By BCR Staff
Table saws are tools of necessity for contractors and anyone who works with wood. But a lot of models are quite large and will take up a lot of space in a garage or workshop. Compact versions provide an ideal option. Many designs are portable and lightweight enough that you can transport them to the job site or around the house without tying yourself to one location.
There are a few things to consider when you are in the market for this type of tool. The overall cost is a factor, but so are some of the features of the saw. This list of the 10 best compact table saws will provide you with plenty of options to make your next tool purchase with confidence.
1. DeWalt DW745 10-Inch Compact Saw
One of the most affordable small table saws is the DW745 from DeWalt, which also ranks as a top online product. This saw has a shoe bevel that adjusts to make cuts with up to a 45-degree bevel and a steel cage that protects the saw from damage on job sites. An 1850 watt motor inside provides all the speed and power necessary to make hundreds of cuts every minute. It also has a fence system and a cast top.
2. Bosch 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table
Another portable and compact table saw that you can take anywhere is this Bosch model. It has a balanced design that lets you transport the saw via the handle on the top without either side pulling or dragging. This cheap table saw features a smart guard system that you can follow along with as you cut to keep kickbacks from hurting you. It also comes with a 10-inch circular blade and a locking fence system.
3. Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Table Saw
One of the best compact portable table saws for shoppers on a budget is the BladeRunner, which weighs only 15 pounds and has a built-in handle. A simple power button on the base turns on the motor, but it also has a safety switch that allows you to stop the blade suddenly to prevent accidents. The saw has a port on the back for hooking it up to a vacuum system and a rip fence made from durable steel.
4. SKILSAW Portable Worm Drive Table Saw
Capable of cutting down to a depth of 3.5 inches, this table saw has a solid base that stops it from shaking as it makes those cuts. It has a 15-amp motor that not only lasts longer than other motors but also increases the speed of the saw. The included rip fence aligns automatically to help you set up the saw and use it with hardwoods and softer woods. It’s easy to carry and weighs less than 50 pounds.
5. WORX WX572L BladeRunner Table Saw
Some of the best compact and portable table saws use the BladeRunner name, including this one. The built-in riving system functions as a knife system to help you make deep and shallow cuts in a piece of wood. Its motor is powerful enough for cutting tile and other materials when you change the blade. You’ll also get some easy to use accessories with the table saw, including five blades that cut different materials and an adapter for using it with a vacuum.
6. Hitachi C10RJ Jobsite Table Saw
With a 35-inch rip capacity and a rolling cart, this table saw is suitable for use at home and at work. The included cart unfolds to let you roll the saw anywhere you want, but it also folds along the base to become a stand that supports the saw. An included 10-inch saw blade has 40 carbide teeth that grip all types of wood for fast cutting. You can also make beveled cuts via an adjustable knob on the front of the saw.
7. General International TS400410” Portable Table Saw
The top ten compact table saws include many that contractors can use in the field such as this General International model. It features a rolling cart that becomes a stand for both transporting the saw and using it away from home. The saw has a beveled cutting range of up to 45 degrees and rip capacity of 30 inches on the right and 13 inches on the left. Included with the saw are accessories such as two blade tools, a miter gauge and a rip fence.
8. WEN 3720 Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Cart
Another of the best portable compact table saws is this WEN saw, which comes with a rolling cart. The cart not only has wheels for helping you move it to and around a job site, but it also has solid legs that unfold for added stability. The built-in extensions significantly increase the amount of available surface space and let you use the saw with any board. It also features a dust port for use with a vacuum system and an adjustable bevel blade.
9. DeWalt DWE7480 Compact Job Site Table Saw
Included with this table saw is a modular guard system that protects your fingers and keeps them away from the blade. That system works with the included fencing to ensure that you can cut through any type of wood without damaging the wood or yourself. It has loads of onboard storage for all included accessories and a metal cage that helps you use the saw anywhere. DeWalt also gives you a rip capacity of 24.5 inches on this saw.
10. SKIL 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand
One of the best compact table saws on the market, this option by SKIL is ideal for portability. It comes with a metal stand that you can unfold before setting up the saw and then fold it down again for convenient storage. This affordable table saw makes beveled cuts at angles between 0 and 47 degrees and a height capacity of 3.5 inches. The saw also features a measurement system that helps you measure and set up before you cut.