Skilsaw SPT99-11 Worm Table Saw, 120 Volt. Worm drive table saw
Skilsaw SPT99-11 Worm Drive Table Saw, 120 Volt
The 10 inch heavy-duty worm drive table saw is the latest addition to SKILSAW table saw line-up. The rugged stand delivers dependable stability and the sixteen in wheels easily take stairs and roll over uneven surfaces to just about anywhere you need to set up and let it rip.
- Material: Aluminum
- Voltage Rating: 120 Volt
- Arbor Size: 5/8 inch
- Blade Diameter: 10 inch
- Cord Size: 6 feet
- Current Rating: 15 A
- Cutting Angle: 45 degree, 90 degree
- Cutting Depth: 3-1/2 inch
- Dimensions: 52.6 inch L x 29.5 inch W x 35 inch H
- Frequency Rating: 60 Hz
- Includes: 30-Teeth Diablo Carbide Blade Anti-Kick Back Device Dust Elbow Insert Plate Miter Gauge Push Stick Rip Fence Smart Guard System Wrench
- Maximum Cutting Depth at 45 degrees: 2-3/10 inch
- Maximum Cutting Depth at 90 degrees: 3-5/8 inch
- Number of Phases: 1
- Rip Capacity Left: 16-1/2 v
- Rip Capacity Right: 30-1/2 inch
- Speed Rating: 5000 rpm
- Table Dimensions: 52-5/8 inch L x 29-1/2 inch W
- Legendary worm drive gearing with 3-5/8 inch depth of cut and 30-1/2 inch rip capacity for maximum torque for ripping applications and cuts through 4X for increased productivity
- Precision rack and pinion fence system makes fence adjustments quickly and smoothly for accurate cuts
- Rugged rolling stand with 16 in wheels and easy-load
- Handles delivers unsurpassed mobility over stairs and rough job site surfaces while helping load the saw into your truck with ease
- Dust port elbow contains debris to one area for clean up
- Left support allows for larger cuts to be made by one person
- Stand handles to smoothly push the saw through the truck bed
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SKILSAW SPT99-12 10″ Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw W/ Stand
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The 10 in. Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw is the latest addition to SKILSAW s table-saw lineup. SKILSAW s legendary Worm Drive power train delivers superior torque, an aggressive 3-⅝ in. depth of cut, and 30-½ in. rip capacity. Tear through plywood and slice 4x with ease and precision. The rack and pinion system makes fence adjustments quickly and smoothly for accurate cuts. SKILSAW s patented Dual-Field Motor runs cooler, so it can work harder, longer. The rugged stand delivers dependable stability, and the sixteen-inch wheels easily take stairs and roll over uneven surfaces to just about anywhere you need to set up and let it rip.
10 in. Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw with Stand/ Legendary Worm Drive gearing with 3-5/8 in. depth of cut and 30-1/2 in. rip capacity for maximum torque for ripping applications and cuts through 4x for increased productivity/ Precision Rack and Pinion fence system makes fence adjustments quickly and smoothly for accurate cuts/ Rugged rolling stand with 16 in. wheels and Easy-Load/ Handles delivers unsurpassed mobility over stairs and rough job-site surfaces while helping load the saw into your truck with ease/ Dust port elbow contains debris to one area for clean-up/ Left support allows for larger cuts to be made by one person/ Stand handles to smoothly push the saw through the truck bed
|Teeth of Blade||30T|
|Tool Current Rating||15 Amp|
|Tool Weight (pound)||52.9 lbs|
|No Load Speed||5000 rpm|
|Max. Width of Dado||0.5″|
|Max. RIP of Right of Blade (inch)||30-1/2″|
|Max. RIP of Left of Blade (inch)||16-1/2″|
|Max. Cutting Depth. 45° Bevel (inch)||2-3/10” (58 mm)|
|Max. Cutting Depth. 0° Bevel (inch)||3-5/8” (min. 92mm)|
|Max. bevel angle||1⁰ to 47⁰|
|Insulation Class||Grounding Required|
|Blade Diameter (inch)||10″|
|Blade Arbor Hole Diameter (inch)||5/8″|
- SPT99 10 in. Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw with Stand
- 30-tooth Diablo carbide blade for rip cutting
- Miter Gauge
- Smart Guard System including Anti-Kick Back Device
- Dust Elbow
- Insert Plate
- Push Stick
- Rip Fence
- Outfeed sold separately.
SKILSAW SPT99T-01 8-1/4 Inch Portable Worm Drive Table Saw Review
Today’s table saw review is for the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 Portable Table Saw that runs an 8-1/4 inch blade driven through SKILs legendary worm-drive gearbox. We’ll look at the SPT99T-01 for quality, capability, and value for money while comparing it against a few of its contemporaries.
I’ve learned in over 30-years of woodworking that your choice of table saw can push the quality and accuracy of your woodwork to new heights or be a constant source of frustration and irritation due to poor design, quality, and capacity. My goal is to give you objective advice to help you buy a table saw that meets your needs and budget without causing buyer’s remorse.
My review suggests that SKIL has a quiet, compact performer here, offering a capable table saw with excellent design features at a reasonable price. I feel the SPT99T-01 is a good purchase for a newcomer to woodwork, particularly if you’re looking for serious power in a compact footprint.
Stay with me to learn the specific advantages and disadvantages of owning this table saw.
- 8-1/4 inch 24-tooth carbide-tipped blade
- 15 amp motor, turning the blade at 5,300 pm
- Bevel capability from.1 degrees to 46.5 degrees
- Cuts 2-5/8 inches at 90 degrees and 1-7/8 inches at 45 degrees
- Corded electric
- Dado capable
Included In The Package
- Rip fence
- Push stick
- Anti-kickback pawl
- Blade guard
- Blade wrench
At first glance, the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 looks like a smaller and stripped-down version of its big brother, the 10-inch SPT99 Jobsite Table Saw (full review here). While that may be true, it’s not all bad when you consider that although big brother comes with a few more bells and whistles, it’s also around 200 more expensive.
I’m pleased to see that the strengths I liked about the larger saw are included in the SPT99T-01. Designed for home woodworkers or jobbing carpenters and builders who travel and work onsite, this saw is designed for cross-cutting and ripping softwood, hardwood, plywood, and composite wood materials.
There’s not much to dislike about the SKILSAW SPT99T-01. A compact and genuinely portable table saw with power to spare. It doesn’t ship with a stand, but one is available for purchase if required. Professionals who use this table saw speak highly of it and prefer it to many others they’ve used in the past – to me, that speaks volumes.
While this table saw is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, you’re paying for that extra torque from the worm drive gearbox. In my book, it’s worth the small premium.
SKILSAW SPT99T-01 Review
I have a sneaking admiration for the SPT99T-01. Do you know those nuggety little pit ponies that hauled coal in the mines? Well, this saw reminds me of them, as it may be small, but it packs a whole lot of power and capability into a tiny frame. Let’s discuss the main features.
The SPT99T-01s brother sported a 10-inch blade and a 2.4 horsepower motor and had power in reserve; well, our little pit pony has an 8-1/4 inch blade driven by that same motor.
The other pleasing inclusion is the worm-drive gearbox that SKIL appears to be making standard on its table saws. A worm drive is a gearing system where the motor spindle is the worm shaft, which drives a worm wheel. This gearing takes a higher rpm motor and slows it through the worm drive, lowering the rpm at the blade but supplying a higher torque. Torque is the rotational power or force supplied to the cutting teeth of the blade. The more torque at the cutting tip, the harder the wood you can power through without bogging down the saw.
Apart from increased power to the blade, a worm drive allows an increased cut depth. With a direct drive motor mounted axially on the blade, the diameter of the motor reduces the cut depth available to you. The worm drive allows the motor to be mounted lower in the table saw, increasing the available cut depth at the blade.
This saw may have a smaller diameter blade, but with that power and torque, there won’t be many kinds of wood you can throw at this table saw that will cause it to falter. SKIL gets 10-points from me on this feature.
Fence Width Rip Capacity
The SPT99T-01 has a rip capacity to the right of the blade, using the fence, of 25 inches. Twenty-five inches is adequate for ripping large sheets. When ripping an 8′ x 4′ sheet down the center, a table saw needs to allow a 24-inch cut, and it has an inch to spare with our example. For a saw of this small size, that’s not bad.Rack and Pinion Fence Adjustment
Rack and Pinion Fence Adjustment
Although standard now on the better brands of table saw, it’s worth mentioning that the lower price of this saw does not mean that SKIL has cut corners on important features. The rack and pinion drive ensures that the fence positioning is accurate and parallel to the blade wherever you may stop it, within the 25-inch range mentioned above.
Fence Auxiliary Edge
SKIL has included an auxiliary thin fence edge on the SPT99T-01. This additional section is a mechanism that flips over to present a thinner edge for narrow rip cuts. When you’re using the full face rip-fence for very narrow rip cuts, you can nip the offcut between the moving blade and the fence face, and this can jam the wood, causing the blade to throw the offcut back toward you.
When using the thinner fence edge, the offcut can drop to one side, reducing the tendency to kick it back. The extra space between the blade and the fence also makes it easier for you to get your push stick onto the wood’s edge.
A further advantage of this auxiliary fence edge is that when you extend the fence beyond the edge of the table, you can flip it down to support the edge of the sheet you’re cutting, making it safer and more stable when handling large sheets.
The SKILSAW SPT99T-01 includes anti-kickback pawls in the package, which is a nice bonus. Consisting of toothed cams, anti-kickback pawls allow you to push the wood in the direction of the cut as they ride on the top surface of the wood. Yet, if the wood tries to come back toward the saw operator, as it would in a kickback scenario, the cams dig into the surface of the wood, pushing it onto the tabletop, preventing the movement.
You may be disappointed the SPT99T-01 doesn’t have a foldable rolling stand like its siblings, although you can buy one should you wish. The reason, however, is that this saw is actually portable, weighing in at half the weight of its big brother. The SKIL 10-inch equivalent table saw weighs 94 pounds, while our 8-1/4 inch model weighs either 44 or 51 pounds depending on which SKILSAW site you read. You can pick this saw up and carry it to your truck or garage storage at that weight.
Alternatives To SKILSAW SPT99T-01
DeWALT DWE7485 Jobsite Table Saw, 8-1/4 inch
There’s not too much to pick between the DeWALT DWE7485 and the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 other than price. The DeWALT is almost 70 cheaper, has a slightly narrower rip fence cut width of 1/2 an inch and a shallower depth of cut at 90 degrees of 1/8-inch.
You get a similar package; however, where the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 wins hands down is the worm drive gearbox giving a significantly increased torque to the blade. If you are cutting hard timber or constantly doing maximum depth cuts, the SKILSAW might be worth the extra dollars. If you only cut softwoods and sheets and have a limited budget, then the DeWALT DWE7485 will be your pick.
Milwaukee Electric Tools 2736-21HD Table Saw, 8-1/4 inch
There are a couple of differences between the Milwaukee 2736-21HD and the SKILSAW SPT99T-01, and first, we should mention the price. The Milwaukee is a bit more expensive than the SKILSAW offering.
That’s understandable when you realize the Milwaukee is powered by a lithium-ion battery, forming part of the Milwaukee M18 battery platform for cordless tools. It also comes with a blade brake and the Milwaukee one-key proprietary track and control system that allows you to monitor your saw location via your smartphone, allowing you the option of disabling it remotely.
On the downside, its depth of cut at 90 degrees is 1/8 inch less than the DeWALT and 1/4 inch less than the SKILSAW.
My opinion is that unless the cordless system or blade brake is important to you, the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 beats the Milwaukee on most metrics that matter. You’ll pay less and get more torque, greater cut depth, and a wider rip fence cut capability.
SKIL TS6307-00 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw
An interesting comparison, we’re looking at the SKIL TS6307-00 10-inch against the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 8-1/4 inch.
The SKIL provides a greater depth of cut from the 10-inch blade and gives another 1/2-inch rip fence cut capability. Interestingly, it has what SKIL calls a ‘micro-adjustment’ to parallel the blade with the fence accurately. It also has a foldable stand where the SPT99T-01 doesn’t, but it doesn’t have the worm drive gearbox that the SPT99T-01 does while having a slightly larger footprint.
Those differences aside, the are similar, with the SKIL usually a few dollars less.
In this comparison, you need to decide whether the 10-inch blade, fold-out stand, and 1/2-inch extra rip width offset the higher torque and smaller footprint of the SPT99T-01. If you’re working on a job site, the SKIL TS6307-00 table saw can be the best choice, whereas if you’re in a home workshop, the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 might better suit your needs.
Each decent table saw you look at comes with pros and cons, and the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 is no different.
On balance, you pay a slight premium for higher torque and receive a decent cut depth and rip fence cut capability. This saw offers a compact footprint, great power, and has a few nice design features. A nice table saw for a workshop or job site; I feel you can’t go wrong purchasing the SKILSAW SPT99T-01 Portable Worm Drive Table Saw.
I’m a technical writer who writes in-depth articles for readers wanting uncomplicated explanations for creative topics made difficult by industry jargon. I’m a woodworker, metalworker, landscape photographer, writer, Python and PostgreSQL programmer, and pilot. Freelance after 42 years in the corporate world, I have an MBA in Technology.
Skilsaw Table Saw Review- SPT99-11 10″ Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw
I’ve decided to take a closer look and bring the results to you. Read on and let’s get an in-depth Skilsaw table saw review and what it brings to the table.
Job site table saws are a must for any framer and a welcome companion in any workshop short on space. The SPT99-11 is a great example from Skilsaw, having most of the qualities necessary to get the job done on time.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Job Site Table Saw
Table saws are simple, but small changes can make a huge difference in actual use. Job site table saws are frequently used in construction, where you need to move them through doorways and over the normal debris buildup that happens.
A stationary table saw is usually mounted on steel legs, making them a bad choice for anyone who needs to stay mobile while working. They’re also a pain to load in a truck even if you can keep them in one spot.
An ideal job site saw will have the following qualities:
- Easily mobile with some kind of folding stand and wheels
- Onboard storage for easy access to accessories
- Lightweight for mobility
- Enough power for the task at hand
- Easy-to-use during a long workday
- Durable enough to take a bit of a beating
If the saw meets the above, you have a winner on your hands, at least so far as a portable table saw goes.
That said, this style of table saw isn’t the best for every use. Stationary saws in the same price range tend to be more precise, and often have a fence with less play since they don’t have to withstand the rigors of working.
Cabinetmakers, for instance, will be better served with a traditional table saw. While a job site saw is plenty precise for ripping boards and 2x4s for construction, they’re not perfect. I’d also suggest going for a standard table saw if you’re an at-home DIYer and have room for it.
Keep in mind the above when looking for one of these saws and you’ll be well served in the end.
Presenting the Skilsaw SPT99-11 10″ Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw
The SPT99-11 is a professional grade job site table saw. Skilsaw is a different line of tools than the consumer-grade SKIL tools which most people are familiar with. It’s an important distinction to make.
The components included in the kit are the following:
Essentially, the saw comes ready to go right out of the box. The stand is considered integral since you’ll be bolting the saw to the stand during the assembly process.
The Skilsaw SPT99-11 is a bit more expensive than many brands, but it’s often on sale for roughly the same price as the equivalent tools from companies like Bosch and DeWALT. It’s precise for its class, but the Skilsaw does have a unique draw that makes it worth a second glance from any professional.
That feature? The worm drive motor utilizes a different gearing system from a normal circular saw. The payoff from the gearing is more torque than you’ll find with a standard motor, keeping the speed even through tougher wood. The end effect is that the SPT99-11 should perform better in tough materials than a saw with the same input power.
- Worm drive motor
- Stand with rubberized wheels
- Precise rack-and-pinion rip fence
- Easy to use
- Often needs adjustment out of the box
- Bad assembly instructions
- High cost for those working regular woods
Features and Benefits
Blade Size and Cutting Capacity
The saw comes with a standard 10” sized blade, but actually has a bit more cutting capacity than a lot of the competition. Most 10” saws I looked at were able to cut a respectable 3 ⅛” straight across, while the SPT99-11 is able to cut 3 ⅝”. That extra half-inch can come in handy on unconventional lumber but still isn’t enough to cut down a 4×4 in a single pass.
The rip capacity sits at 30 ½” which is just a hair more than average, not enough to really make a difference in most applications.
You should carefully consider what you’ll be cutting regularly, but the SPT99-11 is geared towards construction use and has adequate capacity in all dimensions.
Power, Speed Torque
This is where Skilsaw shines, the addition of the worm drive motor configuration gives it extra torque. It also has a higher RPM than most similar saws, running at 5,000 RPM.
It’s powered by a 15A motor, which seems to be the gold standard for 10” table saws. Skil have fitted out this table saw with it’s patented dual-field motor technology. This allows the motor to run cooler, enabling it to work harder for longer. It puts down approximately 2.2HP when you do the math, but the extra torque and RPM leads to higher performance in the field than saws with similarly sized motors.
Being able to cut through hardwood and different laminate materials without slowing down is a big plus in our book. It makes the saw especially suitable for heavy applications, and it makes short work of the 2x4s that make up most framing materials.
If there’s one thing to take away about this table saw it’s this: the SPT99-11 has significantly more power than similarly sized and priced saws.
Once adjusted, the Skilsaw SPT99-11 seems to have more than reasonable tolerances for framing, flooring, and other construction tasks. You can expect your cuts to stay within about 1/16” of each other according to most users.
While the tolerances are acceptable, one thing that’s a bit concerning is calibration when the saw arrives. You should expect to spend a bit of time aligning everything properly, but once you’ve done that it’s one of the more precise job site table saws available.
The miter gauge is also a bit cheap, but that seems to be standard with job site saws out of the box. Serious professionals may want to look into picking up another one ASAP.
Ease of Use
The saw cuts through most material easily, but that’s not the only thing that makes a table saw easy to use.
While the majority of the adjustments are easy, there are a few things that could be better. The main one is the power switch, which definitely requires some getting used to. It feels a bit recessed, in a bad way.
It also has a rather short cord, which isn’t a big deal on-site since most construction workers have an extension cord, but it can be a pain when you’re in a smaller workshop or garage.
The biggest failing here is assembly. The manual is great for everything but putting the stand together, so it takes more time than I’d like. Thankfully, there are videos of it being assembled readily available if you’re having trouble.
The stand and wheels are great. They make it easy to move the saw around the job site, and the wheels track well over small bits of debris.
The problem lies in the fact that it’s one of the heaviest job site saws I’ve seen. The whole thing comes in at just over 94lbs, which beats out even the equivalent DeWALT saw. It’s heavy and may be hard to move for smaller people.
While a relatively minor problem, you may want to rethink things if your jobs have you going up and down stairs frequently. Even steep inclines can be problematic.
If this saw truly has a weak point, it lies in the additional weight. Fortunately, the stand itself is awesome, so there aren’t any other problems with portability. Just make sure you’re strong enough to move the saw.
Table saws are generally light on features, and the SPT99-11 is on par with most of the competition.
It has a dust collection port elbow, thankfully, which you can hook up to a vacuum in order to clean up as you cut. It’s not perfect but it does the trick.
The rack-and-pinion system on the fence is a nice touch, creating a solid structure to keep the wood against when ripping.
It would be nice to have on-board storage for more tools, but it’s got room for accessories and a couple of other blades. It works well in that regard, and you probably won’t want the extra weight added on top of the saw.
Warranty and Support
Unfortunately, Skilsaw offers only a 1-year limited warranty on the SPT99-11. It’s a bit less than the industry average but it will cover you if something breaks due to a manufacturing fault on their end.
There isn’t much information on how well their customer service works, but you can assume it’s middle-of-the-line like their parent company Bosch.
While SPT99-11 is a solid choice for a job site saw, it may not be the right saw for everyone. The following are good alternatives if you’re headed down that route. If none of my alternative picks are what you’re looking for take a look at my run down of what I believe are the best table saws on the market in 2023.
DeWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity (DWE7491RS)
The DWE7491RS is DeWALT’s 10” job site table saw. It’s at a similar weight to the SPT99-11, weighing in at 90lbs. The biggest difference of note is that it’s a direct drive saw with lower RPMs, so it may not perform as well in woods like oak.
Despite the lower weight, the wheels aren’t as well designed as the SPT99-11 either. The DeWALT option will usually cost less than this saw, however, and it’s just as rugged and capable on the job site. It’s a good option for those who don’t need the extra power given by the worm drive.
- Weighs a bit less, but it’s also a bit less maneuverable due to wheel design
- Has ½” less cutting depth at 90°
- Less torque, leading to lower performance in hardwood and other dense materials
Even if the SPT99-11 looks about right, I’d suggest taking a look to see if it doesn’t fit your needs better. For more details take a look at my DeWALT table saw review or click to link below.
Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw – 10 Inch Job site Table Saw
Bosch produces the excellent 4100 in the same class as the SPT99-11. Oddly enough, the costs are about equivalent most of the time, with a few key differences that may make it more suitable. The biggest difference is the overall weight since the Bosch comes in at a spritely 60lbs.
The 4100 is less precise, as a general rule than the SPT99-11 but both require calibration by the end-user and are within acceptable tolerances for construction. It’s also a smaller saw overall by a bit, and more maneuverable by a good margin.
- Much lighter and more maneuverable than the SPT99-11
- A bit less precise, but not appreciably so
- A better option for those who can’t easily handle the 94lbs of the SPT99-11
For those who need a lightweight, professional saw without the extra power it may be just right. Get a closer look and see for yourself. For more details take a look at my Bosch table saw review or click to link below.
Delta 36-6023 10 Inch Table Saw with 32.5 Inch Rip Capacity
The Delta 36-6023 is a respectable, professional-grade saw with a few flaws and a high price tag. On average it’s less precise than our other picks, but it is much lighter than the SPT99-11. The main drawing point here is durability, and it stands high in that regard.
The cost on this one varies a lot depending on your vendor, but in general, it’s a cheaper saw than the others on this list. It’s a lot of saw for the money, and you’ll also get a 5-year warranty on it from the manufacturer.
- Cheaper on average, and exceptionally durable
- Lightweight in comparison to the SPT99-11
- Much longer warranty, again making it a good optin for those hard on tools
While you may need to shop around to find a good price, I recommend the Delta 36-6023 for those who are hard on tools. Why not see if it fits for you? For more details take a look at my Delta table saw review or click to link below.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Skilsaw table saw review and found it useful in helping you to make the right buying decision.
In the end, the Skilsaw SPT99-11 is an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking for a job site table saw. Its precision and power are hard to match within the same class of saw, but it can be prohibitively heavy for those with a smaller frame. Still, if you’re regularly working with very dense material it’s one of the best around.
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By Glenda Taylor and Bob Beacham and Mark Clement | Updated Apr 11, 2023 11:06 AM
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Table saws top the wish lists of both DIYers and seasoned woodworkers. These powerful saws cut with more accuracy than circular saws, and they can cut larger pieces of material, including wood, plastic, and aluminum sheeting, better than miter saws. Some cut certain types of material better than others, so we put some of the best table saws through side-by-side, hands-on testing.
Essentially, a table saw’s main function is to perform rips, or cuts along the length of a board. While users can make rip cuts (lengthwise cuts), crosscuts, and angled cuts, and can even create a bevel cut along with dadoes, ripping remains this power tool’s primary purpose.
Whether it’s building bookcases, framing a garage, or even making the trim for a feature wall, having a table saw in the workshop can speed the project along. In this guide, we list some of the best table saws on the market based on our hands-on tests and explain what makes this type of saw useful in any workshop.
- BEST OVERALL:Skil 15 Amp 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Ryobi 18-Volt One HP Brushless 8.25-Inch Table Saw
- UPGRADE PICK:Bosch 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw
- BEST WOODWORKING:Sawstop JSS Pro Jobsite Table Saw
- BEST JOBSITE:DeWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
- BEST HOME WORKSHOP:Ridgid Pro 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw With Stand
- BEST COMPACT:Skil 8.25-inch Portable Worm Drive Table Saw
How We Tested the Best Table Saws
The writing team that prepared this guide includes a former woodshop owner and a general contractor—both of us have extensive experience using table saws of different sizes. We understand what users are looking for and how various models meet their needs.
Aside from tapping into our professional experience, we also researched the saws on the market and were aware of the latest developments ahead of testing. We took into consideration everything from safety to production to mobility (around the shop or jobsite or in and out of the truck). Among our chief considerations:
- Capacities. While depth of cut is important, most table saws are 10-inch models and specifications are very similar. While their primary function in home workshops and on jobsites is ripping dimensional lumber—which doesn’t require a huge rip capacity—ripping capacity varies tremendously and is a key feature for those who cut large sheet material. We were careful to source solutions for all types of users.
- Size and portability. For many users, a compact, portable table saw is the ideal solution. For others, physical size is less important than capacity and stability. Our comprehensive selection includes saws that are great for those who work with these tools on-site or in small spaces at home as well as those who have a large workshop available.
- Brand and value. We avoid cheap table saws, which are often poor in terms of durability and reliability. While buying from the leading table saw brands can mean you pay a little more, this almost always results in better long-term value.
Regarding testing, we evaluated each saw on our list for power and vibration and even the included blades, plowing through pressure-treated southern yellow pine that had been left to dry out and harden for a month. We ran 1×8 material and looked for both smoothness and dust management (without a dust collection system) using cellular PVC deck boards. We also evaluated the included stands, switches, and adjustments and considered the overall feel using the tool for everything from weekend work around the house to building a deck or shed to a months-long setup for remodeling a house.
We followed up with updates to our initial tests, running 2-by pressure-treated lumber, 1×8 finger-jointed primed pine, plywood, and composite decking through each saw looking for everything from power and vibration to dust ejection and vibration. We evaluated adjustments, switches, and fence smoothness along the rails. We also considered mobility and storage.
Our Top Picks
There is an enormous breadth of table-saw users, needs, and requirements. Taking as much into account across this spectrum was not easy while evaluating the field of table saws during our hands-on testing. However, we have to land somewhere. It should be noted up front that each tool in this review delivered on its design promise.
Skil 15 Amp 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
The built-in foldout legs of the stand are light, stable, and easy to deploy. The saw is light yet powerful enough to blow through framing lumber like a boss. Its included blade leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s an easy swap. The fence was parallel to the blade out of the box, and carrying it to jobsites or moving it around the shop is a cinch. We loved that it stores in a cube when not in use.
The push-button switch takes some getting used to, and we wish the throat plate was steel, not plastic, but for making a few rips at home to plowing through treated lumber building a deck, the saw is on point with everything from power to mobility to accuracy.
This model’s dust port elbow should be on every table saw: With a 22.5-degree bend, it enables the user to chute dust into a box or bucket. It’s a simple, Smart, and an eminently useful feature.
- Table saw folds into a compact cube and is very easy to transport
- Still powerful for what looks like a small and light unit
- Easily handles the vast majority of professional and DIY projects
- Plastic throat plate is less durable than it could be if it were metal
- Included blade is rough, although this is easy to replace (but is an added cost)
Get the Skil table saw at Lowe’s, Acme Tools, or Grainger.
Ryobi 18-Volt One HP Brushless 8.25-Inch Table Saw
The battery on this affordable table saw is fine for light work. The fence was square and parallel out of the box. It’s hardly plush, but it works. The saw is light and portable and has a decent amount of power. It’s not a beast, and that’s an attribute.
Some pros might even find its bare-bones setup and low cost just what they need. It handled 1x8s and composite decking just fine in terms of power. But it did have trouble ejecting the shavings. Having a blower on hand would be an added help. There’s no huge stand, but it does need to be set up at table height for best and safest use.
- Cordless unit; doesn’t need to be near a power socket
- Light and small; great for beginners and for occasional use
- This table saw is powerful enough to handle most DIY projects
- Light-duty saw, primarily DIY; not intended for heavy-duty professional use
- Stand not included; users will need to set this up at table height somewhere
Get the Ryobi table saw at The Home Depot.
Bosch 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw
A little-known fact is that the Bosch 10-inch worksite table saw is a pioneering table saw. Bosch has been making a version of this saw with very few visible changes (it’s that good) for 20 years. It was this saw that took table saws from being small, mainly featureless tools to being a solid, stable, on-site tool with wheels.
The fence is outstanding with the smoothest glide along the rails, which we found to be a real pleasure to use. The paddle switch is excellent and the included blade is nice. It has a soft—but not too soft—start that makes the saw comfortable for close-quarters use in a garage or jobsite shop where a million cuts per day need to be made.
The stand is solid, and the crank cadence to lower and raise the blade is nice. It rampages through 2-by treated lumber with a dust ejection that’s awesome. It has the best miter gauge in the bunch, the best push-stick storage ever, and an excellent thin stock auxiliary fence.
Like all of the tools in the category, this saw is heavy. Yes, it has a wheel kit, but it’s a two-person job to lift it into a truck.
- This table saw has high-quality construction; manufacturer is a reputable brand
- Best-in-class stand; sturdy and highly portable with large and durable wheels
- Competitive capacities; easily handles treated lumber with impressive dust ejection
- Additional features bring this particular model up to a more premium price
- While this table saw includes a stand, the stand itself requires initial assembly
Sawstop JSS Pro Jobsite Table Saw
Designed by woodworkers and based on the cabinet saw that brought flesh-sensing technology to the market, the Sawstop JSS Pro jobsite table saw is for dedicated users who want premium finishes and work primarily with dry lumber. The fence is best in class. Its deployable “thin material” fence is a genius feature that serious woodworkers will love.
Its folding cart works nicely, and the in-table storage is terrific. The blade depth adjustment moves the blade from zero to full height in one turn, which is another best-in-class feature. And the flesh-sensing tech is both comforting and causes one to be rife with anxiety; it picks up on electrical impulses and will save your finger if it’s ever near enough to the blade to be cut.
While there is a bypass mode to check if the sensors will react to wet lumber, it’s tricky to press the right series of buttons. Still, it’s a great saw to have on a trim site or for garage woodworking projects. It does what stationary table saws do, but it is mobile-ish and safe.
- The Sawstop JSS Pro has high-quality construction and delivers astounding quality
- Flesh-sensing technology helps add peace of mind and prevents accidents
- This table saw’s blade-depth adjustment features a smooth and impressive operation
- Premium price; this is likely more suited to those who will use it frequently
- Heavy, despite being on wheels, so lifting on and off trucks is more difficult
DeWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw
With front legs splayed when open toward the front of the saw, the DeWALT DWE7491RS is ideal for making long rips in heavy material. It is by far the most stable tool in the bunch.
The legs lock and unlock smoothly, though they are not identical to each other, which takes some getting used to. The table was flat out of the box and the blade was parallel to the fence from the start. The DeWALT-pioneered rack-and-pinion fence works really well.
It has an excellent included “rough carpentry” 24-tooth saw blade. The unit has a nice switch and a little bit of a slower blade height crank than other tools, and it was tight to the bevel release. Overall, it’s a high-quality saw at a very good price.
- Sturdy, angled legs help keep this table saw super stable
- The blade that comes included with this table is great quality
- All in, this table saw is an excellent value compared to similar options
Ridgid Pro 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw With Stand
This table saw from Ridgid does all the basics well. It’s got a large cut capacity, collapsible wheel kit, and good power and dust ejection. A 3.5-inch cut capacity means 4x4s can be cut in half. It’s a lot of saw for a great price.
However, the fit and finish were not top of the class. The fence is gummy and the table needed to be adjusted out of the box (it was easy to adjust and worked fine). It didn’t glide smoothly along the rails, and a fence that’s hard to move or needs adjustment is difficult for professional users.
It also has a soft start, which new table saw users may appreciate. The problem for us was—and this may well be subjective—it was too soft. It felt like we had to wait a couple of seconds for the blade to come up to speed. It’s certainly comfortable, but for experienced users putting a lot of lumber through a table saw, those extra seconds add up fast.
For weekend work and projects, this is plenty of saw.
- A capable saw for very little investment; ideal for home DIY projects
- Detachable stand included offers added versatility depending on home setups
- This table saw’s soft start can be a welcome feature for beginners
Get the Ridgid table saw at The Home Depot or DK Hardware.
Skil 8.25-Inch Portable Worm Drive Table Saw
This table saw from Skil, scaled down from its 10-inch cousin, is a pleasure to use. The 8.25-inch platform cuts the vast majority of things table saws cut. The worm drive motor, which is plush to be sure but also a bit heavy, isn’t bad in this smaller platform tool. The saw is compact, easy to move, and is so pleasantly quiet at start-up that it’s a joy to use.
Combined with an outstanding fence and fantastic up-front locking mechanism, this saw can move from site to site, around the garage, or to a stationary place for long projects and deliver dependable performance.
While the saw did not ship with a stand, the roll cage is bored for a stand (which will make it heavier) and is available. The compact design is also great for storing the saw on a work truck.
- Smooth power makes this table saw a true pleasure to use
- Portable, compact, and easy to move; stores well on a work truck
- Has a fantastic cord and fence, with excellent up-front locking mechanism
What to Consider When Choosing a Table Saw
Table saws run the gamut in quality and price, so consider the guidance below when shopping for the best table saws.
Types of Table Saws
While all table saws function in a similar manner—a flat tabletop surface supports the material being cut as you manually feed it into the saw blade—they differ in design, power, best use, mobility, and storage.
Designed to be bolted to a workbench or attached to a stand, a benchtop table saw is compact and relatively lightweight, averaging 45 to 60 pounds (not including some stands). While some benchtop table saws have the cut capacity for cutting sheet goods, they are not really designed for this without modifications like infeed/outfeed support tables, usually shop built.
It’s possible to cut sheet material from time to time alone (better if there is a helper), but these saws are generally considered too compact and not quite stable enough for ripping something like ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF); sheet materials, such as plywood and oriented strand board (OSB); or plastic and aluminum paneling. For planks, deck boards, 2-by material, and the like, these tools are often indispensable.
Benchtop saws, which can cost 600 or more, are more affordable than larger contractor or cabinet table saws. But since they’re the smallest type of table saw, these tools are limited by the width of the material they can cut—usually about 18 to 20 inches (see “Rip Capacity” below).
A contractor table saw is designed to be somewhat mobile in a shop setting by utilizing a wheel kit. While some contractors use these types of saws on jobsites, the tools are often set up in a workshop for months on end. These jobsite table saws are also good for serious DIYers who have a semipermanent place for them and are doing a variety of tasks that require cast-iron stability and more horsepower than a benchtop saw.
They’re heavier than bench saws (90 to 150 pounds) and are generally capable of cutting sheet material up to 24 inches wide or wider. These tools can run as much as 1,500 or more, depending on quality and power.
Packing more power than other table saws and sometimes requiring a 220-volt (V) circuit, cabinet saws are large stationary table saws. These are the priciest option, ranging from 1,200 to 5,000 or more, depending on power and quality. The motor is fully enclosed in a cabinet below the table.
Cabinet saw users also often build support tables for these tools—called infeed and outfeed support—to make it easier to manage sheet goods like MDF, plywood, and heavier material. Often found in professional or industrial workshops and in trade schools, these heavy saws can weigh more than 600 pounds.
The hybrid table saw is a combination of the cabinet and contractor types. It offers at least as much power as a contractor saw, but without requiring a dedicated 220V circuit. Expect to pay from 750 to 1,500 for hybrid table saws, which are sometimes described as souped-up contractor saws.
Hybrid saws come with enclosed cabinets, mimicking the look of cabinet saws, but they weigh less, averaging 275 to 325 pounds. They’re usually moved with a hand truck, but wheel kits are often available for them as well.
In short, the more horsepower (HP) in a table saw motor, the more cutting power the saw has. Smaller benchtop saws that typically feature horsepower in the range of ¾ HP to 1½ HP are sufficient for most things a larger table saw can cut; however, they may not leave quite as smooth a cut as a contractor or cabinet saw. Be aware that these ratings are typically shown in “amps” (e.g., 15 amps) and refer to how many amperes the tool draws. Benchtop tools are regular jobsite and workshop occupants, sizing everything from shelving to hardwoods for a woodworking project and to pressure-treated lumber for backyard projects.
Larger bench saws and contractor saws come with 2-HP to 4-HP motors, and cabinet table saws often feature 5-HP or larger motors. The more powerful motors run longer under heavy use without overheating (think cabinet shop where they’re used every day, all day, for years on end) and easily cut through denser materials, such as ironwood or Brazilian walnut.
Cutting Depth and Blade Size
Table saws are labeled by the size of the circular blade they accommodate; the vast majority take 10-inch blades, while a handful take 12-inch blades. The blade height and angles are adjustable, so it can make a shallow cut just a fraction of an inch deep as well as deeper cuts. The newest generation of table saws—many cordless or corded/cordless—spin a 7½-inch blade, similar to that on a circular saw.
The most common blade sizes for these saws are 10 inches and 12 inches. With a 10-inch table saw, users can often make a maximum cut up to 3½ inches deep (that enables the user to rip a 4×4 in half).
The fence on a table saw is the adjustable guide that holds the material in place while cutting. There are two fence styles that come with most table saws: one is a T-square fence, which is in all categories of table saw and built with varying degrees of quality based on the saw’s intended use. The other type of fence is a rack-and-pinion-style fence, which is found primarily in the benchtop category.
Some saws also come with extendable fences that either fold or slide out to accommodate larger sections of wood. Other table saws feature fences with embedded magnifiers that allow the user to better see the measurements on the saw when adjusting the fence. However, many users simply rely on a tape measure. By measuring from the fence to the tip of a blade tooth, the accuracy (or not) of the fence’s pointer doesn’t need to be depended upon or interpreted.
Table saws are key to ripping wide sheets of material, but the maximum width of material that will fit between the saw blade and the fence—the rip capacity—varies. Rip capacity starts at around 18 inches for entry-level benchtop saws and runs up to 60 inches or more for professional cabinet saws.
Depending on the planned projects, choose a table saw with a rip capacity large enough to accommodate the dimension of material. For example, if the goal is to build 2-foot-high toy boxes, a saw with a rip capacity of at least 24 inches can cut sections of plywood wide enough for the sides and back.
On the other hand, many pros use track saws for this purpose. Whether it’s cutting down a door to accommodate new flooring or sizing sheet stock for building a bench, track saws are light and accurate.
If you’re working in a closed workshop, dust collection ports will help keep the air dust-free and collect sawdust chips that would otherwise have to be swept up later. Table saws have dust collection ports designed to connect to a standard shop vacuum. Users need to run the workshop vacuum while operating the saw to catch dust and sawdust.
For cutting synthetic material outdoors, such as composite decking or PVC trim, it’s a good idea to put a box or bucket under the saw to catch the shavings if the saw is set up on the grass. Standing on a large sheet of cardboard or a drop cloth also helps. Once those shavings get in the grass, they’re nearly impossible to get out.
Tips for Using a Table Saw
Owners will doubtless spend many hours learning how to get the best from their table saw. The following quick tips provide a useful place to start:
- Read the manual carefully even if you have owned a table saw before; there will often be differences. It’s important to understand the safety features and know how to maximize performance.
- By law, all table saws must have a blade guard. Never operate the saw without it in place. The riving knife should only be removed if using a dado blade.
- Always wear eye protection. Ear defenders are also a good idea.
- Check the blade for damage before each work session. If there is a crack, missing teeth, or unexpected vibration, replace the blade immediately.
- There’s an old woodworking adage that you should measure twice and cut once. This can also apply to setting up a table saw. Adjust and then check before making each cut.
- Clean the table saw after use. Disconnect the power first, then use an ordinary nylon-bristle hand brush or cordless blower.
- Learning how to make featherboards, push sticks, and table saw jigs can improve safety, speed, and accuracy, particularly with repetitive tasks. It’s also very rewarding to make things yourself rather than buying them.
- Blade choice can have a dramatic impact on performance, even if the diameter remains the same. You can read more about the best table saw blades in a separate article.
The information above covers many of the key aspects of the best table saws as well as details on a range of high-quality options that will suit a variety of users. Although it will have answered the majority of questions that occur to potential buyers, some users might have more general-use questions. Some of the most popular questions have been answered below.
Q. What do I need to use a table saw?
Apart from protective goggles or safety glasses and a stand of some sort, everything you need should come with the saw. In addition to providing some basic tips for using the table saw above, there is a more in-depth beginner’s guide here.
Q. Can a 10-inch table saw cut a 4×4?
A few 10-inch table saws will cut a 4×4 in a single pass, but not many. Bear in mind that 4×4 refers to dimensioned lumber that is actually closer to 3½ inches square. A common maximum for 10-inch table saws is 3⅛ inches, though the cut can usually be completed by turning the material over and running it through the saw again.
Q. Can I put a table saw on a miter saw stand?
It might be possible, but it is not recommended. Miter saw bases are fixed differently, so the result would probably be unsafe.
Q. What can I use for a table saw stand?
A sturdy bench can work, and it isn’t difficult to find plans for DIY table saw stands. You could also consider investing in a purpose-built stand.
Q. Where should you stand when using a table saw?
You should usually stand behind the saw table and to the left of the blade. Make sure you are comfortable and not stretching. If working with large sheet material, it’s a good idea to have someone support it on the out-feed side.
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