For occasional DIY carpentry projects or starting woodworking on a rock-bottom budget, reviews say this inexpensive table saw can get the work done. The small size makes it easy to squeeze into a small work area, but means adding a separate outfeed table for cutting long boards or sheets of plywood. The saw comes on a fixed stand, with a 2.5-inch dust port sized to fit many shop vacs. Looking at the demonstration video at the Skil site makes it obvious that the saw vibrates a lot, so this is not a table saw for fine woodworking. Owners say that getting accurate cuts even for less demanding carpentry projects can mean fiddling a lot and double-checking measurements, but tests at Popular Mechanics conclude that it's possible. Most owners say the saw is a good value for the price. For easier accuracy, user reviews recommend the Craftsman Pro 21807 (*Est. $280) , which has a standard miter slot and a compact wheeled benchtop design.
We found the most objective tests of the Skil 3310 table saw at Popular Mechanics, where editors test 11 portable table saws on 2X lumber, plywood and oak. Owners rate and review the Skil 3310 at Lowes.com, and a handful add comments at ToolSelect.com.
After testing 11 portable table saws, editors note that it's unfair to compare the Skil 3310 with more expensive models, noting that it lacks the power and precision of pro-quality saws. Still, editors say that "with a little finesse, adjustment, and a steady hand, you can coax cuts out of it that are surprisingly accurate." They also find its power adequate for home projects. The main drawback is an annoyance: a lockout key that keeps falling out.
Review: Portable Table Saws: We Test 11 to Find the Best, Roy Berendsohn, Feb. 2012
The Skil 3310 table saw earns a reasonably high average rating from the nearly four dozen owners; over 85 percent say they'd recommend it to a friend. The low price is the main advantage; some owners complain about the instruction manual, aluminum table and difficulty making accurate adjustments. It's also loud.
Review: Skil 15-Amp 10" Table Saw, Model 3310-01, Contributors to Lowes.com
The handful of owners reviewing the Skil 3310 table saw here run the gamut from amateur to pro and are about evenly split on whether or not the saw is adequate. One notes that the miter slot is not a standard size, limiting useful accessories. Another owner finds the Skil 3310 adequate even for professional jobsite work.
Review: Skil 3310-01, Contributors to ToolSelect.com