Updated: Oct 14, 2021
The Top 10 Best Contractor Saws
Table saws are a must in any contractor’s arsenal. A portable saw is an excellent solution for personal projects, construction site work, and home furniture. While not as powerful as an industrial, cabinet, or hybrid table saw, portable table saws are remarkable for maneuverability and flexibility.
Today, we’re looking at the best contractor’s table saw for woodworking. We’ve varied it up with both some cordless and corded options, as well as a range of options for different price points.
Corded portable saws are standard and work well in most situations. They are only more frustrating when you have to move around a lot and don’t have access to electrical outlets.
Battery-powered portable table saws have come a long way in terms of power and longevity in recent years. Of course, it can still be pricey to go with a battery-powered option, but they now compete well in function.
Otherwise, it’s all about the power, quality of parts, and overall design. We’ve got lots of options to cover, so let’s get started.
Bosch makes excellent, highly durable equipment. The 4100-10 combines a decent motor (a 15-amp 4 HP) with great portability. It folds up and can be carried very easily but unfolds with its gravity-rise stand to an adjustable height. Added portability comes from its built-in sub-base and carry handle.
It comes equipped with a 10-inch blade with 3,650 RPM and 25-inch rip capacity to cover any job site rip-cutting width. The built-in soft-start circuitry offers a quick yet smooth increase to the operating speed that prevents the machine from tripping a circuit breaker. The Bosch has a cast aluminum top and onboard storage to keep all its attachments and tools.
The main power of this table saw is its overall design, which allows it to accomplish many different functions well. The Bosch 4100-10 runs smooth, quiet, and with slight vibration.
It’s also full of valuable surprises as you unpack the machine. The built-in storage is quite useful, as you always underestimate how many leftover pieces you’ll have around. There’s also stuff like a spot for the power cord when you fold the machine up, making it easier to carry around.
This is truly one of those times where the sum is greater than its parts. The designers spent the time to make every aspect of the machine work together.
Another solid 10-inch portable table saw, the DEWALT is an excellent option. Also sporting a robust 15-amp motor, the blade has a slightly faster max speed at 4,800 RPM.
It has a 32-inch rip capacity and stays clean with its 2-inch dust collection port. There is also a good system of onboard storage ready for easy access to the fence, riving knife, blade guard assembly, push stick, and miter gauge.
When it comes to power, this saw has no trouble with most wet or treated wood. You have to remember you’re using a 10-inch portable saw, but it’s a solid blade compared to others of the same caliber. At just 48 pounds and coming with wheels that increase portability and lower set-up time, it's great for moving around quickly.
It’s an overall very steady portable table saw and comes with a rack and extension fence.
Unfortunately, it’s time to look through some of the cons. The table coating isn’t the best, with a painted finish. It’s not as smooth as it could be, and wood doesn’t glide as well as it could.
The miter gauge isn’t as good as it could be, but this is an effort in good budgeting. There are many excellent gauges available in the after-market, and putting an expensive one most people won’t use isn’t worth it.
DEWALT is a famous brand amongst contractors, and for a good reason. Their products are durable, strong, and built to function in real construction environments.