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DeWalt DCS7485 Portable Table Saw Review

Get all the information you need to decide whether the DeWalt DCS7485 is the right cordless table saw for you!

The DeWalt DCS7485 is a portable jobsite table saw that brings together two recent trends in one tool. The first is a growth the popularity of cordless table saws, brought about by recent advances in battery technology. The second is a move towards 8 1/4” table saw blades, at least for small portable table saws. That’s been the result of new UL safety regulations limiting the size of a table saw blade relative to the saw itself.

The DCS7485 is similar in most respects to DeWalt’s corded DWE7485, though there are a few small differences. Is it a good fit for your needs? Read on to find out.

DeWalt DCS7485

Features and Benefits

I’ll walk you through each of the features of the DCS7485 and explain how they might affect your use of the saw. Check out my complete guide to buying a table saw for more details on each of these areas.

Battery Power

The DCS7485 is powered by a single battery from DeWalt’s FLEXVOLT line. FLEXVOLT batteries can power either 20-volt or, in this case, 60-volt tools. DeWalt offers its 60V MAX FLEXVOLT batteries in a variety of sizes up to a whopping 15.0 Ah.

In the past, running a table saw on battery power just wasn’t very practical, because the batteries died too quickly. But battery technology in recent years has improved considerably. You can complete realistic projects on a single battery. Some customers have been able to break down 6 or more 4x8’ plywood sheets with a single 9.0 Ah battery.

One disadvantage of the DCS7485 is that it’s battery-only. Unlike some DeWalt products, you don’t have the option of plugging in AC power if your battery dies. So I recommend always having at least two batteries, so you can have one in the charger while you work.

If your battery dies in the middle of a cut, you might forget to turn off the power switch on the saw. It would be very dangerous if the saw started up again when a new battery was installed. The power-loss reset system on the DCS7485 means it’ll automatically stay powered off even when power is restored.

Motor

The motor can spin the blade at up to 5,800 rpm. When comparing products like table saws, use caution in interpreting the rpm numbers. Manufacturers always measure these with no load (i.e., no blade) on the motor. In reality, they don’t always bear much relation to how the motor will perform in the real world, so shouldn’t be your primary criteria when choosing a saw.

Table and Fence

A bit unusually for portable table saws, the DCS7485 features a perfectly square table. It measures just 22 3/4” on each side, while the saw overall is 13” tall. This small size comes with some advantages and disadvantages.

On the one hand, the saw is undeniably easy to move around. Whether you’re taking it from jobsite to jobsite or just moving it to make space in your workshop, this might be very attractive to you. You will be limited in how large of material you can safely cut, however. For cutting large sheet goods like 4x8’ plywood, for instance, you will definitely want some external support.

In spite of the small table, the rip fence can extend out to a respectable 24” to the right of the blade. This gives you just enough rip capacity to handle those 4x8’ sheets of plywood (assuming you support them properly). To the left of the blade, the rip capacity drops to 12”, which is fairly typical for this class of saw.

The fence itself is DeWalt’s standard rack-and-pinion design. This design is consistently noted for its smooth and accurate operation. Once you get the position dialed in and locked, it won’t move around on you.

The DCS7485 doesn’t come with a stand, although you can buy one separately..

Blades and Cutting

As I mentioned at the beginning, this saw takes 8 1/4” table saw blades rather than the more customary 10” blades. You may not find quite as wide a selection of third-party blades in the 8 1/4” category. While I expect this will change as more 8 1/4” table saws hit the market, it’s something to be aware of for now. But I wouldn’t let it stop you from buying the DCS7485 unless you have very particular requirements for a blade. For all the common applications, you’ll still find plenty of options from the major blade manufacturers.

With the blade perfectly vertical, you can cut up to 2 1/2” inches. So you’re losing roughly 5/8” or so in cutting depth compared to a full 10” blade. Again, for most typical uses, this won’t make a huge difference. If you anticipate needing to cut thicker material, however, it’s something to note.

When beveled at the maximum 45° angle, the cutting depth is 1 3/4”.

One important limitation of the DCS7485 is that it does not support the use of dado stacks. If you’re a woodworker who wants to make use of dado blades, you’ll probably want to look at another option. The Milwaukee 2736-21HD, for instance, is a similar cordless saw that supports dado stacks up to 3/4” wide.

Miter Gauge and Slots

The DCS7485 features two miter slots with the standard dimemsions of 3/4” wide by 3/8” deep. So you should be able to use any third-party accessories designed for standard slots. (Note that the slots are rectangular rather than T-shaped, so tools designed for T-slots will not fit without modification.)

As for the miter gauge itself, unfortunately it is what we have come to expect from table saw manufacturers. That is to say, it functions…barely. For rough work, it’ll do just fine. But there’s a fair bit of play in the slots, so you’ll have to work at it to achieve accurate cuts. If you need any sort of precision in your crosscuts, however, I’d strongly suggest you upgrade to a third-party miter gauge. (The INCRA Miter 1000HD is a great choice, or you can check out our full roundup of miter gauges.)

Safety

The DCS7485 offers the typical safety features that you’d expect from a modern table saw.

A modular guard system mounts around the blade, keeping your fingers safely away from the spinning metal. DeWalt’s implementtion of this system is very easy to attach and detach, unlike some competing manufacturers. Since you’ll need to remove the guard for non-through cuts, being able to quickly reattach it means you’ll be more likely to use this important safety feature.

A riving knife mounts behind the blade to keep wood from pinching back onto the blade after it’s cut. Again, this is an important safety feature that you’ll want to leave mounted at all times. Unlike some other saws in this category, the DCS7485’s riving knife can be adjusted for non-through cuts, so you don’t need to remove it entirely.

Anti-kickback pawls attached to the riving knife help keep the material being cut from flying back towards you, the operator.

The power-loss reset feature I discussed above adds another element of safety in the event of power outages or tripped circuit breakers.

Finally, dust collection is an important safety consideration as well, since inhaling sawdust is definitely not good for you. The DCS7485 features a 2 1/2” dust port on the rear, which is a very common size for shop vacuums and other dust removal gear. An enclosure around the blade bottom does a good job if channeling dust towards the exit. If you have a different setup, 2 1/2” adapters are readily available.

How Does it Compare?

It’s always good to have options. So I’ll give you a quick rundown of some similar products, to help you gauge whether the DCS7485 is right for you.

Milwaukee 2736-21HD

The Milwaukee 2736-21HD is another 8 1/4” cordless table saw. In most respects, it’s got nearly identical capabilities to the DCS7485. One big difference that might matter to woodworkers is that the Milwaukee, unlike the DCS7485, can support up to a 3/4” dado stack.

DeWalt DWE7485

The DeWalt DWE7485 is the corded sibling of the DCS7485. It offers basically the same features as the DCS7485, and also takes 8 1/4” table saw blades. But it operates on standard 120V AC power, so might be a better choice if you’ll be using it primarily in a workshop. You lose the flexibility of taking it too far from a power source, of course, but don’t need to worry about keeping batteries charged.

Read our full review of the DeWalt DWE7485

Conclusion

Overall, the DCS7485 packs a lot of punch in a compact cordless table saw. It’s a great choice for a DIYer or contractor needing an easy-to-move table saw with modern safety features. For the aspiring woodworker, it might not be such a great choice due to its lack of support for dado blades.

If you’re still unsure, you can read more at my complete guide to buying a table saw. Or check out other options in our roundup of the best portable jobsite table saws.


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Adam Ethridge
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