Choosing the Best Table Saw – Advice Guide

A high quality table saw is the heart of any woodwork shop, be it in the home or in a professional context. Having the best table saw for your needs will put you on a steady foundation for years of successful work. You’ll need something you can trust, perhaps some day you’ll pass it on to the next generation. Perhaps the table saw you currently use was passed down to you. In which case – it’s definitely time to check out the latest models if you really want to get some good work done!

We have gathered together some of our favourites, and a healthy range of prices so you can find the model best suited to your price range. The best table saws will make a welcome addition to any new home, maybe a gift to the newlyweds.

Check out our interactive tables and the advice that follows for all the information you will need in order to pick the best cordless drill for your needs.

The tables have been split into the 4 main categories of Table Saw:

  1. Bench-Top Table Saw
  2. Contractor Table Saw
  3. Cabinet  Table Saw
  4. Hybrid Table Saw (essentially a mix between contractor and cabinet saw)

So Which is the Best Table Saw?

‘Which is the best table saw?’ is one question, but the more important question is definitely ‘Which is the best cordless drill for me?’ Below I have listed my favourite from each category (a Bench-Top, a Contractor, a Cabinet and a Hybrid), and said a little bit about why I like them, but be sure to make your own mind up based on your needs, and your price range. Check with the comparison tables below, and check out our more extensive list of product reviews.

Best Bench Top Table Saw – DeWalt DW744XRS

DEWALT DW744XRS 300

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The reliable, portable DeWalt DW744XRS is our pick for best bench-top table saw. Perfect for light to medium work, and so easy to move about and take from site to site. Incredibly handy. As well as this it cuts very accurately and precisely thanks to the excellent rack and pinion rip fence. High quality depth and bevel adjustments, and easily adjustable riving knife. All you have to do is show up, plug it in and you can get straight to work. It also works perfectly for a hobbyist who wants a table saw for home but without needing to shell out on a huge cabinet table saw. DeWalt have done it again! Go here for full information and specifications, as well as the best price!

Best Contractor Table Saw – Sawstop CNS175 SFA30

sawstop cns175-sfa30 500

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The excellent and super-safe Sawstop CNS175 SFA30 is our pick for best contractor table saw. Gives a quality performance every time, with a very smooth run and very precise cut. Built from quality materials and constructed soundly, it has an excellent fence, fantastic dust collection and easy-to-change guard and riving knife. The best feature of this table saw, especially for a family home, is the outstanding safety features. The flesh-sensing technology automatically turns off and retracts the blade instantly if there is any human contact with the sawblade. Good for peace of mind if you have any little ones running around! Go here for full information and specifications, as well as the lowest price!

Best Cabinet Table Saw – Grizzly G0690

grizzly G0690

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Our favourite Cabinet Table Saw is the Grizzly G0690 – an excellent strong and sturdy table saw, packing plenty of punch with it’s 220-volt Single Phase 3HP triple belt motor. You will get perfect smooth cuts coming from the 4300rpm arbor speed, and all with no vibration. A flat, smooth, well-finished top and a fence design that provides maximum glide and smooth adjustment, as well as a top performance riving saw – all this adds up to brilliant precise cuts through a variety of materials. The 3HP will also mean you get the work done quickly and easily with no loss of accuracy. Solidly built with many of the key parts made from cast iron, this is a saw to get jobs done, and to work for many, many years. Go here for full information and specifications, as well as the lowest price!

Best Hybrid Table Saw – Jet 708494K JPS-10TS

Jet 70849K JPS-10TS Hybrid Table Saw

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If you are interested in the ever-growing world of hybrid table saws, we recommend you look no further than the Jet 70849 JPS-10TS Hybrid Table Saw. Perfect for use at home, and heavy enough that you can be sure to trust it (with a cast iron table top!). It packs a surprising amount of power, runs smoothly and quietly with very little vibration. Most importantly it gives a very precise cut. Quick, easy blade changes, and removal of blade-guard and (the excellent) riving knife. The riving knife stays very close to the blade, reducing chance of kickback. All in all, a reliable and sturdy hybrid table saw. Go here for full information and the lowest price!

 

Comparison Guides

Table Saw Comparison Guide and Key

  • Saw Brand and Name / Model (click the product name for more information)
  • Saw picture
  • Type of Saw: Bench-Top saws are divided into Worm Drive and Sidewinder saws)
  • Horse Power (the power of the saw motor)
  • Blade Diameter
  • Blade Speed: the revolving speed of the blade
  • Fence: what type of fence the table saw is equipped with
  • Weight of table saw
  • Battery – which battery type the drill uses
  • Voltage
  • Amps
  • Prices – based on most recent information from Amazon, but like any prices, these can fluctuate due to availability and special promotions.
  • Rating – the rating from Amazon.com customers, showing general satisfaction with their purchase. Anything above 4.5 is generally regarded as excellent, and scores are influenced by factors other that product quality, such as value and delivery experience.

Best Bench Top Table Saws

Bench-Top Table SawAmpsRip Capacity (inches)Blade Length (inches)Speed (rpm)Weight (lbs)Price ($)Amazon Rating
DEWALT DW744XRS 10-inch Job Site Table Saw with Rolling StandClick here for DeWalt DW744XRS Review!1524 -1/210365058585.004.7
Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise StandClick here for Bosch 4100-09 Review152510365039569.004.4
DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip CapacityClick here for DeWalt DW745 Review152010385045299.994.5

Best Contractor Table Saws

Contractor Table SawHorse PowerBlade Length (inches)Blade Speed (rpm)FenceWeight (lbs)Price ($)Amazon Rating
Sawstop CNS175-SFA30 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 30-Inch Aluminum Extrusion Fence and Rail KitClick here for Sawstop CNS175-SFA30 Review!1 -3/410300030" Aluminium Extrusion2571749.004.7
Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System including Rails and Extension TableClick here for Sawstop CNS175-TGP361 - 3/410300036" T-Glide3321949.005
Steel City Tool Works 35990G 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw with Granite Table TopClick here for Steel City 35990C Review1 -1/210345030" T-Square3481146.653.8

Best Cabinet Table Saws

Cabinet Table SawHorse PowerBlade length (inches)Blade Speed (rpm)FenceWeight (lbs)Price ($)Amazon Rating
Grizzly G0690 Cabinet Table Saw with 10-Inch Riving KnifeClick Here for Grizzly G0690 Review3104300Camlock T-Fence5301295.004.8
SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 52-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension TableClick here for Sawstop PCS31230-TGP252 Review!310 (or 8 with cartridge and insert)400052" T-Glide4493249.004.2
Powermatic 1792000K Model PM 2000 3 Horsepower Cabinet Saw with 50-Inch Accu-Fence, 2 Cast Iron Extension Wings, Table Board, and Legs, 230-Volt 1 PhaseClick here for Powermatic 1792000K Review310430050" Accu-Fence6753059.994.3

Best Hybrid Table Saws

Hybrid Table SawsHorse powerBlade Length (inches)Blade Speed (rpm)FenceWeight (lbs)Price ($)Amazon Rating
Jet 708494K JPS-10TS, 10-inch Proshop Tablesaw with 30-inch Fence, Cast Iron Wings and With Riving KnifeClick here for Jet 708494K Review1 - 3/410400030" ProShop Fence323.51349.994.6
Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife, 10-InchClick here for Grizzly G0715P Review2103850Camlock T-Fence4041121.575
Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw with Extension TableClick here for Shop Fox W1824 Review2103850Camlock T-Fence4041305.785

 

What Type of Table Saw Do I Need?

We have divided our table saws into four main categories. To some extent, these categories can each overlap with each other. They vary in terms of size and portability of table saw, with the lightest saws suited to the most light-duty tasks, and the heavy stationary saws suited to the heavy-duty tasks.

1. Bench-Top Table Saws

These are the lightest and most portable of the table saws. If you are looking for something to do light to medium work on, that you can transport from site to site then this is your best option. They usually weigh under 100lbs and are compact in size. Suited for standard voltage, not only are these light to carry, they are also light on your wallet.

2. Contractor Table Saws

The contractor table saw weighs in between 200 and 300 lbs, and can still be transported from site to site (The name ‘contractor’ comes from this feature, when contractors first started lugging them from job to job). Suited for medium to heavy duty use, they are more stable than the Bench Tops. They also have more power and are longer lasting. These are powerful enough that they may suit you as a home table saw, but they are portable if needs be.

3. Cabinet Table Saws

These big boys are not for moving, usually consisting of a cast iron saw table with a motor enclosed in the cabinet underneath. Typically weighing around 600lbs, once they are in place, they are set for life. Long-lasting, and fitted with high performance parts, cabinet table saws offer greatest cut capacity and stability. The cabinet also serves to contain the dust and to reduce noise. These are for the serious woodworker, and with 3 to 5 horsepower (sometimes even more) they have more than enough power to get any job done.

4. Hybrid Table Saws

Essentially, the hybrid table saw is a cross between the cabinet and the contractor saws. You can think of them as a less heavy cabinet saw. They weigh a little less and have a little less power. Often they come with a cabinet, but what often sets them apart from a cabinet table saw are the trunnions (that’s the bit that holds the arbor assembly and motor in place – basically holding the blade in alignment and absorbing vibrations. Hybrid saws use the lighter contractor saw trunnions, which hang from underneath the table, as opposed to being mounted on the top of the cabinet (as in cabinet saws). So if you want more power than a contractor saw, but don’t need to go all out for a cabinet saw, then at around 2 Horsepower, the hybrid table saw is your best option!