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Best Table Saw Reviews | 2014

 

Table Saw Buyers Guide

You can skip the buyers guide and go straight to the Table Saw Reviews here.

Before we get started, it’s important to figure out exactly what kind of table saw you're looking for. If you intend to use a table saw on various work sites and move around frequently, then I would recommend a relatively light saw for transportation purposes.

If you’re looking to do precision woodworking from one location consistently, then you’re probably better off looking at some of the stationary table saws instead.

I’ve put together a list of things to look for in a good portable table saw.

Amperage: When looking at portable table saw specifications, most of the decent saws will be in the 15 amperage range. This amp level seems to offer enough power to get through tough materials without causing any overload to the saw.

RPM (Revolutions per minute): When looking at the RPM specifications, anywhere between 3500 and 5000 is an acceptable range.

Rip Fence: A good rip fence is required for cutting parallel to the edge of a workpiece. For better control you’re better off looking at a longer fence. Ideally you want a rip fence that slides easily, fits securely and locks firmly in place, allowing a perfectly parallel angle with the blade every time.

Dust Collection: During the course of use, table saws will produce a lot of sawdust. I’d suggest looking at the dust collection system reviews for whichever model you’re interested in buying.

Braking system: For efficiency and safety reasons you want a table saw that comes with brakes that stop the blade automatically, so no manual intervention is required. I believe most table saws have this feature. I’m sure most, if not all of the table saws reviewed on this site come with an electric brake as standard.

Weight and Portability: This mostly applies to portable table saws, however, the weight and ease of portability should be a large factor when buying a saw to use on job sites. Especially if you intend to move it around various sites frequently.

Manufacturers and Warranties: I don’t recommend buying a table saw based on the specifications alone, since even the best models can develop faults or arrive defective.

Some of the more trusted manufacturers in the industry are Bosch, DeWALT and Makit. Not only because they produce high-quality products, but also because they stand by their warranties and offer great customer service.

At the end of the day, a warranty is just a piece of paper and some companies choose not to stand by their products. I’d suggest using a trusted manufacturer, or a trusted retailer online, even if you can save a bit of money with a less reputable seller. It will save you a huge headache down the line!

 


 

Table Saw Price Categories

 

>>> Portable Table Saws Around $400 <<<

>>> Portable Table Saws Around $700 <<<

>>> Cabinet & Contractor Table Saws Under $2000 <<<

>>> Cabinet Table Saws Over $2000 <<<

 


 

Best Table Saws Around $400

 

3rd Place - Rockwell RK7241S

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw

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Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw
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2nd Place - Bosch GTS1031

Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw

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Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw
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Overall Winner - DEWALT DW745

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw 

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DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw
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Best Table Saws Around $700

 

3rd Place - DEWALT DWE7491RS

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

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DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
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2nd Place - DEWALT DW744XRS

DEWALT DW744XRS 10-inch Job Site Table Saw

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DEWALT DW744XRS 10-inch Job Site Table Saw
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Overall Winner - Bosch 4100-09

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw

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Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw
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Overall, I think the Bosch edges out slightly. The Miter gauge is better, it's slightly quieter and the gravity rise stand is much easier to prop up than the rolling stand. I've chosen the DW744XRS over the DWE7491RS, because although the DWE7491RS is the newer model, it hasn't been around all that long yet. Whereas the DW744XRS and the Bosch are tried and tested. The DWE7491RS may prove to be the best table saw down the line, but it hasn't been on the market long enough to say for sure.

 


 

Best Cabinet & Contractor Table Saws Under $2000

 

I haven't picked an overall winner, since this decision will depend on your personal budget and requirements. If you're looking for a contractor table saw, however, these are 3 of the bestselling models currently on the market.

 

Sawstop CNS175-TGP36

Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 1-34 HP Contractor Saw

Sawstop CNS175-SFA30

Sawstop CNS175-SFA30 1-34 HP Contractor Saw

Grizzly Grizzly G0661 2 HP

Grizzly Grizzly G0661 2 HP Contractor Style Table Saw

Next we have the top 3 cabinet table saws currently on the market for under $2000. Again, I haven't picked an overall winner because of the differences in price etc. I would take a look into these 3 models and see which one suits your personal budget and requirements the best.

 

Grizzly G0691

Grizzly G0691 Cabinet Table Saw

Shop Fox W1820 3 HP

Shop Fox W1820 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw

Steel City Tool Works 35955G

Steel City Tool Works 35955G Table Top Cabinet Saw

 


 

Best Cabinet Table Saws Over $2000

 

In no particular order, since this will depend on your personal requirements. Here are some of the most popular models on the market. I've included a few different SawStop models with various specifications. It really depends on what you need and on your personal budget.

SawStop PCS175-PFA30 1.75-HP

SawStop PCS175-PFA30 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Saw

SawStop PCS175-TGP236 1.75-HP

SawStop PCS175-TGP236 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Saw

SawStop PCS31230-TGP236 3-HP

SawStop PCS31230-TGP236 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw

SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP

SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw

JET 708675PK XACTASAW Deluxe 3-Horsepower

JET 708675PK XACTASAW

Powermatic 1792000K Model PM 2000 3 Horsepower

Powermatic 1792000K Model PM 2000 3 Horsepower Cabinet Saw

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3 Comments

  1. Can the dewalt dw745 take a dado blade?

    • I'm not 100% certain. I've looked into it and according to Dewalt the answer is no, according to most users of the product the answer is no. However, I dug around and one person did mention that one set worked. Nevertheless, I cannot verify this and I don't know the person that made the comment personally.

      I do believe the DEWALT DW744XRS is fine though.

       

      • Awesome article.

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