Just discovered your DIY alter-ego? Or are you a skilled wood-artist just sick of the traditional old circular saws?
Whatever it is, you know one thing and probably, do not know the other. You know, it is high time to get that small whizzing machine into your workspace; however, you probably are still wondering which one?
We got you covered, we will review 5 table saws and reveal the best portable table saw of 2016
For the garage-working guys, with the cost of getting the job done through contractors rising up and high and the price of portable table saws declining at almost the same pace, it is a no-brainer for you to go out and get that mean machine to slice and chop as you wish while saving thousands of precious dollars in the bargain.
For any woodworker, contractor or perhaps even a household guy, the table saw is meant to be the center point among all tools. This is one glorious tool that will help you through huge piles of lumber in a matter of few hours assuring the least drops of sweat. This piece of mechanic wonder sits atop a table, covering the least space required and costing amazingly less, yet demanding the prominence it deserves.
The table saw is going to help you crosscut, rip, miter and bevel all those pieces of natural gifts. Gone are those days when it was frustrating to not be able to see where the cuts are going to. With the advent of modern, portable and enhanced table saws, work has become much easier, efficient and safer.
Here are a few basics you ought to know before beginning your hunt for the best portable table saw.
While the most rudimentary table saws share the similar basic arbor-mounted circular blade, there are more distinct features which classify table saws into four major categories – benchtop (the household favorite), contractor (the mean Billy), cabinet (for the skilled) and the hybrid (for a makeshift working space).
Now, back to the dilemma- “Which one?” As with anything, you are sure to be overwhelmed by the apparently infinite number of choices and a trillion factors- type, features, structure, weight, colour, price, utility, brand, what’s my neighbor using? (and a few million more).
TOP 5 Best Portable Table Saws
So, to make things easy for you I have picked a variety of table saws and shortlisted 5 based on popularity, price, reliability, brand and a few aesthetic factors.
Here’s my verdict:
|Table Saw name||RPM||Weight||Stand|
|DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch |
(Best Portable Table Saw)
|Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 Inch|
(Best Cheap Table Saw)
|Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch||3650||124.2 pounds||Included|
|Ryobi ZRRTS10G 15 Amp 10 in.||5000||50.1 pounds||Included|
|DEWALT DW745 10-Inch||3850||53.2 pounds||Not Included|
Further I will do a brief overview and comparison of the top-5 favorite portable table saws.
1) Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch – Portable Table Saw With Gravity-Rise Stand
This baby belongs to the royal Bosch range of products. The all new Bosch 4100 table saw claims to be loaded with new features and enhancements garnering it a durable and precise machine.
One distinct feature the Bosch 4100 boasts of is its pioneering modular smart-guard system.
This system is seen as an innovative breakthrough in the portable table saw industry which includes a riving knife, blade guard and – hold your breath – anti-kickback pawls! Yes, probably a really essentially feature. And as mentioned earlier as well, all of these three elements are modular and tool free.
This means more flexibility to users who wish to add each component separately according to the task at hand. The design permits a smooth and easy functionality. The blade guard is designed with new split-guarding innovation that ensures optimal line of sight without compromising on the protection.
This adds one point to the user-friendliness of the saw. The riving knife prevents material from pinching the blade and offers positions for: “full upright”, “splitting,” and “non-thru” cutting.
To name a few other features which Bosch claims to make its product stand out of the crowd are its super-durable sub base coupled with carry handles, a t-slot miter gauge, dust collection, single-point bevel movement and the exclusive SquareLock (Bosch proprietary) rip fence with the auxiliary fence slots. The Constant Response Circuitry with Soft Start facilitates smooth ramp up in terms of speed
Being a professional tool, durability is a factor which generally outweighs the other smaller ones. This may be a good bet for jobsites given its integrated carrying handles for smooth transportation.
With all good things mentioned, let’s quickly jump into what you may not like about the Bosch 4100. (Note: The user reviews are collected from various forums)
A common woe among the users is the fast declining blade quality across the various ranges of table saws with Bosch 4100 being no exception. Also, there have been many instances where an aftermarket unit had to be purchased since the included miter gauge fit sloppily and could not be used to make decent crosscuts.
Another worry included the inability to lock the blade height because of which there could be changes even at the slightest nudge or constant vibration. This does not really look like a good scenario especially when doing partial cuts and a constant depth is needed. The machine seems to accumulate dust behind and on the floor despite being connected to a shop vacuum.
The blade adjustment is pretty awkward when it comes to adjusting anything other than the standard 45 and 90 degrees. That’s when you really have to call a helper and get the old angle gauge out of the toolbox again. The storage for the included push stick is on the back of the saw, making it a tad bit difficult to reach relative to ones at the side.
With a price tag close to six hundred dollars, and the striking contrast in what the product promises and what the users feel, it seems no less a gamble.
Next in line, is a much less popular but a useful machine- Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw
2) Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp – Best Cheap Portable Table Saw
Craftsman has a reputation of producing tools which can just do the job well enough while not costing you an arm and a leg. The Craftsman evolv is no exception. It is packed with a 15 amp motor which rules out any assumption relating to lack of power. Now, that coupled with a 10-inch carbide tip blade gives it a literally cutting-edge performance potential.It boasts of a 25×17 inch steel table top which is just sufficient to roll all your ply sheets and timber joiners.
It has a blade-tilt range of around 45 degrees along with an adjustable mitre gauge, rack and pinion blade height control and quick mount and release rip fence. These features allow significant enhancements to the scope of precision and safety while cutting. It also has an internal cam lever which helps the saw’s spreader reposition itself to lower riving knife points rather swiftly.
Similar to Bosch, even this product highlights its anti-kickback pawls. However, here the anti-kickback pawls are managed by a push button assembly. Insignificant though, this baby has a large on/off switch. So, for the absent-minded ones out there, this will help you know if the machine is on or not!
Now, to see on what negative you may expect of the Craftsman Evolv, a primary concern would be it being shaky. It is recommended to bolt it onto the floor before using it. The miter gauge must be held against one side of its groove since it is particularly loose. The fence presents a slight challenge as it gets all jittery after continuous long period of running and fails to direct the materials as efficiently as it hould have.
The surface is somewhat not smooth. In other cases, this is not much of an issue but while dealing with thin ply, this causes discomfort and makes the process tedious instead of easing it.
With a price tag of close to one hundred dollars, this seems like a godsend for people with a narrow budget and flair for woodworks.
Having a 15 amp motor and 10 inch carbide tip blade, the Ryobi is strikingly similar to the Craftsman evolve. It has a 25 X 17 inch table which can help you do your ripping jobs with significant ease. Along with the other standard stuff, it has an adjustable miter gauge which promises close to precise cuts and a rip fence which directs the materials just well enough. The in-built push sticks facilitate easy accessibility and storage.
The guard fitting is done through a single action bolt with an anti-kickback setup independent of the guard blade. The modular tool-free guard provides for significant blade coverage and flexibility. The split blade guard ensures consistent table contact even when the blade is slant in position. The lock-handle is in-built and essentially tool-free.
The things you should worry about is the light weight and shaky structure along with a relatively slow cutting speed. The fence also seems to loosen up after prolonged use. This machine may be similar to the Craftsman Evolv; however, this table saw seems to lose its balance too quick in the game.
Under higher load, the Ryobi may tend to fume up and dance on your floor. This is mostly available only in refurbished conditions. If refurbished is not your thing, this is highly unlikely to be your choice with a price tag equal to a brand new Craftsman Evolv at near one hundred dollars.
The next two products belong to a brand which needs no introduction in the tools industry.
This brand has been the showstopper in every tool and equipment pageant. With thought leadership, innovative designs and pioneering technology, DeWalt leads the bandwagon.
4) DEWALT DW745 10 Inch – Amazon Bestseller
Weighing just 45 pounds, the DeWalt DW745 is a high-rated table saw. It is powered by a 15 amp motor and has a no-load speed of 3,850 rpm. The DEWALT versatile Site-Pro Modular Guarding System allows the set up for a variety of applications through tool-free adjustment of application-specific guarding components.
The saw’s exclusive fence configuration offers a huge 20-inch rip capacity along with a cut depth of 3-1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees. Fence adjustments are fast, smooth and accurate because of the rack and pinion fence rails. The rails to move out to 20 inches to rip full sheets of materials and can be retracted for a compact design that’s easy to transport due to its unique telescopic design.
It boasts of a coated table surface to reduce friction and facilitate improved cut quality across the board. A metal roll cage base provides a sturdy setup and improved durability when compared with plastic bases.
A handy 2-1/2-inch dust collection port allows the user to connect the saw to a Shop-Vacuum for dust accumulation.
One of the key features is the warranty package offered by DeWalt which includes a 3 year limited warranty, one year free service contract and a 90-day money-back guarantee.
No matter how beautiful this seems, even this has a few points which may raise eyebrows.
The miter gauge is difficult to read and there are no stops for frequently used angles. Besides these, there have been minor alignment issues in the past but DeWalt seems to have fixed it.
Average price tag makes it a product with high snob appeal like any other DeWalt tool.
5) DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch – Best Portable Table Saw
The table measures 26 x 22 inches which is largely sufficient for all ordinary purposes. Cuts ranging in depth from 3-1/8-inch at 90 degrees, to 2-1/4-inch at a 45-degree angle are easy-as-pie for this mean machine. Its 15 amp motor can force-cut through wood like knife through butter or at least easily.
Another amazing feature according to me is the practical ripping fence which can hold two positions due to the flip-over action. Where does this help, you ask? Well, this is areally useful functionality when you have to cut ultra-narrow pieces of wood.
The rack and pinion fence on this saw is so well-fixed that you can adjust it quick with a single stroke of your hand and it holds the firmly enough to hold it in position no matter how hard you press.
The DeWalt DWE7491RS has a 2-1/2-inch dust port at the back end of the unit as well as a 1-1/2-inch dust port off the top of the blade. This essentially implies that it can collect dust from both above as well as below the blade. However, one sad part about this beautiful story is that you have to set the vacuum up yourself since this does not come with the saw.
The rip capacity of this mean machine is a whopping 32-1/2 inches! There is an inherent risk of it breaking or tipping the saw over; however, the rail extension helps in making the largest cuts.
While table saws are not meant to be moved and shifted too frequently, moving the DeWalt DWE7491RS is not much of a heavy duty task owing to its comfortable and grip-rich handle and rolling stands.
Safety is a key highlight for this one. Unconventional as it is, DeWalt has installed this with a power loss reset button. This means that during an outage or a tripped circuit, the saw will automatically reset and will not turn on once the power is back. This is a much ignored safety concern which DeWalt has addressed well. Also, since the switch is electronic, the green “ON” button has to be pushed to start the saw. This ensures that the machine does not start playing all by itself without supervision.
Now, if you wonder, what if the switch is pressed by accident? DeWalt has already taken care of that by protecting the saw with a flip cover. If you do not wish unsupervised guests like your children or the neighbor’s dog to fool with your machine, there is a provision to lock the switch with a padlock.
So far, I have not faced any issue with this one. I have researched and tried to gather critical feedback, but users were all praises for this.
Probably one major concern which comes along with the DeWalt 7491RS and cannot be fixed by the user is more than five hundred dollars price tag. It sure is hefty; however, popular opinions say it is an investment worth every cent.
Best CHEAP Portable Table Saw
Now that we’ve seen the top 5 contenders, which one do you think is the most wallet-friendly table saw of 2016?
The top nominations are the Craftsman Evolv and the RyobiRTS10. With the same price range, I am left with no option but to rank it on other factors. Craftsman Evolv, unlike Ryobi RTS10 is available in a brand new condition. So there goes a plus one. Next, Craftsman has a history of making durable and affordable products in stark contrast to Ryobi. There goes another point.
So, here it is. The most wallet-friendly table saw 2016 is the Craftsman Evolv!
BEST Portable Table Saw 2016
Moving onto the most awaited category of the Best Portable Table Saw 2016. The Best Table Saw is selected on the following criteria (in descending order of importance) – durability, reliability, safety, innovation, warranty, price and brand.
No prizes for guessing the winner. It is undisputedly, hands-down – the DeWalt DWE7491RS.
With impeccable design, high durability, next-level safety, thoughtful innovation and DeWalt’s pioneer banner, this table saw may seem a bit heavy on its price tag but it sure is worth every cent.
Table of Contents
- Here are a few basics you ought to know before beginning your hunt for the best portable table saw.
- TOP 5 Best Portable Table Saws
- 1) Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch – Portable Table Saw With Gravity-Rise Stand
- 2) Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp – Best Cheap Portable Table Saw
- 3) Ryobi ZRRTS10G
- 4) DEWALT DW745 10 Inch – Amazon Bestseller
- 5) DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch – Best Portable Table Saw
- Best CHEAP Portable Table Saw
- BEST Portable Table Saw 2016