The first table saw we examined is manufactured by Grizzly- it's marketed as a hybrid contractor/cabinet style option that has the heft of a high-quality table saw with the mobility of a contractor saw.
Pro Tip: If you're looking to drill a hole in the workpiece without having to cut up the core material, try using a hole saw (Best Saw Guide).
Contractors we spoke with said that, along with reciprocating saws, it's a near essential if you're doing carpentry work. It's got a 2 horse power motor, ships weighing 404 pounds, featuring a cast iron table, a T-slide miter gauge, as well as an easy gliding fence system.
- There has been some mixed feedback for this particular option- some buyers criticize the build quality of the miter and its fit in the slot.
- Another reviewer ended up with a malfunctioning saw and when he began dissecting the motor a variety of components fell out onto the floor, indicating, in his opinion, that it was in effectively assembled.
- At the end of the day, after some back-and-forth with Grizzly support, there wasn't an easy fix- he ended up purchasing a more expensive, dedicated cabinet table saw that had a longer and more robust warranty protection.
- Another a woodworker told us he installed this hybrid option in his basement- he told us that after about a year of use the blade stopped raising and lowering.
- As a professional woodworker, this malfunction ate into his productivity- especially since a replacement part that would provide a fix would take over a month to get shipped him.
The second cabinet table saw we examined is manufactured by Jet- it includes a 52-inch fence, a riving knife and steel wings. This Taiwan-manufactured option, buyers say, has a nice fitting miter gauge slot.
One buyer was impressed by the quality of the fence and table saw but reserved some criticism for the design and construction of its legs.
Specifically, this homeowner who installed it in a basement workshop told us that he had to extend them to the maximum height so that they would be level with the wings and table saw and found the result is that if you put too much pressure on it, the legs are insecure and have a tendency to pull away from the table.
- Another difficulty this home woodworker experienced was that the rail holes wouldn't line up.
- Other carpenters were impressed- one buyer told us that he was duly pleased by its capacity, say it's capable of completely accepting full sheets of plywood at a time.
- Another reviewer says that if there is a criticism, it is that you should purchase a better quality aftermarket fence than the one included with this particular option.
- Another woodworker says that it is a solid value by that is good if you don't have a lot of space in your workshop.
The third cabinet table saw we examine was the Powermatic- it features a 50-inch fence, runs off 115 V power and is designed for efficient dust collection. One buyer purchased it primarily because he didn't want to deal with the hassle of a 220 V conversion issue.
- One woodworker told us that assembly took him around three hours- the majority of the time was spent working to align the fence and rails.
- He recommends performing some practice cuts initially to get a feel for its efficacy as well as to ensure that assembly was correct- he performed some cross cuts on walnut, saying that the clamps are tight and the fence is solidly constructed.
- A professional carpenter recommends it, praising the high-quality functionality and performance of cuts-saying that it provides a small footprint option that conveniently runs on 115 V.
- He was super impressed by his ability to work with hardwoods, maple, and plywood- integrating an aftermarket fence into it.
The fourth table saw we examined is the ShopFox option- they ship it in 2 different models- one with a 29.5-inch rip capacity and one with a 49-inch rip capacity. It's marketed as a precise option with a cast-iron wing and table with an integrated blade guard and T-fence system.
The blade tilt goes between 0 and 45°- buyers say this is an easy way to cut chamfers, bevels, and compound miters.
- Homeowners say that this is a heavy saw that provides vibration-free power with an effective dust port, with many buyers opting to replace the included blade.
- Another homeowner says that it stands 34 inches tall, which was somewhat surprising given that his older model was 35 inches tall.
- A professional machinist says that for the money it's a good option, though if you were expecting perfection you should buy something that costs north of $10,000.
- Indeed, reviewers spanning the gamut from woodworkers, carpenters, mechanics and machinists say that it is a solid option with a heavy duty rail and fence system, though the 6-foot long power cord was a little small.
The last option we examined was the SawTop cabinet saw- you can purchase it with and without the brake cartridge. It's marketed as a precise and powerful tool that provides deflection-free lockdown.
In addition, scanning their product description, it's marketed as a hobbyist and craftsman compatible option that provides high-quality performance with a proprietary safety system that can quickly halt the blade in a matter of milliseconds.
- On the whole, reviewers were highly impressed by the quality of this option- it is a large piece of equipment with a brake system that many woodworkers say is unmatched.
- Reviewers say that it runs really quietly and buyers still recommend wearing hearing protection as a safety precaution.
- Some buyers say they purchased it specifically because of its safety features- with woodworkers explaining that some of their friends had lost fingers and mangled their hands in their table saws so spending a bit of extra money to get an option that protects against skin contact with blade was smart.