Whether you’re looking for the best table saw for home workshop or one to use on site, further down you can read our individual table saw reviews and some recommendations.
What is a Table Saw?
In today’s review, we will be taking a look at what are the table saws 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 of 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.
The bench top table saw is the most popular type of table saw 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 which delivers more power and is designed to last longer with less motor burn out.
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 to only 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 it 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.
Best Table Saw Reviews
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the basics of table saws. Below are the individual table saw reviews of some of the leading brands in the industry. At the end of this article, you can see my choice in terms of best quality and budget. For your convenience, all saws will be linked to Amazon for additional research and/or purchase.
Best Table Saw: Evolution RAGE5-S Multi-Purpose Table Saw, 255 mm (230V) Review
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 their multipurpose cutting technology and blade. It utilizes a high torque low rpm gearbox which is capable of easily cutting not only wood but steal, aluminum, 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 material and I found lasts a lot longer than traditional blades due to its design. As 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 makes 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 finaly positive this saw comes with a 3-year warranty if purchased in the UK.
Best Portable Table Saw: DeWalt (DW745) 10-inch Compact Job SiteTable Saw Review
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 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 truck 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 plowed 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 pinon 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 experience in the past is that is null and void as these units are built to last.
Best Budget Table Saw: VonHaus 1800W 10” (250mm) Table Saw With Underframe Review
This is the second to least expensive saw on this list but given its cheap price it really packs a lot of powerful features seen in only much more expensive Table Saws. It actually competes with 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 in fear of burning out the motor. 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.
Another Good Portable Table Saw: Bosch Professional GTS 10 J Corded 240 V Table Saw Review
Bosch is also one of the biggest names in 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 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. Really 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 Multi-Purpose Table Saw, 255 mm (230V) Review
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 is a no brainer to purchase.
Cheapest Table Saw: Einhell TC-TS 2025/1 U Table Saw with Underframe Review
As a slightly less known brand name this is the final and cheapest Table saw I will review. It is slightly cheaper than the VonHous 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. All and all given the extremely cheap price if you are on a budget this is the saw to go with but for a little more you will get a better warranty with the VonHous
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
Even though it not the cheapest on this list, the VonHaus 1800W 10” (250mm) Table Saw is only approximately £15 more 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 for how they have dominated the budget woodworking tool market.
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 PDF 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, most importantly, stay safe!