes on the frame provided for doing so.
Dewalt offers a 3 year warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. This is a pretty solid warranty period and one of the reasons that people like Dewalt.
- Compact size
- Large cutting capacity
- Powerful motor
- No dado capability
- 8 inch blade and less cutting depth
- Included miter gauge feels sloppy
Max Cut Depth (45 degrees)
27.25 in x 14.188 in x 26.75 in
19.25 x 22.5 inches
The Dewalt DWE7485 has some really good things going for it and it’s a great pick for a compact table saw. If you are ok with the 8.25 inch blade size and the slightly lesser cutting depth than you will get with a 10 inch blade, you will find this saw to be very capable. It’s easy to move around even without a stand and provides plenty of cutting power and a large rip capacity. If you are looking for an affordable saw without cutting too many corners on capabilities this is a great option.