Best table saw reviews 2018
Makita 2705X1 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw with StandIdeal for the pros
Innovative modular blade guard system with cam lock ensures a simple tool-less installation.
Makita 2705X1 Review
The Makita 2705X1 is the best contractor table saw in its class, a machine that stands out thanks to the innovative technologies it incorporates.
Powered by a 15-Amp motor capable of delivering up to 4,800 RPM, this jobsite table saw is perfect for the contractors looking for portability and performance in the same unit.
The table saw comes with a 10-inch blade capable of ripping through wood at a depth of 3-5/8 inches at 90°.
Besides straight cuts, this dependable unit can also perform bevel cuts at 45° and rips up to 25 inches of material in one pass.
The distinctive feature of this unit is the tool-less modular blade guard system designed for quick installation and removal, while the adjustable riving knife and spreader add further value.
Powerful and coming with a portable stand, the Makita 2705X1 is perfect for a jobsite.
DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table SawBest for all uses
Capable of performing narrow rip cuts thanks to the flip over ripping fence.
DEWALT DWE7491RS Review
The DEWALT DWE7491RS comes with many best-in-class features, but its lower price appeals to more users.
Like our best-in-class pick, this unit is powered by a 15-Amp motor capable of delivering 4,800 RPM, and comes with a 10-inch blade, just like Makita’s 2705X1.
But despite having identical specifications, the DWE7491RS has a slightly lower cutting depth of cut of only 3-1/8 inches at 90°.
Nevertheless, the DWE7491RS is capable of performing narrower cuts thanks to the rack and pinion fence system with a flip over ripping fence and has a rip capacity of 32.5 inches.
This unit also comes with a mobile stand and presents further features, including a convenient dust collection port. Capable of outputting best-in-class power but coming at a more affordable price, the DEWALT DWE7491RS brings the best value for money.
Bosch 4100-10 Gravity-Rise Worksite Table SawPerforming but more expensive
Four horsepower deliver sufficient force for rip-cutting and cross-cutting in carpentry materials.
Bosch 4100-10 Review
Up to an extent, the Bosch 4100-10 is similar to our best-value and best-in-class picks, but there are some important differences between this machine and the other two.
This unit is also powered by a 15-Amp motor, but the maximum speed of the blade is only 3,650 RPM. The 10-inch blade cuts at a depth of 3-1/8 inches at 90°, and the saw comes equipped with a cast aluminum top which provides sufficient space for a 25-inch ripping capacity.
Safety features include a smart guard system and a soft circuit start, but the difference is made by the gravity-rise wheeled stand designed for a no-frills setup and takedown.
Unrivaled jobsite mobility and some best-in-class qualities make the Bosch 4100-10 a great alternative.
DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table SawA low-budget alternative
Ultra-lightweight contractor table saw built with jobsite portability in mind.
DEWALT DW745 Review
The DEWALT DW745 is one of the best jobsite table saws for the amateurs and contractors shopping on a budget.
This unit doesn’t come with a stand, but it’s easy to move from one place to another thanks to its weight of only 45 pounds.
Like our best-value pick, this unit is powered by a 15-Amp motor that outputs a power of 1,850 watts.
A maximum speed of 3,850 RPM is sufficient for most woodworking tasks, and the table saw comes equipped with a 10-inch blade.
This contractor table saw also has a dust collection port and is safe to use thanks to the overload protection. Powerful enough to handle most tasks and affordable, the DEWALT DW745 makes a great low-budget alternative.
2. Cabinet vs. portable table saw
The main difference between a cabinet table saw and a portable table saw regards portability. The former is a type of stationary table saw (for a full buying guide see our cabinet table saw guide), the latter a category of table saws including various types, all of them portable. But this is not the only difference.
- Cabinet table saws: Represent the most powerful type of table saws. These units are often used by professional woodworkers and contractors but quite unpopular among hobbyists because they are cumbersome and expensive. Nevertheless, they are the best choice for heavy-duty applications. Some cabinet saws are equipped with wheels for mobility purposes.
- Portable table saws: Are less powerful than the cabinet type and less costly, two features that explain their popularity among hobbyists. The best portable table saws also provide sufficient power for heavy-duty jobs handling, and they make a great option for a job site or backyard workshop.
3. Types of portable table saws
There are two types of portable table saws, benchtop and jobsite table saws.
- Benchtop table saws: Are the most compact and lightweight, and also the most affordable. They are often designed for light-duty applications and are ideal for amateurs. Despite not having a stand, they are easy to transport due to their low weight that rarely exceeds 60 pounds. Due to their smaller size, these table saws have a small rip capacity, usually no more than 25 inches.
- Jobsite table saws: Are larger than the benchtop models but still compact enough to fit in a small workshop. These table saws typically come with (foldable) stands and wheels for mobility and are more robust than the benchtop saws. Thus they withstand heavy-duty applications. Their rip capacity often exceeds 25 inches, and most models have a dust collection port and onboard storage.
4. Table saw power and speed
Most portable table saws are powered by 15-Amp motors running on either 110V or 120V circuits and are capable of outputting a power from 1,650 to 1,800 watts depending on their voltage. This power is sufficient to generate speeds up to about 5,000 revolutions per minute (RPM).
5. Cutting capacity
The cutting capacity of a table saw is determined by the size of the space between the edge of the blade and the fence, and most portable table saws have a cutting (or ripping) capacity of at least 20 inches.
What cutting capacity do you need?
The easiest way to assess cutting capacity is by considering the type of projects you’re working at. For example, contractors would benefit from a table saw with a rip capacity of about 25 inches, if they are normally cutting plywood sheets since a standard 4×8 inches sheet of plywood requires a rip capacity of at least 24 inches.
For the DIY projects that involve cutting smaller wood pieces, a rip capacity of 20 inches could suffice.
How to increase the cutting capacity?
If you want to cut large pieces of wood that exceed the cutting capacity of your tool, know that you can increase your machine’s capacity by placing it on a larger workbench and removing the fence.
However, while this strategy allows you to increase the rip capacity of your tool, achieving accurate results without the fence guide is difficult.
6. Best jobsite table saw blades
Portable table saw blades are designed for either ripping (coarse cutting) or crosscutting (fine cutting), and they are typically divided into four types.
- Flat top grind blades: Have square teeth designed to rip the material. These blades typically have 20 or 24 teeth and are designed for fast cutting. They are also durable but produced rugged results.
- Alternate top bevel blades: These are considered all-purpose blades with teeth that are angled on the top edge. Most alternate top bevel blades have 40 teeth arranged in an alternating pattern, with every other tooth leaning in the opposite direction. These blades produce cleaner cuts on most types of wood.
- Combination blades: Typically have 50 teeth consisting of a combination of flat top grind and alternate top bevel teeth. These blades are designed to provide clean crosscuts faster than the alternate top bevel blades and are also considered all-purpose.
- Triple chip grind blades: Can have either 60 or 80 teeth and are designed to saw harder materials like laminate, brass, and
7. Best table saw stands
Contractor table saws come with stands designed to provide a secure support to the tool and to enhance mobility. You can typically choose from:
- Folding table saw stands: Are the simplest types of stands designed to provide stationary support to the tool. They fold for easier transport, but they don’t come with wheels.
- Mobile table saw stands: Are similar to the folding miter saw stands. These units have a set of wheels and a handle and are easier to transport from one place to another.
- Fixed table saw stands: Most folding stands are also fixed stands that are not adjustable in height.
- Adjustable table saw stands: Allow you to adjust the height of the stand to your height, for a more comfortable operation.
8. Other important features
The best portable table saws also have other additional features. Some of the most important are:
- Dust collection port: Allows you to connect the table saw to a wet dry vac or dust collector for a better dust and debris management.
- Miter gauge: A miter gauge allows you to adjust the blade for 90° or 45° cuts. For accurate results, the miter gauge must be parallel to the blade.
- Bevel capability: Some table saws allow you to tilt the blade to achieve more accurate angled cuts.
- Overload shutoff: Is designed to switch off the tool in case of overload or current fluctuations, protecting the motor from damage.
- Automatic blade brake: Stops the blade instantly if it comes in contact with the skin, protecting you from severe injuries.
- Onboard storage: allows you to keep all table saw accessories and attachments in a secure place.