The 5 Best Portable Table Saw Stands [Updated for 2022]
A fantastic table saw might be a great addition to your workshop or a necessary piece of equipment on a job site, but even the best table saws can only perform as well as your saw stand lets them.
Stands are one of the most critical parts of your setup, and they make a huge difference in the overall performance of your saw. A good stand can even help your saw work longer, harder, and more efficiently depending on its design and additional features.
We’ve looked at some of the best table saw stands available right now to give you a comprehensive review of their strengths and weaknesses. We’ve also provided a buying guide that can help you decide which features are most important for you, and which features are just nice to have when picking out your stand.
These are some of the best table saw stands out there, but that doesn’t mean that these stands are perfect by any means. Remember to keep an eye out for the kind of stand you need and that some features are more important for different applications.
Bosch is enough of a big name when it comes to power tools that you can be confident knowing that you’re buying from a quality manufacturer with relatively high standards for the quality and care of their products.
They have a great lineup of tools and accessories, and each design is crafted with performance in mind. That makes them a favorite for professionals as well as more casual hobbyists.
Now that we’ve talked a little about the brand, let’s see why this gravity rise stand is good enough to make our list of the best.
One of the big advantages of this rigid, portable, stand system is that it’s considered universally compatible. So long as your table saw is portable, not built into a stationary stand system, it should work with this portable stand. That’s huge for professionals with several different saws who don’t want to have specific stands for each table saw.
Not to mention that having a universal stand can be a great way to save on upgrade costs when you buy a new saw. It’s easier to buy a universal stand once than to buy saw-specific stands every time your workshop needs an upgrade.
This stand uses a fairly standard rolling stand design. It’s got traditionally crossed legs when set up, that fold into a dolly-like shape when prepared for transport. This design is popular because it’s very sturdy and easy to use.
The gravity-rise design makes setup even simpler than most stands in this style. Perfect for jobs where quick setup is key to finishing on time.
Now it’s worth noting that the universal setup isn’t truly universal. It’s designed so that the mounting holes match up with the mounting holes on the big manufacturers. If you prefer a less popular manufacturer this stand may not work quite as well.
This stand is also significantly more heavy-duty than most options. It’s able to withstand up to 250 lbs. of downward force. Since most portable hybrid table saws hover around 50 lbs. total weight, that’s a lot of additional capacity for the materials you’re cutting and especially helpful for tricky materials to help keep them steady.
The stand also has 8 in rubber wheels to make it easier to move from place to place. The thick tread on the wheels provides lots of grip which is important to help you move over uneven terrain. It’s perfect for outdoor worksites where the ground conditions aren’t always spectacular.
Unlike most stands in this folding design, this stand does have some leveling ability. There’s only about an inch of height adjustment thanks to two small feet on one half of the stand, but it’s enough to let you create a more level work surface on uneven ground.
However, this model does sit a little lower than some of Bosch’s other stands and it’s not adjustable enough to let you increase the height of the stand at all. So, while this is a workable height for most people, it’s probably not a good option for taller professionals.
This is a classic design with a few upgrades that elevate it from merely practical to incredibly useful. It’s a great choice for professionals who move from job to job, and especially for contractors who sometimes find themselves working outdoors rather than in.
DeWalt is one of those brands whose products are so common that it’s stranger to find a best tools list without a DeWalt product on it than to find their products in those buying guides. It should come as no surprise then that we have not one, but two different DeWalt stands on this list.
Let’s see what the first model has to offer.
This DeWalt stand is another modern take on a classic design, this time the classic sawhorse table that’s been used by craftsmen of all stripes for centuries. This sawhorse is made from more modern aluminum instead of wood, of course. It also offers wheels and more adjustability and customization options than the standard design.
One of the biggest differences between this stand and many of the others on our list is that this stand is relatively lightweight. At only 33 lbs. it’s much easier to move from place to place and to take in and out of storage. Its compact design is also a fantastic option if you’re looking for something that will fit in your vehicle more easily, or that only needs to be used from time to time.
Of course, that’s not to say that this design isn’t sturdy enough to be used as a permanent stationary stand. Many professionals use this stand as a permanent part of their workshop furniture.
The wider base and rear offset legs are designed to offer incredible stability. The kickstand design also gives you limited ability to level the stand. It’s at the cost of some of the stand’s stability because you’ll need to use a narrower standing position to change the angle of the table.
Quick-release levers make it easier to set up and tear down this table saw stand. That combined with the lighter design makes this an easier portable option.
This stand is also designed with ergonomic features that make it easier to use and more comfortable for most users. However, despite the ergonomic design, it’s not height adjustable. It’s a good option for most average height craftsmen but may be too tall for shorter professionals and too short for taller professionals.
It’s also worth noting that aluminum spreads vibration through the stand much more than steel, so while it’s more lightweight it’s also more likely to have vibration problems.
This DeWalt stand delivers a traditional and very stable design with the modern upgrades of wheels and handles to make it more portable for modern professionals. Rubber feet add to the stability of this design, while its lightweight aluminum construction makes this the ultimate in portable table saw (and other tools) stands.
DeWalt is known for producing several versions of their most critical tools and accessories, and this second stand model is a good example of that in motion. This hollow-topped alternative is a good option for those who like the stability of a 4-footed stand and the sawhorse design, but who don’t want a solid top.
Let’s look at the details.
Compared with the other model on this list, this design helps cut a lot more vibration. Cutting vibration keeps the stand more stable since it cuts down on the table dancing on its legs. It also helps reduce your fatigue as a user since vibration tires out your muscles more than just about anything else.
This stand is also meant to be easy to take in and out of your vehicle and to use as a great portable option. Since it’s just the frame it can easily fit around or under the other cargo in your vehicle.
The steel is incredibly durable overall. It’s painted with a protective coating that’s designed to prevent damage over time. The coating resists scratching, helps prevent corrosion, and helps prevent rust. All that means a longer life for the stand overall.
The mounting holes are fairly universal and easy to use. However, since this stand doesn’t have its own table surface you may need to get a piece of plywood or something else that you can cut into shape to provide the extra stability you need for larger cutting projects.
This design is great because it works for so many different table saws, but it does take a reasonable amount of customization for most professionals to be able to use it more effectively.
The wheels on the stand are sizable for easy transport. The tread on the wheels is deep and provides a lot of traction for different kinds of terrain.
The stand also has convenient handles on both sides, which makes it easy to move from place to place as long as you have another set of hands to help.
Folded up, this stand can also do double duty as a dolly, though it’s not quite as effective as a dolly as it is a stand.
One of the best features of this stand is that it helps keep everything locked in place and incredibly stable. Since stability is one of the most important features of a great table saw stand (and any tool stand) the stability of this design is one of the biggest reasons professionals come back to this stand time after time.
While this entirely hollow top design is a different take for a lot of tool stands, it’s also an incredibly effective and space-saving option. This isn’t your typical table saw stand, but it’s still a great professional quality stand that works in a wide variety of situations and locations.
Powertec is a relatively unknown brand but their rolling foldable table saw stand is a product that is loved by many. They are a US based manufacturer of high quality woodworking machines and accessories and are fairly reputable among professionals, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they have a table saw stand worth being considered one of the best.
The great thing about this table saw stand is that it is designed to have a universal fit for the most common popular table saw brands and isn’t limited to just a single type of table saw. This means whether you have a DeWalt, Bosch, or Skilsaw table saw – this rolling table saw stand will help you mount your table saw perfectly.
Talking about rolling, this table saw stand has great portability with a compact layout which is designed for fast setup and even faster breakdown. Additionally, it can be stored with or without the table saw attached making your entire setup truly portable. Even when stored vertically, the table saw will stay attached to the stand.
The 8-inch rubber wheels also make this table saw stand extremely portable to carry from jobsite to jobsite or to move around your garage for different applications.
The all-steel construction with solid steel plates and a steel tubular body does a great job of cutting down on the vibration that the table saw creates, which is a great feature since many table sws create a lot of torque and vibration while cutting.
The stability of this product is emphasized by the fact that it can seamlessly support up to 330 lbs of downward force which is the highest amount of out of all the table saw stands on our list. Additionally, being that it is 35.3 lbs in weight it is extremely easy to move around. Also, its 22-5/8″ bed height is ideal for most craftsmen and brings the center of gravity lower to the ground so you can feel safe knowing that your table saw won’t tip over.
The one thing we’d advise you to do before buying this table saw stand is to measure your table saw and see if it will actually fit on this rolling stand. Although they claim that it is a universal fit, as we’ve seen with the Bosch TS2100, being “universal” has its limitations. The last thing you want to do is buy a table saw stand that is too small for your table saw.
While the “universal” fit is applicable for most popular table saw models, there will be some models that are just too big for this frame. Nonetheless, if your table saw will fit on this model then it is a great option for the performance and design. Being rollable, it is great for professionals who need to be mobile with their equipment.
Rousseau is something of an oddity when it comes to tool manufacturers in that they don’t specialize in the power tools themselves. Instead, Rousseau focuses on creating professional quality tool accessories including stands.
The result is that their stands are often higher quality and more reliable than other tool manufacturers who spend more of their design resources and time on the tools rather than the extras.
That’s not a bad thing, but it does put Rousseau in a position to produce a particularly fantastic table saw stand. Let’s look at why we love this table saw stand.
This stand is a good option for professionals who are looking for a larger stand that still folds small and works well with their smaller table saws. It’s a good stand for finishing work, ripping, and almost any task you’d regularly use a table saw to accomplish.
The stand boasts that it will increase the ripping capacity of any compatible saw all the way up to 27″. For some saws, that’s only a couple of inches of improvement, but it’s still significant if you’re working on a project that requires larger pieces.
But considering that this table is designed for the smaller range of table saws, the extra ripping space can be considerable.
This stand isn’t adjustable, which can be a significant factor for both taller and shorter professionals. However, the 34.5” height is comfortable for most people in the average range of height.
However, there aren’t any risers or leveling tools with this stand, so the height may vary slightly based on the kind of terrain you use. A few bricks or other leveling material is a good idea if you’re ever working outside or on uneven terrain.
The stand does offer micro-adjustments to help make it easier to fit the stand to the specific saw you’re using, which adds a lot to the overall stability of the stand. Stability is one of the most important features and that’s why the micro-adjustment system is one of this stand’s best features.
It’s also nice to see that this system folds almost entirely flat, which gives you a lot more room in transit.
This stand is made from heavy-duty steel designed to handle the load of your saw, the material you’re cutting, with some weight capacity to spare. Its powder-coated protective paint helps prevent wear and tear by protecting the steel from the elements. It also helps prevent corrosion, resulting in a significantly stronger stand.
Since Rousseau specializes in tool accessories, they also offer several different tables that work with this one to give you more workspace, or a more specialized workspace. Compatible models include an outfeed table, routing table, and a few others.
This folding portable stand is heavy enough to handle even the heaviest compatible table saws to help you cut materials with ease. Its side table increases the effectiveness of the table overall, while the ability to work with other tables in Rousseau’s line makes it especially helpful for professionals.
This table is a good professional option whether you’re looking for a permanent workshop stand or something that’s a little more portable and can move from site to site with your work.
Portable Table Saw Stand Buyer’s Guide
Let’s look at the details and features that help make a table saw stand great. We’ve gone ahead and included some features and stand styles that aren’t included on our list simply because there are good reasons why you might want to have almost any stand combination and style.
Just because these features don’t necessarily make the best stands list for table saws doesn’t mean that they aren’t the right features for your workshop.
As you read through this list, we’d encourage you to think about how you could use each of these features and how important each feature is for the way you use your tools.
Type of Table Saw Stand
The first thing you need to decide is what kind of stand you need for your workshop. All of the stands on our list are considered portable stands, but that’s because portable stands work inside a fixed workshop and out. However, there are some advantages to other styles of stand that might be worth considering depending on the kind of work you do.
Fixed stands used to be the standard, but they are getting less common as portable stands get smaller, more secure, and easier to use.
However, fixed stands are still more stable than any portable alternative, and can usually provide a larger workspace than a portable stand.
These stands are usually used for stationary table saws that aren’t designed to move from place to place. Often the saw will be built into the stand, or permanently affixed so that there is significant teardown if/when you need to move the saw.
Adjustable stands can be made in both portable and fixed stand styles, though they are slightly more common among fixes stands. Basically, an adjustable stand is defined by the ability to change the height of the stand as needed.
Some stands have adjustable table space and outfeed support for the material you’re cutting, but without the height adjustment, they usually aren’t considered adjustable stands.
Portable stands are some of the most common options, and every stand on our list is considered a portable stand. These stands are almost universally smaller and more lightweight than fixed or stationary stands.
However, for all the convenience of a portable stand, there are some downsides. These stands usually don’t absorb as much vibration as a fixed stand can and will. They also tend to have a higher point of balance than fixed stands, which can mean that they are more of a turnover risk than a fixed stand.
Table Saw Stand Extensions
Extensions are considered their own kind of stand; in that, they are usually designed to work with a specific model of stand to provide a larger contiguous workspace for big projects. Extension stands can also be useful to hold material before/after cutting.
DIY / Wooden Saw Stands
Lastly, there are many different DIY designs out there that are usually but not always made of wood. Wood can be a fantastic material for absorbing vibration, but it’s often less effective from a durability perspective. These stands often need a little more maintenance, but they can be fixed or portable.
Since these stands are all custom made, they can often provide more workspace or a better-optimized workspace if you take the time to make them. But they’ll also likely need repairs or replacement sooner than a metal stand.
Your attachment method is one of the most important details about your stand because it impacts what models of table saw the stand is compatible with.
Mounting holes take a little longer to use since you need to fasten the saw to the stand, but they’re also usually the most secure option since the hardware is more durable than tool clamps and fasteners.
Customized tool clamps and fasteners are a population option for stands that are only designed to work with one or two different models of tools. They are easier to use and faster than mounting holes, and generally are more secure and trustworthy than universal tool clamps.
Universal Tool Clamps
Universal tool clamps are another incredibly common option. While not truly universal, this attachment style offers a lot of flexibility for working with different kinds of tools. However, they can be less secure than other attachment styles and should be tested before you take the stand out to work on a jobsite.
Table Saw Stand Materials
Steel is one of the most common table saw stand materials because it’s weight and vibration absorption are both serious advantages for professional craftsmen. There are two kinds of steel that are common for stands, so let’s look at them both.
Regardless of the type, steel stands should be painted with a protective coating, often a power coating, to prevent corrosion and other wear and tear damage.
Solid steel stands aren’t very common simply because solid steel gets heavy quickly. This construction style is most common in fixed stands, but there are a few portable options that prefer solid to hollow steel because of its strength benefits.
Steel tubing is one of the more common options for stands because it’s strong, lighter than solid steel, and offers many of the same benefits. However, steel tubing can be more prone to weak welds, corrosion, and other wear and tear issues that make them break down slightly faster.
Aluminum is another incredibly common material. It’s lighter than steel, can hold almost as much weight, and is relatively difficult to damage. However, aluminum can be dented and bent relatively easily if accidentally hit on a jobsite, and it doesn’t absorb nearly as much vibration.
Cast iron is a rare option, but you can still find a few stands made of cast iron around. These stands need some maintenance to help prevent and treat rust, and they are much heavier than most alternatives, but cast iron can also be some of the longest-lasting if you take care of it.
Table area might not seem like a particularly important feature of a table saw stand, but it’s one of the most important features in terms of impacting your workstyle and cutting options. Having some surface area on top of your stand (usually at least 1 square foot to be useful) can help keep the material you’re cutting secure and more stable, gives you storage space for the cut materials and even other tools, and minimizes bending and twisting to grab the next section of material.
While some very secure stands offer no solid tablespace on the top of the stand, it can be a good idea to look for a stand that gives you at least a little space for your rip fence, materials, and other tools.
While all of these stands are a fantastic option, the Bosch TS2100 is easily the most balanced and flexible option of the bunch. It has the space professionals need for high-quality work, folds into an easy to store or transport shape, and works with a wide variety of saws so you don’t need to buy a new specialized stand every time you buy a different saw. If you’re looking for some suggestions on some of the best table saws to put on your new portable table saw stand, check out our reviews for the best table saws under $200, $500, $600, & $1,000.
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