There’s a school of thought that, perhaps understandably, believes that tools should only do one thing, and do that one thing really well.
In a lot of ways it makes sense. The ideal of multi-purpose tools seems a bit gimmicky, after all. A hammer that’s also a knife or a screwdriver that’s also a torch. Why not have a tool that’s been designed and engineered for one purpose than a tool that’s been cobbled together to fulfil multiple purposes?
However, as technology continues to influence the way tools are designed, we can expect to see more multi-purpose power tools coming our way.
One such example is the DeWalt DW743N.
It’s a saw. It cuts materials. And it does it so well.
And it’s also a saw. It cuts materials. And it does it so well.
The multi-purpose part is thanks to its flip-over design. With one flip of the table you go from having a high torque induction motor powered mitre saw with 45 ° bevel, to having a powerful table saw.
Now, these saws aren’t unique or even new to the market. We’ve seen them from other, well respected power tool manufacturers. But there’s one thing that seems, in our opinion, to set the DW743N apart.
It’s dead easy to use.
The inherent problem with flip over saws isn’t that they can’t do the job of a mitre saw or a table saw well.
They usually can.
The problem is flipping them over. In some cases it’s so flippin’ difficult and so involved that the time and hassle it takes would be better spent buying another saw.
Not so with the DeWalt DW743N. Watch our video.
As you can see, we didn’t use any fancy cuts or speeded up clips to demonstrate how quickly and easily the saw flips over. It’s flippin’ fast.
DeWalt claim a “rapid tool free transformation from a saw bench to a mitre saw provides flexibility in a range of site and workshop applications“. Ok, we’ll give them the “rapid” part, but as you saw in the video it isn’t entirely “tool free”, not if you want to fit the riving knife before the flip.
But, the tool is built into the saw, so this operation doesn’t add any significant amount of time to the flip over process.
And as John demonstrates, it really is a simple process.
Attach the riving knife in position, lock the saw in the down position, release the catch at the front, and hey-presto, you’ve gone from a mitre saw to a table saw.
Clearly, the advantage of such a multi-purpose saw would be evident where your workspace is at a premium. Rather than trying to fit in two powerful saws, one will do the job of two.
Mitre Capacity [right/left]: 45 / 45 °
Cutting Capacity at 90°/90°: (W x H) 140 × 68 mm
Cutting Capacity at 90°/90° : (W x H) 180 × 20 mm
Cutting Capacity at 45°/90° : (W x H) 95 × 70 mm
Cutting Capacity at 45°/90° : (W x H) 120 × 46 mm
Cutting Capacity at 90°/45° : (W x H) 70 × 95 mm
Cutting Capacity at 90°/45° : (W x H) 150 × 20 mm
Max. Cutting Capacity [Sawbench position 90°/90°] : 0 – 70 mm
Max. Cutting Capacity [Sawbench position 90°/45°] : 0 – 32 mm
DeWalt have included an in-built carry handle and 3-way dust extraction connection facility. In the box you’re going to get a 30 tooth SERIES 60® saw blade, a parallel fence, a push stick and 4 detachable legs.
So, what are your thoughts on this saw from DeWalt?
Is the DW743N just a gimmicky product or could a flip over saw make your job so much flippin’ easier?