DeWalt DW745
DeWalt DW745

Midrange benchtop table saw

For carpentry projects or as a starter saw, the DeWalt DW745 has earned solid reviews over the years for durability, overall performance and easy adjustments. The rack-and-pinion fence earns kudos for accuracy, and the 2012 version of the DeWalt DW745 comes with a convenient blade guard with riving knife. The saw weighs just 45 pounds and can even be hung on a workshop wall for storage. An optional folding stand (*Est. $65) earns kudos from owners. The three-year warranty is another plus. There's no soft-start motor and the saw can't accommodate a dado for cutting grooves. Nor does the miter gauge on the DeWalt saw earn much praise. But overall, reviews point to the DeWalt table saw as a great upgrade from a cheap entry-level saw.
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Skil 3310
Skil 3310

Entry-level table saw

For general DIY projects, reviews recommend this inexpensive Skil benchtop saw. Making accurate cuts requires extra time and care -- double-checking both ends of the rip fence with every cut, for example -- but tests show that it can be done. Even at this price, the saw has a riving knife (to prevent kickback) and comes with a stand. And the small size makes it nice for tight spaces.
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Bosch 4100DG-09
Bosch 4100DG-09

Best portable table saw

If you need a saw that can go to projects with you, this Bosch table saw consistently earns top ranking in comparison tests. The Bosch 4100 series is praised in tests for accuracy, convenient scales, easy blade changes, onboard storage and dust control. The soft-start 15-amp motor has electronic torque control to regulate the output to match the workload. The wheeled stand snaps open or folds flat in a single lever-activated motion. Reviewers also praise the convenience of the blade guard system, complete with riving knife to prevent kickback. This top-of-the-line Bosch table saw adds a digital rip fence for additional precision.
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Craftsman 21807
Craftsman 21807

Budget contractor saw

If you need a saw that's big enough to rip plywood, yet don't want to break the bank, the Craftsman 21807 is recommended as a good choice. The lightweight Craftsman 21807 contractor saw is strictly a homeowner model for rough construction, not for accurate woodworking projects (quite a few owners say they need to readjust the fence for every cut). But it's big enough to rip a sheet of plywood in half, and comes with a quick-release base so it can be moved out of the way as needed. Safety-wise, it lacks a blade brake to prevent accidental cuts, and the convenience of the blade guard gets mixed reviews. But it does include a riving knife to help prevent kickback, plus a dust bag to eliminate the need to attach a shop vac. The warranty is for one year.
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*Est. $280 Estimated Price
SawStop Contractor Saw CNS175-SFA30
SawStop Contractor Saw CNS175-SFA30

Safest contractor saw

If you want the safest contractor table saw on the market, the SawStop Contractor Saw incorporates a proprietary flesh-sensing blade brake, plus a riving knife and excellent blade guard. If you add the handled jobsite cart (*Est. $200), it becomes a portable table saw. In addition to the award-winning safety features, reviews say this saw runs and cuts smoothly, with excellent dust collection through a 4-inch port. Cast-iron wings (*Est. $100) cost extra. For mobility within a workshop, add a mobile base (*Est. $160). You can also buy versions with longer rails. The warranty is for two years.
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SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw
SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw

Safest cabinet saw

Cabinet saws provide more power and precision than other table saws; of course, they also take up a lot more workshop space. The 3-horsepower SawStop Professional Cabinet table saw earns top ranking for its superior safety features: an excellent riving knife and blade guard system, as well as a flesh-sensing blade brake to prevent cuts. Reviewers also praise its performance, exceptional dust control and overall ease of use. For easier use in small workshops, you can add a mobile base (*Est. $200). The warranty is for two years.
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