The 7 Best Table Saws In 2021 (Unbiased Review & Guide)

If you want to see a list of the best table saws in each category, then you’ll LOVE this guide.

We’ll help you decide what the best portable, contractor, hybrid, and cabinet table saw there is.

And what provides the best value. Is this you? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Quick Overview

Just in case you want to skip the long and detailed review of what is the best table saw for woodworking in each category, here it is:

My Recommendations

I’ve done my best to give you a comprehensive guide recommending the top table saws for each class. I’ve got straight to the point as much as I could.

So, to make this easy for you, I’ll simply list all the options and provide a brief overview of each model.

If you’re unsure what a table saw is or want to know more about them before choosing one, I suggest you should read our buyer guide here.

Let’s get started…

Best Portable Table Saw – DEWALT DWE7485/XA

DEWALT DWE7480 10-Inch Compact Jobsite Table Saw

Please note the DEWALT DWE7480 succeeded the popular DEWALT DWE745 which was one of the most popular in its class.

It’s also why we’ve rated it our best portable table saw.

There’s also the option to purchase the DEWALT DWE7480XA which comes included with the stand, and optional saw blade.

Here’s why I think this model stands out from the rest in its category:

  • A powerful 15-amp motor
  • A 10-inch blade that spins at 4,800 RPM for clean rip cuts
  • 24-inch rip capacity that features an exclusive (telescoping design) rip fence configuration
  • Fast, smooth, and accurate rack and pinion fence rails
  • A maximum cut depth of 3-1/8 inches at 90 degrees, and 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees
  • Coated table surface to reduce friction for improved cut quality
  • 2-1/2-inch dust collection port for dust extraction
  • Metal roll cage base provides a sturdy setup
  • Weighs just 48 pounds for portability

What’s Included?

  • DWE7480 10-inch table saw
  • 10-inch 24-tooth carbide blade
  • Miter gauge
  • Push stick
  • Blade guard

My Favorite Feature: “Blade Guard System”

  • A Site-Pro Modular Guarding System for an application-specific setup. This results in quick, accurate cuts

This saves you time allowing you to make tool-free adjustments of application-specific components.

Best Contractor Table Saw – DEWALT DWE7491RS

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

The DEWALT DWE7491RS is another best seller in the contractor category.

The DEWALT brand has really given competitors a hard time with many playing catch up. It’s not to say that they’re the best bar none.

Far from it.

But they’ve proven time and again why many contractors resort to purchasing their line of products.

This was a tough category to choose from as competitors such as the Bosch 4100-10 really give DEWALT a run for their money.

Here’s why I believe this model stands out from the rest in the contractor category:

  • A robust 15-amp motor
  • A 10-inch blade that spins at 4,800 RPM (no load RPM)
  • 32 1/2-inch rip capacity that features an exclusive (telescoping design) rip fence configuration
  • Onboard storage system provides easy access to the blade guard assembly, fence, riving knife, miter gauge, wrenches, and push stick
  • Patented material support that can be used for narrow rip cuts
  • Max cut depth of 3-1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2-1/4 inches at 45 degrees
  • Narrow cuts made easy with a flip over ripping fence
  • Coated table surface to reduce friction for improved cut quality
  • 2-1/2-inch dust collection port for dust extraction
  • Weighs just 48 pounds for portability

What’s Included?

  • DWE7491RS 10-inch table saw
  • 10-inch 24-tooth carbide blade
  • Rolling stand
  • Miter gauge
  • Push stick
  • Blade guard
  • 2x Blade Wrenches

My Favorite Feature: “Optional Dado Set Up To 13/16 Inch”

  • The option to install a dado set is one of the biggest advantages that provides added functionality

Using a dado set, you can cut dadoes in the material to connect two pieces of stock. This is a functional way how woodworkers would connect cabinets and bookshelves with snug joints.

Best Hybrid Table Saw – Shop Fox W1837

Shop Fox W1837 10″ Hybrid Table Saw

The Shop Fox W1837 was the standout from the hybrid table saw category.

Other brands such as the Grizzly G0771Z came close, but I felt the Shop Fox had the edge for usability. In fact, some feel the Shop Fox W1824 is one of the standouts in the category.

The unit is built sturdy and Shop Fox are known for their workmanship and build quality amongst the woodworker community.

Hybrid saws are sort of unknown and hard to categorize. Generally, they’re easier to transport as they’re a similar weight and size of a high-end contractor saw, but with dust control and the full features of a cabinet saw. The Shop Fox W1837 provides just that.

Here’s why I think this model stands out from the rest in its class:

  • Powerful 2 HP Leeson induction motor and triple belt drive
  • Arbor speed max at 3,450 RPM
  • Lift-off Precision Fence with front/ rear locking ability
  • 30-inch rip capacity – 30-inch to right, 15-inch to left
  • Quick-change blade guard with anti-kickback pawls
  • Max cut depth of 3 1/4 inches at 90 degrees and 2 1/4 inches at 45 degrees
  • Robust cabinet mounted trunnions to absorb vibration
  • Dust chute with a 4-inch port
  • Includes standard and dado table inserts

What’s Included?

  • 10-inch x 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade
  • Standard and dado table inserts
  • Miter gauge
  • Arbor wrenches
  • Extended-reach push stick

My Favorite Feature: “Quick‐Release Blade Guard”

  • The clear guard allows the operator to watch the blade cut the material during operation to prevent accidental contact.

The clear guard is a nift inclusion I like – with many manufacturers now adopting this design approach.The spreader, riving knife, and anti-kickback pawls attached to the quick-release blade guard prevents kickback quite effectively.

Best Cabinet Table Saw – SawStop PCS175-TGP236

SawStop PCS175-TGP236 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Table Saw

SawStop PCS175-TGP236 cabinet table saw is a woodworker’s dream machine.

When major publications and consumers list this saw as one of the top woodworking tools to have, you’ve got to find out what the fuss is about.

What I can say though, is that the fuss is warranted.

It’s engineering at its finest.

If you like, you do have the option of the 3 HP models such as the SawStop PCS31230-TGP236.

Here’s why I think this model is the best table saw on the market:

  • 1.75 HP with an option for 3 HP induction motor
  • 10-inch 40-tooth professional grade blade
  • Professional T-Glide fence constructed of the highest quality thick gauge steel and provides smooth operation
  • 30, 36, or 52-inch rip capacity
  • Quiet poly V-ribbed belts for maximum power transfer and minimal vibration
  • Heavy-weight cast-iron trunnion with the thickest arbors of any 10” saws
  • 4-inch dust port with 99% dust collection – sawdust is a cancer-causing carcinogen
  • Mobility base with fixed wheels to move your saw around the workshop

What’s Included?

  • 2x Cast iron extension wings
  • Miter gauge
  • Micro-blade guard (1.7 HP models)
  • Dust collection blade guard (3 HP models)
  • Riving knife
  • 2x Blade wrenches
  • Push stick
  • 10” blade
  • Standard brake cartridge
  • Owner’s manual
  • 2x Hardware packs
  • 3mm hex key
  • 5mm hex key
  • 8mm hex key
  • Blade spacing adjustment gauge

My Favorite Feature: “Brake Pawl”

  • This is the most innovative feature that has been seen by the woodworking community. It will save fingers, and possibly your life.

When this feature was released to the woodworking community, it was a game-changer.

It was also innovative.

The blade carries an electrical signal that the system monitors. The brake pawl detects a change in signal when human contact has been made. Instantly (1/200th of a second) the saw retracts and is stopped by the brake pawl.

Amazing right?

Don’t be a part of statistics where every 9 minutes a table saw injury occurs. On top of that, 10 amputations take place every day in the United States.

So, if you want the best table saw on the market – period. Then look no further.

It will take your woodworking to the next level.

Note: There are other excellent cabinet saws available such as JET 708675PK, Shop Fox W1819, and Grizzly G0690. However, I felt after much research, it was too hard to pass up on SawStop’s offering.

After I reviewed the best table saws in each class, I think it’s only fair that a few other models get mentioned.

I thought that some other saws were offering great value for money or were a very close 2nd. I think they deserve recognition and an honorable mention.

So here are the other table saws I believe are worth your hard-earned cash.

Best Budget Portable Table Saw – SKIL TS6307-00

SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw – TS6307-00

The SKIL TS6307-00 table saw is excellent for a first-time woodworker and DIYer.

It represents great value for money and is a great addition to any hobbyists equipment.

If you consider yourself a SKILSAW kind of person, there is the option to upgrade to the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01.

Here’s why I think this model is the best budget portable saw on the market:

  • A robust direct-drive 15-amp motor
  • Heavy-duty steel stand and Quick-Mount system for a quick easy setup
  • A 10-inch blade that spins at 4,600 RPM
  • 25-1/2-inch rip capacity for cutting various material sizes
  • Rip, crosscuts, miter or bevel cuts all possible with a 3-1/2-inch cut height capacity suitable for woodworking projects
  • A cast aluminum table (24 x 25-inch) and self-aligning rip fence
  • Dado cuts an option with a maximum dado width of 5/8-inch
  • Max cut depth at 45-degrees is 2 ½-inches, max cut depth at 90-degrees is 3 ½-inches
  • Weighs 51 pounds for portability

What’s Included?

  • 10-inch table saw
  • 24T saw blade
  • Blade guard
  • Heavy-duty steel folding stand
  • Self-aligning rip fence
  • Miter gauge

My Favorite Feature: “EZ view measurement system”

  • Self-aligning rip fence system ensures accurate settings and measurements

For the humble beginner, any kind of system that assists the operator to make your job easier is a plus in my book.

Best Value Portable Table Saw – Bosch GTS1031

Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw

The Bosch GTS1031 table saw comes a close second to the popular DEWALT DWE7480 (succeeded the popular DEWALT DWE745).

If you don’t want a DEWALT, this is your next best bet. It’s a compact, heavy-duty, durable all-steel saw that packs plenty of power.

Here’s why I think Bosch GTS1031 is the best value portable table saw on the market:

  • A powerful 15-amp 4 HP motor
  • A 10-inch blade that spins at 5,000 RPM for precise cutting
  • Smart Guard System – modular blade guard includes kickback pawls and riving knife
  • SquareLock 18-inch rip capacity
  • True cuts for reliable output
  • Excellent mobility weighing just 52 pounds

What’s Included?

  • 10-inch table saw
  • 24-tooth carbide saw blade
  • Rip fence
  • Miter gauge
  • Push stick
  • 2x Blade-change wrenches

My Favorite Feature: “SquareLock Rip fence”

  • The SquareLock 18-inch rip fence allows for outstanding trueness and precise cuts

Although a smaller rip capacity than other table saws in its category, the Bosch provides great value for money for a DIYer.

Runner-up Contractor Table Saw – Bosch 4100-10

Bosch 4100-10 10 In. Gravity-Rise Worksite Table Saw

The Bosch 4100-10 is the updated version of the very popular Bosch 4100-09.

From the view of many, it seems that if you don’t choose the DEWALT DWE7480, you’ll be purchasing the Bosch.

I can see why.

Bosch makes excellent quality products that stand the test of time.

Here’s why I think the Bosch 4100-10 is a close second and runner-up for best contractor table saw on the market:

  • Powerful 15-amp direct-drive 4 HP motor
  • 10-inch blade with 3,650 no load RPM
  • 25-inch rip capacity to cover all types of jobsite (4 Ft.) rip-cutting widths
  • Squarelock rip fence to increase cutting trueness with easy one-handed operation
  • Gravity-Rise stand that’s collapsible and allows you to adjust to a specific height
  • Light but heavy-duty construction build to handle jobsite abuse
  • Built-in sub-base and carry handle for extra portability
  • Onboard storage for all attachments and tools
  • Exclusive Arbor Lock for single wrench blade changes
  • Soft-start circuitry for a smooth but quick ramp-up to the operating speed to minimize tripping a circuit breaker
  • Constant Response circuitry to help maintain speed under load/ overload protection

What’s Included?

  • 4100-10 10-inch worksite table saw
  • Gravity-rise wheeled table saw stand
  • Smart Guard System device and anti-kickback pawls
  • 10-inch carbide-tipped blade
  • SquareLock rip fence
  • Miter gauge
  • Smart guard system
  • Push stick
  • Throat plate insert
  • Multi-function blade wrench
  • Adjustment wrench

My Favorite Feature: “Smart Guard System”

  • Smart guard system that includes a riving knife and anti-kickback pawls to provide safety operating use

This is the first modular table saw blade guard.

The anti-kickback pawls, adjustable riving knife, and non-obstructed view of the assembly assist beginners and seasoned woodworkers.

As an added bonus, this can easily be removed without any extra tools.

Summary

There you have it: The 7 BEST Table Saws For Woodworking.

I’d like to hear your take or points of view.

Have I missed the mark or specific table saws I’ve missed that you think should have been a part of this round-up?

Or simply a question about one of the tools I’ve reviewed.

Either way, leave a quick comment below and I’ll do my best to answer your query.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

31 thoughts on “The 7 Best Table Saws In 2021 (Unbiased Review & Guide)”

  1. I have an old table saw from my dad I received two years ago but I’m planning to get a new one and your article helped me a lot. I have a good experience in the field but it’s not an easy task to pick the right table saw for your needs.
    Awesome review James! Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment! Hand me down table saws are a great way to get in, but buying your own just has that different feel of enjoyment where you’ll take good care of your own.

      Cheers,
      James

      1. Hello,
        Thank you for providing amazing info ! I am trying to purchase the best thing that can be handy for a woodworker.
        Do you suggest one in particular?
        Thank you

        1. Hi Jessica,

          It honestly depends on what you’re wanting to achieve.

          Personally, I love table saws but I know some love lathes due to the craft they’re wanting to make? It honestly depends on what type of interest in woodwork you have 🙂

          Sorry, as there is no direct answer on this, unfortunately.

          Cheers,
          James

      1. In fact many of the saws listed are either unavailable or discontinued. I get because of COVID many items can be out of stock, but a few of these saw do not even exist on the brand’s web sites.

        1. Hi Ken,

          Sorry about this, Ken. Currently, there’s been a big delay in products with some being discontinued etc. I’ll have to get around to updating this list shortly.

          Cheers,
          James

  2. I have a Bosch compound mitre saw on the gravity-rise base. It’s outstanding, that will push me in the direction of the Bosch tablesaw. Great article, thanks for doing the legwork.

  3. Thank you for reviewing these saws, one important thing all should do before making the purchase, after reading these reviews. Once you’ve selected a saw you like from this review, look at consumer reviews of the saw you’re leaning towards buying to see what experience people have had over time using the saw. To review a saw out of the box is fine for it’s features etc., how it performs over time is also very important. There is one other, service from the manufacturer. Is the manufacturer in the habit of making models obsolete, and therefore parts can no longer be available, such as the Ridgid saw I purchased. Food for thought.

    1. Hi Bedford,

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re correct, generally speaking, see other people’s opinions as well, and sticking to trust known brands can also assist in your buying journey.

      Cheers,
      James

  4. Hey

    Thank you for this amazing article! It has opened up my mind about the best table Saws.

    I’ve bought the DeWalt DW745 Jobsite Table Saw. Three years and have had no complaints with build quality or customer service issues. So no problems with it either, when i can run a 100% duty cycle best qualities…

    I welcome you For this information, I would like more information like this.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Rigid isn’t a bad brand as such. A lot can come down to preference (i.e. mine is for Bosch). I honestly don’t have much experience with the brand for the most part though, so I can’t say much. A friend I know has Rigid and hasn’t had any problems with it though?

      Cheers,
      James

  5. I am looking at getting a saw, and this has helped, but still leaves a lot of confusion. most of my work would be diy projects, maybe shelving, who really know. The main reason for buying one, is I am looking to build some SUP’s. (Stand Up Paddle boards) I will be ripping 10-12′ 1/4″ strips that maybe in the 3/8″ up to 3″ range, along with re-sawing some wider planks into the 1/4″ thick, 5-6″ wide plank’s. I have been going back and forth on the Dewalt dwe7491rs vs the Delta 36-725t2 vs the comparable Ridgid. Any thoughts? the Dewalt would be nice as it packs away in a smaller space, but the delta/ridgid would also be easily moved out of the way. with the Dewalt, I would probably end up making an outfeed bench. price points they are all similar, I am just not sure what would be the best for this type of work. thanks for any input.

    1. Hi Chelsea,

      Sorry, that wasn’t my intention. I have removed the word “guy”, and added “person” instead. I’ll be more attentive to this point with any new articles 🙂

      Cheers,
      James

    2. aww geese. Give it a break!!! Using “guys”, in the many parts of the country, is like saying “y’all” in the South. Quit being so darn sensitive!!

    3. You’re actually wrong. “Guys ” is actually a generic, friendly and informal term
      that can be applied to a group of male, female or mixed. The reviewer clearly meant no ill-intent.

  6. This is an exceptionally well article. I was a bit confused within two-three models, Now got the clear information that I was looking for.
    Thank you very much

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