For those of you that are currently on the market for a new table saw, don’t go out there and grab the first one you can get your paws on. Instead, you need to take some time to do your research. If I were to narrow the selection of table saws down, it would be a fight between the Hitachi C10RJ and the DeWalt DWE7491RS. If you’re wondering which one of these you should choose, continue reading as I’m going to give you a review of each one, then let you decide from there.
Hitachi C10RJ Review
Starting out, for those of you that aren’t aware, Hitachi bought out Metabo, bringing the German manufacturer to the table. So now, you will find that Hitachi tools are being referred to as Metabo HPT. Now that I got that out of the way, I would like to talk about the Hitachi C10RJ (Metabo HPT C10RJ).
Hitachi C10RJ Features
- Electric brake
- Accessory storage
- Riving knife
- A stable stand that folds and rolls
- Overload protection
- 8-inch wheels that are all-terrain
- Dust port in the rear
- Soft start
- 4,500 RPM 15 Amp motor
Responsible for powering this table saw, you have a direct drive universal 15-amp motor, which is perfect. The soft-start function is an additional benefit. The DeWalt puts out 4,800 RPM (I will be giving you a full review of the DeWalt next), while this one right here puts out 4,500 RPM. In order to protect the motor from getting damaged, there’s an overload sensor – regardless of the table saw you buy, I definitely recommend one with an overload sensor. It also has a power switch that has an emergency off safety cover – this comes in handy for protecting everything else.
The stand is definitely something to be mesmerized over – it’s one of those near fold/roll stands. The stand even has a nice accessory storage area. It can turn into an upright cart that you can roll around and the wheels are all-terrain.
One Dust Port
Like most job-site saws, on the Hitachi, you will only find one dust port, which is located in the rear. The DeWalt, on the other hand, has two dust ports, with 1 dust port being above the blade guard.
Table, Blade, and Beveling
The fact that this product comes with a 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade combined with offering mid-range RPMs tells me that Hitachi intended for this table saw to be more than just the type that rips rough lumbar. It appears that the manufacturer gave this table saw the power to work with harder wood and make cleaner finishes. The dado capacity is something that you are going to appreciate – 8×13/16-inch.
I noticed that this table can support large pieces, while most table saws cannot. This particular table saw offers 28-3/4-inch x 22-inches of working space that can extend out to a 35-inch wide ripping capacity. As for DeWalt, it allows a rip capacity of 32-1/2-inch.
Thanks to the anti-kickback pawls, the user will be safe while working with this saw. The bevel range goes from 0 to 45.
Like I previously said, this saw doesn’t stop at ripping lumber – it can do so much more. It is capable of achieving clean finishes, cut harder wood and the 8×13/16-inch dado capacity is something to look forward to.
On the right, it allows up to a 35-inch rip capacity. At the back, it supports an additional 10 inches of material. When it’s set on the left, for maximum flexibility, there’s a 22-inch rip capacity. In all honesty, I really don’t think there’s much the saw cannot handle and the versatility is an added bonus.
The Soft Start System
Personally, I like the soft-start system, because, at startup, the recoil and noise is reduced without having to sacrifice ramp-up and power.
Overload Protection and Zero Voltage Restart
If the power is cut during operation for a temporary amount of time, it prevents restarting. There’s also an auto-shutoff feature in order to prevent motor damage.
For immediate shutdown, there’s an oversized power switch with an emergency-off safety cover. This can be found at knee level. There’s also a riving knife installed in order to ensure no kickback or bind.
There’s onboard storage space, so you can store all of your accessories like the blade guard, push stick, power cord, anti-kickback pawns, and so on.
The Ergonomic Design
Looking at the design of this table saw, it is obvious that the manufacturer had convenience and comfort in mind. The saw is light in weight and the switches, along with the accessory storage have been perfectly placed. As for the stand, you’re not going to have to worry, because it’s sturdy.
The all-terrain 8-inch rubber wheels make the table saw super portable. The legs can be folded in order to make for a firm working surface. When folded with the stand, you’ll see that the saw stands up straight, making it great for those that like to store their table saw. If you’re tight on space in your garage, you will like how compact this one gets, and when it’s folded up, you’ll still be able to use the rolling wheels.
- Big table top surface to work with
- Cleaner finishes
- Can use on harder wood
- Can rip lumber
- Can adjust the rack and pinion fence easily
- Amazing performance
- On-board storage
- Can be rolled
- Can fold up to be stored
- Portability with folding legs and a nice telescoping table extension
- Advanced safety features
- Ergonomically built
- There are some that have had the miter gauge fall out. In order to fix this issue, before you transport the safe, just check on the miter gauge and make sure it is secure.
- Some have said that the instruction manual isn’t exactly easy to understand. A couple of users had to backtrack while they were assembling the table saw. However, there are many users that have said the assembly process was super easy. The assembly all has to do with the skill level and user experience.
The Hitachi C10RJ table saw is packed full of features that are great for both pros and beginners and I couldn’t help but to notice that this table saw right here offers the largest rip capacity in its class. The folding, cutting, and transporting features are exactly how they’re supposed to do – they work well. Yes, the miter gauge may fall out and for some, the assembly process may not be easy, but the price makes this saw well worth it – it’s much cheaper than the DeWalt and you know, at a glance, this Hitachi right here could be mistaken as the DeWalt model if it wasn’t for the colors. There are material differences that could convince a professional to choose one over the other, but for the price, and the fact that the features are attractive, many users will go for this one.
Dewalt 10-Inch Table Saw – DWE7491RS Review
To compare with the Hitachi C10RJ, I have the Dewalt DWE7491RS, which I feel is in direct competition with the Hitachi model I just told you about.
DeWalt DWE7491RS Features
- On board storage
- 1-1/2” dust collection ports
- 15 Amp motor
- Rolling stand
- Rack and Pinion telescoping fence system
First, I’m going to start out by telling you about the design. The table saw is sturdy and it has a rolling stand. The wheels make it convenient to roll around, so you don’t have to move something that is 110 pounds without wheels. All you have to do to transport the table saw is collapse the rolling stand and push the saw on the wheels.
The fence system is decent. The rack and pinion fence mechanism will make it so that you can make adjustments on the go that are smooth, without having to stop the machine. These fences help save a lot of effort and time, and they improve the overall accuracy.
I am satisfied with the safety of this unit. It features a push stick and a blade guard. Unfortunately, you won’t get any advanced safety systems like the SawStop, but that’s okay. The power button is something that you may notice – it’s rather small. I feel that the on/off switch should be big in case you ever need to shut the machine off quickly if you were to find yourself in an emergency.
The performance is something you’re definitely going to like. The fence can easily be adjusted and it remains parallel to the blade. You don’t have to worry about the fence drifting because it rides on rails at both the back and the front of the saw. Also, the saw comes with a miter gauge that can be used for cross-cutting.
The accessory storage on this table saw will come in handy. You can store the guard, wrench, miter gauge, riving knife, anti-kickback knives and whatever else you feel the need to keep close by.
For dust collection, this particular model has two dust ports, unlike the Hitachi, which only has one dust port. One of the dust ports can be found under the table, while the other one is right above the blade guard.
At the rear of the table saw, there is a 1-1/2-inch dust port that is connected to the area right under the blade – this is the normal location on a table saw. When you have this attached to a job site vacuum, you will find that it collects around 80 percent of the dust, and this will depend on the type of material you’re cutting.
The second dust port is smaller – 1-14-inches and is on top of the blade guard. Any dust that is above the table will be collected through this dust port.
When it comes to cut capacity on a job site table saw, this one right here, the DeWalt DWE7491RS is the leader. It offers an amazing 31-1/2 inch rip capacity located on the right of the blade.
- Nice rip capacity
- Easy to use
- On-board storage
Yes, the safety features could have been a bit better and it could have a large on/off switch.
The DeWalt DWE7491RS is a great table saw. DeWalt is well known for putting a lot of thought into producing and designing high-quality table saws and other power tools and this one right here is no exception. There are some amazing safety features (even though it doesn’t have a big on/off switch) and most of all, it isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg.
Which Table Saw Should You Choose?
Both of these table saws are stable and doesn’t wobble. So, whichever saw you go for between the Hitachi and DeWalt, you won’t have to worry about stability.
Performance and Efficiency
If you lack a cleaner finish, having more power isn’t that important. Therefore, you need to be keen on the table, blade, and bevel of the saw. The Dewalt comes with a 10-inch 24-tooth carbide blade, while the Hitachi comes with a 10-inch 40 tooth carbide blade. More teeth don’t mean the blade is better or going to make a better cut when you’re working with wood. Believe it or not, the opposite is true. More teeth mean that there’s going to be more heat and this is going to lead to slower cuts. Having between 20-30 teeth on a 10-inch blade is ideal. Therefore, when it comes to handling solid wood, the DeWalt has a one-up over the Hitachi.
Motor Speed and Cutting Power
A good table saw should be powered by 15 amp motors and have a 10-inch blade. The DeWalt saw looks a lot like the Hitachi, but are they similar in performance? Both of these table saws have 15 amp motors, but the RPMs are different. The DeWalt has a blade speed of 4800 RPM, while the Hitachi has a blade speed of 4500 RPM. This means that the DeWalt motor has more speed as well as cutting efficiency.
When it comes to the Hitachi C10RJ and the DeWalt DWE7491RS, the one you choose is fully up to you.