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Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout!


Table saws are undeniably the kings of rip cuts on the jobsite and in shops. The concept is simple: Place a motor below a solid table to turn a blade somewhere in the 4000-5000 RPM range through the surface and watch the sawdust fly. The idea may be simple, but the reality is much different. How big should the table be? What size blade should you use? How heavy can you get away with making it?

These and other questions have to be answered when you’re on the hunt for a table saw. For this shootout, we’re looking specifically to find the best portable jobsite table saw.

We brought in Matt and Richard Kent of Kent Made, LLC along with Jon Bucklew from Seventeen20 Modern Furnishings as our resident table saw experts to offer their insight as to the most important features and performance indicators. Matt and Richard do a lot of fine custom carpentry on site while Jon runs a shop-based business.

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Diablo 10-Inch 40 Tooth General Purpose Blades

It’s tough to be completely objective when choosing the best portable jobsite table saw since the stock blades vary so widely. Skilsaw comes with a 30-tooth Diablo blade and Makita’s stock 32-tooth blade are both excellent while others could use some help. To make this shootout about the saws and not the blades, we turned to Diablo to outfit each saw with the same accessory.

A 24- to 30-tooth blade is great for ripping fast. Getting into the 60-tooth class and higher will get you cleaner results for finish work. We decided on a balance between the two and went with Diablo’s 40-tooth General Purpose Blade.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Diablo 40T Gneral Purpose Blade

This blade shares many features that come standard on other Diablo blades. The carbide teeth are cut from Diablo’s TiCo High Density Carbide. Perma-Shield non-stick coating helps the blade move through material with less friction, reducing heat that can lead to warping in addition to corrosion. Diablo’s Tri-Metal Shock brazing process ensures the teeth stay in place much longer than other blades and can withstand impacts that leave other blades in need of a dentist.

The body of the blade is made from hardened steel, helping to extend the lifespan and keep up with the tooth quality. The kerf is a crazy-thin 0.098 inch—narrow to keep the cuts fast by reducing the amount of material that needs to be removed. Like most Diablo blades, you’ll pay a bit of a premium up front, but the blade lasts so much longer than others on the market that the cost per cut is much lower.

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Safety First

All table saws sold in the U.S. come with a riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, and a split blade guard. Because some cuts can’t be made with these safety features installed, they are removable. If you’re looking for a fun party game, see who of your uninitiated friends can install both correctly without a manual. While each one is different, their nature means you can use the saw without them installed. I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you those cuts are more dangerous, so avoid it if you can.

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The DeWalt DWE7499GD table saw earns a third place finish in the safety category thanks to their GuardDetect technology. This doesn’t prevent you from using the saw without the pawls and blade guard in place, but it does require you to physically indicate you are aware they’re not in place. Ideally, this gives your mind one last opportunity to consciously note the additional care that needs to take place before cutting.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -DeWalt DWE7499GD Guard Detect

DeWalt’s Guard Detect requires you to acknowledge the safety equipment is not installed.

In recent years, there has been a cloud of controversy surrounding the inherent safety issues surrounding the table saw. SawStop developed a flesh detection technology that pulls the blade below the table surface 3 milliseconds after coming into contact with skin. It really created a new class of table saw that, as of June 1st, finally has some competition in the form of Bosch’s REAXX.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -SawStop Jobsite Saw INternal

SawStop employs a hard-stopping brake system that engages as the blade is dropped below the table surface.

Both saws accomplish the same thing, but with different results. SawStop’s feature takes about 90 seconds to recover from compared to roughly 1 minute with Bosch. Bosch developed the REAXX to drop the blade without damage while SawStop usually results in a damaged blade that needs to be replaced. The SawStop employs a brake that must be changed after activation at a cost of $69 each. Bosch uses a dual airbag style cartridge. These run $99 each, but you get two shots out of each one.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Bosch REAXX Internal

Bosch’s REAXX punches the blade down using a cartridge similar to what is used in airbag deployment.

The unknown is the REAXX reaction time. We’ve seen the hot dog test in person and could barely find the cut on it. You can read more about the comparison between SawStop and Bosch here. Make no mistake though, these are the only two saws that will save your fingers—and that’s a really big deal!

Accuracy

We hear the term accuracy tossed around when it comes to finding the best portable jobsite table saw, but we really have to narrow down what that means. Every saw we tested has the capability of being calibrated and it should be the first thing you do after setting it up. Like a new miter saw, blade calibration is simply part of delivering professional results.

Fence

There are two major points that affect post-calibration table saws: fence quality and overall stability. A fence works by grabbing hold of the table edge and clamping into it. The best fences, like Biesemeyer, have three points of contact. They’re just not where you’d expect. All three are on the front, leaving none on the back. With a wide cast metal front clamping system, the front is pulled flush and self-aligns. It requires a solid locking mechanism to ensure the fence doesn’t move during cuts, but it is very possible.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -SawStop Jobsite Saw Fence

SawStop’s fence is the best among the ten saws we tested.

SawStop is the only saw in the group to employ this style fence and they have the best in the group. Ridgid comes in second with a traditional front clamping fence system that has a backside contact point. Its solid construction and wide cast front clamp left us impressed. DeWalt’s came in third with an innovative effort that locks into several points based on where you need it. Rather than sliding along, it stays in place while the rack and pinion system moves it into place. It’s not perfect, but it eliminates a lot of accuracy issues that come from locking the fence out of square on some systems.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -DeWalt DWE7499GD Fence

DeWalt’s fence locks into points along the fence, reducing the chances of installing it off-square.

Pro Tip: 

When you’re setting up your table saw fence, slide it into position by pressing the front of the fence forward against the table with both hands. This will allow the entire fence to slide square to the table. Hold your final position with one hand while locking it down with the other. This should help you avoid many of the accuracy issues that come from an off-square fence.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Fence Pro Tip

Stability

For stability, we had to consider the system as a whole including the stand. We extended the tables as far out as each could go and worked around to see how much movement we could expect when cutting. Part of the equation was getting the extension locks right. If it locks down tight, there’s not much movement to worry about.

If you’re locking the saw down on a benchtop, that’s all you’d need to worry about. We’re looking at the needs of the mobile contractor, so that means the stand has to be solid as well. This can be a conflict of interest since many of the stands are designed to collapse and roll. Several got it right though.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout - Skilsaw Worm Drive Table Saw Stability

Skilsaw’s wheel-free stand is the most stable platform to work from.

One of the lightest and most compact table saws was also the most stable: Skilsaw. There’s no wheel base to the stand and the outward angled legs provide a wider platform than it may appear against its colleagues. In second place was DeWalt, also offering a wide platform, but without the amount of rigidity that Skilsaw has in their stand. Coming up in third was Bosch with its gravity rise stand followed closely by Ridgid. It’s important to note that none of the professional class table saws had any stability issues inherent to their extension locking—it was all in the stand.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -DeWalt DWE7499GD Stand

DeWalt’s stand isn’t the traditional gravity-rise used by others, but it created a more stable platform to work from.

Portability

You can’t talk about the best portable jobsite table saw without talking about portability. Portability boils down to a couple of important features. First and foremost, weight has a huge impact on how easily you can transport the saw, especially if it has to go into the bed of a truck rather than a trailer. If you’ve got a trailer, then a wheeled stand becomes your best friend. We looked at both.

Weight

Weight isn’t subjective – it is what it is. You might expect the value class to be some of the lightest, but it’s Skilsaw that comes in the lightest at just 49 pounds. It’s light enough for some people to carry it back and forth one handed. Ryobi comes in next at just over 50 pounds (50.95) followed by the Bosch 4100 table saw at 60 pounds even.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout - Skilsaw Worm Drive Table Saw Weight

While not really designed for overhead applications, Skilsaw produced a light weight Pro-level table saw.

Stands

Stands are one of those features where the ends really do justify the means. Some made us wish the manual writers would take a cue from Lego—just make the *@#$! things easy enough for a 7 year old to understand. That aside, SawStop set itself aside brilliantly, taking just 10 minutes to setup. All we had to do was install the wheels and two handles. Even the packaging is designed to make the process easier and the instructions were super-easy to understand. Makita was nearly as simple only requiring us to install the handle and bolt the saw to the stand.

Bosch’s Gravity Rise Stand was the best portable design of the group. While several stands share the basic principles, Bosch stood out with large diameter tubing that improves durability, the ease of set up/take down, and the larger pneumatic wheels that helps over less than ideal terrain. SawStop was right behind with slightly narrower wheels while Ridgid wrapped up the top 3 most impressive.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Bosch Gravity Rise Stand

Bosch’s Gravity-Rise stands are the highest rated among our Pros every time they show up for a shootout.

Skilsaw was near the bottom in terms of stand portability with a lack of wheels, but still bears mentioning. The stand had a solid, wide base and attaches to the saw with a pair of clips. Its simplicity along with the saw’s light weight make it really attractive if you’re going to be transporting it in the bed of a truck rather than a trailer.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout - Skilsaw Worm Drive Table Saw Truck Bed

If you don’t have a trailer to roll your saw in and out of, Skilsaw has the model you want to go with.

Blade Height and Bevel Adjustments

Even a newbie can go around the table saw section at the local home improvement store and feel that some saws have easier adjustments than others. Some are simply easier while others are downright innovative in various ways. Porter-Cable came out of the value group for the overall win with adjustments that are both smooth and intuitive. Dual adjustment wheels mean that you’ll be able to accurately adjust your blade height and your bevel angle—a feature no other saw in this group has.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Porter-Cable Table Saw Height and Bevel Adjustment

Independent adjustment wheels for blade height and bevel angle made an impression on our Pro team.

SawStop was second, also with features no other saw had. The blade height adjustment wheel covers the entire range with one full turn of the wheel. There was some discussion about micro adjustments being more precise for dado and rabbet cuts, but in practice, we found we could easily get to a specific height without trouble. SawStop also moves away from the bevel lock lever and instead integrates it into the height wheel. By pulling the lock toward you, it is released and easily moved to your desired angle. Let go of the wheel and it’s locked back in place without having to hold it and use a second hand to work the lever.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -SawStop Jobsite Saw Bevel Adjust

SawStop had my personal favorite adjustment system with 1-turn full height range and innovative bevel lock.

Ridgid notches a third place finish as the only saw to include an independent blade height lock. The adjustment wheel raises and lowers with multiple full turns like most saws, but integrates a lock into the center. For the bevel adjustment, the outside of the height adjustment wheel turns a rack and pinion style system to accurately change the blade angle – a feature Makita shares.

Bevel and Height Adjustment Mechanisms

If height adjustments were standardized, we could expect each saw to make them nearly identically. Taking a look under the hood, we discovered several different methods—each with their own effect. Most of the saws employ a bevel gear system that provides smooth and reliable performance. We noticed that many used solid metal gearing, but Bosch used plastic for both the 4100 and the REAXX.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Bosch 4100 Table Saw Bevel Gears

Though it doesn’t affect performance, Bosch uses plastic bevel gears on both table saws.

Ryobi uses a threaded rod to push against a pivot point. Because of this, there’s a noticeable difference between raising the blade and the much easier lowering. Porter-Cable actually uses a worm drive system while SawStop employs a cable and pulley mechanism.

Side Extension Adjustments

Among the less critical points we factored into consideration is the adjustment of the side extensions. While the locking mechanisms really factored into the stability of each table saw, the adjustments themselves are more an ease of use kind of feature. Ideally, the extension will slide smoothly in and out and lock into place without play.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -DeWalt DWE7499GD Rack and Pinion

DeWalt’s rack and pinion table extension is smooth, accurate, and my favorite of the bunch.

Only two saws stood out in this category. SawStop was incredibly smooth and really impressed our resident Pros. DeWalt’s rack and pinion system eliminated any issue of locking the extension down slightly out of square. Though it was a little slower, it’s our favorite.

Performance

No Load Speed

Table saws can be tougher to evaluate on paper since they don’t include torque measurements. Each of the table saws we tested have 15 amp motors, but vary widely on no load speed. The ones with lower RPM values are bleeding off speed in exchange for torque. While the right balance is always tough to achieve (and is a moving target with every new motor development), here’s where each saw prioritizes speed.

Best Portable Table Saw Shootout No Load Speeds

Cutting

There were really two major performance considerations we wanted to look at to help determine the best portable jobsite table saw: cutting power and dust collection. Power is an obvious choice. We want to make clean, straight cuts, but we don’t want to spend all day making them. Any saw can be calibrated to be straight and accurate, but some have to be babied more than others to get professional results.

We made a few test cuts with ¾-inch plywood just to get a feel of the motors we were working with. It became clear pretty quickly that not all 15 amp motors are equal. Once we knew what to expect, we moved to pressure treated 2x pine material in 7-1/2 foot lengths. Why 7-1/2? Our test material started at 15 feet and it seemed silly to have some at 8 feet and others at 6.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Diablo 40T Gneral Purpose Blade Cutting

To get the feel of the cut, we used a two man team to feed from one end of the saw and catch on the other. This helped us reduce the friction that comes from one person trying to hold a board flush against the fence while also keeping downward pressure to keep it level on the table. There was definitely some hesitation at the beginning of each cut that was alleviated once the board was received by the second man on the other side. It was during this middle section that the table/fence friction was at its lowest point and we made our determinations about each saw’s power and cutting speed.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Bosch REAXX Cutting

We used dry 2×4 pine to get an idea of cutting speed and feel.

For the value priced group, cutting was reasonably smooth, especially when we slowed down to let the motor and blade dance their most efficient tango. When applying some extra pressure though, they began to separate. Porter-Cable came out on top of this group with Ryobi just behind it, and a bit of a gap to Kobalt at the back.

The professional level saws saw a separation as well and all were well ahead of the cutting power we saw with the value group. A middle tier of cutting performance started with Makita and Bosch’s 4100 while DeWalt was significantly better. Entering the fray with the only worm drive system, we had high hopes for Skilsaw’s entry. It was solid and smooth—definitely at the Pro level— and close to what the 4100 delivered.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout - Ridgid R4513 Table Saw Cutting

Though this cut was made in 3/4″ plywood, Ridgid came out on top with the best cutting power in 2x PT.

From there, the rest of the saws created a top tier of cutting power that wasn’t mind-blowingly better, but definitely noticeable. It took many cuts back and forth between saws to determine which came out ahead of other because they are so close to each other. Bosch’s REAXX took third place overall with SawStop ever so slightly ahead. Part of that simply came down to the fact that SawStop was a little bit smoother cutting. Coming out on top was Ridgid. There was noticeable vibration compared to Bosch and SawStop here, but it was able to muscle through each cut a little bit better than the other two.

IMPORTANT REVIEW UPDATE (10/4/2016): After doing some additional testing with pressure-treated lumber and heavier stock, we [initially] found some issues with the Bosch REAXX saw that we couldn’t explain—except to say that it didn’t have the power we expected for cutting through denser wood. The blade exhibited a significant drop in speed during many common ripping cuts, and it even stalled out entirely at other times. We contacted Bosch and worked directly with them to determine the nature of the issue (which appeared to have to do with the saw’s electronic speed control). Here is the initial statement from Bosch on the matter:

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is aware of questions raised about the power of its REAXX™ Jobsite Table Saw. We are taking this feedback seriously and we’re working with product and engineering teams to answer these questions. Flesh-detecting Bosch Active Response Technology™, which comes on board every REAXX Job Site Table Saw, is unrelated to the questions raised about the saw. The REAXX table saw remains one of the safest and most-advanced table saws available today. 

After Bosch came and visited us at our facility, it was determined that there was both a hardware and software issue—which they remedied. You can read more about the specifics of the fix in our Bosch Flesh Detecting Saw review.

Dust Collection

Dust collection isn’t necessarily important to some contractors. For those finish carpenters and remodelers working inside, it’s a must. Ryobi doesn’t actually have a dust collection port. Kobalt and Porter-Cable were nearly identical and did a pretty decent job.

Bosch’s 4100, DeWalt, Makita, Skilsaw, and Ridgid were all on par with each other, leaving almost no dust when connected to our Bosch VAC140 Dust Collector. Where they left some cleanup was on top. Each of them threw additional shavings up toward the user.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout -Bosch VAC 140 Dust Collector

Bosch’s VAC 140 Dust Extractor took care of cleaning duties and helped show off each saw’s dust collection.

Bosch’s REAXX and SawStop were neck and neck with near perfect cleanup at the collection point and only a slight amount of dust coming out toward the user. What did make it out was even less coarse than the other Pro level saws. Both saws have narrower throat openings for the blade that reduce the amount and size of material that can make it out. In the end, SawStop produced less top dust than Bosch did to earn the win.

Editor’s Note: If you’re using the Bosch REAXX saw without dust collection, you’re going to want to partially open up the clasp located on the bottom of the saw. This allows the sawdust to exit the blade chamber through a half-inch gap. Failure to do this will clog the output port in a very short amount of time. When you use a dust extractor you can keep this chamber fully closed.

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Ranking Saw by Saw

One of the things we confirmed by testing this wide variety of table saws is just how much of a difference the blade can make. Even the lowest ranking saws still cut well with solid results using Diablo’s 10-inch, 40-tooth blade. The bottom line is to let the blade and motor work at their own pace no matter what saw you choose.

We don’t always post the point totals when we do a shootout like this because it gets complicated – you have to decide what the important features and performance categories are, determine how much weight each one should hold, and then actually hash out the scores with the team. That said, some of these table saws scored so close to each other that I didn’t feel it was fair to just leave it up to the rankings.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw: Value Brands

Ryobi RTS21GRyobi RTS21G 10-inch Portable Table Saw with Quickstand

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 24T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 50.95 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/4″
  • Dado Capacity: 3/4″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 27″
  • Price: $199.00
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited

Total Points: 101.2

Class Ranking: 3/3

Overall Ranking: 10/10

Ryobi’s RTS21G comes in as the only table saw in the group under $200. It’s lightweight, reasonably compact, and we got acceptable jobsite cuts with the upgraded Diablo blade. The throat plate uses magnets to hold it in place while leaving it easy to remove for blade access. Using a threaded rod to push the height adjustment up, you’ll notice it’s easier and smoother on the way down. The stand folds up and can be Velcro-strapped to the back, though it’s a bit wobbly compared to the others when ready for action.

The entirety of the system is definitely for aimed for the DIYer, but letting the motor work at its own pace will help you deliver good results. Pick up an upgraded blade when you grab the saw and you’ll be able to complete projects with better results than you expect from a DIY tool.

Kobalt KT1015Kobalt KT1015 10-inch Table Saw

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: Kobalt 28T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 68 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/2″
  • Dado Capacity: not listed
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 30″
  • Price: $279.00
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited

Total Points: 102.8

Class Ranking: 2/3

Overall Ranking: 9/10

Kobalt’s KT1015 Table Saw features value pricing with a decent rolling stand. We initially had questions about its dual-locking fence, but found that it actually worked quite well. There’s plenty of wobble in it, but if you follow our Pro Tip on adjustments in the fences section, you can lock the front end in square then stabilize it with the back lock.

Not everyone needs to use the miter gauge on a table saw since there’s typically going to be a miter saw around. If you do, you’ll like the positive locking detents at common angles. This saw felt like it was the weakest when pushing our 2x PT material through. Despite the ranking, it doesn’t feel under-powered – you just need to take your time. You won’t find a lot of bells and whistles on this model, but for $279, we don’t have many complaints.

Porter-Cable PCB222TS 10-inch Jobsite Table SawPorter-Cable PCB222TS

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 40T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 72.6 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/2″
  • Dado Capacity: 1/2″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 30″
  • Price: $329.00
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited

Total Points: 123.8

Class Ranking: 1/3

Overall Ranking: 7/10

Awards: Best Bevel/Height Adjustment

Porter-Cable comes in as the most expensive of the value group, but also with the best overall performance in it. Of the three saws in this class, it had the best cutting power and also came in the top spot overall for height and bevel adjustment thanks to independent wheels. This may seem like a small consideration, but when you actually need to cut accurately beveled pieces, the adjustment wheel is a huge benefit over sliding the front height adjustment around.

Like Kobalt, the wheeled stand is a decent quality for transportation and we wouldn’t be disappointed to use it. Our only cause for concern is the amount of play in the fence. Even with best practices, it had a lot of wobble and a tendency to lock down slightly off-square.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw: Professional Brands

Makita 2705X1

  • Motor: 15-AmpMakita 2705X1 10-inch Contractor Table Saw with Stand
  • No Load Speed: 4,800 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 32T Carbide-Tipped Table Saw Blade (A-94948)
  • Weight: 65.5 lbs
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-5/8″
  • Dado Capacity: 13/16″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25″
  • Price: $842.33
  • Warranty: 1-Year

Total Points: 149.8

Class Ranking: 5/5

Overall Ranking: 7/10

Makita’s 2705X1 Table Saw didn’t finish as high as we expected it to. In it’s defense, it has been around for a long time without seeing an updated model, but there are still some characteristic Makita points to ponder. While it tied for last in the power category among the professional class, it was one of the smoothest cutting saws we tested.

Makita joins DeWalt with an external riving knife release so you don’t have to reach into the throat to loosen it. We actually ran into an issue with the design because of a slightly bent plate holding the knife in place. That aside, the intent of the design is sound and should make for an an easier experience. Because of the external release, Makita screws down the throat plate in place. You should only need to get in there for blade changes if everything functions properly.

Like Bosch, Makita uses a metal plated miter gauge with screw-based stops at common angles. In fact, they’re identical. The 2705 also connects the blade guard and anti-kickback pawls on an aluminum assembly as one piece rather than separating them for an easier connection to the riving knife.

Setup was nearly as simple as SawStop’s with just a narrow margin between them. We only needed to attach the handle and bolt the saw down to the stand. The stand is a gravity rise style, but requires you to bend down to ground level for collapsing and extending it. It’s a reasonably solid platform, though a lot of movement throughout the day will leave your back sore.

DeWalt DWE7499GD 10-inch Jobsite Table Saw with Guard Detect-Rip Capacity-Rolling StandDeWalt DWE7499GD

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 4,800 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 24T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/8″
  • Dado Capacity: 3/4″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 32-1/2″
  • Price: $799.00
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited, 90-Day Money Back Guarantee

Total Points: 159.2

Class Ranking: 4/5

Overall Ranking: 6/10

Awards: Best Side Extension

The DWE7499 is loaded with features. As Jon pointed out, they’re not necessarily intuitive – they don’t seem natural at first – but once you learn how they work, you’re going to love it. In fact, this is the model that Clint keeps in his shop.

The rack and pinion fence extension is a favorite among the team and earned the top ranking there. A dual riving knife system eliminates the need to frustrate yourself with complicated anti-kickback pawls and blade guard placement. Simply swap out the riving knife only for the knife with pre-installed safety attachments and you’re good to go.

DeWalt earns a few safety points for the Guard Detect system. It’s not inherently safer due to mechanics, but because it forces you to acknowledge you’re working without the guard and pawls in place for each cut. Hopefully, this is a last minute reminder to be extra careful making your cuts.

The fence system helps eliminate accuracy issues and is nearly dummy-proof. Rather than locking with a lever clamping system, it hooks on to two points in several locations based on your needs. Since the connection points are integrated on the table, the fence should be square no matter where you install it.

The stand is collapsible and wheeled like others, but it’s not the gravity-rise style. You’ll have to use a foot to stabilize it while you pivot it up or lower it down. The lower locks are released with your feet and there’s some question about the long term durability of the releases. An open housing design has two major results – motor cooling should be more efficient but it trades off storage for an extra blade. There’s really way too much to talk about here, so check out our full review of this model.

Ridgid R4513Ridgid R4513 Heavy Duty 10-inch Portable Table Saw With Stand

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 36T ATB Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 95.08 lbs. (Stand included – saw only weight not available)
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/2″
  • Dado Capacity: 3/4″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25″
  • Price: $499.00
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited, LSA

Total Points: 162

Class Ranking: 3/5

Overall Ranking: 5/10

Awards: Best Power

Ridgid seems to get mixed reviews from users, maybe due to its lower price point, but continues to impress us in head to head competitions. With this edition, Ridgid’s 15 amp motor powered through cuts better than any other saw we tested. Sure it was close, but it consistently beat out each competitor. That power does come with more vibration than some of the others though.

Ridgid’s fence is outstanding for its design. Its large front plate helps stabilize it and the whole thing just feels solid. There’s very little play compared to some of the others and we were consistently able to lock it down perfectly square. We like the pinion style bevel adjustment. It’s not quite a good as a separate adjustment wheel, but a great improvement over simple sliding. We also like the independent locks for both height and bevel. It’s not often that a height lock would be required, but there’s an element of confidence that comes from knowing it won’t be going anywhere.

When using the side extension, a tape moves along so you won’t have to remember what measurement to lock the fence on or read a double marked measurement guide. It’s an innovation we like, but there are questions as to the long term durability of the tape itself. Like Ryobi, Ridgid uses a magnetic throat plate to secure it while leaving access simple.

Skilsaw SPT 70 WT-22Skilsaw SPT 70 WT-22 10-inch Worm Drive Table Saw

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 5,300 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 30T Diablo Carbide-tipped
  • Weight: 49 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/2″
  • Dado Capacity: 1/2″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25″
  • Price: $379.00
  • Warranty: 180-Day STAY TRUE Guarantee, 1-Year Limited

Total Points: 163

Class Ranking: 2/5

Overall Ranking: 4/10

Awards: Best Value, Greatest Cutting Depth, Most Stable Stand

Skilsaw produced the only worm drive table saw in our group and we had high expectations, especially given the high RPM count. In the end, the power is definitely at the professional level and settled in tied for fourth overall with DeWalt. This was the lightest, most compact saw in the group. Like DeWalt, the lack of an outer housing leads to more efficient cooling but drops storage for an extra blade.

The stand strays from the idea that jobsite stands need to be wheeled. We can attribute this to its light weight. While it loses points for portability, Skilsaw’s design created the most stable stand of the entire group. Another benefit to going with this simple stand design is that it is certainly responsible for dropping the price point. Skilsaw is definitely the table saw you want to go with if you’re having to move your saw in and out of a truck bed rather than being able to wheel it up in a trailer.

When it comes time to change the blade, the blade lock lever is a big improvement over using a second tool to hold the blade in place. Cutting depth is also the best in this group.

Bosch 4100-09Bosch 4100-09 10-inch Work Site Table Saw

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 3,650 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 40T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 60 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/8″
  • Dado Capacity: 3/4″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25″
  • Price: $599.00
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Total Points: 165.2

Class Ranking: 1/5

Overall Ranking: 3/10

Awards: Best Stand

The Bosch 4100 table saw has been around for a while, but still comes out on top of the professional class. Bosch typically oozes durability, but we found they were the only ones to use plastic bevel gears for their height adjustment. It doesn’t affect the adjustment experience, but may come into play long term.

From there, it gets better with a solid fence and the best stand of the group. The miter gauge includes a metal overlay rather than plastic and features detents at common angles. (Makita uses the same one). Bosch also used metal for the foundation of their blade guard to make the connection to the riving knife more durable.

A little unusual for Bosch’s larger tools, it comes in reasonably light weight at 60 pounds – only Skilsaw and Ryobi posted lighter weights. Like Milwaukee in our 18V impact driver shootout, the Bosch 4100 didn’t really stand out from the crowd in features and performance. It’s solid consistency in every area we tested earned it the top spot in the class.

Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw: Professional with Flesh Detection

Bosch REAXX 10-inch Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled StandBosch REAXX

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 3,650 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 40T Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 78 lbs. (saw), 45 lbs. (stand)
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees: 3-1/8″
  • Dado Capacity: 13/16″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25″
  • Price: $1,499.00
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Total Points: 184.4

Class Ranking: 2/2

Overall Ranking: 2/10

Awards: Best Stand, Best Flesh Detection Recovery

Built on the 4100’s foundation, The Bosch REAXX exhibits similar performance with a few improvements. Despite what we’ve seen online, the REAXX did seem to have better cutting power than the 4100. (see Editor’s Note above) The narrow throat plate opening also gave it much better dust collection, allowing only the finest material to make its way out. It shares the top ranking gravity rise stand with the 4100.

From there, it’s all about flesh detection. The REAXX wins out over SawStop in this category thanks to quicker recovery, a two-shot activation mechanism ($99 per cartridge, $49.50 per shot), and keeping the blade from damage. The initial saws to go out also come with a code to get an extra cartridge for free when you register the REAXX. Like I mentioned earlier, the unknown is still the actual reaction time compared to SawStop.

SawStop JSS-MCA 10-inch Jobsite SawSawStop Jobsite Saw

  • Motor: 15-Amp
  • No Load Speed: 4,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 10″
  • Stock Blade: 40T  Carbide-Tipped Saw Blade
  • Weight: 79 lbs.
  • Max Cutting Depth @ 90 Degrees:
  • Dado Capacity: 13/16″
  • Max Rip Cut Width: 25-1/2″
  • Price: $1,399.00
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited

Total Points: 195.5

Class Ranking: 1/2

Overall Ranking: 1/10

Awards: Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw, Best Fence, Easiest Setup, Best Dust Collection

Like DeWalt, SawStop’s Jobsite Table Saw comes loaded with features. It all starts with the box – yes, the packaging. Assembly requires only the attachment of the wheels and handles and the box aids in assembly. If you read the instructions laid out for you, you’ll spend maybe 10 minutes on assembly.

SawStop has an excellent stand and they’ve cleverly hidden the tool/miter/riving knife storage box under the side extension. Move the table extension and the box presents itself. Like DeWalt, two riving knives come with the saw—one with safety guards and one without. This keeps you from wondering how the pawls and guard go on the riving knife. Blade height fully adjusts with only one turn of the wheel. Not everyone was on board with this, citing less accuracy for dado and rabbet cuts. In the end, we showed we could be as accurate on the height as any of the other saws, so it’s a win.

A micro bevel adjustment was another source of contention between Pros. Some really liked the ability to dial in a precise angle while others thought the lack of a specific point of reference would force you to re-zero the angle every time you use it. We left this one as a toss up based on preference.

The fence on this system is easily the winner. With clamping on just the front side, it self-aligns better than any other in the group and offers excellent stability. While SawStop didn’t have the most powerful feel to the cuts, it was very smooth with little vibration. Feature preferences aside, the only (slight) negative we agreed on was that the bevel lock stuck a little bit compared to others.

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Rob
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While I appreciate this review, that Kobalt job site saw is the absolute worst. Uncontrollable blade wobble, terrible fence, trundle bolts that are nearly impossible to get to without tacking the back panel off (of course that doesn’t matter when the blade won’t stay in alignment for more than a day), miter slots that aren’t parallel to each other and also taper toward the backside of the table, and a riving knife without adequate adjustments to align it with the blade. Do not buy that piece of garbage.

Jason Kreuzman
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I am looking to upgrade from my first table saw which is the Ryobi that you reviewed (had to find something cheap that was decent). I do a lot of rip cuts, as well as fine precision cuts for laminating and joinery required for frames, furniture, etc. I am looking at the Skilsaw and the Dewalt 7480 and cannot decide which would be best for me. Any insight would be helpful!

Jim Westbrook
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I bought DeWalt DWE7499GD portable table saw year ago and I’m super satisfied. The quality is great. By the way, author mentioned some kind of hesitation about releases and it’s durability – after one year of usage I can say, that releases are good and durable, and quality is ok.

David Howard
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I recently picked up a Bosch 4000, the previous but almost identical model to the 4100. The 4100 has a newer fence, but most of the other feature are the same, minus the riving knife which you can add to the 4000 if you ever desire. I can tell you that my 10- year old newesed Bosch made amazing box joint cuts on the 1st try, so good that they did not even need sanding after I cut them, straight to glue up. That is uncommon, but I guess the previous owner adjusted everything really good? The only thing I… Read more »
Clay
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Thanks for this review!

I just bought the Kobalt for $180! (..and I bought it w/ a gift card from Kroger, and got 4x fuel pts!) I’m new to table saws, but I went with this one because it was VERY inexpensive, has decent reviews on Lowes, and I can move it easily from my shed to the yard (no work shop yet). I’ll probably get a different blade sooner or later. Two questions:

1. What is a good “middle of the road” blade?
2. Are there any articles/websites/videos you suggest to learn how I can get the most out of my saw?

Thanks!

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