If you’re working out of your garage, you may not have room for a full-size, standalone table saw. There are several tabletop models available that provide a smaller (and typically less expensive) alternative with the same wood-cutting capabilities. However, if you do have room for a full-size model, these are generally more versatile and powerful.

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You can’t comparison shop for anything without looking at price at some point. Here’s where you can really apply some hard-nosed thinking. How much are you willing to pay for this feature, or that much rip capacity, or that much power? You might think that your budget requires that you buy the absolute rock-bottom least expensive saw on the market, but when you start comparing prices you might find that it doesn’t cost all that much to get a little more power or more peace of mind through a slightly better warranty. And, of course, prices change all the time. So if you don’t find what you want at the price you want today, it might be there tomorrow. Or, you can also look to refurbished models or other deals.

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What is a fence? How important is it in a table saw? It gives you an option for horizontal or vertical adjustments. A good rip fence should be aligned to the blade at all times. Without a fence, everything will be disgusting. Ensure that it is heavy and that it can glide smoothly across the rails. Also, make sure that the locking mechanism is perfect and convenient.
The built-in stand sets this saw apart from competitors since it is actually quite stable out of the box and doesn’t require a custom stand or supports to combat vibration, which are often necessary with cheaper and lighter units. DeWalt sells a nearly identical saw with a less robust stand, and after viewing it in a big box store, I was glad to have this one.

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If you choose a portable table saw, cut a hole in a three-quarter-inch piece of plywood and attach it to the table. This one extra move will let you attach your table saw to sawhorses for extra stability. It also lifts the table saw to a level that’s more comfortable. The hole provides extra cooling for your equipment while also allowing sawdust to drop through.

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This table saw kit includes everything you need to get started with a 20-Volt MAX compact half-inch drill driver, two 20-Volt MAX lithium-ion 1.3 Ah battery packs, 20-Volt MAX charger and a carrying bag for the drill. You'll get a 15-Amp, 4800 RPM motor that has a 32.5-inch rip capacity to handle 4-by-8 plywood or OSB sheets. The table has on-board storage to give you a place to keep your guard, fence, wrenches and miter gauge when you aren't using them.

In addition to the basic build of the table saw itself, there are different types of table saws you can buy. If you’re simply looking for a table saw for your home workshop, a benchtop saw may be the best option. With this model, you’ll need to mount it to a bench. Benchtop saws are also more portable, so some professionals may keep these around for when they need to take it on the go.

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Upon unboxing, I wasn’t sure how much I cared that the built-in stand for this saw had wheels, but, boy, did I ever use them. If weather rolled in, the saw folded up and rolled to shelter in the garage. This was extremely convenient since I did my cutting in the driveway and stored the saw in the garage overnight. This maneuverability might be less useful to you if you plan to use the saw primarily in your garage where you could build or buy a semi-permanent stand rather than use the fold-up stand of this model. There is also on-board storage for the power cord and the loose parts such as the miter gauge and guards, making it completely self-contained.

The SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 is truly a woodworking marvel, packing a 15-amp Dual Field motor into a surprisingly lightweight yet durable 49-pound frame. Whether you’re an amateur carpenter or a contractor with years of experience under his toolbelt, SKILSAW’s workhorse of a table saw is an invaluable addition to your repertoire thanks to its raw torque and unparalleled 25-inch ripping capacity, meaning tearing through thick sheets of plywood has never been easier. 

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As with most job-site table saws on the market, the DWE7491RS comes with a rolling stand included in the box. The wheels are pretty heavy-duty and capable of handling rough terrain and even staircases I experienced no problems with. Besides the easy transportation, you can store you saw upright in its folded position in your van to save space. The same goes for your workshop of course. 

If you choose a portable table saw, cut a hole in a three-quarter-inch piece of plywood and attach it to the table. This one extra move will let you attach your table saw to sawhorses for extra stability. It also lifts the table saw to a level that’s more comfortable. The hole provides extra cooling for your equipment while also allowing sawdust to drop through.
If you’re looking for a machine with high capacity, the SKIL 3410-02 has a 3.5-inch cut height with the ability to cut through four times the material on each pass. The consensus among reviewers is that, for such a low price, you end up compromising on miter gauge and saw blade quality. Luckily both of those things can be replaced if you so choose.  

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