Without any further ado, let’s go straight to the points and spec comparison of both these table saw first
|Motor||15 Amp , 4500 RPM||15 amp, 4800 rpms|
|Weight||96 lbs||90 lbs|
|Rip-capacity||35-inch||32-1/2" right, 22" left|
|Cut depth||Cut Depth at 0 Degrees: 3-1/8-inch|
Max Cut Depth at 45 Degrees: 2-1/4-inch
|3-1/8″ depth of cut at 90 and 2-1/4″ at 45|
|Max Width of Dado:||8 x 13/16-inch||13/16|
|Dust port||Rear-positioned 2-1/2 inch dust port||Dual - 2-1/2 dust port at the lower rear end of the tool. The DWE7491RS also has a 1-1/2 – inch dust port off the top of the blade guard|
|Warranty||2 - year limited||3- year limited|
The Hitachi C10RJ is a high-quality jobsite table saw that will satisfy the needs of almost any professional woodworker and enthusiast. Its construction is simple, but also durable and reliable. In addition, the new and improved motor is here to ensure smooth and safe cutting.
The Hitachi C10RJ features an extendable 28.75 x 22-inch tabletop that can withstand even the largest of lumber pieces. Moreover, it has a rip capacity of 35 inches, which makes it one of the best in the industry. This feature is possible thanks to Hitachi’s rotating fence mechanism that’s connected to a classic rack-and-pinion system. You can find a similar system on the DeWalt DWE7491RS, but the Hitachi has a higher rip capacity.
The tabletop stands on a robust removable cart with wheels and extendable legs. The wheels make transporting the saw effortless, which is incredible considering its weight (96lbs). However, if you don’t intend on moving the Hitachi around, you’d be better off bolting it to your workbench.
Blade and Cutting Power
For this model, Hitachi decided to upgrade the motor. The C10RJ features a 15A motor, which produces up to 1.75HP of power. The motor (without load) spins at a maximum of 4500RPM, which should be enough to handle even the most resilient pieces of wood.
In addition to the new motor, the C10RJ also comes with a 10” 40-tooth carbide blade. Because of that, you can cut as deep as 3.125” at a 90° angle, and 2.25” at 45°. However, with C10RJ, you can do much more than just rip lumber. For instance, you can also cut hardwood boards with a surprisingly clean finish.
Safety and Additional Features
You’ll be relieved to hear that Hitachi went all out when it comes to C10RJ’s safety features. First of all, this model has an oversized power-off switch perfectly placed at knee level. So, in case you need to stop the blade quickly, you can do it safely without using your hands.
In addition, it has an electric brake which can stop the blade within seconds, ensuring maximum speed. And if the power goes out, the Hitachi automatically shuts down and stays off even after the power has returned. Furthermore, it has a built-in overvoltage and overcurrent protection.
When you order the Hitachi C10RJ, you also get a set of safety equipment such as a blade guard assembly, anti-kickback pawl assembly, etc. In addition to providing you with these tools, Hitachi has also made some storage room for them on the saw itself, so you’ll never misplace your equipment again.
The DeWalt DWE7491RS looks and feels incredibly similar to the Hitachi C10RJ. However, DeWalt’s signature black-and-yellow color scheme makes the DWE7491RS stand out. Although the DeWalt has a smaller footprint than the Hitachi, you shouldn’t let its size fool you.
As I previously mentioned, DeWalt’s top is a few inches smaller than Hitachi’s. Its exact size is 26”x22”, which is still more than enough for most applications. Also, it has the same rack-and-pinion system as Hitachi, but its rip capacity is lower. While the Hitachi can rip wood up to 35” in diameter, the DeWalt can only cut 32.5”.
On the other hand, the fence on the DeWalt seems to be more robust than it is on the Hitachi. Its weight seems to support that claim, being that it weighs more than 110lbs. Thankfully, the DeWalt’s stand also includes wheels for relatively easy transport.
Blade and Cutting Power
Even though its current draw and power are the same as Hitachi’s, the DeWalt can only spin up to 4200RPM. Still, that doesn’t mean that its motor isn’t powerful. It’s strong enough to ensure smooth cutting, that’s for sure.
The DeWalt’s 10” carbide blade is nearly identical to Hitachi’s. The cut depth is also the same — 3.125” at a 90° angle, and 2.25” at a 45° angle.
Safety and Additional Features
As far as operator safety is concerned, the DeWalt has an on/off switch placed at knee level, just like the Hitachi. However, the DWE7491RS has an interesting additional feature. It has two dust collection ports — a large 2.5” port just below the blade, and a 1.25” port at the top of the blade guard. You can easily vacuum up any excess dust with these dual dust ports.
Honestly, whichever of the two table saws you pick, you’ll most likely be perfectly satisfied. They’re both durable, reliable, and full of features. However, the Hitachi C10RJ takes the win thanks to a few of its advantages.
For starters, it’s way cheaper than the DeWalt, which is its greatest advantage. These two products are not that different, but you will pay about 25% less if you opt for the Hitachi C10RJ. In addition to its price, the Hitachi has a higher rip capacity, as well as a higher max RPM. Besides that, it’s much lighter and thus much easier to transport.