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The 10 Best Table Saws for Woodworking 2022 [Reviews]

the 10 best table saws

Last updated on November 25th, 2022 at 11:03 am

Today, table saws have evolved a lot from what they used to be. Today there’re different types both professional woodworkers and DIYers can choose from. From simple mini, portable and jobsite units, to much more complex units like hybrid, contractor and cabinet table saws.

Now there’re even cordless units that make use of battery. Something that haven’t always been available back in the days. Instead of plugging these into a power outlet, you just have to plug in a battery, and off you go, ripping boards with it.

That means you can use these even in remote jobsites with no access to electric power or generators.

With the variety however, comes the difficulty in making the right choice. Which one is the best for your project? Which type of table saw should you choose?

After testing several units from different brands, we’ve selected 10 of the best and compiled a comprehensive list and review to help you make your choice.

Here Are Our Top Picks

  1. Best for DIY projects – Dewalt Flexvolt DCS7485B
  2. Best for jobsite projects – Bosch 4100XC-10
  3. Best for workshop use – Sawstop PCS175-TGP236

What To Consider When Buying A Table Saw

how to choose a table saw

Blade size / Cutting depth

Blade size is very important when choosing a table saw, because it’s going to determine how far into the material you can cut, or the cutting depth.

Talking about table saws, blade size ranges from 7 inches to 12 inches. The most common blades sizes though are 10 and 12 inches.

With a 10 inch blade, you have a maximum cutting depth of 3.5 inches, while with a 12 inch blade, you can cut materials as thick as 4 inches.

A Good Straight Fence

The fence is one of the most important part of the saw, because the accuracy or positioning of the fence determines how accurate your cuts are going to be.

There’re different types of fences that come with table saws, such as rack and pinion sliding fence, T-square fence and the classic fence as found in Grizzly and Shopfox saws.

The fence that come with the one you choose should be easy to adjust to be parallel with the blade, in case it’s not parallel right out of the box.

It should also be strong enough to stay in position once locked in place. So, make your choice carefully and ensure the model or type you choose come with the right fence.

Rip Capacity

Rip capacity is another important consideration when buying a table saw. This is the distance from the saw blade to the maximum extension of the fence.

This determines how wide a material you can rip or cut with your saw. It also determines the type of projects you can handle with it.

Rip capacity for table saws range from as small as 18 inches for portable models to as high as 60+ for cabinet and sliding models.

If you want to work with really wide sheet goods, then go for a higher rip capacity. On the other hand, you can go for 18, 24 and 32 inch rip capacities if you’re not working with very large sheet goods.


Table saws make use of electric motors which supply rotational force to the blades for cutting the materials you want to cut.

These motors come in different sizes and have different power ratings in horsepowers. You can find saws with motors rated from 3/4 horsepowers, 1 horsepower, 1.5, 2 to 5 horsepower and above.

How does this affect your choice? The higher the power ratings, the thicker the boards, and harder the materials you can cut with it.

With 3/4, 1.5 and 2 horsepower motors, you can cut lightly dense and thick materials up to 5/8 inches, and maybe a little bit more than that.

If you want to cut denser materials and make use of wider blades like 12 inch blades, going for machines with higher horsepower motors will surely be your best bet.


Table saws come in different sizes, from small mini table saws to very big sliding types. This size is  going to determine the type you go for.

The size of your shop is also going to determine the size of machine you can accommodate. If you have a very small garage, going for a small portable machine will be the right thing to do.

On the other hand, if you have a very large dedicated workshop, and you can afford a cabinet or sliding model, then you can go for it.

Dust Collection

If you’re working outdoors, dust collection might not be a priority, but if you’re working indoors in a workshop, it is very important.

That’s why you need to ensure that the table saw you choose comes equipped with a suitable dust port you can hook to your shop vac.

You should take note of that because some portable benchtop models don’t come with dust collection ports. Using something like that indoors will surely cause a huge mess and make your shop uncomfortable to work in.

Safety Features

Safety is very important when dealing with these type of machines. Ensure you choose table saws that come with important safety features so you can operate the machine in peace.

The stop switch should be pronounced and conveniently located so you can easily turn off the machine whenever you want or in case of any emergency. You should not be looking for it.

It should come with blade guards, preferably transparent ones so you can see the blade position as you work.

1. Dewalt Flexvolt DCS7485B Portable Table Saw

Dewalt Flexvolt DCS7485B

Technical Info

  • Blade size: 8-1/4 inch
  • Speed: 5800 RPM
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Rip capacity: 24 inch
  • Type of fence: Rack and pinion telescoping fence
  • Power Source: Battery powered Flexvolt system / Cordless and corded

Features overview

Dewalt’s Flexvolt technology is no longer new, but it’s the type of tech that made this type of saw possible. The flexvolt battery is capable of changing between different voltages, powering 60 volts and 20 volts max tools, depending on the type of tool you plug it on.

This Dewalt DCS7485B is a 60 volts portable table saw. And although it does not come equipped with the battery and charger (they’re sold separate), you get a fully capable tool that operates on the 60 volts battery, but can also be powered through cord by plugging it into a power outlet.

The DCS7485B gives you flexibility to use the saw at any given condition. You get a battery powered tool, coupled with the peace of mind that you can always switch to corded whenever you want to.

If you’re out there on a remote jobsite, this is the kind of tool you bring with you. It’s portable, and it’s battery powered. On the other hand, if you’re in your workshop, you can always plug it directly to an outlet.

Most dewalt table saws make use of a rack and pinion fence, and this one’s no different. It makes use of a rack and pinion telescoping fence, which is quite easy to use and adjust as needed. It’s also very accurate right out of the box.

The Dewalt DCS7485B comes equipped with an 8-1/4 inch blade. This is not the largest of blades, but it’s the ideal one you need for DIY and jobsite rip cuts.

Although it’s small, it has a 24 inch rip capacity, which means you can rip down sheet goods like MDF and similar types of boards with great accuracy.

One of the best things about it is that it’s very quiet compared to other portable saws and even circular saws I’ve owned.

Setup is also straightforward and easy to carry out.

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What I like about it

  • It’s very portable.
  • It’s quiet compared to similar saws of same size and range.
  • Budget friendly.
  • Flexible. You can use it with battery and also plug it into a power outlet.
  • It’s easy to setup.

Where it can be improved

  • It doesn’t come with a stand. It’s quite tricky to switch on. When released quickly, then tension in the red flap tends to turn off the saw again. Although, this might be a safety feature.

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2. Skil TS6307-00 10 Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw

Skil TS6307-00 jobsite table saw

Jobsite table saws range from a few hundred bucks close to a thousand. If you need one that performs really well, but your budget is pretty tight, then this Skil TS6307-00 might just be what you need.

It features everything you need to tackle projects of various sizes on the jobsite like quickly ripping large boards, and making consistent repeat cuts.

The fence it comes with is a rack and pinion fence which is pretty easy to adjust when making cuts. It’s fast and smooth.

Adjusting the blade to be parallel to the fence is also pretty straight forward. In fact, you can make micro-adjustments to ensure the cut is as accurate as possible.

Supplying the power is a 15 am motor with a no load speed of 4600 RPM, allowing you to cut through different types of wood, both hardwood and softwood with ease.

The Skil TS6307-00 jobsite table saw makes use of a 10 inch blade which allows a 3.5 inch maximum depth of cut and a 2.5 inch max cutting depth when beveled at 45 degrees.

As for rip capacity, it’s 25.5 inches to the right of the blade and 14 inches to the left of the blade.

It also accepts dado blades with a maximum width of 5/8 inches, allowing you to cut sluts or make dados on your material.

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What we like about it

  • For the price, it’s one of the best.
  • Very accurate.
  • Easy to adjust blade to be square with the fence or vice versa.
  • For its size, it’s also very powerful. Cuts through different types of wood with ease.
  • Build quality is good.

Where it can be improved

  • It’s quite loud or noisy.

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3. Bosch 4100XC-10 Gravity Rise Jobsite Table Saw

Bosch 4100XC-10 table saw with stand

Apart from the other bells and whistles that makes the Bosch 4100XC-10 one of the best jobsite table saws out there, the easy to use gravity rise stand that comes with it is one special accessory that draws pro consumers to it.

The gravity rise stand is very easy to use. Setup requires just one step, and overall, it makes the table saw very portable with a wheel that makes moving it on the jobsite very simple.

Equipped with a 15 Amp 4.0 HP motor, producing a max speed of 3,650 RPM, the Bosch 4100XC-10 is capable of cutting through any wood stock you throw at it.

The 30 inch by 22.5 inch cast aluminum table top provides ample work surface to cut large boards with ease.

It features a solid and smooth gliding SquareLock rip fence that provides a 30-inch rip capacity on the table. The fence is very accurate and easy to use right out of the box.

A very good feature of the Bosch 4100XC-10 table saw is that it maintains the same speed under load. This ensures it cuts through materials easily without any hiccups. It also helps the blade stay true and accurate all the time.

Bosch includes safety features like a riving knife, anti-kickback paws and a transparent blade guide to ensure maximum safety duty operation.

What I like about it

  • It includes a gravity rise stand which makes it very portable.
  • Power is not lacking.
  • The Squarelock fence is easy to use and accurate right out of the box.
  • Maintains constant speed through cuts.

Where it can be improved

  • Assembly instructions are not straightforward.

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4. Wen 3720

wen 3720

The Wen 3720 got table extensions in either directions of the saw. Which is a really useful feature that creates a lot of support for the board you’re ripping and creates a lot of working space for you.

It’s got a good adjustable fence that rolls easily along the table. It’s easy to adjust and make cuts with it.

The Wen 3720 accepts a dado stack in case you fancy using your table saw to cut grooves for making joinery.

It comes with all the necessary table saw accessories, such as the blade, a tool free blade guard system, fence, a rolling collapsible table saw stand with wheels, miter gauge, push stick and a set of wrenches for making adjustments.

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What I like about it

  • Dual extension wings provides large material support.
  • Fence stays aligned after adjustment.
  • Very accurate.
  • Comes with a stand, making it very portable.

Where it can be improved

  • Assembly manual is a bit confusing.

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5. Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 Contractor Table Saw

Sawstop CNS175-TGP36

Sawstop prides their table saws as the safest in the market. This they have demonstrated several times using hotdogs in place of real fingers.

Unlike other table saws which will continue running if your body comes in contact with the blade, Sawstop saws will stop running within milliseconds. An inbuilt saw brake will cause the blade to stop instantly and recede under the table preventing any injury that might have occurred assuming it were another type of saw.

This is a really useful feature considering the number of table saw injury that occur every year as a result of inadequate safety features, equipment, instructions and improper handling of the machine.

Talking about the sawstop CNS175-TGP36, it’s not a portable jobsite table saw like the ones above. It’s a contractor saw which is quite different as you can see from the image above.

It is quite expensive, but the overall build of the saw is worth the money in all aspects.

The accessories that come with it are top notch. When you get your hands on the miter gauge, you’ll easily know that it was made with great attention to detail.

Assembling the saw is also very easy, provided there’s someone there with you to help you with some of the heavy lifting. Whoever wrote the assembly instructions for the saw is very thoughtful. Everything is clearly outlined down to a tee.

When all is said and done, the Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 is heads and shoulders above any benchtop or jobsite table saw you’ll ever come across. If you’re thinking of upgrading from a jobsite table saw, this Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 might just be the right fit for you.

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What I like about it

  • Very detailed assembly instructions
  • Sawstop safety feature ensures you can use the saw with added peace of mind.
  • It’s a contractor saw, hence it’s suitable for both workshop and jobsite use.
  • 4 HP motor makes it very easy to cut through hard lumber.
  • Solid construction with durable cast iron components.
  • Features a very accurate T-Glide fence.

Where it can be improved

  • Safety mechanism can sometimes be triggered if the wood is very wet. And that means more expenses as you’ll have to buy a new blade and a new brake cartridge.

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6. Powermatic 1791230K Contractor Saw

powermatic 1791230K contractor table saw

The Powermatic 1791230k is one of the best contractor saws you can ever get your hands on today, no questions ask. It comes with cool features that makes working with it not only easy but satisfying in terms of the accuracy of the work.

It’s equipped with one of the best table saw fences, the Accu fence system which is usually found in cabinet models. The Accu fence system provides a 50 inch capacity which gives you enough capacity to rip wide sheet goods easily.

It comes equipped with a left tilt arbor which eliminates the need to use a sacrificial fence when working with the saw, and it also prevents your workpiece from binding with the blade.

The Powermatic 1791230k offers a very versatile table top which is made up of two cast iron extension wings and a melamine surface wood extension table, providing a large work area for you.

A quick release blade guard and riving knife does not only provide you with safety, but also affords you the ease to remove them easily without using a wrench.

What I like about it

  • Highly accurate contractor saw.
  • Can be used both in the workshop and on the jobsite.
  • Features a very accurate Accu fence system.
  • Very large 50 inch rip capacity
  • Features a large table and extension wings for workpiece support.

Where it can be improved

  • It takes some time to assemble and get it to work.

7. Shop Fox W1819 Cabinet Table Saw

shop fox W1819

If you search for cabinet table saws, you’re definitely going to find many, but very few compare to the Shopfox W1819 cabinet table saw. It comes equipped with some of the best components to help you deliver your best work and provide you with the best user experience.

The table saw is equipped with heavy duty trunnions and arbor assembly to give stability to the table saw and to ensure that it holds up over time.

The table and extension wings are made of flat cast iron to provide a flat and balance surface for you to work on. And with a 29-1/2 rip capacity, you can reap large sheet goods easily.

If you decide to get this saw, include the optional mobile base so that you can easily move your it around when you need to.

What I like about it

  • Easy to assemble
  • Heavy and durable cast iron components.
  • Cuts are accurate and precise.
  • Comes with an accurate and easy to adjust T-Glide fence.
  • Powerful 3 HP motor ensures you can cut through very hard lumber with eas.

Where it can be improved

  • The assembly manual could use a little more detailed pictures.

8. Powermatic PM1000 1791000K Cabinet Saw

powermatic pm1000 1791000K cabinet table saw

The Powermatic PM1000 1791000K is one of the best cabinet table saws we’ve tested.

It features a perfectly flat cast iron table, allowing you to carry out work that requires high precision with peace of mind.

Also featured is a very versatile miter gauge that pivots 60 degrees to both sides, which is really helpful when making complex cuts.

A poly-v belt drive system is used for power transmission, which helps ensure that, even though the table saw is powered with a powerful 1.75 hp motor, it remains vibration-free during operation.

With an arbor lock in place, changing blades is very easy because you don’t have to handle two wrenches with your two hand. You just have to lock the arbor, preventing it from rotating while you change the blade.

The whole setup is very heavy which is a good thing because it helps to dampen vibration during operation, ensuring that you work with a very stable machine.

What I like about it

  • Durable and well-machined parts.
  • It will last for generations.
  • Connect a shop vac, and you can collect almost all the dust produced.
  • Precision is off the charts.
  • Poly-v belt transmission ensures vibration free operation.
  • Very acurrate and easy to adjust Accu fence system.

Where it can be improved

  • The extension cord that comes with it is just 3 ft. which is quite short if you ask me.

9. SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 Pro Cabinet Table Saw

SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 cabinet table saw

Sawstop table saws are sort after because they have a special safety feature which prevents the blade from causing serious injury to the operator when the skin accidentally come in contact with the blade.

Every SawStop table saw comes equipped with a blade brake which retracts the blade under the saw table in less than 5 milliseconds when it comes in contact with the operator’s skin.

The Sawstop PCS31230-TGP252 is a cabinet table saw which not only has that feature but also comes equipped with other important features that makes it one of the best for professional woodworkers.

It’s a cabinet saw, which means it comes equipped with everything you need to rip really large workpieces to size. Unlike small jobsite units, the SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 also very quiet during operation, because all the working parts are enclosed under a cabinet base.

Dust collection is also better, with up to 99 percent of the dust produced collected above the table with an included dust collection blade guard.

Aided with a 52-inch T-Glide fence and rail system, accuracy when making cuts is over the roof. The fence is builts with heavy gauge steel which ensures it remains square and accurate for a very long time after being adjusted.

A powerful 3.0 HP, 1 phase motor ensures the 10 inch blade cuts through boards of different hardness with ease.

What I like about it

  • This is probably the safest table saw in the world, equipped with every feature to make sure you don’t sustain any injury while operating it.
  • It’s well built with heavy duty parts. The trunnion and arbor assembly are one of the heaviest, making it very stable and precise.
  • The T-Glide fence and rails stays accurate for a very long time once it’s set up.
  • It doesn’t lack in power, cuts everything you throw at it.
  • It’s not noisy like a jobsite unit. Dust collection system is very efficient.

Where it can be improved

  • Assembly is pretty straightforward but takes time.

10. Jet 708675PK XACTA

jet 708675PK XACTA table saw

Power, precision and good dust collection are some of the most important features of a good cabinet table saw. The Jet 708675PK XACTA cabinet saw have all of those features.

It comes equipped with a 230 volts 3 hp motor which provides the needed power to drive the poly-V belt drive system that spins the blade at a speed of 4300 rpm. This rips through hardwoods easily and effortlessly.

The Poly-V belt drive system ensures that the machine remains not only vibration-free but also very quiet during operation.

The wide cast iron table and extension wings provides plenty of work area for very large jobs to be carried out on the saw.

A left tilt blade ensures that cut offs fall freely on the table away from the blade and to prevent the blade from burning the work piece.

The blade is also well shrouded to ensure a very efficient dust collection which is essential for a clean workshop and a healthy work environment.

Heavy duty cast iron trunnions adds to the weight of the saw to improve performance and stability of the saw during operation.

What I like about it

  • Very heavy, stable and vibration-free as a cabinet saw should be.
  • Made of durable cast iron components.
  • Powerful motor ensures blade cuts through even the hardest of woods with ease.
  • Highly adjustable T-square fence.
  • Wide table and extension wings provides large room for workpiece support.

Where it can be improved

  • It takes some time to get the extension wings level with the main table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why get a table saw?

One word, accuracy. Table saws help make more accurate cuts than circular saws, jig saws and miter saws. It comes equipped with an accurate fence that allows you to guide your material through the table, allowing the blade to cut through as accurately as possible. They also cut larger sheet goods too.
While you make just few types of cuts on other saws, on a table saw you can make different types of cuts such as rip cuts, bevel cuts, crosscuts and even daddo cuts. It’s a multipurpose cutting machine.

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