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Old 03-17-2010, 08:39 PM   #21
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Never owned any Dewalt cordless, but I like my miter saw (713) and table saw (745).
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:23 PM   #22
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When I first started 20 years ago Makita was the top dog. I remember my first 9.6 volt, long black battery drill, and most of my first tools were Makita. Then Dewalt was top dog for a while, now the new Makita stuff is suppose to be great. I have so much invested in dewalt from cordless vacs to cordless nail guns it would be tuff to switch at this point.
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Every Dewalt tool i had broke,had a router and the handles broke off after a month. All my tools are festool or hilti now worth every cent
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dewalt is de stuff that breaks and destuff that isnt reliable in my experience
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i have owned many different types of tools and i must say they aren't the best but can be the best bang for the buck.

yes makita has some better cordless and bosch has some better stuff too. its like the chevy and ford debate. buy the best tool for the job.

i am not brand loyal at all anymore. i used to only buy bosch but after realizing that there was better stuff out there. now i buy what ever fits the bill.

FWIW i own festool, bosch, dewalt, makita, and many others.
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i love them. they do what I want them to do. resonably priced, and lots of cordless options.
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picked up a dw745 10" table saw this past week.

haven't really run it yet, but i'm impressed with it's size and features, looks like they've recently updated the blade guard system (modular now) and improved some other small things.

very light weight, i can carry it in one hand.

i was also interested to see that lowes had the dw744x on sale for 420 bucks which includes the stand, i was a bit torn between the two actually, but i really do like the compact size of the 745.

i've seen some complaints about the 744/x i forget the specifics though, anyone who has owned the newer 744's care to chime in? i'd be interested to see what you have to say about the 745 as well, i've mostly heard overall good things about it though.

edit: oh btw, sold my 10" rigid shop model table saw yesterday, put it on craig's list and within 3 hours it was gone. hell i spent more time sanding rust off the top of it and applying 3in1 from 7 years sitting in the garage than it took to sell the beast.
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Several months ago I bought the 745 at HD for $300 on sale. Really nice & the accuracy is great. While ripping some heavy 2x12 pt, the fence kept moving slightly on me. After a simple adjustment on the locking lever everything was alright. My shop model doesn't cut wet lumber as well as this little sucker does & it hasn't kicked a breaker yet.
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picked up a dw745 10" table saw this past week.

haven't really run it yet, but i'm impressed with it's size and features, looks like they've recently updated the blade guard system (modular now) and improved some other small things.

very light weight, i can carry it in one hand.

i was also interested to see that lowes had the dw744x on sale for 420 bucks which includes the stand, i was a bit torn between the two actually, but i really do like the compact size of the 745.

i've seen some complaints about the 744/x i forget the specifics though, anyone who has owned the newer 744's care to chime in? i'd be interested to see what you have to say about the 745 as well, i've mostly heard overall good things about it though.

edit: oh btw, sold my 10" rigid shop model table saw yesterday, put it on craig's list and within 3 hours it was gone. hell i spent more time sanding rust off the top of it and applying 3in1 from 7 years sitting in the garage than it took to sell the beast.
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The few I purchased over the years are still going and have served me very well.
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Several months ago I bought the 745 at HD for $300 on sale. Really nice & the accuracy is great. While ripping some heavy 2x12 pt, the fence kept moving slightly on me. After a simple adjustment on the locking lever everything was alright. My shop model doesn't cut wet lumber as well as this little sucker does & it hasn't kicked a breaker yet.
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I have an 8 yr. old 12" SBC Miter saw that has held up well and am happy with. When I upgrade to the Makita I'll make it a dedicated rough cut saw.

I have a 5 piece and hammer drill cordless. A couple recips. and an older Jig, vac, radio, and corded drill.

The cordless stuff, feh, I have had to replace all the batteries and chargers. I periodically think of throwing the whole lot in a ditch.

The vac I actually like quite a bit. The radio (the older analog) get's sh!tty reception.

The recips are nothing to write home about (already sidelined with a Porter Tiger). One won't even handle the thicker blades, wtf!?

The jig has been sidelined for a Bosch barrel jig .

Honestly DeWault is off my buy list. If I were running multiple crews or I was on a serious budget and had to tool up fast I maybe could see choosing them or even the Rigid.

But for my personal stock over the long haul they just don't make the tools I want.

In the main I am choosing Bosch, Porter and Makita with a few Millwaukee's scattered in, depending on the particular tool.

And honestly I feel a vicious Festool addiction approaching.
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We have mostly DeWalt tools, I guess I can honestly say that they have served their purpose well. We must not be workers like some of you guys that post.... Because we have never had tools break unless they were dropped from 6' plus....
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does holding the trigger for 20 minutes in an hour on 3 different dewalt recips and having them burnout count. we switched to milwaukee after that they only thing that broke on them was the little blade hatch on the case
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Dewalt seems to get a lot of bad ink around here and maybe it's justafied but I can say that I have owned butt loads of Dewalt tools in my professional life and I haven't broken anything yet. Hell I have a radial arm saw from the late 60's that still works fine. There are 2 12" miter saws, the original issue 12v drill and many many hand tools not pictured that still pay the bills.

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Dewalt seems to get a lot of bad ink around here and maybe it's justafied but I can say that I have owned butt loads of Dewalt tools in my professional life and I haven't broken anything yet.
My impression is that the bad rap has only been showing up for the last 2-3 months or so. Prior to that, there were plenty of staunch supporters.

One thing we all need to keep in mind is that the days are long gone when you could really count on any brand being a given quality. The beancounters are in the saddle now, and few manufacturers can afford to maintain top quality in the face of low profitability.

I have a couple of older DeWalt tools, and there is no doubt at all about their durability. But generally I avoid them, because their ergonomics are not nearly as good as other makes costing half to two-thirds the price, with really not all that much less durability.

While it's great to be able to brag about owning an indestructible rock, I don't want to go through my day feeling like I'm pounding on things with rocks. I'm willing to sacrifice some of that toughness for comfort.

Bottom line, for the best mix of cost and productivity, we need to be our own beancounters and keep constantly re-evaluating when it comes to new tool purchasing decisions.
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My impression is that the bad rap has only been showing up for the last 2-3 months or so. Prior to that, there were plenty of staunch supporters.

One thing we all need to keep in mind is that the days are long gone when you could really count on any brand being a given quality. The beancounters are in the saddle now, and few manufacturers can afford to maintain top quality in the face of low profitability.

I have a couple of older DeWalt tools, and there is no doubt at all about their durability. But generally I avoid them, because their ergonomics are not nearly as good as other makes costing half to two-thirds the price, with really not all that much less durability.

While it's great to be able to brag about owning an indestructible rock, I don't want to go through my day feeling like I'm pounding on things with rocks. I'm willing to sacrifice some of that toughness for comfort.

Bottom line, for the best mix of cost and productivity, we need to be our own beancounters and keep constantly re-evaluating when it comes to new tool purchasing decisions.
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Most of my tools are dewalt . And yes they are heavy , the reguler 18v cordless drill leaves something to be desired ,it just lacks the power.But the cordless impact is awsome.I have a saw and a recipricating saw that have been running great for ten years.The weight can be a problem,but seeing as I work CONSTRUCTION I don't cry about it.
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They've been good to me so far.

I don't like to complain but sometimes I still do...

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I have had the same Dewalt skill saw for about 12 years and love it! I don't like their cordless tools, but the only cordless tools I like are Makita. I got suckered into Rigid li/ion 18v kit because of the warranty- don't make that same mistake!

I also have a Dewalt plunge router that works great but has a wierd base so finding attachments sucks.

Miter saws, again, Makita. (Not brand loyal just think they're the best for these applications).

I also have a Makita sawzall and love it. Dewalt sawzalls are GARBAGE! Here I would only go Milwaukee or Makita. I went Makita because it was on sale.

To sum it up, every tool manufacturer has their goods and bads. Totaly depends on what your looking to get. I think brand loyalty unwarranted by reason is pretty dumb IMHOP!
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