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Best Table Saw Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

If you take a moment and think about it, we definitely live in a DIY era. How many times did you search for quick DIY projects on YouTube so that you can avoid spending money on professionals? The answer is – a lot.

Table saws are a great tool both for professionals and DIY enthusiasts. Take a look at the products we have reviewed, and you might find the best table saw for your next project.

Categories to Choose from

DEWALT DW745

Portable

Portable saws are usually light and smaller than the other types. The three basic types of portable saws are compact, bench top, and jobsite saws. Because they are designed for portability, the materials of which they are made sometimes lack sturdiness and stability. However, that’s not a reason to be alarmed; a vast majority of these units are absolutely safe for work.

DEWALT DWE7491RS

Contractor

This type of saws features a large induction motor driven by a belt. They are a great alternative if you can’t afford a full-size cabinet saw. As their design progressed, they became heavy, weighing up to 300 pounds.

Therefore, these saws are usually used for heavy-duty projects and are not portable.

Grizzly G0715P

Hybrid

These saws are the most difficult ones to categorize. The simplest explanation would be that they are somewhere in the middle between contractor and industrial cabinet saws. They are driven by an inboard belt motor. These units usually have open leg stands, but there are some models with closed ones – hence the whole confusion and difficulty in categorizing.

SawStop PCS175-TGP236

Cabinet

As far as the design goes, cabinet saws don’t look much different from the hybrid ones. However, when it comes to sheer power, this type is the most powerful one in every regard. Therefore, devoted professionals who work on massive heavy-duty projects usually prefer cabinet saws over anything else. Each element of a cabinet saw is constructed to withstand a lot of stress and pressure.

Top Table Saws from Each Category

Dewalt DW745 Job-Site Model


Our Rating: 4.7

When it comes to compactness and efficiency of job-site models, the Dewalt DW745 is among the best. Due to its light weight, it’s regarded as one of the most portable units in its category. Also, the steel roll cage acts as a great protection against drops and impacts.

It features an 1850W motor which delivers more than enough power for any heavy-duty task and DIY project. Dewalt is well-known for designing quality tools, and they didn’t disappoint with this particular model either. The fence system offers 610mm of rip capacity. As you may assume, even though it’s a portable unit, you can easily cut large pieces of wood to a particular size.

Apart from a sturdy and stable design, this model also offers a great amount of precision and accuracy. Needless to say, precision is something every artisan should think about because safety is always the crucial element, especially when heavy-duty tools are in question.

Speaking of safety, this particular model offers a satisfactory level of it. First of all, the tool-free adjustments come in handy if you’re in a middle of a project. In case you need to make a quick adjustment, you don’t have to stop whatever you’re doing and commit your attention to fine-tuning. Instead, you can do it on the go, without any additional tools. Furthermore, the convenient guarding system keeps your fingers and hands safe at all times. Don’t forget to wear protective gear; it can make a difference between life and death.

The thing you might not like about it is the fact that the blade housing tends to go off center sometimes. If you have some experience with these units, it shouldn’t be an issue to find the center again. However, if you’re a beginner – it can be quite a burden.

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Dewalt DWE7491RS Table Saw


Our Rating: 4.7

Smooth and fast adjustments are this model’s middle name. If you’re looking for a somewhat portable and versatile unit, this particular one might seem interesting enough. It features a 15-amp motor which doesn’t mind cutting through thick plywood like a hot knife through butter.

The first thing people notice about this unit is its design. The rolling stand is specially designed to mitigate the transport of this saw. In simpler words, whenever you need to move it, you can do it by simply rolling the unit on its wheels. One more notable thing is the 2-inch dust collector port. You can easily connect it to a vacuum and extract the dust efficiently and without much hassle.

When it comes to the ease of use, it’s somewhere in the middle. In other words, some people find it quite easy to use while others do stumble upon a few issues while operating the DWE7491RS. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you should always read the manual before using any electric tool, especially the heavy-duty ones.

Safety is at a pretty high level, to say the least. There are a few integrated mechanisms that prevent accidents from happening, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t handle it with care. Also, don’t forget to wear safety equipment at all times. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, you’ll definitely like this particular model due to its versatility and a wide array of potential.

The thing you might not like about it is the non-flat table top. Many people find this downside as quite a burden, especially if you’re processing perfectly flat wood. Also, the protective coating on the top side of this model is pretty subpar. In fact, it barely protects anything. Consequently, it will peel off quite quickly. As far as the price goes, it’s okay, but it could have been a bit cheaper.

Dewalt DWE7491RS Table Saw


Our Rating: 4.7

Smooth and fast adjustments are this model’s middle name. If you’re looking for a somewhat portable and versatile unit, this particular one might seem interesting enough. It features a 15-amp motor which doesn’t mind cutting through thick plywood like a hot knife through butter.

The first thing people notice about this unit is its design. The rolling stand is specially designed to mitigate the transport of this saw. In simpler words, whenever you need to move it, you can do it by simply rolling the unit on its wheels. One more notable thing is the 2-inch dust collector port. You can easily connect it to a vacuum and extract the dust efficiently and without much hassle.

When it comes to the ease of use, it’s somewhere in the middle. In other words, some people find it quite easy to use while others do stumble upon a few issues while operating the DWE7491RS. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you should always read the manual before using any electric tool, especially the heavy-duty ones.

Safety is at a pretty high level, to say the least. There are a few integrated mechanisms that prevent accidents from happening, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t handle it with care. Also, don’t forget to wear safety equipment at all times. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, you’ll definitely like this particular model due to its versatility and a wide array of potential.

The thing you might not like about it is the non-flat table top. Many people find this downside as quite a burden, especially if you’re processing perfectly flat wood. Also, the protective coating on the top side of this model is pretty subpar. In fact, it barely protects anything. Consequently, it will peel off quite quickly. As far as the price goes, it’s okay, but it could have been a bit cheaper.

DEWALT-DWE7491RS
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Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series


Our Rating: 4.0

As we already said, hybrid saws are pretty hard to categorize, but the G0715P definitely belongs in the said category. It has a single-phase 2HP motor which is designed to work both on 110V and 220V grids. The arbor speed is around 3850RPM. As you can assume, it will cut and chop wood without any issues whatsoever.

The design is not bad. The height of this particular table saw is around 35 inches. While some people don’t mind it, we think it could have been designed better. However, the best thing about the design is the fact that you can get both contractor and cabinet style table saws in one unit. Dust control is well-designed. The large 4-inch dust port offers a no-hassle setup, especially with vacuums of lower quality. In simpler words, you don’t need to purchase a super-expensive vacuum for this particular unit; any affordable one should do the job well.

The power transfer system is neatly done. The model features a serpentine belt which is quiet and smooth during operation. Therefore, the level of noise is satisfactory. Precision is something that makes this model worth checking out. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, you’ll definitely appreciate the accuracy of this model. On the other hand, with great things come great responsibilities. Don’t forget to wear safety equipment!

The price is acceptable. One cannot say it’s a cheap piece of equipment because it’s not. But, the high quality of production and a great deal of precision justify the somewhat premium price. If you’re a devoted professional, the price shouldn’t be much of an issue for you. The only downside many people reported is the quality control within the company. Many models came with broken or missing parts.

SawStop PCS175 TGP236
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SawStop PCS175-TGP236 Cabinet Saw


Our Rating: 4.8

If you’re a devoted professional in need for a high-quality cabinet saw, this particular model might be the thing you’re looking for. When it comes to safety and precision, the PCS175-TGP236 does the job quite well. The T-Glide fence system allows you to cut wood of any size without having to re-adjust anything.

The design is quite good. The SawStop safety system ensures smooth and flawless operation while protecting you from a variety of hazards. However, regardless of the safety aspects, you should always wear protective equipment, especially gloves and goggles. One of the most notable things about the design is the fact that it provides 99 percent dust collection both below and above the table. The riving knife maximizes kickback and also offers protection.

The integrated blade carries an electrical signal. Once it comes in contact with human skin, the signal changes because of the skin’s conductivity and the blade immediately stop. Although some people don’t like the process of resetting the blade, it’s quite easy, and it takes only a couple of minutes. If you think about it, it’s better to hassle by resetting the blade for five or six minutes instead of losing a few fingers.

The price is okay. SawStop is a well-known manufacturer, and they have a pretty good quality control department. In simpler words, it may seem expensive to some, but it’s well-worth the money, especially if you’re a professional. A vast majority of DIY enthusiasts don’t want to make a huge investment in order to tackle a few minor projects; therefore, most of them tend to skip on buying a professional cabinet saw.

As far as the downsides go, there aren’t any major ones. The only thing you might find annoying is the fact that you have to fine-tune it upon arrival. However, the user manual is comprehensive, and you won’t need more than a few minutes to complete the setup.

SawStop PCS175-TGP236 Cabinet Saw


Our Rating: 4.8

If you’re a devoted professional in need for a high-quality cabinet saw, this particular model might be the thing you’re looking for. When it comes to safety and precision, the PCS175-TGP236 does the job quite well. The T-Glide fence system allows you to cut wood of any size without having to re-adjust anything.

The design is quite good. The SawStop safety system ensures smooth and flawless operation while protecting you from a variety of hazards. However, regardless of the safety aspects, you should always wear protective equipment, especially gloves and goggles. One of the most notable things about the design is the fact that it provides 99 percent dust collection both below and above the table. The riving knife maximizes kickback and also offers protection.

The integrated blade carries an electrical signal. Once it comes in contact with human skin, the signal changes because of the skin’s conductivity and the blade immediately stop. Although some people don’t like the process of resetting the blade, it’s quite easy, and it takes only a couple of minutes. If you think about it, it’s better to hassle by resetting the blade for five or six minutes instead of losing a few fingers.

The price is okay. SawStop is a well-known manufacturer, and they have a pretty good quality control department. In simpler words, it may seem expensive to some, but it’s well-worth the money, especially if you’re a professional. A vast majority of DIY enthusiasts don’t want to make a huge investment in order to tackle a few minor projects; therefore, most of them tend to skip on buying a professional cabinet saw.

As far as the downsides go, there aren’t any major ones. The only thing you might find annoying is the fact that you have to fine-tune it upon arrival. However, the user manual is comprehensive, and you won’t need more than a few minutes to complete the setup.

SawStop PCS175 TGP236
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Finding the Best Table Saw – Buying Guide

As we said, there are four main categories you can choose from depending on your needs. It’s quite important that you buy the appropriate type of table saw because if you don’t – you’ll waste a lot of money for a thing you might not need. Take a look at our descriptions, and try finding the best suiting type for your planned projects.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF TABLE SAW

Portable/Bench Top


Bench Top units don’t come with a stand, but as the name suggests, they are designed to be mounted on a table or workbench. As far as the portability goes, this type is obviously the most portable one. Also, these saws tend to be lightweight in comparison to other types.

Even though they are the smallest ones as far as the dimensions go, they don’t lack durability and sturdiness. High-quality portable saws are made of durable materials and can withstand drops and hits. Because people move them from place to place all the time, they have to have a reliable and hard body.

portable

The most common misconception about these is that they lack safety systems. However, it’s a completely wrong assumption. In fact, most portable saws have great safety systems which ensure top levels of security. As you may know, safety is of utmost importance when you’re dealing with heavy-duty units.

Some of these units even come with tool storage. One would think there is no room for any storage due to their small dimensions, but you cannot underestimate the capabilities of modern technology. In other words, manufacturers will always find a way to surprise the consumers.

If you’re a devoted DIY-er, this type is your safest bet. Apart from being the easiest one to operate, it’s also the most affordable category of them all. Make sure you always read the user manual before operating with these units, and you shouldn’t have any issues whatsoever.

Contractor


These saws are significantly heavier and larger than the portable ones. Also, they are usually attached to a base which often has wheels. Contractor saws are mainly used by hobbyists and DIY-ers because they can be plugged into a standard (home) electrical grid. The motor usually has 1 to 2 horsepower.

Due to the position of the motor, dust collection is often an issue with these units, especially in comparison to the cabinet type. However, an industrial vacuum is usually a small and worthy investment which should solve the issue effectively. The main advantage of this type is the fact that it’s much cheaper than its nearest equivalent – the cabinet type.

Safety and precision are usually quite good, depending on the model. Naturally, cheap units don’t have any impressive features, but the high-end ones do. Thanks to the modern technology, contractor saws have a good design and offer an envious level of safety and security.

DIY-ers love this type due to its simplistic yet effective operation. However, it’s not unusual for professionals to invest in these in order to avoid investing in cabinet models and save some money. Speaking of money, you should prepare yourself for a hefty investment if you opt for this particular type. However, most models are well-worth the money. These things last for years and don’t require a lot of maintenance apart from occasional blade replacements and minor adjustments.  They are not as easy to use as portable models, but you’ll learn how to use them in a matter of hours or days, as long as you follow the rules written in the user manual.

contractor

Hybrid


This type is designed to compete with high-end contractor saws. However, the hybrid type is cheaper and offers fewer features. A vast majority of hybrid units on the market offer enclosed cabinets which significantly improves dust collection. In fact, as far as the dust collecting goes, the hybrid is quite close to contractor type.

As you can tell, this particular type is in the middle between portable and contractor. Some people can finish their projects with bench top saws, but the ones who can’t usually opt for hybrid saws because they are cheaper than contractor ones. One cannot say they are cheap per se, but it’s a significantly smaller investment in comparison to contractor models.

hybrid

Safety and precision are usually at a high level. Some models even offer a sliding table as an option to mitigate cross-cutting. Needless to say, hobbyists love the sliding feature because it saves a lot of time and most importantly – nerves. As far as the driving mechanism goes, there are three possible options – single V-belt, serpentine belt, and a multiple V-belts.

The biggest advantage of hybrid saws is the fact that they can be plugged in a regular 110V/220V outlet. Therefore, you don’t need any additional power sources in order to use these units. It quite a relief because you’ll avoid any further investments. These saws are quite easy to use if you know what you are doing. However, if you don’t, remember to read the manual before turning your saw on. It will save you a lot of hassle and also keep you safe.

Cabinet


When it comes to sturdiness, precision, and professional performance, the cabinet type is the way to go. These units are heavy, accurate, and they offer the widest variety of features of them all. Naturally, they are the most expensive ones in these categories.

Therefore, DIY enthusiasts usually skip cabinet saws due to their high price and maintenance requirements. On the other hand, professionals often go with this type. You can rest assured that every project you decide to tackle is going to be done in record time if you opt for a model from this category.

This type requires a heavy-duty circuit because it’s driven by a powerful 3 to 5HP motor. The blade is driven by three parallel V-belts which ensure a smooth operation and an efficient transfer of energy. Needless to say, if you have big plans, you might want to consider investing in a high-quality cabinet saw. Prompted, it’s going to cost you a significant amount of money, but it pays out relatively quickly.

There are two categories of this type – American and European. They are pretty similar to each other with some minor differences. For example, due to European laws, table saws are not equipped to allow the use of a stacked dado blade set. While it’s not a crucial difference, some people find it quite important and that’s why it’s worth mentioning.

If you’re a professional and you need a high-quality piece of equipment, don’t hesitate to check these models out. They are usually the best of the best, but you should get ready to cause some damage to your budget.

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Thing to Consider When Choosing the Best Product

Before you decide to invest in a unit, you must first know what to look for in order to find the best table saw. Many people think buying a table saw is a piece of cake, but the reality is completely different. There are a few things you should think about before buying one, especially if you don’t have any previous experience. Take a moment and read this article, it will help you a lot.

Safety

As you can assume, safety is of utmost importance when it comes to heavy-duty tools. No matter how experienced you are, a single moment of negligence can cost you your life. The best case scenario is losing a finger or two – not really a tempting offer, is it?

The blade guard is the most noticeable and the most important safety element of every saw. Its purpose is very simple – it keeps your fingers away from the blade. Many people decide to unscrew this part and take it off to speed up the cutting process, but that’s a huge mistake. In fact, a massive percent of injuries happen because people alter the safety mechanisms in order to work faster. Risking your life for a few hours of effective work isn’t worth it, to say the least.

Make sure it’s flat

The work surface needs to be flat because you’ll otherwise have issues with uneven cuts. The tolerable deviation is around 0.005 inches. If you’re buying a saw in a shop, make sure you bring a leveler if you have one. On the other hand, you’ll probably pay a visit to a hardware store meaning they already have a leveler there.

In case you’re shopping online, pay attention to the customer reviews. In most cases, customer reviews are the most trustworthy source of information. Therefore, if you see that a particular model is frowned upon because of its non-flat surface – avoid it.

Fences

The thing that makes a model worth investing in is the fence. It dictates the accuracy and precision of the unit. The better the fence is, the better your project will turn out in the end.

Dust collection

Last but not least, you need to pay attention to the dust collecting capabilities of a particular model. Portable units usually have a weak dust-collecting capacity, but they aren’t foreseen for large projects. However, all other types do feature some kind of dust collecting system. The first thing you should check is the diameter of the dust port. The larger it is, the less debris you’ll have flying around. Also, check out the vacuum requirements because some models work only with super-expensive vacuums. As you can assume, the thing that’s lacking with those models is cost efficiency. However, if you don’t have budget limitations, feel free to invest in a high-end vacuum, it makes a huge difference.

Important features to look for

Apart from the crucial elements, you should also look for some additional features that could mitigate the use of a particular model.

on/off switch

The On/Off switch

Even though is seems pretty irrelevant, the position of the On/Off switch is quite important, especially if you’re a frequent user of these tools. In today’s models, the switch is usually leveled with your knees. The main thing you should look for is the size of the OFF switch. It has to be big enough so that you can turn the unit off immediately either with your knees, elbows, or hands. The so-called panic button is one of the crucial elements of every unit, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

If something unexpected happens, it’s always better to have a huge accessible button that cuts the power off in an instant instead of having to look for it through a cloud of sawdust.

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Additional extensions

Bigger tables offer more potential for additional extensions. For example, if you’re planning to process a massive piece of wood but you cannot cut it in smaller pieces; a table extension will definitely come in handy. There are a lot of commercial add-ons you can choose from, but you can also construct one yourself if you’re experienced enough. Experimenting with these things never gets old or boring, but keep safety in mind at all times. Make sure it’s completely safe to use the said extension and pay special attention to the amount of vibrations and the overall integrity of the table after you’ve installed the add-on.

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Storage

One shouldn’t expect a massive amount of storage, but being a table, it does offer some level of free space. In fact, some models even offer space for fences, gauges, blades, and other necessary equipment. Apart from that, you can always keep the necessary tools in the reach of your hands. It will make the process much easier and also a lot quicker.

However, there is a little life-hack when it comes to utilizing storage during work. If you have a unit without any drawers or free space, put an old nightstand beside your table saw, and the problem is solved.

Table Saw Injury Prevention – Safety First


We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to think about safety at all times while using these tools. Even the slightest mistake can make a difference between life and death. The worst part is the fact that it usually happens in an instant, leaving you no time to react at all. Therefore, whatever you do, don’t forget that there’s a thin line between you having ten fingers at one moment and 8 in the next second.

Safety equipment


The first thing you should do before starting up your unit is to check whether you’re wearing all the necessary safety equipment. Gloves are something not many people like to wear. Apart from keeping your fingers safe, they also offer protection against thorns. As you may assume, you’ll work with a lot of thorns flying around. However, gloves aren’t mandatory, and they won’t offer much protection apart from occasional thorns.

Using the guards the saw came with is crucial for the safety of your hands. If you are working with smaller pieces, make or buy a sled with a work clamp so that you can maintain a safe distance from the blade. The clamped sled can be as simple as a piece of plywood with a track on the bottom that’s responsible for riding in the groove. It’s quite simple to construct, saves time, and most importantly – fingers.

Take everything off


Before using the unit, make sure you’re not wearing jewelry, long sleeves, watches, or anything that can get tangled up. Even though a vast majority of nowadays table saws do have excellent safety mechanisms, it’s always smart to lower the chances by eliminating the danger factors.

Custom-made push blocks (sticks)


One other thing you can do is build a push block. It’s a pretty simple concept and yet very effective. All you need is a rectangular piece of wood and a metal handle. Screw the handle into the wood and use it as an extension of your arms.

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Stay focused


Being concentrated is extremely important. A big percentage of injuries happen due to the lack of focus at any given moment. Remember, if anything happens, it will happen in under a second. Naturally, you won’t have any time to react properly. Music is something that can be dangerous and relaxing at the same time. Some people love working while listening to their favorite tracks, but it significantly lowers your concentration level. Therefore, you should avoid listening to music while operating a heavy-duty piece of equipment.

Riving knife


A riving knife is a piece of metal that comes included with your new saw. It’s shaped like a surfboard fin. Sadly, not all models come with this crucial part. If you purchase a model without it, make sure you design one for yourself as soon as possible. The construction of this piece is not a big deal at all; you can cut the shape in a matter of minutes and install it. Its purpose is to prevent the wood and debris from getting caught in the back of the blade which consequently kicks back thus jeopardizing your safety.

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Don’t mess with the safety elements


As we already said, people tend to remove the safety elements to speed up their projects. Needless to say, it’s a huge mistake. Those things are there for a reason, and they should remain installed at all times. As soon as you mingle with the parts, you’ll jeopardize the integrity and your own safety. Even the best table saw cannot protect you enough if you mess with the parts on your own.

In fact, you should look to improve the overall safety of your unit, not strip it down.

Goggles


Goggles are yet another thing people simply don’t like wearing. However, it’s not about comfort but saving your eyesight. As you can assume, there is a lot of sawdust flying around while you’re cutting a piece of wood. In order to prevent it from flying straight into your eyes, you have to wear safety glasses. There are hundreds of models you can choose from, but make sure they are certified as safe. In simpler words, you cannot use the first ones you stumble upon, don’t be afraid to invest in high-quality safety glasses, you’ll be thankful for them.

Don’t use the saw to make crosscuts


Cutting a board to length by using the fence as a guide is one of the most dangerous yet very common techniques. The fact that it’s quite common among DIY-ers doesn’t make it safe. In fact, it’s extremely dangerous and can lead to fatal consequences. There is a high risk of kickback if you’re using this particular technique. Needless to say, the forces involved are immense, and you’ll end up with a piece of wood in your face. One could say – “But, I’m wearing safety goggles!” Even though it may be true, goggles won’t do much against a dense piece of wood flying straight to your face a few hundred miles per hour.

The solution is pretty simple – use the miter gauge or build a crosscutting sled.

The conclusion


We’ve tried to offer as much information as we could about different types of saws.

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you’ll definitely find something of interest. On the other hand, professionals can also find good pieces of information on this page. The models we’ve covered all work as advertised, and you can rest assured that they are of high quality. The only thing you need to do is determine how much money you want to spend and which type is the best suiting one for your requirements.

Apart from some short reviews, we’ve also covered some other aspects such as safety and proper use of these tools. Make sure you thoroughly read our articles because they could save your life. The tips we offered are well-known among the professionals, but beginners are always susceptible to various risks, especially if they don’t know how to handle these tools properly.

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