You are looking for a table saw review because you can’t decide between the BOSCH GTS 10 XC and the new DeWalt DWE 7492? That’s the situation I was in. Find out why I chose the DeWalt DWE 7492 and what I think of the DeWalt DWE7492 table saw in this review!
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Best Table Saw under 1000 Pounds?
Exactly the question from the headline is probably being asked by some people in the woodworking scene at the moment. In particular I was askying myself the question “should I buy the DeWALT DWE7492* or the BOSCH GTS 10 XC*?”. While I was dreaming of a BOSCH GTS 10 XC for a while, I was happy to have waited long enough to order the DeWalt DWE 7492. But why did I chose the DeWalt DWE7492 in the end? And when might you be better off with the BOSCH*? I will try to get to the bottom of these questions in this article and the DeWalt DWE 7492* review.
The power of both saws is probably quite comparable. With 2,100 and 2,000 watts respectively, both the GTS 10 XC and the DWE 7492 should have enough power for the usual woodworking and DIY purposes. The saw blade size is also fairly similar at 254mm (Bosch) and 250mm (DeWALT). Nevertheless, there are some differences between the two saws, which I will go into later.
Now that I have finished my first projects with the DeWALT DWE7492* table saw, I am absolutely satisfied with the performance of the saw. Aside from solid wood, I have sawn various sheet materials (MDF, plywood, chip board) with the standard saw blade. The adjustment options are great and everything is very smooth-running without appearing to be of poor quality. No matter whether it’s the saw blade adjustment or the very fine, minimal adjustment of the rip fence – nothing hangs here. And what has been fixed once remains in this position. I could not detect any warping of the rip fence.
- Parallel bracket with double-sided threaded rod guide with eccentric fastening arm for high accuracy
- Effective AirLock compatible dust extraction for a low-dusty workplace and active health protection
How well set up does the DeWALT DWE7492 come from factory?
Initially, I made some test cuts with the saw and checked three things:
- Cutting width
- Saw blade angle
- Rip fence
Long story short: everything was right for me. I didn’t even have to move the marking for the cutting width setting. That really surprised me! But even if something doesn’t fit, the scale marking for the cutting width setting can be adjusted very easily using the two screws. Simple and effective! However, it would be better to use flat-head screws instead of countersunk screws!
Nonetheless you have to say that those table saws* can always come with a small error – like almost every machine or tool. But in this case a customer complaint in order to get a replacement machine should work smoothly.
DeWALT vs. BOSCH – Pro’s and Con’s
To make the hard decision easier, it is helpful to consider the advantages of each. The DeWalt DWE 7492* has a few points that make it a better table saw than the GTS 10 XC* in my opinion. Below you will find an overview of the advantages on the basis of which I made my decision.
PRO’s DeWALT DWE 7492
- Larger cutting width
- Superior rip fence
- Standardised T-tracks
- 2 riving knives (with and without chip guard) included
- Tool-free, quick change of the riving knife
- Gear wheels made of solid metal instead of plastic
- Dust extraction at two points
- Solid tubular frame and “half-open” construction instead of “plastic” casing
PRO’s BOSCH GTS 10 XC
- Sliding carriage
- Simple integration of a router possible
- Soft start
- Extendable workpiece support on the rear side
- Very widespread, therefore many instructions for extension available online
What made me buy the DeWALT DWE7492?
The first really convincing point for me was the use of standardised T-slots in the saw table. Unfortunately, the slots on the GTS 10 XC* are of different depths. With DeWALT*, you can use standard T-track accessories with 19mm/23mm width. It’s the 3/4 inch standard. This means that the high-quality mitre fences from INCRA can be used with the DeWALT DWE7492! This is a strong argument against BOSCH. I really don’t understand why different slots were integrated in the GTS 10 XC.
The next point that was important for my decision is the rip fence. I think the system that DeWALT* uses here is great and very sturdy. The fence is absolutely parallel because it is guided by racks on the front and back. Furthermore, it can be repositioned very quickly so that the maximum cutting width of over 82.5 cm can be used. In addition, the rip fence has an integrated workpiece support for wide workpieces, which also serves as a fence with a flat profile for sawing thin strips without having to remove the chip guard. Safety first, after all. While we are on the subject, the saw blade does not run for long after the off switch is pressed, but comes to a stop quite quickly. I will measure the time later.
The last point that made a big difference for me relates to the choice of material for the saw. The critical gears of the DWE 7492* are made of metal and are subject to a lot of stress and abrasion from dust, dirt and sawdust. Unfortunately, Bosch only uses plastic here. Of course, both can last a long time. But the metal gear wheels make a more solid impression for me.
The other points are nice to have but were not decisive for the purchase in my case.
- Miter Gauge featuring 27 angle stops for precise incremental control
- No-nonsense design and compact size
- Delivers extreme miter cutting accuracy
- Four expansion points adjust for zero side play
- Universal Mounting Bracket supports any user-made fence
What are the advantages of the BOSCH GTS 10 XC? And how relevant are those?
But now let’s have a look at the advantages of the BOSCH GTS 10 XC. Having a sliding carriage is a good thing in itself. However, with the GTS 10 XC, it still has to be adjusted to reduce the play of the slide carriage. Unfortunately, this can’t be done with just a few tools; you need other plastic rails from third-party suppliers to make the play disappear. In addition, the sliding carriage is not comparable to that of a real sliding table saw anyway. Of course, it is better than none at all! But whether such a carriage really brings the hoped-for added value is something everyone must decide for themselves.
The workpiece support (table extension) on the back is indeed a clear advantage of the BOSCH GTS 10 XC. However, the advantages of the DeWALT DWE 7492* made me neglect this point. An external roller stand or a mobile base that can be pushed in front of the workbench can help. The latter is something that almost everyone builds themselves anyway. It is no problem to adjust the height perfectly to your own workbench and use it as an extended workpiece support.
The quick and easy integration of a router into the saw table is also an advantage of the GTS 10 XC. However, the extended workpiece support must be supported in most cases because otherwise the workpiece support is pulled down by the router. This means that making an insert plate is not enough. Even with the BOSCH, a little more effort is needed. For my DWE 7492*, I built a simple construction that allows me to integrate a router into the base of the table saw and to use the rip fence of the saw with the router as well. This means that a router can also be easily integrated into the DeWALT DWE 7492*.
The built in soft start of the GTS 10 XC is a good thing. Here you have to make concessions with the DeWALT DWE7492. I haven’t had any problems with the lack of soft start so far – but it would be more pleasant without question!
Meanwhile I easily upgraded the DWE 7492 with a soft start module!
Common weak points of both table saws
Having briefly discussed the (performance) technical similarities and advantages of both saws at the beginning, I would now like to point out their common weaknesses. The following points may be relevant for some interested parties.
Both saws have a saw table that is susceptible to scratches. Therefore, wear marks on the saw table appear relatively quickly on both saws.
The mitre fence or crosscut fence included in the scope of delivery also has play on both table saws. This means that repeated sawing of a specific angle is only possible to a limited extent or with some compromises. The DeWALT DWE7492*, however, has the advantage of its standard 3/4″ grooves that you can get the standard mitre fence absolutely backlash-free with very little effort and only about 10€ by replacing the carriage that runs in the T-slot. I show you exactly how to do this in my article on the adjustable mitre fence for the DeWALT DWE7492.
CONCLUSION Table Saw Review – DeWALT DWE7492 better than BOSCH GTS 10 XC?
What I want to say is this: In my opinion (!), the advantages of the BOSCH can be largely compensated by a small retrofitting effort. There is no real substitute for the sliding carriage. The workpiece support is nice, but not absolutely necessary. Besides, it can easily be replaced by a roller support. And you can also easily integrate a router table into the DeWALT table saw. In the end, the advantages of the DeWALT DWE7492* outperform the Bosch table saw for me. Most of the advantages of the DWE7492 are, in my opinion (!), advantages with higher weight. They are advantages that are at the core of a good table saw – higher cutting capacity, standardised T-slots, an excellent rip fence, high build quality, etc.