Every woodworker or DIY enthusiast knows that a table saw is one of the more important purchases they are going to make for their workshop. That’s because having a tool that can properly cut a piece of wood to exacting standards is the foundation upon which many projects are built and that’s true no matter what type you’re thinking of buying. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to choose the best table saw among the dozens of models that are on the market at any one time. Which is why I’ve decided to go ahead and provide a list of the ten models I feel are the best ones currently available.
10. Saw Stop PCS31230-TGP252 Professional Saw
This cabinet saw will allow both hobbyist and professionals to get that cut that they need. This model is 85.25-inches wide, 33-inches deep and 34-inches high and is equipped with a 52-inch T-glide fence system and the innovative Saw Stop Safety System. This ensures that it’s not only durable and hard working but also safe as well. It’s also extremely mobile as well thanks to its two fixed wheels and two 360-degree casters that make it easy to move around the shop. And this unit is also built with a shroud and dust collection blade guard that captures a large portion of the dust released during cuts.
9. SkilSaw SPT70WT-01 10-Inch Portable Worm Drive Saw
This worm drive saw is designed to tear through wood without getting bogged down. It does this thanks to a solid 15-amp dual-field motor that’s been paired with brass-geared worm drive that delivers exceptional torque and power. This allows it rip through full sheets of plywood with its 25-inch rip capacity and 3.5-inch cut depth. And since it’s designed with top-notch materials, it won’t overheat when used on large stacks of wood. All in all, this saw has the features that many hobbyist and professionals need to get their work done. Whether that’s at home or on the job site.
8. Dewalt DW744XRS Job Site Saw
This job site saw has many of the features that professionals are looking for in a piece of wood cutting equipment. It features a 15-amp motor that propels a 10-inch blade at 3,650 RPMs that allow for quick and sharp cuts on both hardwood and pressure-treated wood. It’s also paired with electronic feedback that ensures that the unit maintains consistent blade speed, even when handling some very tough jobs. This model features a 24.5-inch rip capacity and delivers a maximum cut of 3-1/8 inch cut depth at a 90-degree angle or a 2.25-inch cut at a 45-degree angle. And since it has a portable design, it can be used in a variety of different locations.
7. Dewalt DCS7485T1 Flexvolt 60V Saw Kit
This portable cutting saw is designed for people who don’t have the luxury of having an outlet to plug into but still need to get the job done. It features a full 24-inch rip capacity thanks to its 60V brushless motor that can power through even large jobs. In the past, it wouldn’t have been possible to have a saw powered by a battery but this one features a special Flexvolt battery that can change voltage as it is moved from one tool to the next. Some of the features that can be found on this saw include a rack and pinion telescoping fence system, a modular guarding system and onboard storage for various components.
6. Grizzly G0690 Saw With Riving Knife
This 10-inch saw is designed to be the cornerstone of any workshop. It features an arbor speed of 4,300 RPM and an arbor size of 5/8th of an inch with a maximum rip capacity of 29.50-inches. It’s made with cast iron trunnions, a triple belt drive and a 3-horsepower Leeson motor that provides the power and stability needed. This model also comes with a T-slot miter gauge, a 4-foot dust collection port, and a cam-lock T-fence. And last but not least, this model uses a quick-release riving knife that tilts and moves up and down with the saw’s blade.
5. Dewalt DWE7480 Compact Saw
This compact saw has many of the features needed to get a job done without being overly bulky or hard to move to the job site. It features a 15-amp motor that delivers a no-load speed of 4800 RPM on a 10-inch blade. It can deliver a depth cut of 3-1/8th inches at a 90-degree angle or a 2.25-inch depth cut at a 45-degree angle. It has a max rip of 24-inches and has adjustable rear legs so it can be leveled on uneven work surfaces. And since it only weighs 45-pounds, this saw can be taken just about anywhere and used. Other features include a modular guarding system, rack and pinion telescoping fence rails and a metal roll cage base.
4. Bosch 10-Inch Work Site Saw
This work-site saw is designed to not only be portable but also to deliver power. It has a 29-inch by 21.5-inch tabletop that has a 25-inch rip capacity and provides a level surface. This model is also equipped with a 4-horsepower motor that can deliver 3,650 RPMs, at zero load, that’s been paired with a 40-tooth carbide tipped 10-inch blade that can make short work of even tough cutting jobs. It’s also equipped with a T-slot miter gauge and an auxiliary fence slot, as well as a riving knife that prevents the material from pinching the blade. All in a collapsible design that’s easy to move around.
3. Saw Stop PCS175-TGP236 Pro Saw
Precision, as well as power, is an important consideration for any hobbyist and craftsman, and no one knows that better than Saw Stop. Which is probably why they’ve designed this professional quality saw that combines both features into one unit. This model is 69-1/8th inches wide, 33-inches deep and 34-inches high and has a 36-inch T-glide fence system that ensures precise measurements and solid lock down capabilities. It is also equipped with a Saw Stop safety system and a dust collection system that can collect up to 99% of loose dust, both above and below the table. All in a unit that’s easy-to-use, powerful and safe to use.
2. Dewalt DWE7491RS Saw and Rolling Stand
This Dewalt saw is not only good for woodworking projects but can also be used to take on the occasional construction project. It features a 32.5-inch rip capacity that can easily cut through a variety of different materials and a 15-amp motor that allows it to cut through hardwoods without much of a problem at all. Another key feature that can be found on this saw is rack and pinion fence system that allows adjustments to be made quickly and accurately. It also has a 2.5-inch dust collection port that is easy to clean out with a vacuum. All in a unit that weighs only about 90-pounds.
1. Dewalt DW745 10-Inch Saw
Regarded by some to be the best table saw available, the Dewalt DW745 has many of the features that hobbyist, woodworkers, and DIY enthusiasts look for in a saw. It’s designed using a steel roll cage that not only provides a durable base but also helps protect it against impacts and drops. It also has a rack and pinion fence system, an 1850-watt high-performance motor and a 10-inch 24-tooth saw blade that makes short work of even tough projects. Other features which can be found on this model include a dust port reducer, two blade spanners, a miter fence and a push stick. Everything necessary to get up and running.
Table Saw Buying Guide
A table saw is a useful piece of equipment for just about anyone to own—regardless of whether that person is a woodworker or not. That’s because a person can use one of these tables for crafting a variety of things around the house and it’s a good piece of equipment to have around for impromptu home repairs—such as cutting boards for fencing. However, to get the most out of one of these pieces of equipment, you are going to have to do your homework and determine what you need.
In this article, we’re going to go over some of the basic things that anyone needs to consider before they put down their money on one of these pieces of equipment. We’ll handle how to choose a basic type that fits your needs, the saw blades, fence & miter size, as well as motor specification. Although we won’t cover advanced features, we will give a thorough rundown of a saw’s basic features.
Before we start talking about optional features, however, it’s probably a good idea to talk about standard features found on a table saw. A saw’s standard features are what a person can expect on most of the saws they look at either in a big box store or in an online store. Although not every table saw out there will have the following standard features, most of them will have these features or something comparable. Let’s go over some of the more common standard features usually available.
- Blade Guard: This is a shield that protects the operator from kickback and accidental contact with the saw’s blade. It also protects the operator from debris kicked up by the blade.
- Rip Fence: Basically, this piece is a bar that acts as a guide for the piece being worked on and helps guide it through and past the blade.
- Riving Knife: This piece is extremely important and helps to keep the boards that are being cut from flying out towards the operator. It does this by keeping the boards from pinching the saw blade.
- Miter Gauge: This is used for making specific angled cuts and is adjustable.
- Bevel System: This allows the blade to be tilted for making bevel cuts.
Stationary Table Saws Or Portable Ones?
The next thing that a person is going to want to figure out is whether they want a portable table saw or a stationary one. Although both of these saws can be used effectively by the operator, their features determine what they’re best at. For example, a portable table saw is great for areas with limited space or for taking on the road, but it’s features are limited. These type of saw tables are for deck building or framing projects. Stationary table saws, on the other hand, require a larger space but they usually have more features. They’re good for just about anything else and provide a nice large working area.
Check Out Table Saw Accessories
Now, we can take a look at some of the accessories that a person may want to investigate. The following features are considered optional, so some table saws will have some of them and others won’t. Let’s take a look at some of these features.
- Extendable Rip Fences: Although most table saws will have a rip fence, not all of them have extendable ones. Having an extendable one allows the operator to increase their rip capacity as needed and it’s quite a useful feature for a table to have.
- Dust Chutes And/Or Blowers: These features help to keep the work area and/or line of sight clear by removing excess debris.
- Arbor/Shaft Locks: Changing the blade can be a dangerous job but it’s a whole lot safer when the blade can be locked down. Arbor and shaft locks make this a possibility and make it a whole lot easier to change blades.
Let’s Talk About Table Saw Motors
Most table saws use either Direct Drive Motors or Belt-Driven Motors. Direct Drive Saws have a universal motor that is linked directly to the blade. This is the type of motor that can be found on portable table saws and is used because it’s portable, but it packs a lot of power. Unfortunately, it’s also rather loud. Belt-driven Saws use an induction motor that’s paired with a belt to transfer power to the blade itself. This allows the motor to be located away from the work area, which helps to enable it to last longer because it isn’t exposed to sawdust on a regular basis. Although belt-driven saws usually require more preventive maintenance to keep them running, they are quieter and capable of cutting through materials that are denser.
Table Saw Blades
There’s really not much to say about table saw blades because most of them are a standard size. Most table saws use blades that are 10 to 12-inches in diameter and are carbide-tipped. This allows them to cut through a variety of different materials. The only thing really left to be said about these blades is that you should always check the arbor hole size of the blade you’re thinking of buying to make sure it’s compatible with your table saw.
Additional Features to Consider
The last few things that we’ll want to talk about are some of the additional features that you may want to consider when buying a new table saw. Here are a few things to think about:
- Rolling Stands: They’re easy to move from one area to the next.
- Mobile Bases: They provide a stable base for portable saws
- Extension Tables: Extend the size of the work table.