From the construction site, to your home improvements; from a commercial woodworking shop to your almighty garage. A table saw is one versatile machine, no argument there. It completes your army of power tools by providing accurate and precise cuts. Being able to breakdown large wooden material into manageable smaller pieces is such a simple task but yet, somehow, it’s the centerpiece for most workshops. With all this being said, there is one thing holding it back…and that’s the power cord! But are cordless table saws any good?
There are a few variances of table saws but they all ultimately filter down to either two categories, portable table saws or stationary table saws. Battery powered table saws definitely trickles down to the “portable” category and that's what we're going to focus on. When searching online for cordless or battery-operated table saws, two units really stands out from the rest. The DeWalt DCS7485T1 FLEXVOLT 60 Volt Cordless Table Saw and the Milwaukee 2736-21HD FUEL 18 Volt Cordless Table Saw. Let us take a closer look at each one and figure out which one is better for you.
DEWALT DCS7485T1 60 VOLT FLEXVOLT CORDLESS TABLE SAW
This 60-volt FLEXVOLT 8 ¼” cordless table saw is maximized for accuracy, capacity and runtime. The rack and pinion telescoping fence rails make fence adjustments smooth and accurate. The Power-Loss Reset prevents accidental re-starts following a power disruption when the switch is left in the “in on in.” position. Comes with on board storage for guard, fence, wrenches, and miter gauge. 24” of rip capacity for ripping 4x8 plywood or OSB sheets. Site-Pro Modular Guarding System allows for tool free adjustment of the guarding. Its metal roll cage base offer greater durability than plastic bases and its table coating reduces friction for smoother cutting.
The 18-volt FUEL 8 ¼” cordless table saw w/ One-Key is optimized for power, portability and productivity. The POWERSTATE Brushless Motor provides 5,800 RPM and higher speeds under load for corded cutting performance. The rack and pinion fence system maintains accuracy and allows for quick adjustments. For maximum productivity, the tool has on board storage for the included accessory and a tool free guard and riving knife changes. An all metal frame provides durability for daily jobsite use. Compatible with ONE-KEY, this is the industry’s first table saw that wirelessly connects to a smart phone to track and manage a tool’s performance and location.
|ITEM||VOLTAGE||LFT PER CHARGE*||RPM||BLADE DIAMETER||ARBOR SIZE||MAX RIP CAPACITY||DIMENSIONS (LXWXH)||WEIGHT|
|Add To cart Buy Tool Only||DCS7485T1||60V||302'||5800||8 1/4"||5/8"||24"||22.8 X 14.1 X 12.8||48 LBS|
|Add To cart Buy Tool Only||2736-21HD||18V||600'||6300||8 1/4"||5/8"||24 1/2"||22 X 22.5 X 12||41.6 LBS|
Both of these units are great! No matter what side you pick, these table saws will get the job done and you’ll be amazed on how these cordless table saws perform in the field. Personally, I prefer the Milwaukee table saw. The ergonomics is placed better and having the One-Key baked into the unit is a major plus for me. However, I can easily be persuaded by the DeWalt table saw. The DCS7485T1 performs very well, and its precision is spot on! In the end however, both the DeWalt and the Milkwaukee are good and built similarly!
I think your purchase is pretty easy, just go with the platform you mostly operate with. The only downside for DeWalt is that you must jump into the FLEXVOLT line, but if you're already invested and committed to this power line, that’s perfect! Milwaukee lets you run this battery-operated table saw with what most consumers already have, and that’s the M18 (18-volt) platform. It’s pretty amazing how table saws can now run off just a single battery and I have a feeling it is just going to get better from here.