Back when 8 1/4-inch portable table saws were the norm, Makita's model 2708 dominated the professional-grade portable-saw market. The company's next saw, the 2703, had a 10-inch blade but still only 12 1/4 inches of rip capacity. Unfortunately for Makita, while it was designing the 2703, DeWalt was designing the DW744 — a 10-inch model with telescoping rails, capable of making rips of over 24 inches wide.

For most carpenters, this was a major change: It meant we no longer had to choose between portability and rip capacity, because we could get both from the same saw.

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