Professionals and DIY enthusiasts who value excellent woodworking know that a table saw is the most important investment they could ever make. The tool doesn’t just help you make precision cuts to make your work easier, but it also reduces woodworking expenses. Moreover, some of these tools can even be optimized to cut other materials, like plastic! The question we'll address today is: which are the best table saws out there?

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The first ever brass-geared worm drive table saw was first developed by Skilsaw to meet the growing needs of woodworkers on the go. Call this a sophisticated portable table saw, the Skilsaw Worm Drive Table Saw is the first ever saw that can be set up anywhere and once you are done, it can be folded and packed away. This foldable and compact table saw has made it possible to cut materials faster even in remote construction sites.

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Smaller, portable table saw models have direct-drive motors that can operate on 120 V power to produce 2 HP. This is enough motor power to take on thinner materials. Table saws with more powerful motors are usually stationary saws that produce between 3 to 5 HP. Table saws with stronger motors rely on a belt drive to transfer the power from the motor to the blade and these operate on 240 V.

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The Dewalt Cordless 8-1/4” Table Saw power switch is located on the front, lower left area of the saw and has a large red stop switch that can also be accessed easily with your knee. The power switch is electronic and the saw operator now has to push a green “on” button as opposed to pulling on the “red” power lever as was the case with older models.  The power switch also has a flip over safety cover that can be secured with a pad lock. The padlock hole diameter requires a ¼” maximum diameter padlock

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Going through hybrid table saw reviews, you can tell that accuracy is a bit less compared to cabinet saws and contractor table saws. This is no surprise as the other two are large with lots of operating power. Hybrid table saws are lightweight and can be moved easily from one location to another. The working space on the tabletop is less and cannot accommodate large pieces. They’re also a lot more wallet-friendly.
Over the years there are a few popular table saw brands in the market and two of these are the DeWalt and the Ridgid table saws. The DeWalt compact job site table saw is the latest DeWalt table saw model. This has a 20-inch maximum rip capacity that will let you cut through a variety of materials. This table saw is lightweight, portable with a steel roll cage that will protect the tool against drops and impacts. It has a strong 1850 watt motor to give you pure power for almost all applications. This has a cast table top design to improve accuracy and precision.

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Regular table saws usually have powerful motors that can give you of 3 to 5 HP at 240V. Powerful benchtop saws such as these can take larger materials like wooden flooring, logs, and lumber. On the other hand, smaller and more compact table saws have direct-drive motors that run on 120 V power at 2 HP. This kind of saw will work with thinner materials like wooden panels, vinyl, laminates and thin metal sheets.

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How and where do you intend to use your table saw? If you plan to take it from one worksite to another then you must use a job site table saw A job site saw is portable, compact and usually has its own stand and may or may not have wheels. Stationary table saws are also called bench top saws because these don’t come with a stand. These rely on a table or a workbench to support the weight of the saw. There are also cabinet table saws which are heavy duty saws that are mounted in a metal or cast-iron cabinet. These saws are very heavy but are usually made with moving wheels and complete cutting features.

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Prior to deploying the power loss reset feature there had been many job site horror stories of unattended table saws starting up upon power restoration.  Sometimes this restart caused material damage or personal injury.   This usually happened when the saw operator did not think to turn off the tool before walking away to go restore power. In the meantime, other people have leaned on, temporarily placed tools or even building materials on the saw, a blade spinning disaster waiting to happen.

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There are a lot of obvious reasons why the Skilsaw Portable Worm Drive Table Saw is top quality. Foremost, it is the first worm drive table, therefore, all other similar products are just based on this portable table saw. The Skilsaw is a brass-geared worm drive table saw that provides top power for maximum torque with its 5 HP dual-field motor for improved cutting speed. The selling point is its portability and compact design which makes it transportable anywhere.

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The first problem I had was trying to outfit some sort of “Y” and hose to tee off my main dust port and attach to the upper one (2-1/2″ to 1-1/4″ “Y’s” are not that common). Then, if the smaller hose on top doesn’t fall to the side, it interferes with the wood you’re trying to cut. After talking to the product manager it sounds like this detail evolved in Europe and found it’s way here. I’ve basically abandoned the upper port and just use the lower one. Cool idea, but it needs some serious redesign and/or an accessory to help make it easier to hook up.

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The legs fold easily with an intuitive mechanism that feels well thought out, and the safety attachments stow away within the unit, reducing its form factor and allowing it to be tucked away in a corner when not in use. However, the unit does weigh 90 pounds, so if you’re going to be loading it in and out of a truck bed several times a day or needing to haul it up and down the stairs where the wheels can’t help you, you may want to look at a lighter job site saw that dispenses with the stand.

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The first ever brass-geared worm drive table saw was first developed by Skilsaw to meet the growing needs of woodworkers on the go. Call this a sophisticated portable table saw, the Skilsaw Worm Drive Table Saw is the first ever saw that can be set up anywhere and once you are done, it can be folded and packed away. This foldable and compact table saw has made it possible to cut materials faster even in remote construction sites.
Hey Todd, Hope your Holidays were good! I use my tablesaw for a lot of ripping and 2×4 type of work, nothing that detailed usually. Because of your article, and others on-line, I decided to go with the SPT99-13 Skilsaw..found a good price locally and think it will outshine my old (pretty underpowered) Craftsman by a mile. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews, take care and Happy New Year!

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None of your woodworking projects will go wrong if you have the best table saw for your individual needs. Hopefully, with the above table saw reviews, you now have enough info to find your right fit. Although a comparison between the DWE7480 vs DW745 shows almost the same great features, our top pick is the DW745. Although it is small for some people, it is durable, has good speeds, is powerful, and most importantly, it is budget-friendly.

Hey all. I just got this saw upgrading from few previous model. I thought this is the best potable table saw. I assembled all and I began adjusting blade squareness. I squared on the left side of blade and thought it’s good but guess what, when I put a square on the other side of the blade it was way out!! I said myself NO WAY! Checked few more times but same result! So I put my 4foot level across the table. OMG! It was a cup towards its middle by almost 1/16″!! WTF!! I just could not believe my eyes!! I am a pro carpenter and long time Dewalt lover but now I am sooooo disappointed what I just saw. I’m gonna write Dewalt and see what they say about it.

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There’s not doubt that many are finding issues with these saws. However, a bit of perspective is likely in order. These are not stationary saws, never will be as no one wants to move around a 500lb beast from job to job. There are thousands and thousands of these on job sites and guys are making a living with them. If we need really precise cuts in the field we either use a track saw or we bring the piece back to the shop. I’m with you…it would be great to have precision in the field…but it’s all a trade off…money and weight. We’ve had great luck from these saws and we use them daily.

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This Ridgid table saw is a heavy-duty table saw that comes with its own stand with wheels. It has a strong 115-amp motor at 4000 rpm. It is an updated table saw with onboard storage for your tools like miter gauge, extra blades, rip fence and other saw accessories. This is a durable table saw for different projects and can even take 4 x 4 inches in just one pass. This has a front and back clamping fence to keep your material safe and sturdy as you work.
The roller stand that comes with the DWE7491RS is extremely effective and easy to use. One of my biggest concerns when buying a job site table saw is mobility and ease of set-up for one person. Weighing 90 lbs, saws like these can be a serious lifting hazard for one person. So having a mobile solution that allows a single worker to set this saw up is a hugely important issue for me and many other users.

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I’ve had this table saw about a year and have had very good results making precision cuts with the rip fence. Ease of use has been great. Get it out set up and get to making cuts fast. I am not making a daily living with it so I may not notice some short comings that daily users would. Maybe like with hand tools, someone won’t notice the difference between Snap-on or Craftsman wrenches until you make a living with them.

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A solid, safe table saw is the cornerstone to any efficient job-site or worksite. Dewalt wants to close the gap on a cordless job site by introducing several cordless tools including a brand new table saw. We tested the Dewalt Flexvolt   8-1/4” table saw on our job site and in our shop and were impressed with its portability, versatility, performance and power. 

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Blades come in various types and sizes. There are rip blades for cutting along the wood grains, hollow ground blades ideal for various materials, crosscut blades suitable for smooth and precise cuts, and combination blades for that double up as blades for crosscutting and ripping. Depending on what you do the most, it’s necessary to choose the right blade type and size that will get the job done with the most ease.

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The shark fin-style riving knife behind the blade keeps cut pieces from binding and causing kickback. The included push stick is useful when using thinner workpieces that don’t allow your hand to be at least 4 inches from the blade. The power button’s flip cover ensures that you only turn the blade on when you mean to, which is a welcome layer of safety. 
Meanwhile, the most updated Ridgid table saw boasts of a heavy duty portable body with stand. This has a 15-amp motor with 4000 rpm. This is an updated table saw that provides a single-point release for simple assembly and disassembly. This Ridgid table saw offers an onboard storage system for your miter gauge, blades, rip fence and other important accessories. This is a handy, compact and portable power table saw you just might need in your workshop or worksite.

Further testing showed that the red “Stop” lever was the cause, not the power switch.  After turning on the saw, the red stop lever would drop too hard onto the stop button and turn the saw off.   After conferring with the product manager at Dewalt, it was determined that the red stop lever spring force was too high.  The units we tested was from a “manufacturing sample lot.”  MSL’s are the first time the plant does a big run of the product and Dewalt then has time to refine and make adjustments, before the tool goes to production.

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