When looking for a great table saw, it can often seem like the sky’s the limit when it comes to the price. That can be an advantage if you have deep pockets, but it can be daunting if you’re trying to put together a top-quality workshop on a budget.
Fortunately, when it comes to the best table saws, a huge budget isn’t a requirement. There are plenty of high-quality table saws without the ridiculous price tag.
We’ve put together this review to cover some of the best affordable options out there. We’ve also included a buying guide to help you decide which of these saws is a good option for you.
Let’s look at some of the best table saws you can get under $1,000. These saws are great for beginners, professionals with a budget, or anyone looking for an affordable way to expand their workshops.
DeWalt is one of the most effective and highly respected companies when it comes to professional quality tools for hobbyists, beginners, professionals, and everyone in between. They stand behind their products with relatively good warranties and good hardware design and have a reasonable reputation for customer service as well.
We’ll be taking a look at the two table saws from DeWalt that made our professional recommendations.
The first on our list is the DWE7491RS. One of the standout features of this saw is that it comes with its own rolling stand included in the package. Rolling stands are a huge asset for anyone who needs to move their table saw from place to place or worksite to worksite.
This stand is compact and works well enough that it’s easy to move the saw to different parts of your workshop as needed. It’s also good for bigger moves, though you may be better off lifting the saw off the ground if you’re moving it over rough terrain.
The 15 Amp motor is relatively powerful and provides quite a bit of torque and power for all your cutting needs. Armed with the right kind of blade you can cut a lot of different materials with ease using this system.
This blade boasts that it’s designed to be able to cut pressure-treated boards and hardwoods, but you can get more versatility by keeping a range of blade options around.
Speaking of blades, this saw comes with a reasonably good 24 tooth carbide blade. The carbide edges are a good option since they stay sharp longer and resist dulling. The lower tooth count does mean that the included blade provides a slightly rougher cut than toothier or continuous edge cutting blades.
The rack and pinion system works well for fast adjustments. The whole system is incredibly smooth to operate, suitable for beginners and professionals alike.
The fence system is also telescoping to give you a little more stability for longer pieces as you’re working.
Why we like it
This DeWalt saw is a good compact option if you’re looking for a jobsite saw that’s sturdy and durable with an easy to use stand. There are a lot of quality of life enhancements that make it easier to use overall, with professional quality components and power. This is also one of our favorite tables saws under $600 – which is great for keeping your equipment purchases within budget.
Skilsaw is making more of a name for themselves, coming up against some of the biggest manufacturers in terms of quality and design principles. Let’s look at what this manufacturer has come up with in their more affordable table saws.
This tabletop saw is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a good smooth-operating tabletop saw. The real strength of this saw is in its incredible torque and the high-powered cutting opportunity. Its worm-gear system offers a lot more punch for the electricity.
These table saws are fantastic for ripping, thanks to that higher torque design, but they are also reasonable to use for finer cutting applications. You’ll just want to make sure you have a toothier blade than you’d otherwise need to get the smoothest results.
It’s got a reasonable 25 inches of rip capacity, and almost 3 inches of cutting depth, though not quite.
Another high point for this saw is the steel roll cage that helps prevent damage on the worksite. It’s designed to make it more durable and able to stand up to the accidents and mishaps that occur on almost every professional jobsite from time to time.
The rack and pinion system is smooth and easy to use overall, making it easier to make on the job adjustments as needed for different cuts and different materials.
Why we like it
This table saw is one of the most durable options and it’s a great choice for contractors who are always on the move and need a saw that can keep up with different worksites and the occasional beating on the job. It’s powerful torque, supplied by the worm-gearing system, makes this an aggressive saw, but effective.
Another DeWalt saw, this jobsite option is designed to work in smaller spaces and smaller cars, so let’s dive in and see what this saw has to offer.
This is a tabletop saw without a stand, but it’s a great option is you’re looking for something a little smaller that doesn’t need a lot of storage space. Of course, a smaller saw doesn’t necessarily mean a less powerful saw, just one that takes up less space.
This saw is a little more limited in the size pieces it can cut, but that’s one of the only real limitations.
This affordable little saw packs a lot of punch with a 15 Amp motor and 5,800 rpm. That’s plenty of power even for compressed hardwoods and pressurized woods.
With the right saw blades, this compact little saw can cut through wood, tile, brick, and almost everything else.
Onboard storage makes your life a lot easier whether you’re looking for a truly mobile jobsite saw or just need a saw that stores well in your workshop. It’s designed to hold the rip fence, blade wrenches, and miter gauge.
At just over 50 lbs. this saw is small enough that it can be comfortably carried by most professionals, but you’ll want beefy storage solutions to keep your saw safe.
The guard system is highly effective, which is important on a mobile saw since it helps protect the blade in transit as well as protecting your hands while cutting.
Finally, this mobile saw is protected by a metal roll cage designed to help protect it from jostling in transit. It can even handle some outright falls.
Why we like it
This table saw is a fantastic mobile option if you’re looking for something that you can take from jobsite to jobsite. It’s got a powerful motor designed to work with most standard saw blades and to cut through a wide variety of materials. Plus, we believe this is one of the best table saws under $500 that you can buy on the market right now.
Bosch is another one of those big manufacturers whose equipment is ubiquitous in professional workshops across the country. Their worksite line is designed to be powerful, mobile, and easy to use regardless of your skill level.
The 4100XC-10 is another saw that comes with its own wheeled stand, which is fantastic for contractors and construction professionals that are always on the move. The gravity rise system is incredibly easy to use and makes setup and teardown much easier.
The stand is also height adjustable, which is an important feature if you’re working with multiple people at your jobsite. This design is a little less well adapted for uneven surfaces though since the legs really don’t move to accommodate bumps in the terrain.
This saw offers a powerful 15 Amp motor that provides plenty of torque, but its rpm is a little lower than some of its competitor models at only 3,650 rpm. That means that it’s not quite as aggressive as a table saw with higher rpm, but it’s a great option for contractors who are working with harder and more delicate materials like pressure-treated wood and tile.
It’s also a good option since it’s a soft-circuitry system which makes it a lot less likely to overtax the electrical capacity of your workspace, wherever that might be.
Why we like it
This Bosch saw might not be as powerful and aggressive a cutting machine as some alternatives, but it’s great as a controlled saw and a good finishing saw. Overall this option is perfect for contractors who need to work with stressed electrical systems and uncertain workspaces, but it’s not great on uneven surfaces.
Metabo is a rebrand of Hitachi which is a recognizable name in the power tool world, and this saw performs like expected of the reputable brand. The Metabo C10RJS is another saw with a good adaptive stand. It’s a fold and roll design that’s easy to set up and slightly more adjustable than many alternatives. This design is most reminiscent of the first DeWalt table saw on our list in that it handles uneven terrain much more easily than other stand styles. It’s also a relatively lightweight stand and helps keep the saw and your project a lot more stable while you’re working.
Even though the stand doesn’t add too much weight to this system, it is worth noting that this saw is almost twice as heavy as a table saw, at almost 100 lbs. (93). That’s not an inconsiderable weight, even when you factor in the stand and wheels.
The beveling system on this saw is easy to use and gives you up 45 degree cutting angles in both directions. That gives you quite a bit of flexibility for finishing and creating custom cuts designed for your job.
However, one of the big advantages of this system is that the cutting table is 28 x 22 inches when it’s fully extended. That’s a good bit more surface area than many mobile jobsite saws offer, and it’s a good option for anyone looking for a larger cutting project.
Why we like it
This saw might be a little larger and heavier than some of the other options, but that makes it a great choice for anyone looking to work with larger materials, large plyboard, or who wants a lot of cutting space around their material. It’s soft start also makes it a great choice anywhere the integrity of workspace circuitry is in question.
Affordable Table Saws Buyer’s Guide
Here are some of the most important things you need to know about table saws before you pick your next saw.
Portable vs Stationary
In the under $1,000 range, most table saws are going to be considered portable, but we did want to mention both types in case you would be better served by a stationary table saw.
Portable table saws are some of the most popular models because they are more flexible and work in more locations than stationary table saws, and their main downside is simply that they are a little bit smaller and don’t have quite as much cutting power.
These table saws are usually more affordable, easier to take from place to place, and are often more energy efficient.
For a portable table saw, you’ll also want a good portable table saw stand (if the model doesn’t include one). Check out some of our favorite portable table saw stands to find out more.
Stationary table saws are a fantastic option if you’re looking for a larger cutting surface that can handle the biggest cuts of lumber and even large tile. However they take quite a bit of power and can strain electrical systems, and these saws really aren’t designed to be taken on-site.
You should receive these parts with every table saw you purchase, so it’s important to make sure these are as high-quality as the saw itself. We mention them so that you can decide which features are most important for the way you use your saw.
The rip fence is the guide on the side of your saw that you can use to determine the area you’re cutting. The fence also helps prevent wandering so that your piece doesn’t end up with a wobbly or ragged cut line.
These fences should be very stable, able to hold up to some pressure and a lot of vibration, and easy to pick up and move from place to place.
The miter gauge is a great system to help you tilt your workpiece as you cut it and can be used as a way to create a custom angle separately or in combination with your saw’s bevel system.
Some table saws still don’t have a bevel system, but they are much more common now. The beveling system lets your saw blade tilt, often in both directions.
The blade guard is one of the most important safety features since it protects your hands while the blade is operating. Almost as important, the blade guard can also help protect the blade, especially while the saw is in transit.
While all of these saws are corded models, we did want to discuss battery alternatives as well.
Corded electric saws have some of the most consistent power sources out there, in that as long as your main electricity is on, your saw will function properly. Corded saws are fantastic for consistency, but they aren’t a good choice if you’re on a worksite without electrical outlets.
Battery-powered saws are the more portable of the two, but they are also often a little less powerful. They are also limited by the power in the battery, so it’s important to get a saw with the largest battery possible.
Amps and Cutting Power
The more Amps your saw’s motor can handle the more powerful it will be. Most saws hover around 15 Amps, but stationary table saws can occasionally be more powerful, and those more powerful motors do offer a torque and rpm advantage.
While all of these saws are fantastic options for most people, the first DeWalt saw, the DEWALT (DWE7491RS) 10-Inch Table Saw is the best balanced overall. It’s neither the least nor the most aggressive saw, but well balanced between cutting power and precision. The stand on this model is also the easiest to use and offers a lot more uneven terrain support to help keep your saw safe and stable. If you’re on a tighter budget, check out some of our favorite budget table saws under $200.
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