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Best Table Saw Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Best Table Saw Reviews 2019

As one of the more recognizable types of power saws, no workshop or garage is complete without a great table saw. However, figuring out which table saw is right for your workshop needs can be difficult. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best table reviews of 2019 as well as a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ. While we think the Shop Fox is the best table saw outright and the DEWALT is the best for common professional jobs, there are a number of other table saws on our list that might serve your needs better, especially if you are looking for a less expensive model for DIY projects at home.

Shop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw with Riving Knife – Best Seller

shop fox table saw w1819
https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-W1819-10-Inch-Riving/dp/B004IYJ9Y2/
Unless you are a professional woodworker or metalworker, there is a fairly good chance that you are not familiar with the Shop Fox brand. However, the company has been around for 2 decades and makes not only professional-grade products but actually produces commercial-grade products used in the manufacture of other goods. This is actually the only company on our list to do so, but in truth, Shop Fox is actually just a product brand line owned by Woodstock International Inc. What might surprise people even more is to learn that Woodstock International Inc, broadly, and Shop Fox, specifically, have won numerous awards for their high-level of quality. As such, it really should not come as much of a surprise that the Shop Fox W1819 is rated as the best-selling table saw on our list.

More Than Most

It is important to note that the Shop Fox table saw is not really in the same class of table saws as the other products we reviewed– quite literally. This is the only cabinet type of table saw, which inherently comes with its own benefits and limitations that need to be carefully considered before opting for this model over another. For instance, as a cabinet table saw, the Shop Fox W1819 is not a portable table saw and will need to be bolted down to the floor where it is used. On top of that, this table saw will also be significantly more expensive than its smaller competitors and will also be far more difficult to assemble. Of course, once you have assembled and stabilized the Shop Fox W1819 table saw, you can accomplish tasks with this model that you simply cannot with other types of table saws. Part of this has to do with the fact that the Shop Fox is the only table saw on our list that uses cast iron components. This is important because, though the cast iron components are much heavier than the other products on our list, they help reduce the vibration generated by the motor and allow for a more precise cut.

Bells and Whistles

It is fair to note that many customers might initially balk at the cost of the Shop Fox W1819 table saw, but it is also important to consider exactly what you are getting for that investment. For example, aside from the weight and density of the cast iron components, the Shop Fox table saw also provides some of the best guides and guards that we found. The anodized fence with flip stops not only ensures that the fence will stay straight and resist corrosion, but it is also easier to adjust on the fly than smaller or less expensive competitors. The cast iron trunnions also further stabilize the cutting action while a separate camlock fence employs HDPE faces for even more security through the cut. While not strictly the largest, the 29 ½” rip capacity is also good for second-best on our list and can easily be extended. Finally, the T-fence also makes use of a wide-span system with an easy-glide mechanism to further ensure precise and easy adjustment.

Pros

  • Is a cabinet table saw
  • Has a 3 hp motor
  • Has a 29 ½” rip capacity
  • Uses cast iron components
  • Is a more precise table saw
  • Has numerous protections

Cons

  • Is the most expensive table saw reviewed
  • Is difficult to assemble

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity and Rolling Stand – Top Pick

dewalt table saw dwe7491rs
https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWE7491RS-10-Inch-Jobsite-Capacity/dp/B00F2CGXGG/
While our best-seller option may provide everything a commercial-grade woodworking garage could need, most people do not actually need a commercial-grade table saw. Unless you are going to be making high-precision woodworking projects or hundreds of rip cuts every day, chances are you do not actually need a cabinet type of table saw. This is where a contractor table saw, with its ability to move from job site to job site comes in handy. To this end, the DEWALT DWE7491RS table saw is our top pick due in a large part to its top-tier capacities while still offering a solid value, all things considered. For a portable table saw, there are few products that can really compete with the DEWALT DWE7491RS.

Professional Quality
One thing to consider when looking at the DEWALT DWE7491RS table saw is exactly what kind of jobs you expect to perform with it. While not the most expensive, this table saw is still definitely on the slightly more expensive side, especially for portable models. On top of that, the DEWALT DWE7491RS table saw is also one of the heavier table saws that we reviewed. Thankfully, DEWALT does not actually expect you to lug this table saw around by hand and provides a high-end roll cage stand to make this easier. This product is not the only we reviewed with a rolling stand, but this model does go a bit beyond some of its competitors in important ways. Specifically, the rolling cage used by DEWALT not only makes transporting the table saw easier, but it also serves as the first line of defense should the table saw fall over while out in the field.

Better Capacities
While the portability of a contractor table saw is important, just as important are the size of jobs that the saw can handle. There are a couple of metrics that will influence this capability, but one of the most important, and the one that the DEWALT DWE7491RS tops our list, is the rip capacity. At 32 ½”, the DEWALT DWE7491RS table saw offers the largest base rip capacity that we found and can even be extended. On top of that, the DEWALT table saw is also keen on cutting power and provides a solid 15-amp motor that can get its blade speed up to 4800 rpms. This will allow the DEWALT DWE7491RS to chew through even the densest of hardwoods without bogging down or burning the cutting face. The fences are reasonably well-made and feature an easy sliding mechanism to make quick adjustments on the fly, though this is not exactly its competitive strength.

Pros

  • Is a portable table saw
  • Has a 32 ½” rip capacity
  • Has a 15-amp motor
  • Has a rolling cage
  • Has a no-lead blade speed of 4800 rpm
  • Has a miter gauge

Cons

  • Is a somewhat expensive table saw
  • Is a somewhat heavier table saw

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity – Best Value

dewalt stationary table saw dw745
https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW745-10-Inch-Job-Site-Capacity/dp/B000HXT2N6/
Considering it is owned by Stanley Black & Decker and positioned as that corporate conglomerate’s professional-grade brand, it might be a bit surprising to see a DEWALT product take the best value position on our list. However, table saws are actually one of the more versatile types of power saws commonly used. As such, unless you plan to use your table saw for making rip cuts exclusively, there is a fairly good chance that you should at least make sure your model can handle a wide range of tasks. Because of this, the DEWALT DW745 table saw may not seem like the best deal, but its overall value more than makes up for the price.

Skirting the Line
One of the better qualities of this table saw, which might at first seem a bit counterintuitive, is that it sits in between the general table saw categories. While it is not strictly a benchtop table saw, neither is the DEWALT DW745 truly a contractor table saw either. Instead, this product accurately fills the role of a job site table saw, even if that term is used a bit loosely. The main thing to remember in this regard is that the DEWALT DW745 is actually the lightest table saw that we reviewed. This allows the DEWALT to be more easily transported by hand, though it does come at the expense of a rolling base. Still, at under 50 pounds, the DEWALT DW745 table saw can still be carried by a single person and is easily carried by 2 people. On top of that, this table saw also features a protective steel cage that will help prevent serious damage to the product should it fall, whether in transit or while set up. Even better, the DEWALT DW745 table saw uses adjustable pivoting feet to help prevent any falls while being used on an uneven surface.

Good and Bad
Of course, it is important to remember that any product within a budget or value category is going to have its flaws too. With the DEWALT DW745, its flaws are generally limited to its capacities which may limit some of the tasks it can perform. Thankfully, these limitations do not extend to its precision or durability which are still up to the same standards as many of the brand’s higher-priced alternatives. For instance, this table saw features the same, powerful 15-amp motor that other DEWALT table saws use. Unfortunately, the blade speed is reduced to the point that it is not suitable for some of the more exotic hardwoods but is more than capable of handling the overwhelming majority of woods commonly used. Another potential issue is that the DEWALT DW745 table saw also only has a 20” rip capacity which is significantly shorter than our top-performing option and will definitely limit its ability for certain construction specialties.

Pros

  • Is a portable table saw
  • Is the lightest table saw reviewed
  • Is a less expensive table saw
  • Has a 15-amp motor
  • Has a protective cage
  • Is easier to use

Cons

  • Has a slower cutting speed
  • Has a shorter rip capacity

Bosch 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw 4100-09 with Gravity-Rise Wheeled Stand; Portable Table Saw – Runner Up

bosch portable table saw 4100 10
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Worksite-4100-09-Gravity-Rise-Portable/dp/B000S5S5CW/
Those familiar with professional construction jobs may be a bit surprised to see Bosch so low on our list, but that is in a large part due to the fact that this is an older model. In fact, the Bosch 4100-09 has actually been discontinued and can only be purchased as a refurbished option or from warehouse overstock. That said, this table saw is still well-supported by its parent company and offers solid performance. To this point, the main reason that the Bosch 4100-09 table saw is so far down on our list has more to do with value than performance.

Great Ability
Do not let the runner up designation fool you, the Bosch 4100-09 table saw is still one of the more capable table saws on our list and can even outperform some of the other options listed before it. The main issue with this table saw is that the price no longer matches the value, though you still may want to opt for this model instead if you need more precision than most. To be fair, that is Bosch’s bread and butter and really the quality that the company hangs its hat on and has done so since its inception. The fences and guides used by this table saw are as good or better than many cabinet types of table saws and easily better than the other portable table saws that we reviewed.

Up and Down
Considering the table saw has been discontinued, it might be confusing as to why it would still be so expensive. A big part of this has to do with the inclusion of Bosch’s gravity rise system which makes lifting and collapsing the rolling stand much easier than many of their competitor’s products. That said, in much the same way that Bosch is noted for its top-tier precision, it is also known for being one of the less powerful professional-grade power tool manufacturers as well. While the 15-amp motor is well within the market expectations for a contractor table saw, the 3650 rpms is the slowest blade speed on our list. This will not be an issue for the overwhelming majority of hardwoods, but it does limit the exotic hardwood use further and will require a steadier feed to prevent burning the cut face of your workpiece.

Pros

  • Has a gravity rise stand
  • Has a 15-amp motor
  • Is a more precise table saw
  • Is easier to use
  • Has a 25” rip capacity
  • Is a more durable table saw

Cons

  • Has the slowest cutting speed reviewed
  • Is a more expensive table saw

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand – Also Consider

skil table saw 3410-02


https://www.amazon.com/3410-02-10-Inch-Table-Folding-Stand/dp/B003HIWQZ4/
SKIL is definitely not the professional-grade power tool manufacturer they were before being purchased by Bosch, but neither have they fallen off the side of a cliff like some of the other brands purchased by larger conglomerates. That said, SKIL is much better understood as a high-end consumer-grade manufacturer and not even a mid-tier like PORTER-CABLE. While this will significantly restrict the SKIL table saw compared to the other products that we have reviewed, it does still offer a solid value for those looking for a consumer-grade table saw.

Excellent Value
If all you need is a table saw for use at home with rougher DIY projects, the SKIL 3410-02 table saw is a great option. It comes with a powerful 15-amp motor and even features our fastest no-load blade speed of 5000 rpms which is more than enough to handle even the densest of hardwoods. That said, you will likely not want to put that ability through the wringer as the components are not truly designed to handle that kind of workload for extended periods of time. Still, the blade speed is not the only aspect where the SKIL surprises to take the top spot on our list as this table saw also features the deepest maximum cut of 3 ½” inches which is a ¼” deeper than the next closest competitor reviewed.

Paying the Piper
Considering the SKIL 3410-02 table saw is the least expensive option on our list, it is only appropriate that it comes with some flaws. Unfortunately, some of the qualities that make it an attractive option are also the same properties that give rise to its flaws. For instance, the SKIL 3410-02 is one of the lighter table saws on our list, and it accomplishes this task by using cast aluminum components. These components are not only lightweight, but they are incredibly durable and naturally water-resistant too. However, this can make the SKIL 3410-02 table saw less precise than many of their competitors specifically because it does not have the weight to reduce the vibration caused by the powerful motor and lightning fast blade speed.

Pros

  • Is the least expensive table saw reviewed
  • Is a portable table saw
  • Has a 15-amp motor
  • Has a no-load blade speed of 5000 rpm
  • Is a lightweight table saw
  • Has the deepest maximum cut

Cons

  • Not the most stable stand
  • Not the most precise table saw

Best Table Saw Buying Guide 2019

Type

This quality can be a bit difficult to parse as different manufacturers will regularly make in-house decisions on what to call their products, determined more on how they plan to market the table saw than a specified industry standard. That said, our list does feature a couple of different types of table saw, and it is a good idea to understand what separates them and which might be better suited to your cutting needs.

Benchtop

This is considered the lowest grade of table saw and is almost exclusively restricted to the consumer-grade market. This is not to suggest that benchtop table saws are poorly made, but they are definitely not designed to hand a full day’s load of professional work. This type of table saw will be noted for how small and lightweight it is making it best suited for being bolted down to a workbench, hence the name. While there are a number of benchtop table saws that come with their own stand, this is less than ideal as it rarely provides the necessary stability for precise cuts.

Jobsite

This is easily the most common type of table saw found in brick and mortar stores today and is genuinely more capable than a benchtop table saw. This type of table saw will not necessarily be more powerful than a benchtop table saw, but it will usually be far more precise. A big part of this has to do with the fact that job site table saws are usually heavier than benchtop models and have sturdier components. That said, both benchtop and job site table saws are designed to be portable which will inherently limit how precise they can be– or how portable.

Contractor

This type of table saw is quickly falling out of favor in the market as it often appeals to a more niche type of consumer. Basically, a contractor table saw uses the same kind of motor and drive as a larger cabinet table saw but does so in a much smaller, more compact profile. This is meant to allow professional contractors to take the contractor table saw to a job site with them if necessary. However, continued advances in technology has increased the cutting power of job site table saws such that they can often compete with contractor table saws in these settings while still being far more portable.

Cabinet

These are the largest and most powerful type of table saws, and to be honest, our list technically includes a hybrid table saw– not a true cabinet table saw. Of course, unless you have a commercial or industrial woodworking shop, you are unlikely to need a true cabinet table saw. This type of table saw is noted for not being portable at all due to the sheer size and the need for bolting the cabinet table saw down to the floor. However, a cabinet table saw is a beast of a machine and can cut through the thickest, densest hardwoods with ease for hours on end. On top of that, the sheer size and weight of a cabinet table saw have a tendency to reduce vibration and significantly increase the precision of the cut.

Power

The power of a table saw is actually a bit more complicated than manufacturers present, though the standard rating provided generally relates to the amount of energy the motor can use. In this instance, the meter is determined by amps, but most manufacturers are able to use a 15-amp motor. This means that many table saws will seem to have the same or similar cutting power without the specifics being disclosed. That said, one good way of identifying which motors are actually more powerful than others is by looking for those with high-torque.

Speed

A table saw’s cutting speed refers to how quickly the drive can spin the blade, though this too is a rating manufacturer manipulate so that consumers are unable to make a truly informed decision. The cutting speed is rated in rpms, or rotations per minute, and are almost always given in terms of “no-load.” This is important because the speed the blade spins when not cutting anything may be significantly higher than the speed blades spin when cutting. Still, it is a good idea to look for a table saw that has a cutting speed of at least 3500 rpms as this will generally prevent the blade from sticking during the cut and prevent the blade from burning the cut face of the workpiece.

FAQ’s

What do you use a table saw for?

Though it may not seem like it at first, table saws are actually one of the more versatile types of power saws on the market. While there are definite limitations in terms of what this type of saw can accomplish, it also can make many of the most common types of cuts used for the widest variety of projects. In fact, one of the few types of common cuts that a table saw cannot generally make is the plunge cut. However, outside of that, a high-end table saw can usually make most other types of cuts.

That said, the main reason that you would opt for a table saw over other types of power saws is almost certainly to make long rip cuts. A rip cut is one that follows the grain of the wood in a straight line. Of course, table saws are more than capable of making crosscuts, though you will definitely want to make sure that you have the workpiece secured in place when doing so to prevent kickbacks. On top of that, most modern table saws also come with the ability to make miter cuts, though again, the process generally requires a bit more setup. Finally, table saws are more and more able to make, at least, the standard 45-degree bevel cut, though it is not usually the best option for this task.

What kind of table saw do you need?

Since our list actually included a few types of table saws, it is a good idea to understand which type will be best for your particular tasks. For instance, our best seller, the Shop Fox, is a cabinet type of table saw which is generally used for either high-end woodworking projects or for commercial work. On the other hand, a cabinet table saw is virtually useless for on-site jobs as you would have to go to the shop where the cabinet table saw is housed every time you needed to make a cut.

The other two types of table saws on our list are contractor table saws and job site table saws. These are fairly similar in terms of their appearance but can differ a fair amount in terms of their capabilities. The more common of the two is job site table saws due to the fact that they are less expensive as well as usually more portable. Contractor table saws are generally a bit beefier in terms of their capabilities as well as their cutting power but are also more expensive.

What are the most important table saw features?

While most people would immediately think that cutting power is the most important feature of a table saw, that really depends on what you expect to cut. If you generally cut wood, whether hardwood or softwood, the overwhelming majority of table saws on the market will do the trick. Most table saws these days have a fairly powerful motor that puts out at least 10-amps of power and has a cutting speed of 3500 rpms or more. The only time you would need more cutting power than that is if you are cutting dados or materials other than common hardwoods– though some exotic hardwoods would qualify.

Instead of looking at the cutting power, you are better off looking at how durable the table saw is and how precisely it cuts. Unfortunately, this can be a bit difficult to determine as a whole host of features can influence how precisely the table saw cuts. That said, one of the more important factors to consider is the accuracy and machining of the table and fences. If the table and fences are not true, then the table saw is unlikely to make accurate or precise cuts. Likewise, the weight and density of the materials used for these components will also affect the precision of the cut by reducing the vibrations generated by the motor and blade or not.

Conclusion

As we can see, the number of table saws available is only heightened by the number of different situations in which you would need a table saw. If you are a master craftsman, the size and power of the Shop Fox are exactly what you need to make tough cuts all day. On the other hand, if you need to take your table saw with you to job sites, then one of the DEWALTs or the Bosch will suit you better. Finally, if you just need a small, benchtop table saw for light work around the house, the SKIL table saw is a great option.
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