DeWALT FLEXVOLT 60V Max JobSite Table Saw

Durable build, 60V power supply, exceptional rack and pinion fence system, great dust extraction, and on-board accessory storage make this a stellar choice.

DeWALT FLEXVOLT 60V Max JobSite Table Saw

DeWALT FLEXVOLT 60V Max JobSite Table Saw



The DCS7485 is the first and only, as of now, cordess jobsite table saw on the market. It's part of DeWALT's new line of FLEXVOLT power tools – currently there are 6 cordless power tools in the lineup. These tools are powered by the new FLEXVOLT 20/60-Volt battery platform. FLEXVOLT batteries produce between 20V (18V nominal) and 60V (54V nominal) of power. The battery automatically adjusts voltage depending on how much power the tool requires. FLEXVOLT batteries come in two formats – the 6.0 Ah battery delivers 108 Wh of power, while the 9.0 Ah battery (early 2017 release date) will deliver a whopping 162 Wh. With these batteries you get the maximum run-time and the most power available from any DeWALT battery platform currently on the market.

Note that FLEXVOLT power tools (which have the FLEXVOLT label on the tool) operate only on FLEXVOLT batteries. However, FLEXVOLT batteries are backwards compatible – you can use them to power any 20V MAX power tool.

The DCS7485 comes in two formats – as a bare tool without a battery (#DCS7485B) and with a single 60V FLEXVOLT battery (#DCS7485T1) and charger. Both saws include a carbide blade, push stick, blade guard, rip fence, riving knife, blade wrenches, and miter gauge.

The DCS7485 will likely be of most interest to renovators, cabinet and flooring installers, carpenters, and the like, who don't want to be tied to a power cord, yet want ample battery run-time. However, hobbyist woodworkers and avid DIYers who have access to a small shop space, with limited power supply, may also want to consider this saw.

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Brushless motor powered by a 60V battery

The first two things you're likely to notice is that the DCS7485 has a brushless motor and a huge 60V battery. By now we should all be familiar with the advantages of brushless motors. If you're not up to steam, check out our short Introduction to Brushless Motors.

The 60V battery is part of DeWALTs new FLEXVOLT battery line. They consist of 15 2.0Ah cells wired in two ways. Three sets of 5 cells are wired in parallel to give 18V (20V MAX) of power and 6Ah of run-time. As well, all 15 cells are wired in series, to provide 54V (60V MAX) of power and 2.0Ah of run-time. FLEXVOLT batteries are backwards compatible, which means they can be used with the existing line of 20V MAX tools. The battery works in tandem with the tool to deliver the voltage required – a lower voltage but higher run-time for power tools that run on 18V (the existing line of 20V MAX tools), and higher voltage with a shorter run-time for DeWALT’s new line of power tools that run on 54V (60V MAX), like the DCS7485 jobsite saw.

These batteries have a 60 minute recharge time. For a tradesperson who uses a saw on an intermittent basis, you might be able to get throgh your work day on a single battery charge. However, if you're a heavy-duty saw user, then you'll likey want to pick up a second battery A single battery (#DCB606) will cost $199, which makes the two-pack option (#DCB606-2) a much better deal at $229.00.

One of the nice features of this saw is that it will deliver full power throughout the battery charge. An Electronic Protection System (EPS) will cut in when the battery charge drops below a minimum threshold to turn the saw off. There is also a Power Loss Feature (PLF) that prevents the saw from inadvertently re-starting after a power disruption, and an eElectric brake that has a 2 second shutdown.

What the DCS7485 doesn't have, but I hope will be availble in the near future, is a 120V to 60V adapter that enables you to plug the saw into a standard 120V receptacle (similar to what is found on the new DeWALT FLEXVOLT DHS790 miter saw).

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All-metal gears

The DCS7485 has a very solid, durable feel to it. The body is made of a high impact ABS plastic and the gear housing is made of die-cast aluminum, which is very durable, light in weight, and corrosion resistant. It has the added advantage of being less expensive than steel, which lowers production (and hence consumer) costs. The The saw is protected by a roll cage frame, an important design feature considering how much abuse it's likely to get being moved to and from the job site.

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Table top and easy-to-remove throat plate

The top is a decent 19" by 19", and has a durable smooth cast aluminum surface with an anti-friction coating. A convenient cam lock knob on the throat plate makes for quick removal of the plate, while four self-leveling screws allow you to fine tune the plate so that it's level with the top.

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Easy access controls

As on most jobstie saws, the power control, along with the controls for adjusting blade height and angle are located at the front. A large red lockable stop switch, which can be easily accessed with your knee, convers the power-on button. It's an excellent safety feature – much easier and quicker to manipulate than having to peck around for a small power-off button to press. 

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Under table fence storage

DeWALT does a great job when it comes to storing the table saw fence, which typically gets a lot of use. The fence stores under the left side of the table, and can be unclipped and installed on the table top in five or six seconds. And, it can be mounted to the right or left of the blade. You get a 12" rip capacity on the left of the blade, and 24" to the right, which means you can 
rip a full sheet of 4x8 down the middle.

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Fence installation/removal is super quick

The fence easily clips onto the front and back rail, and when locked in place it's very stable. 

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Multi-purpose support arm

The fence has a flip-out support arm that serves two purposes. When the fence is mounted to the left of the blade, the arm provides an extra 2" of clearance between the fence and the blade, and is especailly useful when ripping narrow stock. When mounted to the right of the blade it provides support to prevent stock from tipping below the rails. The only thing that the DCS7485 lacks is an outfeed table support. 

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Rack and pinion system

The rack and pinion system, which runs along the front and back rails, works beautifully. Movement is very smooth, and you can adjust the fence in precise increments. Once the fence is positioned, a locking handle enables you to secure it firmly in place. 

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Hairline indicator

You can position the fence relative to the blade using the scale and the hairline indicator on the front rail. It's adjustable, should it ever get out of alignment.
 
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Standard miter gauge

The DCS7485 comes with the ubiquitous standard miter gauge. It doesn't have any detents, the scale is all but illegible, and the handle is much too short. Fortunately, it's not something that I use all that frequently. For anyone who does use the miter gauge frequently it's probably best to purchase an aftermarket gauge, such as the Kreg miter gauge.
 
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Bevel adjustment

Depth of cut on the DCS7485 is a respectable 2-12" @ 90° and 1-3/4" @ 45°. The blade height adjustment wheel is a smooth operator, and it also serves to set the bevel angle, by means of pressing down on a locking level, pulling the height adjustment wheel to the desired angle, and then pushing the locking knob up. Simple, smooth, and effective. Bevel angles can be cut from -2° to 47°.

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FLEXVOLT 8-1/4" saw blade

It takes two wrenches (stored on the back of the saw) to remove the blade, a procedure that is standard on most jobsite saws. The DCS7485 uses an exceptionally thin 1.8mm, or just over 1/16", 24-tooth 8-1/4" blade (#DWAFV3824). It features two alternate top bevel teeth with 20° hook angles, followed by a raker tooth. According to DeWALT they use submicron grade carbide for the teeth to make the blade last longer. There is also an optional 36 tooth blade (DWAFV3836) if you're looking for much smoother cuts. These thinner blades cut a narrower kerf, generating less friction, which helps to prolong battery life.

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Riving knife and Blade Guard

You have the option of installing a riving knife, or a blade guard with an integral splitter (which functions just like a riving knife). Removing either is very quick – as all you need to do is loosen a locking knob and then slip the unit out. The plastic arm on the blade guard can be stationed up above the splitter, and it  has a 1-3/8" I.D. dust port that can be connected to any dust extractor. It's surprisingly good at managing dust. When not in use the guard stores on the botom right side of the saw.

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Below the table dust port

At the back of the saw is a 2-1/4" I.D. dust port, which you can also connect to any dust extractor. I find that it's even more effective than the dust prot on the blade guard. Still, for optimal dust collection you would want to connect your extractor to both dust ports. However, this requires a Y connector that DeWALT currently doesn't have available, and which I haven't been able to source elsewhere. Like the 120V to 60V adapter, we can only hope that DeWALT brings one to maket in the near future. 

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Blade shroud (removed in the right photo)

Part of the reason that the 2-1/4" dust port is so effective is the shroud that surrounds the blade – it increases the draw from the throat plate, and directs dust to the dust chute rather than letting it drop to the floor.

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 While it's light and portable, a rolling stand makes it super convenient

At only 48 pounds the DCS7485 must be one of the lightest jobsite saws on the market. There's a pivoting handle on the side that makes it easy to carry the saw with one hand. When placed on a work surface it's quite stable, in part because the saw barely vibrates in use, and also because of the large rubber feet that help to hold it in place.

For optimal convenience you'll want to consider mounting the saw on a mobile stand. While DeWALT doesn't have one that is specifically designed for this saw, I found that it mounted well on the DWE74911 ($248). The stand is easy enough to assemble, features all steel construction, has a solid wide base that makes the stand very stable, and large pneumatic wheels that make it easy to move the saw over less than ideal terrain. And, the stand can be deployed in under ten seconds.

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Smooth cutting with little, if any vibration

I've been using the DCS7485 for the better part of four months, and am very pleased with it's performance. I work alone, typically on small custom reno jobs, and can get by on a single battery charge most days. For anyone who works on a large jobsite, or for multi-person crews, a second battery would be advisable. However you might want to hold off unitl 2017 – the 20/60V 6Ah battery that comes with the DCS7485 produces 108 watt-hours of power, while the new 9Ah battery will produce 162 Wh of power, a 50 percnt increase.

The saw doesn't bog down ripping 2x dimensional lumber or sheet stock. 
Cutting is very smooth, perhaps helped by the very thin kerf blade, and the fact that I feed the stock somewhat slower than I would on a cabinet saw.  One of the most impressive features on this saw is the rack and pinion fence system, which enables me to make very accurate adjustments in small increments. 

If you're in the market for a new jobsite saw, or looking to upgrade your current saw, then you'll want to take a close look at the DeWALT DCS7485.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Blade Diameter: 8-1/4"
  • Blade Speed: 5800 RPM
  • Depth of Cut: 2-12" @ 90°; 1-3/4" @ 45°
  • Max Rip: 24" (to right of blade); 12" (to left of blade)
  • Bevel Range: -2° to 47°
  • Saw Size: 12.8" H by 22.8" L
  • Table Size: 19" by 19"
  • Dust Port: 2-1/4" I.D. on saw; 1-3/8" I.D. on blade guard
  • Weight: 48 lbs
  • Electronic Protection System
  • Rack and pinion fence adjustment
  • On-board accessory storage
  • Tool-free blade guade adjustment
  • Includes: Rip fence, miter gauge, riving knife, blade guard, 8-1/4" saw blade, wrenches
  • Warranty: 90 day money back guarantee/1 year free service contract/3 year limited warranty


COMPANY:DeWALT
MODEL:DCS7485T1 (with battery & charger)
DCS7485B (bare tool)
PRICE:DCS7485T1: $699.00
DCS7485B: $499.00
MADE IN:Taiwan
SOURCE:Retailer Search








Author: 
Carl Duguay
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