If you’re craftsman or professional woodworker, an efficient and durable table saw would be one of the first pieces of equipment I’d recommend you invest in.
Today, we’ll be looking at the Shop Fox W1837 to see how it stacks up against the competition.
If you don’t have the time to go through the whole review, here’s a summary of everything you need to know about the Shop Fox W1837 table saw.
- A Powerful 2 HP motor hybrid table saw
- 30-inch ripping capacity and a 10-inch blade
- Operable on 120V or 240V
- Highly mobile built-in wheeled base
- Quick-release blade guard
- Anti-kickback pawls and riving knife
- Dust control and vacuum system
Hybrid saws are a great option to give you the best of both worlds (portable and cabinet saw).
They’re a bit of an unknown, which is why I felt compelled to review the Shop Fox saw to give you some insight into why you may consider one.
So is the W1837 a table saw I recommend?
Let’s jump right in and see.
Features & Specifications
Amongst the woodworker community, Shop Fox is known for their workmanship and sturdy build quality.
The unit reflects most of the features that are present in similar-priced models.
Here’s a breakdown of what the W1837 offers.
- Motor: 2 HP, 120V/240V, single-phase
- Pre Wired to 120V
- Amps: 15A at 120V, 7.5A at 240V
- Weight: 243 lbs
- Rip capacity: 30″ to right, 15″ to left
- Speed: 3,450 RPM
- Maximum blade diameter: 10″
- Arbor: 5/8″
- Maximum Depth of Cut At 90 Degrees: 3-1/4″
- Maximum Depth of Cut At 45 Degrees: 2-1/4″
- Blade tilt: Left
The Shop Fox W1837 hybrid table saw provides the best of both worlds of what a portable and cabinet saw offer.
The unit cutting precision of the saw surprisingly manages to keep up with some of the top-tier cabinet saws.
However, the disadvantage of a cabinet saw is in the weight department.
The unit weighs 243 pounds – substantially heavier than a portable saw. Although, with the caster wheels in place and efficient riser system, it does offer extra mobility around the workshop.
In fact, it’s one of the few hybrids that is equipped with its own built-in wheelbase.
The table measures 40-¼-inch x 27-inch and made out of sturdy cast-iron to reduce vibration.
Unlike portable saws, the unit has to be assembled and set up with some knowledge required.
It’s not overly complex though.
This machine comes with a powerful 2 HP belt-drive induction motor. This is more than capable of cutting through all types of material.
The 30-inch rip capacity (30-inch to right, 15-inch to left) will be enough for most. However, those after a more robust solution should look to the larger cabinet saws if this is an issue.
You do have the option to run the machine at 120V or 240V. 15-amp at 120V, and 7.5-amp at 240V.
You’ll need a dedicated heavy-duty circuit installed to run it at 240V for home use. This can improve the motor’s performance and extend its working life – but won’t increase the horsepower of the motor.
The 10-inch x 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade on this unit can be tilted up to 45 degrees, like all other saws. The cutting angle can be easily adjusted by loosening the tilt lock and turning the handwheel to adjust the position of the blade.
The rotating speed of this blade runs at a maximum of 3,450 RPM with no load. Couple the blade with the powerful 2 HP motor, you shouldn’t have much trouble ripping through large pieces of wood.
Working with a table saw has never been this safe, thanks to the quick-release blade guard.
It allows you to see the blade cut through the material during operation without any physical contact with the unit.
It’s also equipped with a thermal overload protection system to protect the motor from fluctuating current.
The W1837 features an enclosed cabinet bottom and dust chute (4-inch port). This contains the dust quite well and keeps your workspace are free of dust and debris.
If you connect a shop vac to the unit, this will contain the dust from being dispersed everywhere.
It’s a smart option you may want to consider…
- Enclosed cabinet bottom with 4″ dust port
- Precision-ground cast iron table
- Table measures: 40-1/4″ x 27″
- Lift-off Precision Fence with front/rear locking ability
- Quick-Release Blade Guard Assembly
- Riving knife
- Robust Cabinet Mounted Trunnions
- Built-in foot operated mobility system
- T‐Slot Miter Gauge
- Easy-Glide Fence System
- 10-inch x 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade
- Standard and dado table inserts
- Miter gauge
- Arbor wrenches
- Extended-reach push stick
What Sets It Apart From The Competition
Should you both purchasing a cabinet saw if you’re already willing to spend a considerable amount on your table saw?
Here’s why I believe the Shop Fox W1837 can compete with some of the cabinet saw models currently available on the market.
Weight & Mobility
Woodworkers usually prefer cabinet saws because of their sheer power stability, and durability. But they can have their drawbacks. Mobility…
I believe the Shop Fox provides immense power and sturdiness for a unit that’s under 250 pounds.
The unit can easily be transferred and moved around thanks to the built-in mobile base.
All you have to do is simply push down on the foot lever. The machine will rise to become mobile so you can move it to your new desired location.
Most table saws produce some form of vibration. The Shop Fox does limit this with the use of an induction motor and pulley system.
The serpentine belt provides superior power delivery than a traditional V-belt drive system.
The cast iron trunnions also provide little vibration ensuring the unit is stable during operation. This allows for precise rip cuts and clean execution.
Safety & Stability
As previously stated, the incorporates a quick‐release blade guard assembly. The riving knife and anti-kickback pawls provide extra safety for the user.
In fact, this is a feature that most table saws include at the time of writing. This is a good move by all manufacturers considering the nasty accidents reported each year.
The anti-kickback pawls also allow the material to travel in one direction and will dig into the workpiece if it ever were to kickback.
Value For Money
The features incorporated in this unit aren’t groundbreaking.
But for all of these features to merge into one hybrid unit at such an affordable price, that’s the strongest selling point that the Shop Fox W1837 presents.
If you own a small shop and you’re looking for outstanding performance and complete mobility, then this is probably the table saw for you.
The Shop Fox W1837 provides a compelling case for hybrid table saws.
The features quick-release blade guard, precision rip fence, 2 HP motor, robust cast iron trunnions, mobility, and option for dado blade inserts, makes this a great option for the semi-professional.
The Shop Fox brand is known amongst the woodworker community for their quality designs.
If I were looking for a hybrid table saw, I’d say the Shop Fox would have to be one of my top choices.
What do you think?
Have I missed the mark?
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