Table of Contents
- Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Reviews 2019
- DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity (DWE7491RS) – Best Seller
- Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw – 10 inch Jobsite Table Saw with 25 Inch Cutting Capacity and Portable Folding Table Stand – Top Pick
- SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand – Best Value
- Hitachi C10RJ 10″ 15-Amp Jobsite Table Saw with 35″ Rip Capacity and Fold and Roll Stand – Runner Up
- Jet JBTS-10MJS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw – Also Consider
- Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Buying Guide 2019
Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Reviews 2019
As woodworking hobbies and contractor jobs continue to evolve, so too must the tools evolve with them. While a table saw has always been one of the primary power tools in this regard, many professions find the need to take them on the go from job to job. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best portable jobsite table saw reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ to make sure you understand what to look for. Personally, we think the DEWALT and the BOSCH take the top spots, but you have to keep reading to find out what our best deals are.
DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity (DWE7491RS) – Best Seller
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DEWALT is likely one of, if not, the most well-known power tool manufacturers in the world and have been for some time. With a history that stretches back nearly a century, DEWALT has the experience needed to manufacture high-end power tools. That said, the company was once known for making some of the best professional-grade power tools on the market but has recently lost some prestige. Part of this is likely due to being bought by BLACK+DECKER and a modest drop in quality at first. However, the company did bounce back once BLACK+DECKER rebranded DEWALT as their professional-grade lineup. While not a perfect portable jobsite table saw, the DEWALT definitely has everything you need with only minor flaws or weaknesses.
When it comes to making good cuts, the DEWALT table saw covers all of its bases and even offers a few things most other options on our list cannot. For one, the DEWALT jobsite saw has a powerful 15-amp motor, though it does put out a somewhat pedestrian 2 hp. Still, this is more than enough cutting power for most of your needs unless you use exceptionally dense or exotic woods. On top of that, the DEWALT portable table saw also has a blistering blade speed of 4800 rpms, so you do not have to worry about burning or tearing the wood during the cut. In terms of rip cutting capacities, the DEWALT has some of the better specs that we reviewed. For the right side of the blade, the DEWALT portable jobsite saw can make rip cuts up to 32 ½” wide. However, that capacity is only complemented further by a larger left side rip cut capacity of 24”. The left side of the blade rip cut capacity is nearly as large as some of the other maximum rip cut capacities we saw from other portable table saws. As if that were not enough, the DEWALT jobsite table saw is also able to flip its fence over so that you can also make fairly narrow rip cuts as well. Though, it should be noted that some of the other table saws we found can make narrow rip cuts too. Still, few of them can truly compete with the DEWALT portable jobsite saw in terms of all rip cut capacities. In fact, the only kind of cutting capacity on the DEWALT table saw that falls a tad short is the maximum depth cut. To be fair, the maximum depth of cuts for the DEWALT is still suitable for most uses, but it will not be able to handle uneven lumber quite as well as some.
While the sheer cutting power, blade speed, and cutting capacities of the DEWALT jobsite table saw are almost good enough to justify its fairly high price, its extra features definitely provide enough icing on the cake to make this an obvious best seller. For one, the DEWALT portable table saw comes with a solid rolling stand that makes transporting this jobsite table saw significantly easier. It is worth noting that this table saw stand does not have the largest wheels that we encountered, but they do seem to hold up fairly well under pressure. There does not seem to be the same bending or warping issues that other rolling stands can endure when the jobsite saw is left mounted to them for extended periods of time. Aside from the fact that the rolling stand is better than some, it also comes with decent onboard storage. You can use this feature to store the various implements and attachments, like the Site-Pro Guard components, that come with the DEWALT jobsite table saw. The rip capacity is also enhanced with the general build of the DEWALT portable table saw with telescoping guard rails that have a much smoother action than some of its competitors.
- Has a 32 ½” rip capacity
- Has a blade speed of 4800 rpms
- Has a rolling stand
- Has an onboard storage system
- Has a solid fence system
- Can make narrow rip cuts
- Is a more expensive table saw
- Has smaller maximum cutting depths
Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw – 10 inch Jobsite Table Saw with 25 Inch Cutting Capacity and Portable Folding Table Stand – Top Pick
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When it comes to high-end, professional-grade power tools, few companies have developed the kind of reputation that Bosch enjoys. To be fair, Bosch has definitely had a bit of a head start to work on their prestige with a storied history that stretches back over 125 years. That said, this reputation is not one simply built from sticking around as Bosch tools are noted for their durability and precision. In fact, Bosch keeps an electric tool in their company museum that is over 75 years old and still works. While their reputation and general quality is definitely part of the reason we rated them as our top pick, they also do a solid job of combining performance and additional features as well.
Though Bosch may have a great reputation, that does not mean the company is universally lauded across the board in every category. While Bosch tools may favor precision and achieve admirable durability, they are also known for being modestly powered compared to some of their competitors. When it comes to the Bosch portable jobsite table saw, that statement is only half true– though it is still somewhat accurate. In terms of its flaw, this jobsite table saw has the slowest cutting speed we reviewed at only 3650 rpms. While this should not be a reason to reject the Bosch portable table saw, you might want to stay away from the hardest exotic woods. On the other hand, what this table saw may lack at the highest ends for blade speed it more than makes up for in terms of cutting power. In fact, the Bosch portable jobsite saw has the second-most powerful motor that we saw at 15-amps with a whopping 4 hp. This means that even if you cannot feed the lumber into the blade at the quickest speeds or else risk burning the cut face, you do not really have to worry about it getting bogged down during the cut. It is also worth noting that the only other portable jobsite table saw we reviewed with a stronger motor comes from a brand that generally manufactures commercial-grade products, not just professional-grade. Of course, you get what you pay for, and the Bosch portable table saw is definitely one of the more expensive products on our list.
When it comes to the build quality of the Bosch table saw, it is almost exactly what you would want. In fact, the only real issue with this portable jobsite saw is that you should not necessarily leave the saw mounted to the frame for too long when not in use. Basically, the Bosch jobsite saw comes with a rolling stand that utilizes Bosch’s patented Gravity Rise system. This rising mechanism is easily one of the best on the market in terms of ease and being used with a single person. That said, the Gravity Rise system is not really designed to house the table saw indefinitely and will eventually bend at a particular joint if the saw is not unmounted when not in use. To be fair, this has more to do with the particular design of the Gravity Rise system which otherwise makes transporting the rolling stand even easier than most of its competitors. On top of that, the materials used for the Bosch portable table saw are solid as well with a cast aluminum table and steel frame.
- Has a 4 hp motor
- Uses the gravity rise system
- Has a rolling stand
- Has a square lock rip fence
- Made of steel and cast aluminum
- Has an onboard storage system
- Is a more expensive table saw
- Has a slower blade speed
SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand – Best Value
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While it is not the oldest or most experienced brand of power tools that we reviewed, SKIL still has a fairly extensive history that stretches back over 90 years. That said, SKIL definitely sets itself apart from most of the other manufacturers on our list in that they do not seek the same market as the other companies we reviewed. While SKIL started as a somewhat middling professional-grade brand, they quickly transitioned into a consumer-grade power tool brand. This has fairly important implications for this list in particular where a jobsite table saw is ostensibly meant to be used by professionals.
Let us not make any mistake by comparing the SKIL table saw to some of the more powerful jobsite table saws on our list. In terms of raw cutting power, the SKIL is nowhere near the top, but it is also not the least powerful table saw either. With the standard 15-amp jobsite table saw motor, the SKIL portable table saw actually sits in the middle generating 2.4 hp. Even better than that, it actually tops our list with the fastest blade speed we reviewed at 5000 rpms. That said, the blade speed will not necessarily be able to account for the good, not great, motor, so you should not push this table saw too terribly far. Still, for the least expensive portable table saw we reviewed, you get a fairly powerful product.
Up and Down
Whenever you are looking for a more budget-friendly product, you should expect to give up something in the process. Considering the SKIL jobsite table saw has relatively good cutting power, the major flaw comes in the convenience department. Specifically, this is the only portable table saw that we reviewed that does not come with a rolling stand. It does come with a stand that is made of durable steel, but you will still have to carry the SKIL table saw by hand. In order to cut down on some of the SKIL table saw’s weight, they used a slightly smaller table made of cast aluminum. To that end, the SKIL portable table saw is at least the lightest product that we reviewed, but at 67 ½ lbs, it will likely still require two people to do so.
- Is the least expensive table saw reviewed
- Has a 5000 rpm blade speed
- Is the lightest table saw reviewed
- Has a cast aluminum table
- Makes the deepest cuts reviewed
- Has a 2.4 hp motor
- Has poor miter function
- Has a maximum rip capacity of 24 ¼”
Hitachi C10RJ 10″ 15-Amp Jobsite Table Saw with 35″ Rip Capacity and Fold and Roll Stand – Runner Up
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Hitachi is an interesting company because it is currently going through something of an internal upheaval after being sold to Metabo. That said, it does not seem like the transition has affected the brand’s overall product quality, though it did not improve it either. In fairness, this is actually one of the older and more experienced companies on our list with a history stretching back over a century. Still, Hitachi was never truly designed to be a professional-grade power tool manufacturer. In this regard, Hitachi Tools is best understood as a mid-tier power tool manufacturer that can occasionally dip into the consumer-grade level. This can occasionally leave Hitachi products on the outside looking in with a less complementary set of specs.
The Hitachi may not necessarily top our list in terms of the best cutting power we found, but it definitely surprises at its price. For one, it has a 15-amp motor, though the horsepower sits at the industry standard rather than above it. On the other hand, it does have a good blade speed of 4500 rpms, so you do not have to worry about tearing or burning the cut face. On top of that, this portable jobsite table saw actually has the best cutting capacities out of any product we reviewed. In terms of the maximum rip cut, the 35” capacity easily bests all of the other table saws on our list. Even better than that, the Hitachi portable table saw also features the deepest cuts at both 90-degrees and 45-degrees, even if it is only by ¼”
There is no getting around the fact that, for its price, the Hitachi table saw would definitely be higher on our list if it had a better build quality. This is not to suggest that the Hitachi jobsite table saw is poorly made, but it is not necessarily as reliable as some of the other products we reviewed. In this instance, it will really depend on when the particular saw you purchase was manufactured. This is because the Hitachi was initially made with a starter unit that was notorious for overheating and failing. The company recognized this flaw and is making efforts to recall or fix the affected products, but there are still plenty of these jobsite table saws with the faulty starter unit on sale.
- Is a less expensive table saw
- Has a 4500 rpm blade speed
- Has a maximum rip capacity of 35”
- Has good protections
- Has a rolling stand
- Is easy to use
- Not the most durable
- Not the most accurate
Jet JBTS-10MJS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw – Also Consider
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Despite its otherwise solid reputation, Jet is actually the youngest and least experienced company on our list. That said, Jet also specializes in heavier equipment and power tools than what you might expect. This being the case, Jet is a bit of a surprise on our list as this is usually a commercial-grade power tool manufacturer, rather than a professional-grade. If its position on our list tells you anything, the company might do better sticking with what it knows. While it definitely has its strengths, the Jet could also stand to go back to the drawing board– or drop its prices.
One thing we have to give Jet credit for is the sheer cutting power that it produces, though this would make sense for a commercial-grade manufacturer. Still, it is a little impressive that the Jet table saw was able to squeeze nearly ½ hp more out of their 15-amp motor than the next closest competitor on our review. On top of that, the Jet jobsite table saw also provides a reasonable blade speed of 4000 rpms. While this is not anywhere near the fastest that we reviewed, it is still plenty fast for most hardwoods to prevent burning or tearing. When you combine it with the powerful motor, you get a portable jobsite table saw that can handle a faster feed than most. Unfortunately, you will be somewhat limited in that regard as the Jet table saw features a fairly small maximum rip cut capacity of only 25”.
The Jet does not necessarily have any of the same issues with its electronics like some lesser rated table saws. That said, the company does make some equally questionable design choices, especially considering how expensive this jobsite table saw is. For instance, the Jet also uses more plastic than many of the other table saws we reviewed including with the frame and adjustment knobs. On the other hand, this is also one of the more convenient jobsite saws we found with a patented push-button arbor lock. This makes changing the blade much quicker than with some jobsite table saws, and the onboard storage can even hold the extra blades for you. Also, the Jet did at least make sure that their fairly expensive table saw was easy enough to transport with a rolling stand.
- Has easy blade changes
- Has a blade speed of 4000 rpms
- Has a rolling stand
- Has good cutting protections
- Has a cast aluminum table
- Has a 4.4 horsepower motor
- Is the most expensive table saw reviewed
- Has a maximum rip capacity of 25”
Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Buying Guide 2019
While this is not always the most important factor when judging a power saw, it definitely sits close to the top of the list for table saws. You could even argue that this quality is even more important for a jobsite table saw since you expect to use that particular type of table saw more often than some of the other types due to its professional setting. As such, it is important to get a table saw that has enough power to cut through hardwood with relative ease, though this can be a bit more difficult to determine than it seems at first.
This is because most manufacturers understand that professionals are looking for powerful table saws. Because of this, it is pretty much accepted that a jobsite table saw will include a motor with around 15 amps. However, the amp draw of the motor is not the only quality that determines how much cutting power you get. To this end, a good thing to look for when gauging a table saw’s cutting power is the amount of horsepower it generates. While few table saws do not provide enough horsepower, there are some table saws that provide an abundance which really shows in the cutting power.
Outside of the cutting power, one of the more important things to consider with a jobsite table saw is the cutting capacities. The cutting capacities refer to the sizes and types of cut that a table saw can make and are given in inches or degrees. This is another feature which stands out a little bit more for a jobsite table saw because the compact profile can occasionally limit the cutting capacities of a table saw. This being the case, additional cutting capacities can sometimes come at a premium cost compared to other features. This is especially true when it comes to the maximum rip capacity and the maximum depth of cut. It is worth noting that the maximum depth of cut is closer in comparison across the market, but an extra ¼” can make all the difference with imperfect workpieces. In terms of maximum rip capacities, bigger is generally better, but make sure that the table and any extensions are able to remain flat when making extra-large rip cuts.
While the subject of this review inherently focuses on portable table saws, that does not mean that all portable table saws are equally easy to transport. The first, and most obvious, quality to consider is whether or not the table saw stand is able to roll on wheels. Obviously, a portable table saw that can be rolled to the jobsite will be easier to transport than one that you have to carry. Though, in fairness, if a portable table saw does not use a stand with wheels, it is likely to be much lighter than those that do. Still, carrying a table saw that is around 50-pounds is nowhere near as easy as rolling one that is around 100-pounds.
Of course, the actual stand itself will also play a big role in terms of its ease of portability, and wheels alone do not guarantee the easiest transportation. Pretty much every rolling portable table saw will employ a collapsible frame so that you can get better leverage when moving it. However, the ease with which you can raise or lower the stand will play a big role in terms of how easy it is to move the table saw. Finally, the best portable table saws will also make sure that the wheels are high-quality as well. One way of doing this is by ensuring that the wheels are made out of thick rubber or hard urethane. On top of that, the larger the wheels, the better the leverage you will have when rolling the table saw over uneven terrain.
Why a Jobsite Table Saw?
These days, there are a multitude of different table saws on the market from benchtop to contractor to cabinet and even hybrids. The jobsite table saw seeks to fill a particular niche that is especially important for professional contractors. That being the case, you might wonder why the contractor table saw exists if the jobsite type is meant for their use too. This is because a contractor table saw is a fairly powerful table saw, but it is not meant to be especially mobile. On the other hand, a jobsite table saw is made to be mobile so it can accompany professional contractors from job to job. In this regard, a jobsite table saw is not usually going to be quite as powerful as a contractor table saw. That said, a jobsite table saw is also meant to provide enough cutting power so that it can handle professional jobs for the duration of a workday over an extended period of time. As such, the jobsite table saw is more powerful than the benchtop model and is able to be used with more regularity as well.
What to Watch Out For?
Because jobsite table saws have to maintain such a fine balance between power and portability, it can be difficult to get the combination just right. In this case, jobsite table saws can suffer from a number of minor issues that naturally pop up due to their build. Arguably one of the more important things to consider that also happens to be one of the more difficult to get right is the accuracy of cut. While we talk a good deal about cutting power and cutting capacity, it is a bit more difficult to quantify cutting accuracy– at least for a brand model. On top of that, the cutting accuracy of the same type of saw can vary a bit from individual product to individual product. This being the case, keep a close eye out for any jobsite table saw that has questionable accuracy and be sure you understand the risk that comes with it. That said, if you plan to use a jobsite table saw primarily for rough cuts, this may not be as big of an issue.
What to Look For?
While the accuracy of a cut is definitely important, it can be a bit difficult to identify ahead of time just looking at the table saw. However, there are other qualities that are a bit easier to gauge which will play a vital role in the table saw’s function. As mentioned prior, the cutting power and cutting capacities are some of the most important features to consider. The former will often determine how easy it is to cut, how heavy of material you can cut, and many cuts throughout the day the table saw can comfortably make. The cutting capacities will place fairly strict limits on the size of cuts you can make, though larger cuts are often better suited for heavier table saws anyway. One thing to consider is the materials used in the construction of the table saw since it is designed to move quite often. To this end, metal is almost always the best type of material with steel and aluminum being the most common. Plastic is occasionally used to cut down on the weight and the cost, but it is rarely worth the effort as it breaks much easier than metal.
As we can see, the best portable jobsite table saw will often have many of the same features as its competitor. As such, it requires understanding some of the nuances that separate one product from another outside of simple spec sheets. The DEWALT may be a bit pricey, but it is one of the more reliable table saws we found and features some of the best cutting capacities. The Bosch, on the other hand, may need a bit more care and cannot make quite as large of cuts, but it has the best power in its class and is much easier to transport. The SKIL is a solid option if you need something less expensive and do not mind putting in a little bit of extra effort. The Hitachi has a lot of promise and value, but it can be a bit of a gamble in terms of whether you get a good starter unit or not. Finally, the JET is definitely in a class of its own, but it does not necessarily justify the steep price increase compared to the other options we saw.