Some Of The Leading Portable Table Saws Under $1,000
If you are a DIY kind of person, you know there are certain tools designed for different projects. If woodworking is your thing, you might be in the market for more effective tools than the standard circular saw. We are going give you reviews and suggestions for different saws to help you make the right choice for your project.
If a portable table saw is in your future, this report will provide you with some of the very best models available.
Table saws are very accurate and extremely convenient for all your woodworking projects. These table saws allow you to see exactly what you are cutting because everything is directly in front of you.
What these saws will do:
If you are looking to buy the best table saw, you probably know what you need for your project. Let’s face it, table saws are not for someone who simply wants to cut a piece of wood once in a while. Table saws are built for large projects, so let’s get started.
The DeWalt 7491RS 10-Inch Job Site Table Saw & Rolling Stand:
If you have DeWalt tools in your workshop, you know they are the most popular tools in the world. Chances are if you are in the market for an excellent table saw you are going to seriously consider DeWalt! Let’s face it, you want a tool that will give you the very best results and will do it right.
When first looking at the DeWalt 7491RS, we were a little confused thinking the deck was made of plastic! As everyone knows, plastic is a very poor choice for power tools but then we discovered these components are made from an aluminum that is extremely durable. There are some smaller parts that are made of plastic but keep in mind, over the years plastic has become extremely durable as well. That said, one of the largest plastic components is the small miter gauge. There are issues regarding this gauge’s accuracy so you might consider buying a compatible OEM gauge separately. On the other hand, if you are using the saw for DIY projects and not needing high-quality craftsmanship, this gauge should be just fine.
About The Rolling Stand:
It’s made of aluminum allowing for excellent portability, is very strong and is very lightweight. This stand only weighs 33 lbs but will hold up to 200 lbs! Due to its excellent design, this stand is very easy to work with. Its quick-release levers make it very easy to fold up and store when you are finished. The DeWalt also has a number of add-ons including the table top slide-out extensions. Its large wheels will let you roll over things that might be in the way and the kickstand will give you excellent stability. The small rubber feet will prevent sliding, the handle is very comfortable when moving it around, and the height of this table is absolutely perfect. Without a doubt, the DeWalt 7491RS is an excellent choice and a winner in all categories.
Blades For The DeWalt 7491RS
The 24-tooth blade that comes with the DeWalt 7491RS is ok for rough cutting, but for other applications, you want to find compatible blades for other projects. The 50-tooth carbide blade is a perfect choice for the DeWalt 7491RS! This blade is an excellent choice for just about everything from flooring to cabinets and it cuts more smoothly versus the 40-tooth blade.
The 80-tooth blade leaves an even smoother surface but it will take you a much longer period of time to finish your project. Also, the wear and tear from this fine tooth blade will take a toll on your motor over time.
• A Circular Saw is great for cutting plywood sheets or for single cuts.
• The Miter Saw is designed for precisely angled crosscuts.
• The Jigsaw is good for curved cuts and intricate work.
• The Table Saw is a must when you have a great deal of ripping and lumber-style crosscuts.
The DeWalt 7491RS has a rack and pinion system that sets it apart because no others in this class have this feature. The rack and pinion fence is extremely precise and consistent. It will easily rip within 1/16th of an inch or less. This saw also has the largest rip capacity out of any like it at 32-1/2 inches.
The DeWalt 7491RS has many excellent features including the On/Off Switch and the Blade-Guard/Riving Knife Setup.
The On/Off Switch
The switch has a very large lever to make it much easier to turn off the unit in case of an emergency. As an example, if you are ripping a piece of plywood, your hands are full and an emergency happens but you can’t let go of the plywood. You can raise your knee and hit the switch to turn it off thanks to this very large lever.
The blade-guard and riving knife setup are very easy to install. This is really important because most people will not use the blade-guards because they are very difficult to work with. This machine makes that a thing of the past!
Keep in mind, safety features should not be used as substitutes for common sense such as paying attention!
The DeWalt 7491RS is 15 amps and must be run from a 20 amp circuit. Running on a lower amp it could trip the breaker when working with harder materials or if something else is drawing off the amps as well.
As with any equipment, always read and refer to the owner’s manual first. You will need to know what adjustments should be including measurements for zero-miter, parallel to fence, rip scale, etc. You will have a great deal of time when you know the specs.
The Downsides Of The DeWalt 7491RS:
Even though it can use a dado blade, it does not come with the dado plate and therefore you would have to purchase that separately.
Also, the saw does not detach from the stand very easily. Because it does not come with quick-release levers, if you wanted to turn it into a benchtop saw, you would have to remove the screws in order to get the saw off the stand. If you continually change out from the stand to a bench top, over time the screws holes will wear out.
DeWalt has always had an excellent record in dependability and reliability and this model is no exception. You will be extremely satisfied with this table saw.
Keep in mind, a 15 amp saw will not meet the quantity or specifications from cabinet saws running between $2,000 and $10,000.
Bosch 4100-09 10-inch Worksite Table Saw
Even though the name Bosch has been around for a very long time, it is somewhat new in the world of power tools. That said, it sure didn’t take them very long to become one of the finest power tools in style and quality. Bosch 4100-09 is a masterpiece in solid construction with many attachments to make your job easier. In appearance, it’s one of the nicest looking power tools with many fancy designs and nice looking lines.
The Bosch Table and Motor:
Two aspects of any table saw that are extremely important are the table and the motor. The Bosch table is high-quality with only a few minor problems. Bosch chose to apply a hard-anodized coating which over time will wear down and, if you use it constantly, it could lead to a lack of precision when cutting. Why they didn’t just leave it in its natural state of aluminum is beyond me!
The Bosch 4100-09 motor is quite solid, strong, and actually amazingly quiet. With proper maintenance, this motor should last for a very long time.
The Bosch 4100-09 Stand:
All you have to do is press the red lever on the side of the saw and the saw will fold. There is absolutely no lifting or struggling, all you need is your body’s weight to move forward and close it and the reverse to open it. All portable table saws should have this feature.
Bosch 4100-09 Safety Features:
Safety must be extremely important when you are choosing a table saw that works best for your projects. Table saws are very dangerous to use if you do not follow proper techniques and show a great deal of caution. Bosch offers many safety features, making them easy to install and remove but only when necessary.
The riving knife and blade-guard have quick-releases to remove easily and safely. This is actually particularly important because for many years these elements were very difficult to install. Also, in many cases, once removed many people chose to just leave them off. With quick-release technology it so much easier to put the knife and blade-guard back on without running the risk of harming yourself or someone else.
Many people do not know that the table saw comes with a push stick that is located directly behind the power cord storage. Bosch has designed this saw with a place to store absolutely everything! You should watch the video and read the manual before operating anything and become familiar with the Bosch 4100-09 as it can be a little confusing at first. Once you are familiar with this table saw, you will quickly understand why it’s one of the finest table saws on the market.
Dealing With Dust:
The undercarriage of portable table saws is wide open as possible to prevent dust from the saw accumulating. The Bosch 4100-09 table saw does have a few places where dust will accumulate. The best solution to remove dust is blowing the saw down when you are done. If you try vacuuming or brushing the dust away, you will have problems getting all of it. Blowing it down will get those particles that are hidden.
All in all, the Bosch 4100-09 portable table saw is one of the finest power tools on the market. If you are looking for a saw that is a real workhorse, this is the table saw for you!
The Makita 2705X1 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw & Stand
Makita is a Japanese company that has factories all around the world. The saw parts come from Australia and assembled in the United States and absolutely no parts are made or China. Tools made in China are of poor quality and Makita will not allow low-quality in their products. That said, the stand is made in China and is actually a good quality.
The Makita 2705X1 table saw stand’s wheels are not big enough to go over job site debris. Also, the saw weighs 194 lbs making it an extremely heavy saw. It is approximately 70 lbs heavier than Bosch which weighs 84 lbs more than the DeWalt.
The Plus Of Its Weight:
The weight of Makita is actually one of its best features. There are many contractors that use table saws and choose the Makita because it’s extremely durable. It will hold up to just about anything it is put through due to its excellent construction. That said, if you will not be using it on a daily basis or not quite strong enough to handle it, then it’s probably not your best option.
The Makita 2705X1 stand has the option of four different heights which can be very convenient for different projects.
The Makita 2705X1 table is very nice for cutting wide materials because it extends out very smoothly. The rip fence is not that great and not the best on the market.
The biggest problem with the table, if you are cutting something up to but not over 8-feet everything will be fine. On the other hand, if you cutting sheets or plywood beyond 8-feet, it will easily move out of alignment. Therefore, if you are not really careful you could ruin the material if you need a very precise cut. If you purchase some good decent clamps that when cutting larger materials you can use to keep the material in place.
When dealing with a 194 lb table and have a mid-sized truck, you can move it up to the tailgate, push the edge of the stand and lift to push it in.
As far as functionality, the Makita 2705X1 is one of the most powerful portable tables on the market. It is so powerful, it will rip a 4×4 in one pass and that’s incredible!
This machine runs on approximately 1,000 RPMs allowing it to generate a great deal more power than DeWalt and Bosch. If you want the most powerful portable table saw on the market, the Makita 2705X1 is for you!
One of the best improvements Makita has made on their table saw is the adjustable riving knife. Also, just about everything on this table saw is adjustable, which is the same with most portable table saws. The Makita 2705X1 has a quick release feature like all higher-end table saws do. The blade-guard also has kickback paws along with the riving knife for pinching and binding projects.
If during a project there is a situation like a piece of wood getting away from you, Makita has a wonderful safety feature which is an electric brake. Should a situation happen, the blade will stop in a matter of seconds. The switch is quite large so you can use your knee to turn it off. We all have moments of doing something wrong and it’s really nice to know Makita takes safety very seriously.
The throat plate can be difficult to work with as it requires a #1 Phillips-head screwdriver in order to remove it. Also, the space between the blade and the piece is significantly large.
All said, the Makita 2705X1 is the most expensive portable table saw in all our reviews. It is approximately $200 more than both the DeWalt and Bosch.
SKIL 3410-02 120-Volt 10-Inch Table Saw & Folding Stand
The price tag pretty much shows why the SKIL is not in the same class as DeWalt and Bosch. If you are in a profession that requires you to own the very best table saw, you will have to dish out $10,000. If, on the other hand, you are involved in DIY projects a few times a year, the SKIL table saw might be worth your time. Without a doubt, it is the best inexpensive table saw for under $300. This is an extremely affordable table saw for the DIY weekend carpenter.
The biggest difference between this table saw and its higher-end competitors is a difference in price of approximately $400. That said, you should be very pleased with the SKIL 3410 Table Saw as long as you are aware that you will not get the same durability and quality as more expensive table saws.
The SKIL table saw’s fence and deck are very well made and all the measurements are marked clearly, allowing for precise cutting. If you are a beginner, this is a great feature. The table saw is not made from the same level of quality materials found in other table saws, but it will be fine for your small DIY projects.
There are a few issues that could make working with this table saw difficult. The handle that locks the rip fence is curved and sticks out beyond the fence and therefore can get in the way when you are cutting large objects. It can add approximately ¼ to what you are cutting which could be a problem. If you need a very precise cut, you might want to take that into consideration, if not, then just rough cutting will be fine. The blade-guard is somewhat awkward but is a needed safety feature.
The stand is sturdy and perfectly suited for the SKIL table saw but it’s a far cry from the best table saw stands on the market.
The SKIL table saw’s motor is actually quite impressive and seems to be very high-quality. That said, for the cost of this table saw, the motor can handle just about anything you throw at it for smaller DIY projects. Obviously, this is not the choice table saw for a job site.
Assembly and Maintenance:
There is probably nothing more frustrating than realizing something you just bought is nearly impossible to assemble! Well, the SKIL 3410-02 Table Saw will not have you tearing your hair out, it’s very easy to assemble. You should plan on 30 minutes to put it together then you are on your way.
Once assembled, you should go over the entire saw, making sure all the screws and hardware are properly tightened. Applying oil and grease where needed will prevent problems later on.
Unlike most table saws with 3/8 grooves on the face, SKIL has two teeth on each end of the grooves, making it impossible to use a cross-cut sled. If you are doing work that requires cross-cut sleds, this not the table saw for you.
This table saw can perform dado cuts very well. There is a rail system that lowers and raises the blade providing for greater strength a stability when making these cuts. The riving knife safety feature will prevent kick back and the blade-guard has a quick disconnect which increases safety. If you choose to remove accessories, there is a storage place directly on the saw.
Even though you are sacrificing some features when purchasing this table saw, it is very affordable. If you provide good maintenance and common sense, this saw should easily last for many years.
That’s our list for right now to help you find the best table saw for your projects. From higher-end saw for precision cutting to the weekend DIY cabinet maker, there is something for you!