Cordless table saws are the future of table saws. Designed to be lightweight and portable, these saws don’t require a connection to a power port, freeing the contractor up to work from anywhere.
There are two main cordless table saws on the market today. These are the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Tabe Saw and the Dewalt Flexvolt 60V Table Saw (Model DCS7485T1). There is a third model – the Metabo HPT MultiVolt – but it’s not as widely available and well understood to be less versatile – so we’re focusing on the two market leaders in this review.
In this review, we’ll dissect the differences between the two market leaders and rate them on the categories of: power, portability, ease of use, and build quality. While we’re very impressed by both, we give the winning edge to the Milwaukee M18 Fuel.
Cordless Table Saw Comparison Chart
|Tool||Power||Portability||Ease of Use||Build Quality||Our Final Grade|
|Milwaukee M18 Fuel||9.5/10||8.5/10||9.5/10||8.5/10||9/10|
|Dewalt Flexvolt 60V DCS7485T1||8/10||9/10||8/10||9/10||8.5/10|
Best Cordless Table Saw
Milwaukee M18 Fuel One-Key Cordless Table Saw (Model 2736-20)
Milwaukee has a track record of producing heavy-duty tools that are great for both the contractor and beginner hobbyist carpenter alike. The M18 Fuel 2736-20 table saw is something that we can’t help but be impressed by.
The brushless motor and 12.0ah Lithium battery are the standout features in this model as the combination surprisingly matches the power output of a 15Amp corded table saw with a blade speed of 5800 RPM.
A rip capacity of 622mm (24.5 inches) and a run length of 190m OSB wood per charge means this cordless table saw can not only match but also beat a range of corded table saws when it comes to large cuts on a jobsite.
With this relatively new model on the market, Milwaukee has shown that they are taking on contractors’ feedback and innovating their jobsite tools, particularly with the ONE-KEY smart technology. This feature is built into the tool so that it will still operate on an empty charge and can be synced to any device with app supporting technology.
ONE-KEY allows contractors to lock the tool remotely meaning that it can’t be powered on again unless activated via the app, an excellent feature to deter theft on the jobiste. It also allows you to locate the tool within a 100ft radius which is useful considering a cordless table saw is a great idea until you misplace it!
Speed of work is a key selling point with this model, fence adjustments are quick and accurate, blade depth can be adjusted from a minimum – max depth in only 14 turns of the bevel and the riving knife or safety guard can be attached or removed tool-free with the simple flick of a latch.
All of these factors combined to make this model one of the easiest and most productive table saws on the market which is all the more impressive in a cordless variation!
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Battery Power: 12.0ah battery is powerful enough to last a full day of contract work on a jobsite. This long-lasting battery is a game changer when it comes to cordless tools.
Fast & Responsive: The bevel to adjust the blade height and angle on this saw is ultra-responsive. In fact, it might be the quickest tabletop saw that we’ve seen in terms of making adjustments for different cuts and will significantly speed up your jobsite efficiency.
ONE-KEY Locking: The one-ket locking app is evidence of Milwaukee stepping into the 21st century. It offers a feature that is built into the tool itself (instead of the battery), that allows the contractor to lock the power from an app and also to track it to its last stored location.
Cheaper Material: This is a high quality saw, make no mistake about that. The only minor issue we saw in the build quality is that they use some plastic components in areas that we’d like to see a more quality metal be used (rack and pin area).
Dewalt Flexvolt 60V Table Saw (Model DCS7485T1)
Dewalt (much like Milwaukee) has been manufacturing table saws for a number of years now. If you are a contractor familiar with the Dewalt tools, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the Flexvolt 60V cordless table saw retains many of the great features that you’ll have come to recognize with their corded jobsite models.
Firstly, the build quality is second to none in the cordless table saw category. Sturdy metal is used throughout and the rack and pin telescoping fence rails that they are known for are both smooth and accurate during adjustments.
Straight out of the box this model will provide smooth and accurate cuts with a minimal margin for error and this is the quality that we’ve come to expect from Dewalt.
The onboarding for accessories and portability is also well thought out and convenient. A push stick holder inside the fence, compact fold-away design and sturdy structure mean you’ll have no trouble transporting this between jobsites and will always be in arms reach of key accessories whilst on the job.
The 24-inch rip capacity means you can easily cut 4×8 plywood, OSB sheets and a range of other woods with a run length of up to 600 linear feet on a full charge (or 300 linear feet for ¾” OSB). This is more than enough to see a contractor through a full day’s work with just a single charge.
Another key feature that many don’t seem to point out is that considering the power of this model, you’ll find that it tends to run very quietly for cutting speeds of 5800 RPM.
There are not many negative points we can make about this model, it’s powerful, portable, has quality built and is a reputable brand.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Compact: The onboarding for accessories and minor features like a push stick holder inside the fence allows for quick work whilst having all the tools you need in very intentional, time-saving locations.
Pin and Racking Fence: This has often been a key feature in many Dewalt table saws. The speed and accuracy with which you can make changes to your fence plate and positioning are unrivaled.
Cutting Accuracy: This table saw will cut with precision straight out of the box and on the factory default settings. Blade positioning, fence and miter adjustments are always accurate meaning you’ll never waste material trying to make adjustments for an accurate cut.
Safety Switch: while the safety switch flipper is a good feature for home table saws with children around. The heavy safety flipper on this model can frequently turn your saw off immediately after switching it on which is a particular annoyance to many contractors on the jobsite.
Price: Dewalt is considered a premium brand and while we appreciate that their tools are incredibly high quality, it also means that this cordless saw comes with a higher price.
At first glance, the Dewalt Flexvolt and Milwaukee M18 Fuel appear to be very similar models in design and functionality and that is because they are the two market leaders when it comes to cordless table saws.
They both provide incredibly high specs when it comes to a cordless table saw and in our opinion, you wouldn’t be disappointed if you chose either saw as a contractor. From the rip capacity to the RPM, to the weight, you will struggle to find any standout differences between the two models.
We do however understand that as contractor carpenters (and likely hobby woodworkers) you will be very interested in finding out which is actually the best cordless table saw based on the finer details of each tool.
We are therefore going to quickly look into which one of these models is the best cordless table saw in each of the categories that matter.
- Milwaukee: 9.5/10
- Dewalt: 8/10
This is often the most important factor to consider when purchasing any table saw and is perhaps even more important when looking into a battery-powered, cordless model.
While both have identical specs at 5800 RPM blade speeds and have a linear cutting capacity on full battery charge of around 600 linear feet, there are a few subtle differences that we’ve noticed.
Milwaukee has slightly more power over a similar battery run time and has little/zero drop off in power as the battery starts to drain. The Dewalt has a slightly longer run time (by a few cuts) but power starts to noticeably drop off as the battery power drains whereas the Milwaukee stays consistent until an empty charge.
We also noticed that the slight power advantage that Milwaukee displayed meant for a slightly smoother run and cut when compared against the Dewalt, though it’s important to note that both machines operate with the same blade speed of 5800 RPM so this is based on our personal opinion for performance and not factory specs.
- Milwaukee: 8.5/10
- Dewalt: 9/10
Both store well and transport easily from jobsite to jobsite and with a weight of 45lbs (Milwaukee) and 48lbs (Dewalt), there is very little to differentiate when it comes to weight and size.
We will say that Dewalt in particular, locks the fence in a noticeably smooth and compact manner and the superior quality material that they’ve used really stands out more when folding down and packing away.
The Dewalt stand (purchased separately) also folds down to be a smaller and slimmer size than the Milwaukee (again purchased separately) when packed away and gives this saw the edge when it comes to portability and storage.
Ease of Use
- Milwaukee: 9.5/10
- Dewalt: 8/10
The Milwaukee only needs one wrench and utilizes a push button in order to change saw blades. With the Dewalt, you need two wrenches to loosen and change the blade which makes for a longer change between blades, especially if you need to do some detailing work.
The guard and riving knife on the Milwaukee is changed with the simple flick of a lever which is located underneath the table to disconnect the tool (such a time saver on the jobsite).
The Dewalt however, requires you to take off the throat plate, twist the knob that connects the riving knife or guard to loosen it, then swap or take it off and then reverse the process to secure everything again which is a laborious and tiresome task..
The Milwaukee is also lighting fast at blade depth adjustments, as mentioned in the detailed pros and cons list earlier. From the retracted (bottom) position for blade height, the Milwaukee only requires 14 turns for the bevel to reach full height, the Dewalt in comparison takes 36 turns.
We’re looking at incredibly fine features here but these little features by Milwaukee are so useful when you want to make a quick change on the jobsite and just want to save some time and stress that can come with repetitive cutting.
- Milwaukee: 8.5/10
- Dewalt: 9/10
Dewalt seems to be a slightly better build quality (as we often find with many of their tools). The mechanisms like the fence for example, always seem to latch on with precision whereas the Milwaukee will sometimes seem slightly flimsy when trying to get the fence to catch in place.
This is mainly because Dewalt is using metal for most of their components like the rack and pin whereas Milwaukee has used plastic material instead.
With that said, Milwaukee utilizes technology very well to make up for the build quality and has the ONE-KEY system for locking and tracking with the ease of your phone. The fact that this feature is built into the actual tool and can still operate on an empty charge is a really impressive feature.
Value for Money
Both tools at the time of writing are similarly priced, so we’d recommend taking a look at the current price on Amazon before making a selection.
Both the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Tabe Saw and the Dewalt Flexvolt 60V Table Saw are high quality and impressive market leaders. We’ve given the Milwaukee the slight edge in our analysis, but both will likely serve you well. They’re comparable in many ways, including weight, rip capacity and blade diameter. But the power of the Milwaukee appeals to us.
We hope this review of the best cordless table saws has helped you make a decision!
Simon & Chris.