In this Makita vs DeWalt table saw review we will be looking at a model from each of the respective power tool brands. A table saw is vital for when you are working with wood. This is something both home DIYers and professional tradesmen do, so it is important you get the right one for your needs.
We will, therefore, aim to provide you with all the necessary information in order for you to make an informed purchase decision. The review will include what the main functions and features are and some pros and cons of each model.
We will then round it up by stating which one is our favorite and why.
DeWalt DW745 Table Saw
This is a great table saw for those individuals wanting a middle of the road power tool that comes backed with lots of good functions and features. It is appreciated by all that use for its durability, accuracy and its portability.
Armed with a 15 amp motor, the table saw has lots of torque meaning it can easily cut through lumber and even hard woods. The 10 inch cutting blade can reach a maximum of 3,850 RPM of speed. With the fence on the DeWalt you are able to cut through a work piece as wide as 20 inch.
The fence has a rack and pinion, which means it can be precisely and quickly adjusted. Its telescopic function allows for the rails to protrude a further 20 inch. The maximum cutting depth at 90 degrees is over 3 inch and at 45 degrees is over 2 inch.
The DW745 weighs just 66 pounds and can be carried from job to job easily thanks to the base having a firm grip. DeWalt have added on board memory to the table saw, which means gaining access to the Site Pro Protection components much easier.
To keep your work space clean and tidy there is the facility to connect the table saw to a vacuum cleaner via a 2.5 inch dust port.
The surface of the table on this power tool has been coated in a special solution to decrease the level of friction and thus improve the cutting quality. The base of the roll cage on the DeWalt is made of metal in order to add a greater level of durability and stability to the power tool than plastic would provide.
- A 1,850 watt motor
- A 15 amp motor
- 120 volts
- Up to 3,850 RPM of speed
- A 10 inch cutting blade
- A maximum cutting depth of over 3 inch at 90 degrees and over 2 inch at 45 degrees
- A 2.5 inch dust port
- A total weight of 66 pounds
- Highly durable
- Easily cuts through lumber and even hard woods
- Can be easily transported
- Not compatible with Dado blades
Makita MLT100 Table Saw
The bed of this Makita table saw is approximately 10% bigger than that of most others currently available on the market at 960 mm x 690 mm. Its main bed is made from cast aluminum, has two extendible beds, and also a sliding bed that is made from aluminum.
The table saw comes with a storage facility for tools such as the push bar, fences, extra cutting blades, footprint etc. The MLT100 comes with a 10 inch cutting blade and spins at a maximum RPM of 4,500. This is thanks to its powerful 1,500 watt motor.
In order to adjust the angle of the cutting blade simply release the lock and then turn the knob. This is different to most other table saws currently available on the market that instead utilize a disengage lock and then manual adjustment is required.
The angle of the cutting blade can be made small to give a great level of convenience and precision. The power tool creates very few vibrations on the blade, which again helps with making precision cuts. The MLT100 boasts a maximum cutting depth of over 3 inch at 90 degrees and 2.5 inch at 45 degrees.
The table saw has a long fence, along with a clip to hold your work piece. The clamp on the gauge can be used for pushing your work piece through the cutting blade or for sliding beds.
On this particular model the miter gauge does not line up with the slots on the saw bed, as they are fuller than the gauge’s rail. The entire power tool is covered by a 3 year warranty, which brings peace of mind that you will not lose out if it was to malfunction or completely break altogether.
- A 1,500 watt motor
- 240 volts
- Up to 4,500 RPM of speed
- A 10 inch cutting blade
- A total weight of 93 pounds
- Large bed
- Storage for tools
- Makes precise cuts
- Produces lots of noise
- Miter gauge does not line up with the slots on the saw bed
After reviewing these two models of power tool, and taking into account our own experience of working with wood, it is the DeWalt DW745 table saw that is our favourite. This is down to a number of things.
Firstly, the design of the DeWalt is superior to that of the Makita in that the guard and fence systems work better to provide a great rip capacity. The type of warranty the DW745 comes with is also better than the one that comes with the MLT100.
Furthermore, the DeWalt is much lighter and thus easier to pick up and transport. It also makes much more accurate and better quality cuts thanks to its highly powerful motor.
We hope you found this article of use and that it helped you to make a more informed decision as to which table saw to purchase. Now it is time for you to go out and buy one.