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Hey I have some home projects coming up and I am looking to get my first table saw. I do not have a lot of space so only looking at portable table saws right now.

My budget is around $300 and I am trying to decide between theses 2 models. I can get both for $300 or less, the dewalt woulde be a little less with gift cards etc. Anyone have any experience with these models?


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I would go with first choice the Dewalt, Skil has has gone downhill since its Glory Days. I have the Bosch, heard good things about the Dewalt, Know nothing about the Skil
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Adam, it looks like you're comparing a Skil 10" to a Dewalt 8 1/4" saw...what size is it you're interested in...? Or does it not matter...?

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@Nickp Good catch Nick, I was thinking of the 7480,0r 745.


This one surprises me, I didn't know about it being a worm drive. that might be a game changer. I used worm drive Skilsaws on the job for over 50 years and they were the standard of the industry then. This sounds like an interesting saw and for the price it is a couple of hundred cheaper than my Bosch.. If you decide to get this one ,be sure to give us a review on it.
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Adam, it looks like you're comparing a Skil 10" to a Dewalt 8 1/4" saw...what size is it you're interested in...? Or does it not matter...?
Reason I'm looking at the 8 1/4" DeWalt vs 10" skilsaw is the price since I can get both for less than $300.

My first project for the table saw is for ripping hardwood floor, then it's whatever projects come up.

The DeWalt seems well put together and rack and pinion adjustment, but the skilsaw seemed to have some nice additions such as Diablo blade, worm drive 10" etc.
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@Nickp Good catch Nick, I was thinking of the 7480,0r 745.


This one surprises me, I didn't know about it being a worm drive. that might be a game changer. I used worm drive Skilsaws on the job for over 50 years and they were the standard of the industry then. This sounds like an interesting saw and for the price it is a couple of hundred cheaper than my Bosch.. If you decide to get this one ,be sure to give us a review on it.
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Yeah price and availability have me looking at the dw7485 since the dw7480 doesn't really seem to be available.
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@TheFlash In a more direct response to your question, I don't have either saw so I cannot comment...but...

The Skil's worm drive, 10" blade and higher RPM would tend to make me lean towards the Skil.

The Dewalt has a nice feature in the rack/pinion fence adjustment but that has never been a biggie for me (I bought the Bosch 4100)...

I read some of the reviews on both and there seems to be some issue with the fence...spend some time with the reviews so you go into it better informed.

Also, check the safety features on both, ie, riving knife specifically..does it adjust with blade height or is it fixed...?

The 1/2" dado capability of the Skil is also attractive but if you're going to cut grooves or dado's I would consider a saw that would allow you to go to 3/4"...

If you have the time to spend, gather some more funds and take a look at the slightly higher end portable saws...it might be worth it to wait and save a few more bucks for the 4100 or Dewalt...just a thought on budget versus value...

Side note...? I do like the worm drive and speed on the Skil...less likely to "bog down" on rips...

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Adam I would also give some strong consideration to a used saw if they are available in your area. There are some great deals out there that may just be better then new for the money.
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I have the DeWalt 7491 XE, the slightly bigger brother to the one you're looking at (and the Australian notation XE, not sure what it would be where you are).
It's a great saw, and a bit more power than the 7485 I suspect.

The fence is held by rack and pinion and very good, comes with a riving knife and vacuum port on top of safety unit (can't remember it's name right now, too tired).

I love it, it works well. I bought a Diablo finishing blade for it and have not looked back.
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If they have the same power then the 8 1/4 will seeming have more power because of the smaller diameter blade. However, there is usally less variety in that smaller blade size than there is in 10 inch blades but that probably won't be a big issue.

The fence is the big deal. Look for reviews on Home Depot, Amazon, and any other site that has them. See if any one mentioned mentioned that as an issue. I bought a cheap saw from Sears when I was away from home and didn't have access to my big ones and the fence just about drove me crazy. First thing I had to do was take some sandpaper and glue it to the clamp on the far end to keep it from sliding around and every time I set it I had to measure at both ends of the blade to see if it was parallel. The rack and pinion fence on the DW should fix that issue once it's set properly.
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