We went on the hunt for the best table saws for the money, and we found several options that work for both home and work. Finding a quality table saw at a reasonable price can be daunting. There are so many types of saws out there with a variety of fun features. But which portable table saw do you really need? Before you start shopping, here are a few things you should consider before choosing your new table saw.
Motor: The most powerful table saw motors are around 15 amps, which is tough enough for handling large projects and deep cuts. Less powerful motors are best for easy projects and light cutting on things like floorboards or bead boards.
Rip Capacity: Rip capacity is the distance between the blade itself and the fence that holds your wood on the right side of the table. Larger rip capacity means you can cut a wider piece of wood, like cabinetry or wood paneling.
Stand: Whether or not a table saw comes with a stand is totally up to preference. Some stands are collapsible, have wheels, or are stationary. We also reviewed a couple models you can set on your table without a stand.
Blade Size: The blade size for most table saws is 10”, and we found that to be pretty standard for all table saws. If you look at tabletop saws, they sometimes come with jigsaw-like blades, which are compact to fit smaller saws.
Weight: The weight will vary due to the casing materials used (metal vs. plastic), stand weight, table size, and table saw size. For heavier models, look for stands with wheels on the stand for easier mobility and storage on the jobsite.
Warranty: A table saw can be a major investment. Make sure it comes with a warranty in case something breaks or fails. If you’re using your table saw for work, a warranty is key to fixing a broken saw quickly!
Now that you know which features you need in a table saw, let’s look at the best 10 portable table saws we found! We found models with stands, without stands, and one hybrid that will work perfectly on the jobsite or in your garage. If you’re strapped for time, we understand! Check out our Top Pick and Budget Pick, and if you want to know more, we have 8 other great models to check out when you have more time!
Article last updated on:
June 4, 2019