DeWalt product names
DeWalt unfortunately isn’t the best at naming their products. The names by themselves are not very catchy, and then they decide to change them whenever they introduce an updated version of a machine.
In the case of table saws, DeWalt currently sells 3 different base models, divided over 6 types, and including models with integrated stands or battery packs, 10 different versions.
Figuring out the difference between those odd model numbers can be tricky. But I’ve done some research, and I’ll do my best to explain the differences, so you can hopefully make some sense and pick the DeWalt table saw that fits you best!
To start with the basics, all of DeWalt’s table saws are one of three basic models, namely the smaller DW745, the bigger DWE7491/7492, and the newest DWE7485.
DeWalt also used to sell the DWE7480, DW744, and DWE7490, but those are no longer available, so I’ll just focus on the three base models I just mentioned.
DeWalt DWE7485 vs the DW745
24 1/2″ (622mm)
8 1/4″ (216mm)
The DWE7485 is the newest model and can be seen as a replacement of the DW745, which although still for sale, seems to be slowly phased out as well. It has about the same size as the DW745, but doesn’t sport a full 10-inch blade anymore, and looks visually more like a small version of the DWE7491.
Although the 7485 has a smaller blade than the 745, it does have a larger rip capacity, which was the main limitation of the 745. The 7485 can rip up to 24 1/2 inches, which is just enough to rip a 48” sheet of plywood in half. You might need a helping hand or some rollers, because the sheet will be hanging off the side. Still a good improvement over the 745 though.
The DWE7485 also runs at a much higher 5800 RPM compared to the DW745’s 3800 RPM, which should lead to smoother cuts.
Five versions: DWE7485, DCS7485B, DCS7485N, DCS7485T1, and DCS7485T2
To confuse things even more, there are five different versions of the 7485.
There is the standard wired DWE7485. DWE stands for DeWalt Wired (what the E stands for, I don’t know!). Although the voltage and plug will be different, the rest of this saw is identical for North America and Europe (and the rest of the world).
The DCS7485 is the cordless FlexVolt version of the 7485. DCS stands for DeWalt Cordless Saw, so if you see that before the model number, you’ll know it’s a portable, battery-powered saw.
DeWalt sells the DCS7485 in a standalone version (for people who already own FlexVolt batteries), which is called the DCS7485B in the United States, and the DCS7485N in Europe.
The DCS7485T1 (US) and DCS7485T2 (EU) do include two batteries and a charger, but these are not interchangeable, as the US version runs on 60 volts and the European version only on 54 volts.
DeWalt DW745 vs DWE7491 and DWE7492
32 1/2″ (825mm)
The DWE7491 and DWE7492 are nearly identical, with the 7492 being the version sold in Europe, and the 7491 being sold in North America. You can read more about the (minor) differences between them in this article.
The 7491 is the high-end model that has a large 10” blade and a 32 1/2” rip capacity. The DW745 is odd, because on the one hand it is a smaller, more portable version with only 20 inches of rip capacity, but it still sports the same 10” blade that you don’t really see on any other saws of this size.
This put the DW745 somewhere in the middle between high-end jobsite saws, like the 7491, and cheaper ones, like the new 7485. This might be the reason why DeWalt is slowly moving from the 745 to the 7485, as there is not enough difference between the cheaper and more expensive model.
DeWalt DWE7491 vs DWE7491X vs DWE7491RS
The differences between these three models are really simple: They are all the same saw, just with different stands. The DWE7491X includes a very basic folding stand, while the DWE7491RS comes with a Rolling Stand (RS) that can be folded away for storage. And of course the normal DWE7491 comes with no stand at all.
I hope this short guide helped you make some sense of all DeWalt’s confusing product names. If you found any other differences between these saws, let me know in the comments below!