Need to find an easy wood cutting platform for your next carpentry project? Whether you are a domestic DIYer or a professional contractor doing carpentry work, you must have a table saw in your workshop work like a pro. Table saws bring ease of use and provide a stable platform for cutting hard wood pieces easily. Here are our picks of the best table saws you may like to choose from.
Things to consider
- Type: Decide on the type of table saw you need: either a portable job-site table saw, a contractor table saw with a heavier body and more features, a cabinet table saw for a stable usage, or a hybrid table saw offering portability as well as heavy functions and body.
- Safety: Consider the safety features, like a magnetic switch for auto-off function, flesh sensor to avoid severe injury, safety covers, and kickback pawls.
- Horsepower: The horsepower of the motor is also important. The higher the HP the greater will be the speed and power of the motor to cut quickly and efficiently. Try choosing a table saw with a higher HP for heavy-duty tasks.
- Dust collection: Dust collection units make the saw easy to use and safe for a prolonged usage.
- Blade size: Check for the blade size and the possible compatibility of various carbide blades. The most commonly used sizes are 8” and 10” blades.
- Ease of use: Ease of use should never be ignored. You can check the easy fencing, easy angling, and bevel options, as well as the presence of riving knife for a smoother cut.
- Portability: Portability is preferred, but not strictly required. You can decide to buy a cabinet table saw or portable one, depending upon the nature of your work. Portable table saws are light in weight and compact in structure, and very easy to carry along. They will come with high-level, sophisticated functions and will be able to assist with medium range tasks.
For your convenience, easy understanding, and selection of the correct table saw, I have split these 4 products into two categories:
- Heavy duty cabinet table saw (can also be moved easily)
- Portable/compact table saw (can also perform heavy duty tasks)
First , we’ll be discussing the heavy duty cabinet table saws.
Heavy Duty Cabinet Table Saws
Grizzly G0690 Cabinet Table Saw
Grizzly G0690 10″ Cabinet Table Saw features high-quality cast iron, built with a well-designed cabinet of 34″ height from the floor. The saw has a riving knife to help split up the wooden pieces easily, while the 10″ blade fitted with 13/16″ dado slot and working on a 5/8″ arbor which has a speed 4300 RPM. The maximum ripping capacity is 2-9 ½ Inch. The distance of the blade front and the table front is 17 ¼”. It weighs around 589, pounds while the overall dimensions are 62X41X40 inches. The blade is able to tilt to the left and the maximum cut with 45 degrees is 2-3 inches, while with a 90 degree angle 3-1/8. The saw runs with a 3HP motor on 220 V on a single phase.
There is a T-square type fence that has camlock function and easy glide operation for easy object fit. It also has a dust collection system for safe and clean usage. Other safety features include a magnetic switch that turns the switch off when the saw is turned off for any reason. Being a heavy cabinet table saw, portability would be an issue, if you need to take it to another place. It is not impossible, but still not as easy as it could be done with the Sawstop PCS31230 with an added, durable mobility stand.
SawStop PCS31230-TGP236 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw
We can proudly declare this product as our winner because it has the latest features that have been introduced in the market. Starting our review with its capabilities, it runs on a 220V power, has a 3HP motor is compatible with 8″ and 10″ blades and dado. The fencing system comes with a T-glide system that offers a deflection free handling of the wood and precise and smooth cutting operation. The blade of the saw can tilt to the left that decreases the chances of getting locked with the fence and the blade, hence lowers kickback issues. The Dust collection unit is also there that is able to function in front and back of the saw and around it.
One of the latest and best features is the flesh sensor. The sensor is capable of sensing flesh when a finger comes in contact with the blade, and has the ability to stop the blade in just 5 milliseconds. There is a consistent electronic discharge that detects the flesh contact and immediately applies the brakes, reducing the risk of getting severe injury. The unit weighs about 493 pounds and it can also be converted to a mobile table saw with the help of a moving base.
Portable/compact table saw
Bosch 4100-09 Worksite Table Saw
The Bosh 4100 10 inch blade comes with a high capacity motor power of 4 HP and 3,650 rpm speed for a smoother, faster cut in a less time and with less effort. It also has a riving knife to lower the chances of cutting flaws and difficult cuts or splitting or non-through cuts. The saw also has the ability to counter the kickback conditions, and has a dust guard as well as a blade guard. The fencing locks, which are 25 inches wide, can accommodate wider and huge wooden pieces.
Also, there is a single point bevel, giving angle function of -2 to +47 degrees. The arbor size is 5/8 inches that is compatible to the 10” blade. The cutting table area is about 29” x 21.5”. There is also a T-slot miter guard for better and more accurate measurement and adjustment of the work piece.
The most advantageous feature that makes this table saw unique among others is its gravity rise stand. This enables the user to move it wherever you need. Due to the unique and well-balanced design, it is very easy to move this heavy-weight table saw, like a light-weight trolley. The table is also equipped with a separate and safe compartment to keep the necessary tools.
In terms of the portability and motor power, this product exceeds the Sawstop and Grizzly table saws. But if we consider the safety features and the ease of use as well as versatility, we are still betting on the Sawstop PCS3 1230. Let’s take a look at our next consideration and see what it has for us and how it compares to our 3 considerations already discussed.
DEWALT DW745 Compact Job-Site Table Saw
As its name indicates, this Dewalt DW 745 Table Saw is designed to give maximum portability and ease of use for small to medium sized tasks. It has an ability to rip a maximum of 20 inches and comes with a 10” blade, able to work at 3,850 RPM. It functions at 120V, 15 MP power. This saw has a portable design with a cage-shaped stand with a metal base. It is just 45 pounds and can easily be carried single handed wherever it is needed. The rack-and-pinion functions give a smooth, accurate, and quick fence adjustment, and provide easy and accurate cuts without any extra effort. Dust guard and miter gauge are also there for safe and smooth working. It provides the maximum cut depth of about 3 1/8 inches at 90 degrees while 2 ¼” at 45 degrees.
The saw has been designed to provide maximum ease and portability for workers who need to cater to small or medium sized tasks on various spots. It does not come with a huge stand and can be carried easily.
Now here we have discussed the heavy duty cabinet table saws and the mobile stand table saws. Each kind has its own benefits and shortcomings, but as always you need to choose the one that matches your needs and required capabilities.
If you need to have a portable small to medium table saw, you can buy the Dewalt DW745, which has been the most favorite and compact table saw among customers. If you need a heavy duty as well as mobile version, the Bosh 4100 could be the one for you.
Regarding the best features that you will need while working, our best pick is Sawstop PCS31230, due to its versatility, extreme safety features, and convertibility option for mobile usage. Grissly Table Saw is also a great saw for those that who never need it to port frequently.