Whether you’re looking for the best table saw for a home workshop or one to use on-site, further down you can read our individual reviews and some recommendations.
Best Table Saws Reviews: the most efficient the UK market currently has to offer
Below are the individual reviews of some of the leading brands in the industry. At the end of this article, you can see my choice in terms of the best quality and budget. For your convenience, all saws will be linked to Amazon for additional research and/or purchase.
Evolution RAGE5-S Multi-Purpose Table Saw Review – best table saw for the home workshop for under £300
We will be reviewing two evolution Table Saws in this article, this being the most expensive of the two at the time of this review.
Evolution came onto the scene a few years ago as a newcomer with its multipurpose cutting technology and blade. It utilises a high torque low rpm gearbox which is capable of easily cutting not only wood but steel, aluminium, plastic etc. Furthermore, it does so with no heat build-up and a completely workable finish with no burr on steel as well as virtually no sparks.
The 255mm (28 teeth) multipurpose blade with a 25.4mm bore diameter is a universal blade that works on all materials, and I found lasts a lot longer than traditional blades due to its design.
Like most saws in this review, it is a 230v unit and is mainly for domestic use as job sites require 110v and a transformer. I found the clear and precise angle settings from -60 to +60 degrees on the adjustable rip fence to make mitre and bevel cuts precisely and clearly.
All and all, I can’t gloat enough about the Evolution line. If one is looking to save a few pounds, I would recommend the equally as great Evolution Fury table saw below. As a final positive, this saw comes with a 3-year warranty if purchased in the UK.
DeWalt DW745 Review: best portable table saw under £500
As most know, DeWalt has been in the woodworking game for over 80 years and is a leader in building quality products. They are generally geared more for the professional rather than the consumer and can take a beating for years to come.
The first thing I noticed was how portable this unit was. At only 22 kgs, it was so easy to throw into the back of my van and take to the job site.
Especially useful was the steel roll cage around the unit that protects from job site drops and impacts. Just because it is a small saw doesn’t mean it lacks power, though. The powerful 1850-Watt motor with the 24 tooth Carbide blade ploughed through anything I threw at it.
Of note, though, the metal cuts, while efficient, were not nearly as clean as the Evolution line. The bigger blade was capable of making 610mm rips on a variety of larger materials, though. Also, the rack and pinion rails and the telescoping fence rails were great features allowing for precise and fast cuts, including bevel cuts from 0 degrees to 45 degrees.
It is important to note that this is the most expensive unit on the list, but it definitely is a solid choice for the professional. DeWalt only provides a 1-year warranty with this unit, but my past experience is null and void as these units are built to last.
VonHaus Table Saw With Underframe: best budget table saw under £200
This is the best cheap table saw on this list, and given its price, it really packs a lot of powerful features seen in only much more expensive table saws.
It actually competes with the DeWalt table saw above, albeit with a slightly less resilient design. By itself, the saw is rather small, but for those without a table, the underframe makes for a sturdy work area with attachable table sides.
The table comes in at 642 x 226 x 28mm. The 1800W motor with a 250mm Carbide tip blade powers through all types of wood. Even though the motor is capable, I wouldn’t recommend using it on metal too often for fear of burning it out. It does feature a quick damp rip fence which ensures secure and safe cutting each and every time, and also features a cross stop with an angle scale to make bevel cuts from plus or minus 60 degrees.
Charnwood W619 Cast Iron Table Saw Review: best cabinet table saw
This Charnwood machine is one of the best cabinet table saws from both price and functionality perspectives. Being the largest and heaviest, these types of saws are ideal for cutting large pieces of sheet stock and are not your usual hobby-type saws. That’s reflected in their price range as well.
One surprising fact about this cabinet table saw is how silent it is for such a sturdy machine. Plus, its 1.5hp induction motor is powerful enough to cut through various thicknesses of hardwood accurately. The included sliding carriage features a cast iron bed travelling on four bearing guides. It also comes equipped with two extension tables, adding to its potential work size.
In regards to its warranty, Charnwood offers a rather minimal one year. Nothing to worry about, any current owner can confirm that this product screams quality.
Being made of cast iron, it weighs 90kgs (around 14 stone) so make sure you have someone around to help you move it.
Bosch Professional GTS 10 Review: another great professional, portable table saw
Bosch is also one of the biggest names on this list, with build quality equivalent to DeWalt. Similar to the DeWalt, it is also a perfect mixture of portability and power.
I found the ample handholds that made transportation a breeze. Also, the assembly with the push stick stops made for easy and safe storage when I wasn’t using it. The self-adjusting parallel guides made for precise cuts of up to 79mm going 460mm to the right and 210mm to the left.
Really, you are getting a very similar product to the DeWalt for slightly cheaper. It comes down to brand loyalty between the two, but in all honestly, for just a little more, I felt the build quality was better on the DeWalt. Either way, you will have a small but powerful table saw that will last you many years to come.
Evolution FURY5-S Review: good value
This is the younger brother of the Evolution Rage table saw reviewed above. For sake of not repeating myself, this will be short and to the point.
The specs of both of these saws are very similar to each other, except the Fury is drastically cheaper and, to be honest, one of the most feature-rich and moderately priced saws on this list. The patented high torque low RPM gearbox of the Evolution multipurpose technology powers the multipurpose Carbide 255mm blade through wood, mild steel, non-ferrous metals, plastic, etc.
The defining characteristic of these cuts is how clean and workable they are with little to no burr. In comparison to the rage above, which is geared towards professionals, the Fury is consumer-centric, and the build quality is slightly less. Given that it is still a stellar unit and with its 3-year warranty if purchased in the UK, it offers great value for money.
Einhell TC-TS 2025 Review: another cheap table saw
As a slightly less known brand name, this is the final and second to least expensive table saw I will review.
It is slightly more expensive than the VonHaus above but has almost identical specs, which are beyond powerful given the price.
The 1800W motor with a 5000-rpm cutting speed will power the resilient 250mm Carbide tipped blade through almost anything you throw at it, but once again, I would not recommend cutting steel and metals.
The saw comes with a decently built base frame for stability and has extensions for wider rip saw cuts. I found the quick-clamp rip fence easily secured what I was cutting to make precise cuts from 0 to 45 degrees.
Given the extremely cheap price, if you are on a budget, this could be an option, although you will get a better warranty with the VonHaus.
Highest Quality Table Saw
Even though the DeWalt is a powerhouse and the most expensive table saw on this list, the Evolution RAGE5-S Multi-Purpose Table Saw wins this category by a landslide. With its high-quality professional build and perfectly clean cuts, it excels for a price that is very palpable for all.
Best Value Table Saw
Very similar to the winner of the highest quality saw for slightly cheaper and a price that works for everyone, the Evolution FURY5-S Multi-Purpose Table Saw is the best value on this list. It perfectly meshes a good price point, and high functionality plus the 3-year warranty on all Evolution products is unheard of in other brands.
Best Budget Table Saw
The VonHaus 1800W Table Saw is cheaper than the Einhell and is superior in build quality and warranty. Furthermore, it has similar specs to table saws four times its price. VonHaus has consistently won this category in my past tool reviews, and I can’t say enough about how they have dominated the budget woodworking tool market.
Best Cabinet Table Saw
Having just a single product on this list, it’s fair to assume the choice is quite clear. But there’s a reason behind that: the cabinet table saws tend to be quite expensive, but the Charnwood W619 excels at quite a decent price point.
What is a Table Saw?
Let’s take a look at what table saws are and why they may be useful for your woodworking needs. The traditional circular saws have been around for some time and were first designed to cut timber more efficiently. Well, the table saws are designed on the concept of a circular saw, mounted onto a usually metal work surface. The blade is then moved up and down to decrease or increase the cut depth. The first table saw is believed to be patented by Englishman Samuel Miller in the United States in 1777.
Suggested: Table Saw vs Circular Saw
The benchtop table saw is the most popular type available today. It is revered for its high power in a portable body that is easy to transport between job sites. Unlike saws of the past which were belt-driven, modern table saws have a direct drive that delivers more power and is designed to last longer with less motor burnout.
Probably most important in the article in comparison to other saws we reviewed in the past, one must be very safe while operating these.
Tables saws are known to be especially dangerous, as the blade is fully exposed and the user is moving the material to be cut towards the blade. As a tip, it is an important rule of thumb only to let the blade protrudes slightly above the material being cut. This way, you ensure you’ll only get a slight cut if your hand slips.
- Wear safety glasses or a face shield at all times.
- Wear a dust mask if the operation is dusty.
- Avoid long sleeves or any other loose clothing that could get caught in the blade.
- Wear steel-toe cap boots.
- Use a push stick to cut short wood.
- Your body should NOT be in line with the blade. This way, you can avoid being injured by flying sawdust or woodchips.
Some features iconic to table saws are as follows:
A dust extractor is always important as these saws can produce quite a lot of particulates which is bad not just for your health but is also a fire hazard. Generally, if the saw doesn’t have its own bag, it will have a universal attachment in which you can easily attach your own vacuum.
Also to look out for is a magnetic feather board. This uses high-powered magnets to be able to hold the material away from the blade. If used in conjunction with a rip fence, it significantly reduces the chance of cutting yourself.
Lastly and the newest feature to be introduced is SawStop. This uses a small amount of electrical current going through the blade. So, if the blade touches your skin, it cuts the circuit and immediately stops the blade leaving the user with only a small knick rather than a deep wound. Obviously, this cannot be used with metal or wet/frozen wood but is still a great and very useful feature.
What type of cuts can be made using a table saw?
The table saw is a versatile tool that can be used to make a variety of different cuts.
The most common type of cut is the rip cut, which is used to create long, straight cuts along the grain of the wood. To make a rip cut, the wood is fed into the blade perpendicularly.
On the other hand, the crosscut is used to cut across the grain of the wood. This type of cut is typically used to create shorter cuts or to trim pieces of wood to size.
In addition, the table saw can also be used to make mitre cuts and bevel cuts. Mitre cuts are used to create angled cuts, while bevel cuts are used to create sloped or chamfered edges. As such, the table saw is a versatile tool that can be used to make a variety of different types of cuts.
Table Saw Projects
Now, whether you bought a table saw yet or not, you’ll eventually want to put it to practice, right?
There are a few projects online, but a few easy ones and among my favourite are probably here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Table-Saw-Projects/.
Unfortunately, you can’t download them as PDFs for free, but you can always draw a sketch and come back to your computer screen whenever you need to.
Be creative and make the most of your tool; you’ll be surprised by how much you can achieve.
Have fun and, more importantly, stay safe!