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9 Best Table Saws (2021 Review)

Most common table saws are either benchtop or standalone. The best benchtop table saws are light and portable and ideal for jobsites, whilst the best standalone table saws are powerful with big motors and sturdy stands. No-load speed is one of the most important features to look out for when comparing table saws. 4-5,000rpm is a ballpark figure. Blade diameter and cutting depth don’t vary greatly between makes and models either – blades are usually around 250mm in diameter and cut depth at 90° is around 80mm.

One major table saw feature to compare though is the size of the table itself. Most extend to the side, front or back so the working area can be significantly increased. There can be quite large differences in a table saw’s maximum extended dimensions so it is well worth checking this feature out. Also don’t forget to look at table saw weight, especially when comparing benchtop table saws.

Whether you want a powerful standalone table saw or a light and portable benchtop saw, I’ve got the right one for you here. I’ve thoroughly researched the best table saws for professionals and DIYers, so you don’t have to. Here’s what I’ve discovered…

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Comparing the Best Table Saws

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  • Power
  • No-Load Speed
  • Blade Diameter
  • Blade Supplied
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°
  • Extended / Max Table Size
  • Weight
  • Cost
  • Our score
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    • Best portable table saw
    • Power1,800W
    • No-Load Speed3,650rpm
    • Blade Diameter254mm
    • Blade Supplied1x30 TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°79mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°55mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size897x634mm
    • Weight26.2kg
    • 4.25
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    • Best standing table saw for the money
    • Power2,000W
    • No-Load Speed5,000rpm
    • Blade Diameter250mm
    • Blade Supplied1x24TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°85mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°65mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size938x642mm
    • Weight21.5kg
    • 4.25
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    • Best table saw for multi-material cutting
    • Power1,800W
    • No-Load Speed2,500rpm
    • Blade Diameter255mm
    • Blade Supplied1x28TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°83mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°58mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size1200x640mm
    • Weight28.5kg
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    • Best budget multi-purpose table saw
    • Power1,500W
    • No-Load Speed3,250rpm
    • Blade Diameter255mm
    • Blade Supplied1x24TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°85mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°65mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size938x642mm
    • Weight20.25kg
    • 4.5
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    • Best light weight table saw
    • Power550W
    • No-Load Speed8,200rpm
    • Blade DiameterNanoblade
    • Blade SuppliedNanoblade
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°52mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°35mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size637x435mm
    • Weight8.5kg
    • 4.5
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    • Best budget standing table saw
    • Power1,800W
    • No-Load Speed4,700rpm
    • Blade Diameter250mm
    • Blade Supplied1x24TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°85mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°65mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size913x563mm
    • Weight19.2kg
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    • Best benchtop table saw for the money
    • Power1,500W
    • No-Load Speed5,000rpm
    • Blade Diameter210mm
    • Blade Supplied1x24TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°70mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°50mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size620x550mm
    • Weight14.4kg
    • 4.25
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    • Best standing table saw for beginners
    • Power1,800W
    • No-Load Speed5,000rpm
    • Blade Diameter250mm
    • Blade Supplied1x30TCT
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°80mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°65mm
    • Extended / Max Table Size1094x478mm
    • Weight22.2kg
    • 4
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    • Best mini table saw for craft work
    • Power96W
    • No-Load Speed3,800rpm
    • Blade Diameter75mm
    • Blade Supplied3x
    • Max Cut Depth @ 90°20mm
    • Max Cut Depth @ 45°n/a
    • Extended / Max Table Sizen/a
    • Weight2.4kg
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In-Depth Reviews of Our Recommended Table Saws

Bosch GTS10J Table SawBosch GTS10J Table Saw

Best portable table saw

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.25
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Bosch GTS10J Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,800W
  • No-Load Speed: 3,650rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 254mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x30 TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 79mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 55mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 897x634mm
  • Weight: 26.2kg

The Bosch GTS10J Table Saw is a high quality portable table saw and comes from the Bosch Professional range, aka Bosch’s ‘blue’ tools.

These tools are specifically “engineered for excellence” and designed with durability and longevity in mind. The GTS10J weighs 26 kg, which is not exactly lightweight. However, this does include a neat storage facility under the table surface. You can clip all the fences, tools and accessories that come with the tool onto it.

The carry handles are also built onto the sturdy frame and the motor and blade are protected by two layers of insulating material. The table surface can extend to allow sheets of up to 8′ x 4′ to be ripped, with 210 mm to the left of the blade and 460 mm to the right.

The motor is immensely powerful – its 1,800 Watts can create a no-load speed of 3,650 rpm. It also has a soft start, from a large well-positioned on-off switch, and runs with overload protection. Its 10″ blade (with 30 teeth) can cut to a depth of 79 mm when set at 90 degrees and 55 mm when set at 45 degrees.

Dust is removed efficiently using both a port at the rear of the saw and by one attached to the blade guard. The latter is part of what Bosch refer to as its ‘click and clean’ system. This also incorporates a transparent blade guard to get a better view of the work in progress. More efficient dust removal is not only healthier in general, but also prevents it clogging up the saw. It also helps to improve efficiency and tool-life.

Overall, this is a high quality tool, and we consider it the best table saw for the UK market. It’s very well designed and is engineered for both DIY and professional use.

Pros

  • It’s easy to operate and all the adjustments can be made easily and smoothly.
  • The blade that comes with the saw is good. If you do want to swap it out, the process is nice and easy, and only requires one spanner thanks to the stop lever.
  • I think this is one of the best dust extraction systems on a table saw. Compared to some of the competition, it picks up a good percentage of waste.
  • You can lock off the fence at the front and back to stop it moving out of square.
  • The sliding table extension is great for working on large sheet materials.

Cons

  • For a “portable” table saw, it’s really heavy! 26 kg is a lot to lug around if you’re using this for site work, even though the extra weight helps keep it stable.
  • The fence and mitre gauge slop about inside the rail guide. Unfortunately, it’s a non-standard shape so you can’t swap them out either.
  • For the money, you might think this saw would include a stand. You’ll have to put it on a table or buy a stand separately.
  • Some users have noted that the blade height mechanism gets clogged up with dust too easily.

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ParkerBrand PTS250 Table SawParkerBrand PTS250 Table Saw

Best standing table saw for the money

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.25
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ParkerBrand PTS250 Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 2,000W
  • No-Load Speed: 5,000rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 250mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x24TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 85mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 65mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 938x642mm
  • Weight: 21.5kg

The Parker Brand PTS250 is probably the best budget table saw for DIY enthusiasts.

In many instances it is hard to differentiate many of its features from equivalent ones belonging to its more expensive competitors. For example, the (non-folding) stand is as strong and sturdy. The table size is large and extends to the sides (642 mm x 938 mm when extended). The aluminium fence is rigid and has a decent length (approx ¾ the length of the table). The single point locking mechanism is sturdy too.

The mitre gauge is easy to secure in position and can accommodate cross cuts between +/- 60 degrees. The hand wheel that controls the blade rise, fall and tilt also works smoothly. The motor, rated at 2,000 Watts, is more powerful than all its competitors. It can generate an impressive no-load speed of 5,000 rpm that’s more than adequate for most jobs. In terms of safety features the blade guard and riving knife are well-constructed and connect to the dust extraction port.

The on-off switch is well-positioned, protected, and easy to operate. For a cheap table saw there is a lot to admire about this tool in particular.

Pros

  • The stand is chunky and rock solid. You can’t fold it up and take it with you, but for shop use it’s brilliant.
  • The table is heavy and stable for a “lightweight” saw. It doesn’t vibrate and feels accurate.
  • Compared to the other table saws on my list, this one’s a bargain. It’s an ideal starter table saw for any keen DIYer.
  • There’s some assembly required, but it’s straightforward and should only take an hour.
  • Comfortable soft start motor reduces jolt and kickback.

Cons

  • Some users have had to makes some manual adjustments to the saw for it to cut square.
  • The included saw blade is fine to get started, but serious DIYers should upgrade it for the best results.
  • You can’t fold the stand up or reduce the size of the saw at all. It’s not ideal if you need to move it around, and it takes up a lot of room.
  • The fence feels a bit flimsy compared to the Bosch GTS10J, but it’s also a lot cheaper!

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Evolution Rage 5S Table SawEvolution Rage 5S Table Saw

Best table saw for multi-material cutting

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4
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Evolution Rage 5S Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,800W
  • No-Load Speed: 2,500rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 255mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x28TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 83mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 58mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 1200x640mm
  • Weight: 28.5kg

The Evolution Rage 5S Table Saw stands out from its table saw competition thanks to its revolutionary 255 mm multi-material cutting blade. You don’t have to worry about extracting nails embedded in wood. This blade doesn’t care! It will rip through all kinds of material, from reclaimed wood and studwork to box section, RSJ’s and roof flashings!

This table saw is not just powerful but versatile too. It features the largest table size on my list with maximum dimensions of 1200 x 640 mm, so larger workpieces can be handled with ease. It comes with transport wheels so it can easily be manoeuvred into the correct working position. The folding stand means it can be collapsed and conveniently stored after use.

The cutting height and angle can be easily adjusted with the hand wheel and calibrated gauge. You can cut down to 83 mm with the blade in a vertical position and 58 mm if tilted to 45 degrees. Complex projects are no problem for this saw either. It can accommodate common compound cuts with its 60 degree mitre cut and 45 degree bevel cut capacity.

The aluminium fence clamps into place at one end parallel to the blade to ensure accurate rip cuts and the mitre gauge fits snugly into its slot on the table for accurate cross-cut work.

In terms of performance and versatility this Evolution table saw is one of the best standing table saws on the UK market.

Pros

  • Evolution’s brilliant multi-material blades save you time and money. You don’t have to swap blades around, and if you happen to hit a nail, no problem!
  • Compared to the Bosch GTS10J, this is a truly portable saw. The frame has wheels and it’s easy to fold up when not in use.
  • The fence locks at both ends, making it seriously stable. Compared to the flimsy one on the Parker Brand PTS250 it’s rock solid.
  • The table extends in both directions, meaning it can accommodate larger workpieces compared to the competition.

Cons

  • There’s an awful lot of plastic used in the saw’s construction. I’d prefer to see more durable parts, and only hope it will last for more than a couple of years.
  • The table clearance insert is incredibly thin and flimsy. It can bend when you cut narrow pieces of timber, so be careful!
  • Some users have complained about the fiddly setup process. Adjusting the fence and blade to make sure the saw cuts straight can take a while.
  • There are large gaps inside the space under the blade that collect dust. The dust extraction isn’t the best on my list.

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Evolution Fury 5S Table SawEvolution Fury 5S Table Saw

Best budget multi-purpose table saw

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.5
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Evolution Fury 5S Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,500W
  • No-Load Speed: 3,250rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 255mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x24TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 85mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 65mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 938x642mm
  • Weight: 20.25kg

The Evolution Fury 5-S is the Evolution Rage 5-S’s “cousin”. Both share Evolution’s patented technology and most design features. In comparison, the Fury’s main table size is smaller (938 mm x 642 mm compared to 1,200 mm x 640 mm). The Rage’s folding stand and transport wheels have been replaced with a non-collapsible stand and rubber feet.

The Fury is a budget option that inherits the underlying technology of the upmarket Rage. In terms of build quality, the Fury even has an anti-bounce device to ensure the table remains stable during cutting. Like the Rage the hand wheel and calibrated gauge allow for easy adjustment of the cutting height and angle.

Depth of cut is 85 mm with the blade in a vertical position and 65 mm when tilted to 45 degrees. Compound cuts are also no problem for the Evolution Fury. The mitre gauge angle extends to 60 degrees either side of the vertical for and the bevel angle tilts to 45 degrees.

The aluminium fence clamps into place at one end parallel to the blade to ensure accurate rip cuts. The mitre gauge fits snugly into its slot on the table for accurate cross-cut work as well.

Like the Evolution Rage table saw, the Fury features the proprietary multipurpose blade. It effortlessly cuts through wood, plastics, aluminium, mild steel, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and much more. Probably the best budget table saw for keen DIYer’s, this is an attractively priced tool that’s seriously worth considering.

Pros

  • Almost all the features of the Rage 5S without the high price tag.
  • Evolution’s multi-material blades are great. They save having to swap out blades for cutting a range of materials.
  • The switch cover doubles up as a safety device. Simply press down on the big red cover and it turns off.
  • An impressive no-load speed compared with the size of motor. It should make cutting things much easier.

Cons

  • Like the Rage 5S, there’s a lot of plastic moving parts. It would be better to see more durable metal parts.
  • The mitre fence is short. Keeping the workpiece steady isn’t as easy compared to longer mitre gauge fences.
  • Just like on the Bosch GTS 10J, Evolution haven’t used a standard “T” track. You can’t swap out the fences for universal fitting ones.
  • Some users have had trouble with putting the saw together. It comes as a kit that you need to assemble upside down, so be warned!

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Bosch AdvancedTableCut 52 Portable Table SawBosch AdvancedTableCut 52 Portable Table Saw

Best light weight table saw

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.5
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Bosch AdvancedTableCut 52 Portable Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 550W
  • No-Load Speed: 8,200rpm
  • Blade Diameter: Nanoblade
  • Blade Supplied: Nanoblade
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 52mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 35mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 637x435mm
  • Weight: 8.5kg

The Bosch AdvancedTableCut 52 Table Saw is another quality portable table saw from Bosch.

This is a more affordable, lighter, and more compact version of the top of the range Bosch GTS10J Table Saw featured above. The AdvancedTableCut 52 weighs just 8.5 kg, less than half the amount of the GTS10J.

This noticeably smaller footprint is down to Bosch’s new Nanoblade technology. The traditional circular blade is replaced with a saw bar and revolving micro-chain. The saw blades are also maintenance-free.

This revolutionary mechanism minimizes the vibration typically associated with a traditional table saw. It also gives you the option of “pulling” the blade through the fixed workpiece for shorter cuts, rather than pushing the workpiece through with a push stick.  The pull function is also a great safety feature as it keeps your hands clear of the sawing area.

A large carry handle is built into the machine for easy transport and there is a useful built-in drawer for storing saw blades and other accessories.

The saw can make vertical cuts to a depth of 52 mm (hence its name). It can also make horizontal mitre cuts of +/- 60 degrees and vertical mitre cuts of 45 degrees.

This innovative design makes the Bosch AdvancedTableCut 52 Table Saw an extremely attractive option for many DIYers and it comes at a very respectable price.

Pros

  • The self-lubricating Nanoblade requires no maintenance and should last for ages.
  • Weighing just 8.5 kg, this is a truly portable table saw. Compared to the Einhell TE-CC 2025 UF/S, it’s practically a one-handed saw!
  • By moving the blade and not the workpiece, you can keep well clear of danger.
  • It’s not just light but compact as well. If you have limited space, it’s hard to beat this saw’s footprint. In comparison with the ParkerBrand PTS-250 it takes up a lot less room.

Cons

  • The Nanoblade is not great for precision work. It creates a lot of tear-out compared to circular saw blades.
  • Some users have had problems with the blade wandering. It’s not as rigid as a circular saw blade and moves about in thicker materials.
  • You can’t adjust the blade height. This means you can’t score sheet materials or cut long dadoes.
  • To avoid tear-out or blade wandering, you need to saw very slowly. It’s not a practical tool for professional carpenters.

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Einhell TC-TS 2025 / 2U 1800 W Table SawEinhell TC-TS 2025 / 2U 1800 W Table Saw

Best budget standing table saw

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4
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Einhell TC-TS 2025 / 2U 1800 W Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,800W
  • No-Load Speed: 4,700rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 250mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x24TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 85mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 65mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 913x563mm
  • Weight: 19.2kg

The Einhell TC-TS 2025 /2U table saw is a well-made, robust quality tool. I think it’s another table saw option to consider when browsing for the best table saw for the UK market.

The top is supported by a sturdy frame with rubber feet. The 563 mm x 583 mm tabletop can be extended both to the left and to the right by another 165 mm to accommodate larger work pieces.

Solid parallel and cross stops help to secure the workpiece in place. If you’re performing cross-cuts the cross stop contains an angle scale of +/- 60 degrees to ensure accuracy. A dual-purpose handle controls both the height and angle of the blade. The blade guard is also transparent to provide greater visibility when cutting. The saw can cut to a depth of 85 mm when positioned at 90 degrees and 65 mm when angled at 45 degrees.

To minimise the prospect of escaping dust, the blade is enclosed in a metal housing that also includes a chip extractor port at the rear of the saw.

The large on-off button is easy to operate, and the powerful 1,800 Watt motor can generate a no-load speed of 5,000 rpm. The motor features a soft start with built-in overload protection.

The saw comes with the standard 250 mm (10″) diameter blade with 24 TCT tipped teeth. All in all, this is a quality tool at very respectable price.

Pros

  • The generous 85 mm cut depth means you can run seriously big pieces of timber though it.
  • The table size is impressive, especially with the extensions attached. You can easily work with large sheet materials if you remove the fence.
  • With large rubber feet and a rigid base, this is a sturdy bit of kit. It doesn’t feel like it will rock or tip over easily.
  • The dual dust extractor ports work well to keep most of the dust out of the air during use.

Cons

  • Some users have noted that this is a loud saw. You should always wear ear defenders, but especially with this beast!
  • The saw table could be thicker. It just doesn’t have the stiffness required for perfectly accurate work.
  • It would have been a much more flexible saw if the extensions could fold away. The footprint is a bit too big for a small workshop.
  • As the motor housing is made from plastic, it might put off some customers.

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Excel Portable Table SawExcel Portable Table Saw

Best benchtop table saw for the money

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4.25
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Excel Portable Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,500W
  • No-Load Speed: 5,000rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 210mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x24TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 70mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 50mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 620x550mm
  • Weight: 14.4kg

Another excellent budget-friendly saw on my list is the Excel 210 mm portable table saw. Doing away with bulky stands, you simply put this table saw on your workbench, and get to work. It’s ideal if you’ve got a small workshop or you want to take the table saw to the job with you.

Making use of a 1,500 Watt motor, this little devil has a decent no-load speed at the blade of 5,000 rpm. It’s the best budget table saw for DIYers on a budget, who still want to good results.

Seeing as it’s a very portable tool, you can forgive the small table size. At just 620 x 550 mm, it’s tiny compared to the Evolution Rage 5S, but it also means you can tuck it away when not in use. If you need that bit more table size, you can slide the bed outwards as well.

The cut depth of 70 mm at 90 degrees isn’t bad when you consider the 210 mm blade size. You can also cut up to 50 mm at 45 degrees. The included mitre gauge runs on a “T shaped” track and can be swapped out if you have the right fittings.

There’s a clear plastic blade guard on top that you can attach a dust extractor to, and it seems to do the job well. This is a solid but lightweight saw that comes in at just under 14.5 kg. I think it’s one of the best budget table saws for hobbyists, DIYers and light trade use.

Pros

  • If you have a flat surface to put it on, you can use this bench-top table saw anywhere.
  • The dust extractor comes with a universal hose adapter that should fit most small and large size connectors.
  • The side extension system is smooth an easy to use. It gives you a lot more working space to play with.
  • The mitre gauge sits solidly inside the track with little slop. Compared to some of the more expensive table saws, this was a pleasant surprise!

Cons

  • There’s no safety “off” switch on the saw. I like it when you can simply hit a big red button to power down, and this saw should have one.
  • Some users have found it a bit tricky to set up. It can also take a long time to adjust the blade to cut square.
  • I think the two metre power cable is a bit too short. You’ll end up plugging it into an extension cable.

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Tooltronix PTL-91 Table SawTooltronix PTL-91 Table Saw

Best standing table saw for beginners

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4
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Tooltronix PTL-91 Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 1,800W
  • No-Load Speed: 5,000rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 250mm
  • Blade Supplied: 1x30TCT
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 80mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: 65mm
  • Extended / Max Table Size: 1094x478mm
  • Weight: 22.2kg

Introducing the simple but sturdy Tooltronix PTL-91 table saw. Standing tall on a sturdy frame, you’ll be surprised at the power you can get from its 1,800 Watt motor.

Weighing in at a respectable 22.2 kg, it’s not the lightest saw on my list. It’s still very portable though, and the 250 mm blade puts out an impressive 5,000 rpm no-load speed.

For the money, I was surprised that it has such a large table size. At 1094 x 487, it has a larger workspace compared with the more expensive ParkerBrand PTS-250. The extending side tables are easy to fit and give you a flexible footprint when space is at a premium.

What really impressed me about this saw is the cut depth. 80 mm at 90 degrees and an impressive 65 mm at 45. The blade height and angle are controlled with a dual-purpose handle that is made from a hard plastic.

There’s a red plastic blade guard and mitre gauge, and you lock off the fence with a quick release handle. It’s an affordable table saw for DIYers and hobbyists that want to get into woodworking. It wouldn’t cut it on a building site, but for the keen DIYer it’s a sturdy bit of kit.

Pros

  • The 1,800 Watt motor is powerful. It won’t struggle to cut through anything you throw at it.
  • The base is nice and sturdy. Large rubber feel help to stop any skidding, and the weight will help keep down vibrations.
  • Even though the base is sturdy, you can do away with it and mount it on your bench if you want.

Cons

  • Some users have had a lot of trouble setting this saw up. They complained of some missing parts and a difficult manual to read.
  • Locking off the guide fence takes a bit of getting used to. Especially when new, it’s a bit stiff and hard to set.
  • The included blade isn’t the best quality. You’ll need to replace it if you want to do any fine work.
  • It’s certainly not a low-noise table saw. The 1,800 Watt motor is powerful but loud.

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NovelLife Mini Hobby Table SawNovelLife Mini Hobby Table Saw

Best mini table saw for craft work

Build Quality
Performance
Ease of Use
Value for Money
Overall
4
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NovelLife Mini Hobby Table Saw review

Specifications

  • Power: 96W
  • No-Load Speed: 3,800rpm
  • Blade Diameter: 75mm
  • Blade Supplied: 3x
  • Max Cut Depth @ 90°: 20mm
  • Max Cut Depth @ 45°: n/a
  • Extended / Max Table Size: n/a
  • Weight: 2.4kg

If space is at a real premium or you plan on doing seriously small-scale woodworking, this is the saw for you. The NovelLife mini table saw is indeed a small bit of kit. It can’t compare to the full-size saws on my list like the Bosch GTS 10J, but for little jobs it’s hard to beat.

Design-wise, this is a quality but no-frills setup. The saw comes in a silver metal and plastic case, with a small table size and no dust extraction hoses in place. You get three different blades for cutting a range of materials, and a clear plastic guard for safety.

Even though the saw blades are tiny at just 75 mm, the 96 Watt motor can spin it up to 3,800 rpm. Not bad for such a small bit of kit. If you want a table saw but you don’t have space for one, this is the best one you’re going to get.

What I like about using this saw is the mitre gauge track position. It’s set up so that you can use the mitre gauge like a cross-cut sled at 90 degrees. This helps to keep small pieces of material straight and speeds up the cutting process considerably.

It’s lightweight at just 2.4 kg, relatively quiet and it’s amazingly simple to operate. Changing blades is a basic process and can be done by simply unscrewing the top. It must be the best mini table saw for model makers.

Pros

  • If you’re a model maker, this tiny little table saw will speed up your construction process immediately.
  • It’s so simple that there’s no clever features that can break down too easily.
  • The power supply can be adjusted to change the blade speed.
  • Most users have been pleased with the packaging. It arrives well-wrapped and prepared.

Cons

  • Changing the blade isn’t difficult, but you must undo plenty of screws just to get there. Compared to some quick change features on my list, this one’s slow.
  • You can’t change the blade angle. If you’re planning on making compound cuts, get another saw!
  • The saw lacks a proper blade guard. The clear plastic “guard” above the blade won’t protect your fingers, concentration is always required.
  • It’s obvious that this is a hobby-level saw. Don’t try to cut thick materials or push the motor too hard.

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Things to Know Before Buying a Table Saw

The table saw (aka bench saw, saw bench, saw table or even table saw bench) is an extremely powerful and versatile cutting machine. A circular saw blade, driven by a motor, and mounted on an arbor secured with trunnions, protrudes through a slot in the tabletop. There are 5 major categories of table saw. The first two – Cabinet and Hybrid – are stationary, and the last three – Jobsite/Contractor/Compact and Benchtop – are portable.

The cabinet saw is the best-engineered, largest, heaviest, most powerful, and accurate. It consists of a cast-iron tabletop, most likely with table extensions to each side. It sits on top of a cabinet that encloses a belt-driven motor. The cabinet protects the motor and stops most dust from escaping. This would be the table saw of choice for a professional workshop and costs many hundreds of pounds. Next up is the hybrid table saw. This is essentially a ‘cut-down’ version of the cabinet saw with similar features but smaller, lighter, less powerful, and less costly.

However, the best table saw, or bench saw for most people will be the portable version. Although smaller and lighter than the cabinet and hybrid table saw, it is significantly cheaper and much more versatile. Proximity to a power source is usually its only constraint. But, of course, these days battery technology is becoming more and more advanced. Cordless versions are now providing serious competition to their mains powered counterparts. Yes, compared to a cabinet saw you sacrifice a degree of build quality and precision with certainly the cheaper portable models, but for most day to day tasks the finish is perfectly acceptable.

Stationary table saws or bench saws are quieter than portable ones as well. This is due to the obvious fact that the motor is enclosed within the stationary saw’s cabinet. This improves noise absorption, and secondly the saw blade drive mechanisms are different. The stationary table saw uses an induction motor and the blade arbor is driven by a belt or pulley system.

On most portable saws the universal motor drive shaft itself behaves as the arbor so vibrations from working with the stock piece are transmitted back to the unit itself, resulting in greater noise levels.  Also, with portable units you do have to make separate provision for dust collecting. Dust outlet/collection ports are built in, but they need to be hooked up to a standalone vacuum system.

The benchtop version is the entry level saw in the portable table saw market and can be operated from any flat work surface. It does not come with a stand (although you can purchase one separately). Apart from the hobbyists mini and micro saws it is the smallest, lightest, and most portable of the table saw family, and can be carried by hand from one location to another. This is its main selling point.

To achieve this versatility the components are made from lighter material (the main table is often made from aluminium rather than cast iron for example), but this does not detract from its durability. The square area of the table would obviously be a constraint when attempting to work with larger stock, and unlike compact / jobsite / contractor saws table extensions are not really an option with a benchtop table saw.

Other considerations include the fact that the blade is usually positioned towards the front of the table so there is less room to manoeuvre a mitre gauge for example. Also, the fences are usually made to fit the table according to the manufacturer’s specific design so you can’t replace them with more generic aftermarket versions.

Taking all this into account, these are perfectly acceptable constraints. When you consider how relatively inexpensive a benchtop table saw is, how versatile it is and all the functions it can perform, especially for most hobbyists and significant numbers of professionals too. There is more on how it can be used later in this guide.

Standing table saws (aka Jobsite/Contractor/Compact) are the next level up from benchtop table saws. They are still designed with portability in mind and come fixed to a stand with wheels. In general, they are larger and more powerful than benchtop saws with larger motors and more robust components. Most can hook up extension tables and come supplied with them. They may also come with induction motors and are belt driven, so are quieter and more comfortable to use. In general, the design of this type of saw is more generic so you can for example swap out fences and mitre gauges and replace them with aftermarket versions.

Main Components and Features

Blades Come in Many Shapes and Sizes for Any Job

Apart from the table the most important feature of the table saw is the saw blade itself. For cutting vertically to different depths there is a handle to raise or lower the blade. For angled (bevelled) cuts another handle can tilt the blade up to 45 degrees to the left or right. A throat plate surrounds the blade to ensure dust does not fall past the edge of the blade down through the slot in the tabletop to the arbor or driveshaft (if direct drive motor). A blade guard – ideally it should be made of clear plexiglass – hinges to the table to protect the user from the blade.

Of course, the other most important feature is the blade itself. Most table saws will come supplied with a generic blade designed to work to that saw’s specification. That may sound obvious but there are so many variations of blade that if you ever wanted / needed to replace it you need to be very sure you choose the correct one, since a mistake could not only spoil your workpiece but also cause you serious injury. For example, both saw and blade are designed to work to a max speed (rpm). If the former exceeds the latter the centrifugal force created by the mismatch will destroy the blade.

Apart from blade RPM the next you need to consider is its size – its diameter, width, and hole size – to ensure it is compatible with the saw itself. The most popular diameter is 10” and that equates to a vertical cutting depth of about 3-½”. Cordless saws, more recently introduced, generally take a 8-1/4“ diameter blade. The hole size is typically ⅝” and the width xxx.

Next up you need to think about the materials you will be cutting and how coarse or fine you want your cut. For example, a rip blade is more suitable for ripping softer woods – it has fewer larger teeth, will feed more quickly but leave a coarser finish. Conversely crosscut blades are better suited for – you guessed it – crosscuts! They have more and smaller teeth, leave a finer finish but the cut takes longer. A lot of the time however you will want the option of both cuts (and more) and not wanting to change blade, so a combination blade may be a better choice. This could also be used for cuts into other softer materials. For regular cutting into harder materials (e.g., hardwoods, metals) you would be better off with a blade dedicated for that purpose. For more specialist joinery tasks, such as cutting slots, you would need a dado stack (check the arbor is long enough to accommodate it).

Finally consider the composition of the blade teeth. Steel tipped teeth are the norm but for cutting metals tungsten carbide tipped teeth are more suitable and for brick and masonry diamond tipped blades are best.

Fences are Essential for Keeping the Cut Straight

The fence is a metal gauge that is fixed towards the edge of the saw table and aligned parallel to the saw blade.  It acts as a fixed guideline against which you offer up your workpiece when making a rip cut. It is set parallel to the saw blade. Clearly the more accurately the fence is aligned the truer will be the cut. It is particularly important to ensure you are able to fine tune the fence’s alignment accordingly and that the sliding / adjustment / locking mechanisms are smooth, precise and well machined. If you get this wrong, then the workpiece is likely to bind and cause kickback.

Mitre Gauges Help Cut at Angles

In the same way a fence acts as a straight edge for rip cuts along the grain so does a mitre gauge for cross or angled cuts against the grain. The mitre gauge is made up of a guide and an adjustable half-moon section. The guide sits inside and moves up and down a slot or track in the table surface that is set parallel to the blade. The half-moon section pivots on the guide up to an angle of 45 degrees either side of the vertical.

You select your cutting angle, lock the half-moon section into place, position your wok piece against it and slide the gauge and workpiece together towards the blade. As with the fence, look for a well machined smooth gliding mechanism and avoid any play or wobbling between the guide and the slot. More sophisticated versions have an upside down T-slot profile (instead a plain slot) to accommodate the guide and provide a tighter fit.

Dust Collection to Keep it Out of Your Lungs

The collection and removal of sawdust, debris and any other burr from the table saw is essential to having your table saw run efficiently. It also helps maintaining it in peak working condition and most important of all keeping it safe. Why keeping it safe? Because any build-up of debris coming into contact with a fast-spinning blade will cause friction, heat up and eventually catch fire. On cabinet saws the problem is relatively easily solved since the debris is collected within the cabinet itself and falls onto a slanting shelf that funnels it into a dust extraction port (usually 4” diameter) to which a hose is attached. You then just apply suction from a vacuum. Portable saws however are obviously not designed in this way. Even though most of their debris will also be diverted into dust ports (usually 2-½” diameter) onto which you attach a vacuum hose, there is more that will naturally collect due to the more ‘open’ design of a portable saw (and fall from the base of the saw to the ground). So further vacuuming will be required to keep your work area pristine.

Table Extensions for Working the Biggest Sheet Materials

Table extensions come in very useful when you want to work with and support material significantly larger in square area than that of the original table size. Some extensions are standalone and need to be attached to the main table via supports before use, whilst others come already attached to the table via a hinge or telescoping mechanism.

Safety Features to Look For

Most people consider the table saw / bench saw / saw table the most dangerous of all power tools because you are guiding the material towards the saw rather than the saw towards the material. Essentially you are faced with a thin metal disc with incredibly sharp teeth spinning at thousands of RPM a few inches away from your body. The blade is your number one enemy! But you also have a number two enemy and that is kickback. Kickback happens when your workpiece binds and buckles during the cutting operation (because it is not correctly aligned) and is then projected at force back in your direction.

To protect yourself you need to take all the safety precautions you can think of!

In this next section we’ll discuss the most common safety features that are built into or come with the table saw itself. Then we’ll consider the common sense things you yourself should be thinking about as the operator of this potentially dangerous piece of equipment. If your saw does not come with the following features maybe you should look for another one which does.

On-Off Switches that Keep You Safe

The On-Off Switch is of course an essential item on any electrical appliance but on a table saw there are some extra safety-related features of the switch to look out for. Since you could often be working with large pieces of material, you’re more than likely to be using both hands. What if you need to hit the power off button in a hurry? The switch needs to be as big as possible. And with the possibility of no hands free you’ll need to engage your knee, so the switch should be as close to knee height as possible. If you’re working with a benchtop saw, then the knee might not work so your elbow would be next best (and the switch would be higher anyway).

These days, the best table saw models will all come with a magnetic switch. This is a great idea because in the event of a power cut the magnet automatically stops the saw starting up when power is restored from the mains.

And finally, if the on-off button is recessed behind a protective flap that mechanism protects the button from being accidentally pressed.

Blade Guards Keep Your Hands Away from Danger

The blade guard is probably the most obvious safety feature a table saw should have. It sits over the blade and protects your hands and fingers from it. Clearly it should be used as often as possible but there are times when it does need to be removed. For example, if you are not cutting completely through the material, when you want to change the blade or when material has got stuck. My advice is ALWAYS PUT IT BACK AFTERWARDS! Also try and look for a transparent (as opposed to opaque) plexiglass guard as you have more control and visibility over the cut.

A Riving Knife to Keep the Workpiece Split Apart

The riving knife is a fin-shaped piece of metal that sits very closely behind the blade. It is not only designed to protect the operator from the blade, but also to prevent kickback by keeping the two sawn pieces separate as they move past the blade so they cannot bind against it.

Anti-kickback Pawls Might Just Save Your Fingers

These are small spring-loaded metal arms attached to the blade guard to which downward facing teeth are attached. The arms hover over the 2 cut pieces and if kickback occurs the teeth bite into the wood to keep it in place.

Automatic Braking and Flesh Detection, the Magic Finger Saver

A very clever relatively recent innovation is the automatic brake. This feature can detect when flesh meets a spinning blade and then stops the blade almost instantly (within 5 milliseconds)! It relies on the fact that wood is a poor conductor of electricity and flesh is a good one. If then a small amount of electric current is applied to the blade that current can be monitored and if there is a change in the current’s level due to the proximity of flesh, an aluminium brake block is forced into the blade and the blade gets retracted. There are a couple of provisos, however. This won’t work with wet wood (since wet wood is a better conductor than dry) and you will need to replace the blade and braking mechanism if the feature is used. On the plus side you retain your thumb or finger!

Further Safety Precautions

Before you even think about using the best table saw, take some time to give yourself the once-over! Check you’re not wearing anything that can get tangled up, such as loose clothing or jewellery. Always wear suitable clothing. Protect your eyes from dust particles and worse with certified safety goggles. Protect your ears from the high noise levels table saws emit (especially direct drive table saws) with a good pair of ear defenders. Where you can, protect your hands with a quality pair of workman’s gloves. Even protect your head with a hard hat and your mouth with a face mask.

Safety When Using the Saw

You’ve read the instructions, right? This is blindingly obvious but if you don’t make time to do this and then proceed to make a rookie mistake you only have yourself to blame! The instructions will also contain a section describing how to keep your saw in good working order. It should be cleaned from its previous use and the components checked for readiness. If you are using a benchtop saw, make sure it is secure.

Set the fence or the mitre gauge, position the workpiece against it, offer the workpiece up to the blade and switch on the saw. Take your push stick (supplied as an accessory with the table saw) and guide the workpiece through the blade with it. Never PUSH your workpiece onto the blade. It will feed through under its own inertia. Be patient – if you try to force it through it could kickback. One other tip – if you are making a cross-cut do not use the mitre gauge and the fence together – that too will also result in kickback as the workpiece will bind against the fence – so just remove the fence.

And that’s it! Follow those precautions and you should come out unscathed!

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