Thinking of getting a Makita 2704... Or is there better for the money?

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Chipmonk

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Where about in England are you? I’m in Cheshire so if you’re anywhere near I’m more than happy for you to come and have a go of my Dewalt table saw
Cheers mate! I'm in Boro (NW), so a bit of a trek. Appreciate the offer, though! I'm fairly sold on the Dewalt, despite being a bit of Makita fanboy for the battery compatibility (dammit, just wish they'd standardise that rubbish). If they had one in stock, it'd be on the way already. I won't buy one for twice the price, though. Unhappy to wait. :D
 

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Crazy idea....

Buy a Excell table saw which is a copy of the DeWalt 210mm table saw till you find the saw you really want?

Then you will know what your really looking for in a table saw.
 

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Crazy idea....

Buy a Excell table saw which is a copy of the DeWalt 210mm table saw till you find the saw you really want?

Then you will know what your really looking for in a table saw.
This is basically where I'm at right now... :)

I've completed Fleabay, Facebook-MarkupPlace, Shamazon, all the usualy tool suppliers and the 7492 is now £1190 in the only stockist. I can get the Mak 2704, but when you're spending this much, you want the one you want. Takes the 'ohh shiny' off when you can't get it. I'm sure I won't care, but now I've had time to cool down, the sensible approach of look at something inferior and figuring out what matters makes sense to me.
 

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Thanks man, that's good to know. I am SO on the fence between these two. I love the R&P fence, but there are some reviews saying the Makita is capable of higher accuracy.

Does the 90 and 45 degree stop on the Dewalt snap-in? Or do you have to check it each time?
The 90 and 45 are on adjustable cams, I set mine once and they've been fine ever after. The fence is also easily adjustable with an Allen key. A small amount of fettling after purchase and the saw has been accurate ever since. It's 0.5 mm accurate on the fence and further to that I'd not consider a table saw a precision machine, I'm always going to be working what edge is produced.
 

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I really love Makita stuff, but last night, and on the basis of the 'better fence' I tried to pull the trigger on the Dewalt 7492, but it's out of stock everywhere (unless you're willing to pay scalping prices). RRP is around £750 in the UK, but it's going for closer to £900 right now.
I have the 7492, and i love it, the fence is very accurate (rack and pinion front and back) it also houses a push stick so its always to hand, The riving knife is quick release and comes with 2 options 1 for above blade extraction and another that sits below the top of the blade allowing partial height rips with a riving knife (my personal favourite about this saw) i also bought the bolt on table on wheels that makes it so easy to move around and load up 1 man in the van. a great jobsite/small workshop saw. The mitre slider was a bit loose so needed some masking tape to tighten the tolerance and the insert isn't all that but i made my own zero clearance versions and its never let me down. Ive also used the Makita as my friend has it... and he can keep it!! the fence is terrible! but he's a first fix chippy so its good enough for him!
 

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Wow I've just checked and they are pricey like you say, i remember only paying around 6-700 for mine... i found this on Ebay 233240584367 which is FFX and they say its available in 2 days.... but their website doesn't say the same.. good luck!
 

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Wow I've just checked and they are pricey like you say, i remember only paying around 6-700 for mine... i found this on Ebay 233240584367 which is FFX and they say its available in 2 days.... but their website doesn't say the same.. good luck!
That’s much more reasonable, but it’s 110v and my workshop is 240v. I’m not sure about converters, but I’ll ask my dad, see if cheap ones are viable. Guessing not!
 

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I think if you value accuracy over portability then a cast iron saw would be better tbh.

That DeWalt saw is still a £900 site saw!
I’ve been thinking a lot about that last sentence…. Is the difference between the two quite noticeable?
 

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Chipmonk, have you considered the DW7485. I use one of these and they are great (accurate and very consistent) and a lot cheaper than the 7492.
 

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yes plenty of youtube bumf to fix its issues. my fence seems to lock square and true ish. the sliding rail bit seems great but it's got a lot of waggle but it can be fixed by most accounts. the stand is super. and the motor is quite powerful but slow start so it doesn't trip any fuses. for me it's a bit heavy I'd prefer the 10 inch dewalt as its lighter.
 

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yes plenty of youtube bumf to fix its issues. my fence seems to lock square and true ish. the sliding rail bit seems great but it's got a lot of waggle but it can be fixed by most accounts. the stand is super. and the motor is quite powerful but slow start so it doesn't trip any fuses. for me it's a bit heavy I'd prefer the 10 inch dewalt as its lighter.
That kind of swayed it. Went for the dewalt 7845. Light and accurate. Not too pricey.£600 with 3 Freud blades.

Thanks for all the help, guys!
 
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