If you are looking for a tool that can do pure cutting, then there is little better than the table saw. This large tool, when equipped with the perfect blade, is capable of cutting through a pretty wide array of tough materials.
Any self-respecting handyman or wood worker needs a good table saw in their garage. If you are curious about where you can find the best table saw, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we are going to be reviewing a bunch of different high-quality table saws, and you can pick the one that you like the best.
What’s more, we have also prepared a buying guide to help explain the intricacies of these useful tools. If you want our opinion on the best table saw overall, we say it is the SKIL 15 Amp Table Saw.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Table Saw 2021:
SKIL 15 Amp Table Saw
The first table saw that we want to take a look at on our best table saws review list is the SKIL 15 Amp Table Saw. This is going to be the saw that we pick to kick off this list because of just how exceptionally well-made this tool is. It is fairly expensive, but those willing to tolerate the price will be getting a very good saw.
Since this is the first review on our list and you haven’t been able to read our buying guide yet, you might not know how to accurately assess the power output of a saw. Well, there are a few different metrics to consider, but one of the most reliable methods is by looking at the RPM of the tool.
The SKIL boasts a no-load RPM of around 5,300, which is extremely high for any saw. When combined with the right blade and technique, this table saw can easily shred through a pretty wide array of materials.
Of course, you don’t want to just consider pure cutting power when evaluating a table saw (although it is very important), you also want to think about things like the type of cuts that the saw can make. Again, the SKIL table saw does well here. With a 4×4 cutting capacity and 2 different bevel stops it isn’t just a powerful cutting tool, but also a versatile and accurate one as well.
While we don’t have any complaints about the actual quality of this saw, we will say that we imagine some of you will probably end up having some reservations about the price of the saw.
At over $400 for just the tool, this is one of the pricier table saws that we will be reviewing on this list. If you think that the quality of the saw is worth the price, then you should definitely get this saw because it is one of the best home table saws that you are going to get. If the price is a bit too much for you, then there will be some other options on this list that will appeal to you.
- A very powerful and accurate saw.
- 2 bevel stops.
- Dust port for easy blowing of dust.
- Able to be folded up for easier storage.
- Pretty expensive, even for a table saw.
DEWALT DWE7485 Table Saw
Continuing on with our trend of reviewing relatively pricey, but also extremely well-made table saws, we are going to be doing a review of the DEWALT DWE7485 Table Saw.
Now, if you are on a best table saws list, then the chances are good that you already know about DEWALT, given their status as one of the pre-eminent tool brands out there. It also isn’t surprising that we are reviewing one of their power tools, given that they tend to make some pretty reliable, high-performance power tools.
If you are coming into this review with some high expectations because you have used and liked power tools from this brand in the past, we are confident that you will not be disappointed as this is an extremely good power tool.
In terms of pure, raw cutting power, we doubt that any saw on this list will be able to match what the DEWALT brings to the table. It has all three things that determine a saw’s power output going for it.
It has a really strong, 15 amp motor, it has a high RPM output (at 5800 RPMs, it is the highest on this list), and it has a very solid blade. All of those factors combined help to make the DEWALT DWE7485 an extremely potent cutting tool.
There are two issues with this DEWALT table saw that we want to mention. One issue that is relatively substantial and one that is quite minor. The more substantial issue obviously has to do with the price of the table saw.
Given all of the great features on this saw, as well its general high-quality construction (not to mention the famous brand name), it probably isn’t too surprising that this is a very pricey tool. The second and far more minor issue (but potentially one that could still annoy you) is the fact that the blade on this saw can be somewhat tricky to adjust.
- 5800 RPM output.
- 15 amp motor.
- Comes with a high-quality cutting blade.
- A very well-built, reliable table saw.
- Also relatively expensive.
- Adjusting the blade can be difficult.
Delta 36-6013 Table Saw
The next table saw that we want to take a look at isn’t from a brand that is particularly famous, at least when stacked up against giants like DEWALT or SKIL, but we would encourage you to overlook that fact because the Delta 36-6013 Table Saw is a truly impressive, well-made tool that will be at home in basically any self-respecting handyman’s garage.
There are just so few weakness with this table saw. In just about any category that you can think of, this table saw excels. It has a pretty good power profile and it’s RPM output is reliably above 5000.
If you equip this tool with a good blade, it should be as good as any other saw that we have reviewed on this list in terms of ability to cut even very tough materials. The tool is also solidly built and durable. We haven’t reviewed any “weak” tools on this list, but even by the high standards that we have set, the Delta’s solid construction stands out.
There are two problems that we want to talk about before we finish up this review of the Delta 36-6013 Table Saw and both largely relate to how much space it takes up. Right off the bat, we have to say that this is an extremely bulky table saw.
We know that table saws are generally quite large tools, but even by those standards, you can probably see that this is an extremely big tool. What’s more is the fact that this saw, unlike a lot of the other ones that we have reviewed on our best table saws list, can’t be folded up to save space or to make it easier to transport. So, make sure that you have the space to spare before you fully invest in this particular saw.
- Solidly built table saw.
- Should be a staple in your garage for a while.
- Reliable 5000 RPM output.
- Great cutting ability when combined with a good blade.
- Extremely large, even by table saw standards.
- Can’t really be packed up to save space.
Evolution – RAGE5-S Multi-Material Table Saw
For this second to last review on our best table saw list, we want to do a review of yet another relatively well-made saw that also happens to be from a brand that you most likely haven’t encountered before, which is Evolution.
Much like with that last review, we would encourage you to overlook that fact because rest assured, the RAGE5-S Multi-Material Table Saw is an extremely capable power tool that you should love.
First off, this is actually tied for the title of most powerful saw on this list. The motor is equipped with a fairly impressive 15 amps of power. Those of you who remember the other reviews on our best table saw list will remember that SKIL table saw that we reviewed at the start of the list also had 15 amps of power. So, that makes the Evolution one of the most powerful home table saws that you are going to find on the market right now.
Sadly, the RPM output of the Evolution does leave something to be desired; with only 2500 RPMs, it is a bit under powered in that regard. Still, with the right blade, the cutting power of this saw shouldn’t disappoint you in the slightest.
While this is a very good table saw overall, given how important such power tools can be, we do understand that many of you may be hesitant about buying from a tool brand that isn’t exactly all that well-known (such as SKIL or DEWALT).
- 15 amps of power.
- Fairly accurate cutting.
- 45 degree bevel cutting and 60 degree mitre cutting.
- Fairly solidly built.
- Slightly below average RPMs.
- Not from one of the more established and trustworthy brands (like DEWALT).
Best Beginner Table Saw: Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw
For the final review on this list looking at the best table saws, we are going to be reviewing an option that we think is one of the best table saw options for beginners out there, which is the Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw.
We thought that our review list was a bit slanted towards more professional quality table saws, so including at least one option that is good for the beginner handymen among us.
There are quite a few things that make this a good option for beginners. For starters, this doesn’t take up a lot of space. A big problem that a lot of beginners face is that they don’t have a ton of space setup for their tools, so they can’t afford to invest in larger tools.
Not only does the Rockwell take up very little space, it also happens to be a extremely portable table saw. It can be easily packed up and transported with ease; it can also be set back up again just as easily. This makes it ideal for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space.
You might think that because this is a portable table saw that is more meant for beginners that it would be very under powered or just not all that useful, but it isn’t the case. With a no-load RPM of roughly 3000, this happens to be pretty powerful all things considered.
Another reason why this is good for beginners is because of how little it costs. Beginners obviously aren’t going to want to invest as much money into their tools as more experienced handymen, so cheaper tools are better for them. Given that this table saw only costs around $150, this is definitely one of the cheaper table saws out there that still happens to be of a decent quality.
- Extremely affordable for a table saw.
- Easy to store.
- Doesn’t take up much space.
- Decently powerful (3000 RPM) for a portable and cheap table saw.
- Not quite as good as a higher-bed table saw.
Table Saw Buying Guide
In the next part of our article, we want to do something that some of you may find useful, which is talking about the things that separate good table saws from bad ones.
In this next part, we will be doing this buying guide, where we will be talking a look at some of the most important things for you to look for when it comes to buying a saw. This will include looking at all the various different things that a prospective buyer should be thinking about before they invest.
Evaluating Cutting Power
It probably goes without saying that when you are buying a table saw, you want to ensure that you are getting one that actually has adequate cutting power. After all, the main purpose of these power tools is to cut through large amounts of material in as short of a time as possible.
To do this, you need a lot of cutting power. Now, we focused a lot on cutting power during our best saw review list, so you probably already know how to evaluate a table saw’s power output before you put any money down. Still, to make sure that everyone is on the same page, we are going to go over it again in this buying guide.
There are three main factors that any handyman needs to be cognisant of when it comes to buying a saw. The first is the power rating of the motor.
Table saws, because they only come in electric variants, have their power rating measured in amps (again, you probably already knew this based on our above article, but it doesn’t hurt to restate things). The higher the number of amps, the better the power of the motor. The highest amp rating that you will generally find on a table saw is around 15 amps.
The second factor are RPMs, which refers to the number of times that the blade completes a full rotation in a minute. Again, the higher the RPMs, the better the saw will be at cutting things. RPMs tend to vary a lot more (and we do mean a lot) than amps do. As you saw above, two table saws with 15 amps of power can have RPM outputs that are 2000 RPMs apart.
Finally, there is blade quality. With any kind of saw, the quality of the blade is going to have an extremely huge impact on how well the blade actually does at cutting things. You need to make sure that your saw is equipped with the right type of blade.
As we showed you somewhat on our review list, table saws are generally pricey tools (in the $300-$400 range), but there are some price variations.
In particular, there are generally cheaper table saws that you can get that will only end up running you around $100 or so. We reviewed only one such example of these cheaper table saws (the Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Table Saw) but rest assured that there are others. So, if you are on a strict budget, don’t worry, you can get a table saw that fits your budget.
However, we will caution you that you will be limited in your ability to get a professional, heavy-duty saw on a budget. While cheaper options exist, they are generally meant more for beginners. So, keep this in mind when deciding to shop for a table saw.
If you have any further questions relating to our best table saw article or how to find the best beginner saw, leave us some comments down below.