The 10 Best Table Saws For Woodworking Projects

top 10 best table saws

Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 01:38 pm

The central and most useful cutting tool in any woodworking shop is the table saw.

You may have other types of saw like circular saws in your workshop, but none of them can replace a good table saw. That’s because they’re all or mostly single-purpose saws.

For instance, circular saws are best for making crosscuts, compound miter saws also, band saws for cutting curves and resawing lumber, track saws mainly for rip cuts.

A table saw on the other hand has multiple uses. It’s ideal for making different types of woodworking cuts including crosscuts, rip cuts, miter cuts and even dado cuts.

Provided yours have a long enough arbor and takes a dado blade, you can install one on it which will allow you to cut dados, grooves and slots easily.

In short, with a very good table saw sitting in your woodworking shop or garage, you’ve got a tool that will cover most of the cutting you’ll ever do in that shop.

Apart from its versatility, it’s also very important for woodworking due to its high accuracy. Other types of saws will not give you that amount of accuracy. That’s why finish carpenters and cabinet makers use it for their projects.

That said, continue reading to find 10 of the best ones we’ve reviewed in this article.

Here Are Our Top Picks

Sawstop PCS175-TGP236​

Value Pick

sawstop PCS175-TGP236 cabinet table saw
  • Cabinet Saw
  • 36 Inch Rip Capacity
  • T-Glide Fence

Dewalt DWE7491RS​

Editor’s Pick

Dewalt dwe7491rx portable jobsite table saw
  • Portable Table Saw
  • 32-1/2 Inch Rip Capacity
  • 4800 No Load Speed

SKILSAW SPT70WT-01​

Budget Pick

skilsaw spt70wt-01 portable jobsite table saw
  • Portable Table Saw
  • 36 inch Rip Capacity
  • 5300 No Load Speed

Here Are The 10 Best Table Saw Reviews

1. Dewalt DWE7491RS 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw

Whether you’re a finish carpenter or a simple home owner looking to rip some large wood stock to size for your carpentry or home improvement project, there are few portable jobsite table saws that would do a better job than this Dewalt DWE7491RS.

Dewalt dwe7491rs portable jobsite table saw

It’s not a cabinet style saw, but it’s got rip capacity as large as 32-1/2 inch. Enough to comfortably rip down large boards. It’s an ideal portable unit for you can go for if you regularly work with large wood stocks on the jobsite or at home handling different woodworking projects.

The DWE7491RS is very easy to assemble as a whole when you unbox it. It comes with a good manual with instruction that are easy to follow and clear labeled diagrams that aids you when assembling the machine.

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What I like about it

  • It has a large rip capacity.
  • Comes with a rolling stand making it very easy to move around.
  • Very precise.
  • Easy to setup.
  • Accepts dado blades.

Where it can be improved

  • Less than ideal miter gauge. You can replace it with a better after-market miter gauge.

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2. Bosch 4100-10 Portable Jobsite Table Saw

I really like the soft start of the motor. When you start the table saw, the blade does not just start spinning at top speed, rather slowly from rest. Needless to say, the transition from rest to top speed is separated by just a few seconds.

Bosch 4100-10 portable jobsite table saw

The Bosch 4100 table saw features what is called a Constant Response Circuitry. The Constant Response Circuitry performs a simple but important task of increasing the speed of the saw blade in proportion to the load it is under. This ensures that the speed increases when cutting harder woods and adjusts appropriately when cutting soft wood, ensuring that the saw is not overloaded in any way.

All the accessories that come with the table saw can be removed easily and stored under the table top. Each accessory has a good storage space under the table top specifically designed for it. So, you don’t have to keep the accessories somewhere else and risk misplacing or losing them entirely.

Although Bosch could certainly do better with the instruction manual that comes with it, setup is quite straightforward and easy.

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What I like about it

  • It’s very easy to assemble.
  • Makes really precise cuts.
  • Very useful gravity rise stand.
  • It auto-adjusts speed based on the hardness of the wood.
  • On-board tool storage makes storing accessories easy.

Where it can be improved

  • Dust collection could use some improvement.

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3. Skilsaw SPT70WT-01 Portable Jobsite Table Saw

If you are not familiar or have not experience the use of power tools that use worm gear drives, then the Skilsaw SPT70WT-01 will certainly give you a good taste of how they work.

Less speed more torque. That’s what it is. Worm gear drives makes it possible for you to achieve more power, more torque at a reduced speed. In terms of size, they tend to be small, but they pack a greater punch.

Along with the saw comes with the basic table saw accessories such as a miter gauge, an insert plate or splitter, a transparent blade guard, a push stick and of course, a table saw blade. The blade is a 24 tooth 10 inch blade which is just enough for making basic cuts. If you desire more precise neat cuts, a blade upgrade will definitely do the trick.

Skilsaw made using the saw very convenient by providing an onboard tool storage underneath the saw table, so that you can have your table saw accessories safe and available in the saw whenever you need them.

skilsaw spt70wt-01

With a weight of only 49 lbs, the Skilsaw SPT70WT-01 can be said to be lightweight. The roll cage body beneath the table is made of steel, while the table is made of aluminum. This combination of steel and aluminum reduces the weight and makes it very easy to transport.

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What I like about it

  • Use worm gear drive for better power transmission.
  • More torque even at lower speeds.
  • Runs less noisy.
  • It’s portable.
  • Fence is very easy to adjust.

Where it can be improved

  • Zero-insert plate does not align properly with the top of the table.

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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 PCS175-TGP236 Cabinet Table Saw

sawstop PCS175-TGP236

Although the main selling point of Sawstop saws is the blade breaking system that comes in them, these saws are not all about that. The safety is kind of the icing on the cake.

If you happen to get your hands on this Sawstop PCS175-TGP236 cabinet table saw, you’ll find out that it’s a heavy duty saw with highly machined and durable components, and that that its precision is top-notch.

A cast iron table and extension wings gives you a large surface area to rip through wide workpieces easily without any restriction.

The saw is powered by a 1.75 HP motor which supplies the blade with enough rpm to eat through whatever wood you throw at it.

Dust collection for the Sawstop PCS175-TGP236 is thorough engineered to ensure that 99 percent of the sawdust created during operation is collected efficiently. This is because dust is collected both above the table and below it.

The Sawstop PCS175-TGP236 is the ideal machine for both serious hobbyist and for professional craftsmen aiming to upgrade their tools, become more creative and have a more industrial looking workshop.

It’s got the power to slice through any wood, the precision needed for accurate repeated cuts, and the Sawstop safety system that will save your fingers if the need ever arises, giving you peace of mind while you work.

What I like about it

  • Runs very smooth without much noise.
  • Work with peace of mind with Sawstop safety feature.
  • 99 percent of dust can be collected easily.
  • Highly accurate T-glide fence system.
  • Large table and extension wings.
  • Durable and highly machined components.

Where it can be improved

  • It’s a bit pricey.

10. Jet 708675PK XACTA Cabinet Table Saw

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.

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