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10-Inch Worksite Table Saw
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10-Inch Table Saw
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DW745 Compact Job-Site Table Saw
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Table Saw with Laser
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10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
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Excellent build quality. Easy to set up and take down. 15-amp motor produces 4 hp.

Sturdy, neat, and tidy with some useful features. A powerful budget model (5,000 RPM).

Lightweight and reasonably priced. Made by a reputable manufacturer.

Includes a unique hanging dust collection bag and laser cutting guide. Excellent gripping ability and cutting depth. Smooth, 40-tooth blade.

Includes trolley/stand combination. Ripping ability of 32 1/3 inches.

Bad

Pneumatic tires may become punctured at construction site. Warranty lasts just one year.

Heavy (65 pounds) with no wheels on the stand.

No stand included. (Stand is available at an additional cost.)

Occasional customer complaints about component failure.

Cannot handle four-inch lumber. Rare complaints about component quality.

Bottom Line

A powerful package made by a conscientious company, this easy-to-use table saw is the best choice on today's market.

An affordable table saw for the DIY woodworker.

Similar in many respects to the SKIL, this table saw is a lightweight, affordable alternative for those who want a high-end DIY tool.

A heavy-duty table saw with some unique and helpful features.

With a history of few customer complaints, this professional-grade table saw is made by one of the top tool manufacturers.

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Best Table Saws

There are plenty of cheap table saws around, but they tend to disappoint. Blade quality isn't what it could be, and poor accuracy will spoil your work. Does that mean you must spend a fortune to get a good table saw? Not at all. Our five finalists include entry-level models and premium saws – all of excellent quality. They are:

Products We Considered

Bosch
10-Inch Worksite Table Saw
SKIL
10-Inch Table Saw
DEWALT
DW745 Compact Job-Site Table Saw
Rockwell
Table Saw with Laser
DEWALT
10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

Considerations

Size & Construction

A bench-top saw, also known as a construction table saw, needs to be light and portable yet tough and rigid. In this part of our ratings, we look at size, weight, and how well each machine is put together.

Capacities & Power

All of our finalists are ten-inch models, but that doesn't mean they all cut the same. In this is the section of our table saw review, we look at working capacities and motor power. The last thing you want is a table saw that stalls under load!

Features

Here we look at the details and features that make your life easier and safer: basic blade guards, miter guides, built-in options for extraction, and more.

Price & Performance

There's a considerable difference between our cheapest table saw and our top-of-the-range model, but it's not just about dollars and cents – it's also about the value of the package as a whole. We combine our research with feedback from owners to give you a complete, unbiased view of what each saw is like in real life.

Considerations

Size & Construction

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand

The SKIL 3410-02 Table Saw's external dimensions are approximately 29 x 21 x 13 inches. It clips to a metal stand (included) which has no wheels, and it weighs about 65 pounds – a fair chunk of machinery to carry around. On the plus side, it's a sturdy saw with clear markings. Owners agree that although it's not built to professional standards, it is made surprisingly well for a budget table saw.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capaci

Many people see the DeWALT DW745 table saw as a close competitor of the SKIL. At 26 x 26 x 14 inches, it's not much different in size. However, it is a lot lighter at just 45 pounds. An initial reaction to this drastic weight difference might be to assume that more plastics are used and the quality of the table suffers. However, the DeWALT DW745 is built to the excellent standard you would expect of the brand. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a stand. There is one available, but it will cost you extra.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser

Rockwell refers to its RK7241S table saw as "heavy-duty," so you'd expect it to be a fair size and weight. At around 90 pounds and 27.5 x 39 x 18 inches, it is noticeably larger than both the SKIL and the DeWALT DW745. Fortunately, the clever stand incorporates a trolley, making it easy to move the Rockwell around. (Getting it into your vehicle still requires some muscle!) The Rockwell RK7241S cannot be used as a bench-top model because of its dust extractor/chip collector, but to be fair, it's not designed to be used in this manner. It's a handsome tool with clear markings, but several owners have complained of component faults, and a few said the table wasn't flat. Most of these negative reports weren't registered recently, so the problems may have stemmed from a particular faulty batch.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity an

The second DeWALT table saw in our ratings, the DWE7491RS, definitely qualifies as a contractor-standard table. It comes with a trolley/stand combination that looks quite formidable but actually unfolds and sets up easily. The trolley/stand is very helpful, too, as the DWE7491RS weighs 110 pounds and measures 31 x 24.5 x 31 inches when upright. As for quality, many professionals say that having the DeWALT name on it is all you need to know. They're right, too; it's superbly built with very few critics.

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand

Bosch is known for its hand-held power tools, but if you're looking for a top site saw, you'll definitely want to consider the Bosch 4100-09. It's an excellent table saw with terrific build quality. At around 90 pounds, it's certainly not lightweight. A clever folding stand and trolley help accommodate the saw's weight and measurements (39 x 30 x 21 inches). Bosch calls this stand/trolley system "Gravity Rise" because it drastically reduces the physical effort required to put it up and take it down. The Bosch 4100-09 is the only table saw on our list with fully pneumatic tires. While the tires do make it easier to roll around, some people question whether they are a good idea on construction sites because of the risk of punctures.

The Bosch 4100-09 incorporates a stand/trolley system called "Gravity Rise" that drastically reduces the physical effort required to put it up and take it down.
Considerations

Capacities & Power

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand

Considering the fact that this is a small, portable table saw, the SKIL 3410-02 has good ripping ability. Thanks to the extending table, a maximum of 24.25 inches is available on the right. With the blade at 90 degrees, the depth of cut is 3.5 inches. At 45 degrees, it is 2.5 inches. Similar measurements are quoted by all of our finalists, which not surprising given the fact that they each sport a ten-inch blade. However, the SKIL has a 15-amp motor and a no-load speed of 5,000 RPM, giving it very competitive power for a cheap table saw.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity

DeWALT claims that the DW745 table saw has a "huge" ripping capacity of 20 inches. In fact, 20 inches is certainly more than acceptable for a machine of the DW745's size, but it is a little less than that of the SKIL. The DeWALT's depth of cut at 90 degrees is 3 1/8 inches; at 45 degrees, it's 2 1/4 inches. The SKIL tops these figures by a small amount – a fact worth considering if you regularly cut lumber or sheets of a particular size. The motor is a 15-amp unit that runs with a no-load speed of 3,850 RPM.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser

Given the larger size of the Rockwell RK7241S table saw, you'd expect greater capacities. Indeed, ripping width to the right of the blade goes out to 30 inches. The manufacturer focuses on depth of cut in particular; the maximum at 90 degrees is 3 9/16 inches. At 45 degrees, the maximum depth is 2 9/16 inches – another "best in class" measurement. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the Rockwell's motor. At 15 amps and a no-load speed of 4,800 RPM, it's not weak, but given the material sizes this saw is capable of cutting, we wonder about its long-term durability.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity 

With a maximum of 32 1/3 inches, the ripping ability of the DeWALT DWE7491RS table saw is definitely a selling feature. This is especially helpful for those who work with 4 x 8 sheet materials. The DeWALT's cutting depth (3 1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2 1/4 inches at 45 degrees) isn't quite up to that of the Rockwell. It will handle three-inch lumber with ease, but it falls short of the four inches you can put through the Rockwell. However, this probably isn't important for a lot of construction work! The DWE7491RS sports a 15-amp motor with a no-load speed of 4,800 RPM.

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand

Despite the large table on the Bosch 4100-09 contractor saw, it doesn't have the extension capabilities of some competitors and, as a result, maximum ripping width is 25 inches. That's by no means small, but it's not quite on a par with the Rockwell or the bigger DeWALT. Depth of cut is also comparable (but not exceptional) with a maximum at of 3 1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2 1/2 inches at 45 degrees. Driving the blade is a 15-amp motor with a no-load speed of 3,650 RPM. In this part of our ratings, it's fair to say that the Bosch comes across as a bit ordinary. However, as we'll see in a moment, figures tell only part of the story.

The DeWALT DW757 may fall within the "cheap" table saw price bracket, but in terms of build and performance, it's anything but cheap.
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Scott
Do-It-Yourself Guru And Carpenter

Scott completed his first woodworking project in the 5th grade, and he’s been an avid woodworker ever since. For the past 46 years, Scott has enjoyed remodeling homes, building custom cabinets and mantels, installing hardwood floors/trim work, and many other unique projects.

Considerations

Features

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand

Although you wouldn't expect a budget model like the SKIL 3410-02 to be overloaded with extras, this product has everything a DIY woodworker would want in a table saw. The controls are chunky and positive. When not in use, the power cord and rip fence have their own stowage. There's provision for a spare blade, a riving knife to help prevent kick backs, and a simple but effective blade guard. Although you should never run a table saw with the blade unguarded, the SKIL does have a useful quick-detach mechanism. In short, everything about this table is neat, tidy, and convenient.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capaci

The DeWALT DW745 table saw offers the usual clutter-free way of storing its different parts, but it includes several other innovations. You don't just get a riving knife and blade guard; you also get a tool-free "modular guarding system." This sounds a bit pompous, perhaps, but it basically it means you get a number of components that make it easy to set the appropriate guarding for each task. The saw also comes with a miter gauge and push stick. The fence rails are telescopic via rack and pinion, so you get positive and precise movement. No need to fiddle back and forth with slides – just go right to the spot you want! A two-inch dust collection port that allows connection to a vacuum is also included.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser

The Rockwell RK7241S table saw's most noticeable feature is a dust bag which hangs from below. It's a simple but clever idea that relies on gravity to collect waste that would otherwise fall to the floor. It's not as efficient as some powered extraction models, but with this dust bag, you don't have to carry around an extra vacuum. Another significant benefit offered by the Rockwell is a laser cut line that allows you to see exactly where the blade is going. It's not a necessary feature, but it's nice to have, and it gives users confidence in their cutting. The Rockwell's riving knife and guarding are ordinary but functional. The extensions are "bolt-on," and the fence is the typical sliding type. This saw also comes with a miter guide and push stick.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity an

Not surprisingly, the smart ideas incorporated in the smaller DeWALT on our shortlist (the DW745) are also part of the larger DeWALT DWE7491RS table saw. The riving knife and guarding system is called "Site Pro," but the concept is similar to the DW745's effective system. Rack and pinion fence rails allow for quick and accurate setting, but in the case of the DWE7491RS, you get a flip-over fence that allows for narrow ripping. Extras are the same: DeWALT includes a miter gauge, push stick, and dust port for extraction. This fine table is yet another example of DeWALT's well-known attention to detail. Everything you need is right where you want it!

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand

Bosch is a company that places plenty of emphasis on safety. The 4100-09 table saw employs a system called "Smart Guard." In addition to a riving knife and blade guard, it also includes excellent anti-kickback pawls. The fence incorporates a mechanism Bosch calls "SquareLock." This mechanism ensures fast setting and accuracy. It's not quite as positive as the DeWALT rack and pinion, but it is very smooth and stays true with the blade. A dust port of 2 1/4 inches is included for connection to a vacuum or a Bosch collection bag (available as an extra purchase). The Bosch's miter guide and push stick can both can be stored on board. All in all, owners love this high-quality tool, with many agreeing that Bosch's trolley/stand system is particularly clever.

The Bosch 4100-09's guides are remarkably smooth. Everything is clear, measurements are easy to read, and adjustments are simple and quick.
Considerations

Price & Performance

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand

If you're looking for a cheap bench-top table saw, the $219 SKIL 3410-02 is worth a look. It's not teeming with extras, but it offers a decent multipurpose blade (one of the most important aspects of any table saw) and power that is more than adequate. This is not a contractor's table saw, but it is built much better than others in its price bracket. There are odd obstructions in the table grooves that would prevent construction of a saw sled, and this frustrated a couple of owners, but we're not sure many DIYers would actually be doing that kind of work. One or two people questioned component quality, but the overwhelming majority think it's a very nice saw for the money. We agree. To top it off, the manufacturer offers a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity

The only surprise about the DeWALT DW745 table saw is that you can pick one up for just $299. This manufacturer regularly top ratings and reviews for its woodworking tools and machinery. The easy-to-use DW745 is superbly built by experts who truly understand what consumers want from a portable table saw. A ripping width of 20 inches makes the DeWALT DW745 more of a high-end DIY tool than a site saw, but it's similar to its pro-grade competitors in a lot of ways. Lightweight, portable, and precise, just about everyone loves the DeWALT. Buyers get a free one-year service contract and a three-year warranty against manufacturing defects. If you're one of the very few who have a problem with it, you could always take advantage of the 90-day money back guarantee.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser

Getting a table saw with the capacities of the Rockwell RK7241S for only $397 ought to be a great deal – as long as everything works as it should. The majority of owners say this table saw works just fine, but there have been a few complaints about manufacturing defects here and there. The Rockwell offers excellent gripping ability and the largest cutting depth in our review. It comes with a 40-tooth, carbide-tipped blade that cuts smoothly. (The standard offering is a 24-tooth blade.) The laser cutting guide is an ingenious idea, and it works very well for most people (though it's easy to forget to change the battery). Negative comments are few. Those who do complain tend to focus on blade alignment and table or fence accuracy. These problems are frustrating, but they should be covered by the manufacturer's two-year warranty. If you want a big table saw for home or site use, the Rockwell RK7241S is an excellent money-saving choice.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity 

At a cost of $549, you can't call the DeWALT DWE7491RS a cheap table saw. However, if you're looking for a top-quality home or site tool, it offers superb value. All the positives of the DeWALT DW745, our Best Bang for Your Buck contender, are just as true for this model, save the fact that the DW745 is a bench-top tool and this one is fit for a contractor. It's built to an exceptional standard, offers tremendous precision, and is easy to set up and use. Though the blade is a fairly ordinary item (24-tooth, carbide-tipped), it provides class-leading ripping and a competitive depth of cut. This table saw is backed by a three-year warranty. A small number of owners have had issues with component quality, and the guard and miter are a little flimsy. Feedback from the majority, however, indicates that this is one of the most accurate and versatile table saws on the market.

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand

A close competitor of the DeWALT DWE7491RS in terms of quality and performance, the Bosch 4100-09 table saw currently costs $569. While it doesn't quite have the capacities of the big DeWALT, its ripping and depth of cut will satisfy 99 percent of users, from keen DIYers to professional contractors. The former love the ease of use; the latter love the trolley/stand combination that provides such great portability. At first glance, there may seem to be nothing exceptional about this machine. However, it's powered by the best motor in its class, and it does everything well. True, the motor is a 15-amp unit like the others on our list, but it produces 4 hp where the others produce only 1.5–2 hp. This is a noticeable step up in a vital area! As usual, we looked for owner criticisms in order to provide our readers a balanced view of the Bosch 4100-09. The problem is, there are so few they're not really worth mentioning! The only slight "surprise" about this product is the comparatively short warranty period of just one year.

The easy-to-use DeWALT DW745 is superbly built by experts who truly understand what consumers want from a portable table saw.

Best of the Best

All five challengers in our contest are competent tools of excellent quality. In the end, however, our pick for the Best of the Best table saw is the Bosch 4100-09. That being said, it was almost impossible to separate our top two choices, the Bosch and the DeWALT DWE7491RS.

Many would perhaps have expected us to go for the DeWALT DWE7491RS. We nearly did. It's a great saw with standout capacities, and nobody who buys one will be disappointed. However, maximum cut isn't everything, and it's the Bosch that we think is the best all-rounder.

Whether this is a "compact" table saw or not will depend on your definition of the word. The Bosch saw is bigger and heavier than some, but its brilliant "Gravity Rise" trolley/stand combination allows you to move it around and set it up with ease. Once ready, you're looking at an expertly designed, high-quality piece of woodworking equipment. While it doesn't have the positive action of the DeWALT's rack and pinion, its guides are remarkably smooth, and fence locking is very positive. Everything is clear, measurements are easy to read, and adjustments are simple and quick.

The Bosch's maximum rip is 25 inches. That's not the biggest, but most people don't need more. Maximum depth of cut is competitive; at 90 degrees, it's 3 1/8 inches. At 45 degrees, it's 1 1/2 inches. The 24-tooth blade (carbide-tipped) is more than adequate for most construction work, and while the RPM of 3,650 might initially seem a bit slow, the 15-amp motor puts out a whopping 4 horsepower! It would take a lot to make this unit stall. Safety is covered by a riving knife and guard set-up that also has anti-kickback pawls, virtually eliminating the danger of material being spat out. Dust extraction is handled by a port of 2 1/4 inches, and a miter guide and push stick are also included.

Owner feedback is particularly important with a tool like this. In the case of the Bosch 4100-09, feedback is overwhelmingly positive. If you can find anyone with a serious complaint, you're doing better than us!

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Owner feedback is overwhelmingly positive. The Bosch 4100-09 is the best all-around table saw on the market.

Best Bang for Your Buck

All five of our finalists are fantastic deals, but the Best Bang for Your Buck table saw is the DeWALT DW745.

If you're on a tight budget, it's difficult to fault the SKIL table saw. The Rockwell has to be a contender in this category because of the capacities you get for the money. Nevertheless, the DeWALT DW757 is unbeatable for the price. At $299, it falls within the "cheap" table saw bracket, but in terms of build and performance, it's anything but cheap.

At a compact 45 pounds, this is the lightest table saw in our review. The saw's portability doesn't mean that ripping size is compromised, though. Thanks to extending fence guides, you've got 20 inches available. Depth of cut is on a par with many bigger machines: at 90 degrees, it's 3 1/8 inches. At 45 degrees, it's 2 1/4 inches. Power comes from a 15-amp motor with a no-load speed of 3,850 RPM. This is ample enough for serious DIY projects and light-duty construction site work.

The rack and pinion fence adjustment has a positive feel that gives confidence in the table's precision. Safety comes by way of a modular guarding system that provides great flexibility. There's a two-inch dust port, a miter guide, and a push stick. DeWALT is a manufacturer with a top-notch reputation. The quality of this particular model is underlined by a three-year warranty.

Criticisms? It doesn't come with a stand, but you could buy one for an extra cost. Also, some owners find the handle to be a bit uncomfortable. If that's as serious as the complaints get – and you're looking for a quality table saw on a budget – why wouldn't you choose the DeWALT DW745?

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The DeWALT DW745 provides ample power for serious DIY projects and light-duty construction site work.
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