7 Best Hybrid Table Saws

A hybrid table saw sits somewhere between a cabinet and contractor table saw. It’s designed to be heavy duty and powerful, but still has the motor mounted inside the enclosed cabinet under the saw. These days, the distinctions between the different types of saws is less important than it used to be. The most important thing, in our opinion, is the specifications and build quality of a saw, rather than its definition. That’s why we’ve presented you here a range of options – including stable enclosed models like the Shop Fox W1820, and modern lightweight (but still powerful!) models like the Dewalt DWE7491RS.

If you’re on the hunt for a sturdy hybrid-style table saw for your shop, we’d recommend taking a good hard look at each of these:

  • Shop Fox W1820 3 HP (top quality)
  • Dewalt DWE7491RS (portable alternative)
  • Sawstop CNS175-SFA30
  • Delta 36-5152T2
  • Ridgid R4512
  • Laguna Tools Fusion
  • Jet 708492K JPS-10TS

Best Hybrid Table Saws

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Table Saw

Quick Review

Our Rating

1. Shop Fox W1820 3 Horsepower Hybrid Table SawGet this table saw if you’re after a hybrid table saw that’ll be the centerpiece of your shop for the next 15 years or so. It’s high quality and comes with all the bells and whistles for tackling just about any job. (Go to review)

9/10

2. Dewalt DWE7491RS Ligthweight ModelThis isn’t your traditional hybrid table saw – but we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t present it to you as an option. The Dewalt DWE7491RS has got all the specs you’d expect of a hybrid table saw, but it’s lightweight and portable. (Go to review)

9/10

3. Sawstop CNS175-TGP236The main appeal of this hybrid table saw is the emergency stop, which is supposed to stop within 5 milliseconds of contact with skin. (Go to review)

8.5/10

4. Delta 36-5152T2This model boasts a powerful motor and has a nice, clean feel. It’s also very mobile as it stands on wheels. (Go to review)

8/10

5.Grizzly Industrial G0691Get this table saw if you’re after a very powerful well-designed model that gives the Shop Fox a run for its money. We rated it a little lower in this category only because it seems more like a cabinet saw than a hybrid, so readers of this review might not be looking for this exact type of table saw. (Go to review)

8/10

6. Ridgid R4512A good entry-level model with a nice dual clamp fence, but the motor isn’t as powerful as many others on this list. (Go to review)

7.5/10

7. Laguna Tools FusionMany features of this tool are ‘about average’ and not too much stands out, with the exception of the great micro-adjustable arbor tilt. (Go to review)

7.5/10

1. Shop Fox W1820 3 Horsepower Hybrid Table Saw

Quick Review: Get this table saw if you’re after a hybrid table saw that’ll be the centerpiece of your shop for the next 15 years or so. It’s high quality and comes with all the bells and whistles for tackling just about any job. 

Our Rating: 9/10

Get this one if you’re in the market for that reliable centerpiece table saw that’s going to sit in your shop for the next 15 years. It’s got power – and lots of it – along with all the bells and whistles you’d want out of a hybrid table saw. We were particularly impressed by the amount of effort they’ve put into ensuring you don’t get any kick back. The splitter & riving knife in behind the blade offer a really nice, smooth cut every time.

In fact, many purists might even call this one a full cabinet table saw given it’s got a gnarly 3 HP motor to ensure you rip through even the toughest of hardwoods. It’s definitely heavier and more sturdy than your regular contractor saw, though, with over 500 Lbs of weight, largely thanks to the cast iron table and trunnions.

Chris Says: “This is the ultimate table saw for the enthusiast or professional. It will be the pride and job of your shop. I was impressed by the all-round package.”

The third thing that really jumped out at us was the high quality miter gauge. Many table saw kits really skimp out on the quality of their miter gauges, so it’s one of those things we can look at to get a good idea of exactly how much attention to detail and build quality a brand puts into their table saws. Shop Fox nailed it here – their miter gauge includes a really nice stop fence and a nice intuitive flip stop.

Top this all off with a 45-degrees left-tilt blade, 4″ dust port, standard + dado table inserts, and 50″ rip capacity, and you’ve truly got an all-round hybrid table saw that’ll serve you well for just about any foreseeable job that requires a table saw.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Very Smooth Cuts: The combination riving knife and blade guard assembly is very well designed to give quality cuts and minimal kick back.

High Power: It’s got a 3 horsepower motor to get you through any job.

All the Bells and Whistles: 45 degree left-tilt blade, 4″ dust port and 50″ rip capacity.

Top Quality Miter Gauge: We love that the miter gauge has a quality stop fence and flip stop combo.

It’s Heavy: Weighing in at 579 pounds, this table saw’s not going anywhere fast.

Arrives in Several Deliveries: You might be sitting by the door for a few days as your boxes trickle in.

2. Dewalt DWE7491RS

Quick Review: This isn’t your traditional hybrid table saw – but we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t present it to you as an option. The Dewalt DWE7491RS has got all the specs you’d expect of a hybrid table saw, but it’s lightweight and portable.

Our Rating: 9/10

Both Simon (my lead writer) and I just can’t rave more about this model. It tops so many of our lists when we’re reviewing table saws in various categories. So while it doesn’t perfectly match the ‘hybrid’ definition, we have to present it to you here. The 15 Amp motor and 10″ saw blade operating at 4800 RPM pack as much of a punch as many far less versatile, heavy shop table saws.

Weighing in at just 110 Lbs it’s easy to carry, but moreover, it’s got a collapsible table and converts into a wheeled trolley for rolling it to and from your job.

We love the awesome 32.5″ rip capacity, which is another surprising aspect given that this is such a small and lightweight machine. This is controlled through a rack-and-pinon telescoping fence which is great for micro-adjustments and precise cuts.

Chris Says: “The portable Dewalt model is a very nice option for someone who wants the freedom to move their table saw around without issues. It’s surprisingly powerful and satisfying to use, but the attention to details (like the miter gauge) isn’t quite at the standard of the Shop Fox.”

My biggest complaint is the miter gauge – it works fine, but it’s really just a stock miter gauge. Compare this to the excellent miter gauge that comes with the Shop Fox above, and you’ll see the Shop Fox is in a different league when it comes to heavy duty and attention to detail.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Powerful: Don’t be fooled by its size – the 15 Amp 4800 RPM motor do a great job.

Lightweight & Portable: It weighs in at just 110lbs and folds down into a rolling table saw stand.

Very Popular: This table saw comes highly recommended from many contractors.

Stock Standard Miter Gauge: It’s not the best miter gauge. You might want to buy an aftermarket miter gauge at some point in the future to step up your game.

Not Really a Hybrid Table Saw in the Traditional Sense: If you’re here specifically looking for a the sort of hybrid table saw your dad had when you were growing up, this isn’t it. It’s a lightweight portable option, but we think it’s worth a look.

3. Sawstop CNS175-TGP236

Quick Review: The main appeal of this hybrid table saw is the emergency stop, which is supposed to stop within 5 milliseconds of contact with skin.

Our Rating: 8.5/10

Sawstop offers a range of table saws from lightweight portable models through to cabinet table saws. The Sawstop CNS175-TGP236 is what we consider to be Sawstop’s best table saw below their full cabinet saw model, so it’s good for an enthusiast or professional small businessperson. It weights in at 310 Lbs and has a very sturdy feel thanks to the cast iron table. Its 1-3/4 horsepower motor is a step down from the Shop Fox, but it’s around the range you’d expect of a hybrid table saw. 

The T-glide fence and rail system is smooth and offers a solid 36” rip capacity which is good enough for most plywood sheets. There’s an integrated mobile base for moving it about, but chances are you’ll want to find a place to keep this one in your shop permanently.

Chris Says: “If safety is your major concern, it’s a no-brainer. Sawstop tops the league when it comes to safety features.”

Bu the standout feature for all Sawstop models is the excellent safety technology. The emergency stop brake is made to automatically activate when the blade comes into contact with skin. The blade stops within 5 milliseconds and retracts into the table. This makes it a great option for schools or if you’re working with inexperienced apprentices.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Safety Technology: Sawstop’s patented technology claims to stop the blade on contact with human skin. Of course, we’ve never tried this out – and suggest you don’t either!

Tool-Free Accessory Change: This makes it super easy to switch things out without fuss or fanfare.

Semi-Portable: It’s obviously nowhere near as portable as the Dewalt, but you can still move it about when the need arises.

Accessories Purchased Separately: The overarm dust collection and mobile cart for mobility are both to be purchased separately.

4. Delta 36-5152T2

Quick Review: This model boasts a powerful motor and has a nice, clean feel. It’s also very mobile as it stands on wheels.

Our Rating: 8/10

The Delta 36-5152T2 boasts a powerful 2.9 horsepower 15 Amp motor, blowing several others out of the water. It’ll come through with some good power for the needs of enthusiasts and small businessmen. Combine that with a 52″ rip capacity operating on a heavy-duty T-square rail and fence system and Biesemeyer fence, and you’re looking at a good all-round model here.

This model is heavy, which is what you expect of a hybrid table saw, and this is partly due to the cast iron table design (which is nice). But it’s also more mobile than many similarly weighted competitors on this list due to the built-in mobile base with foot pedal release. This makes moving the table around very easy and trouble-free.

You can top all of that off with a great 5-year warranty to allow you to buy with confidence.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Easy to Move Around: While it’s heavy, it’s on wheels which makes it easy to roll around the shop.

Assembly Video: Delta has created a great YouTube video to assist you with assembly for a visual guide – which makes assembly stress-free.

Versatility:The Biesemeyer fence also has a flip-down feature that allows you to cut smaller stock as well as the much larger stock which gives this saw a great amount of versatility.

Dust Issues: We don’t want to sound like a broken record, but again, we’d like to find a solution to the dust issues. This 2.5″ dust input doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

5. Grizzly Industrial G0691

Quick Review: Get this table saw if you’re after a very powerful well-designed model that gives the Shop Fox a run for its money. We rated it a little lower in this category only because it seems more like a cabinet saw than a hybrid, so readers of this review might not be looking for this exact type of table saw.

Our Rating: 8/10 (Only because it’s more a cabinet table saw than a hybrid table saw)

This model is what you might consider to be more toward the cabinet table saw end of the spectrum (although ‘hybrid table saw’ is a hard to define concept these days). We’re saying this because it’s a big, sturdy, well-designed, and powerful model that’s designed to sit in place and not move. At 465 pounds, this one’s not going anywhere once you’ve put it in place.

Chris Says: “We reallyl like this table saw, but it’s big and heavy, and might not be what you typically think of as a ‘hybrid table saw’. Consider it if you’re happy to have a saw that’s going to stay in place in your shop and not move about all that much.”

It’s toward the most powerful end that you can expect. It is a 3 horsepower, 220V, 4300 RPM table saw with a 12″ blade which can cut stock up to 3-1/8″ in depth (at 90 degrees). On top of this, expect a smooth cut with the quality splitter.

So all in all, this is a powerful, sturdy unit.

Additional features you’ll find include a T-slot miter gauge that, frankly, outperforms most stock miter gauges we come across, and a 4″ dust port (it’s about average – we’re never impressed with the dust ports!)

The fence runs smoothly along the front rail, but it is just a front rail rather than a dual rail system. The rip capacity goes 12″ left or 49″ right. Overall, if there’s one complaint we had, it’s that there’s nothing special about the fence and rail system – it’s not bad, but it doesn’t wow us.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Very Powerful: Alongside the Shop Fox we reviewed above, this is proably the most powerful model on the list.

Great Brand: Grizzly is a respected brand in the “cabinet” table saw category.

Smooth Cuts: Expect this one to cut smoothly with minimal kick back thanks to the great motor and good design.

Miter Gauge: Not all stock miter gauges are that good, but this one passes our test.

Fence and Rail System Just Average: There’s nothing bad about it … it’s just not amazing.

Immovable: Once it’s in place, it’s not going to move again.

6. Ridgid R4512

Quick Review: A good entry-level model with a nice dual clamp fence, but the motor isn’t as powerful as many others on this list.

Our Rating: 7.5/10

The Ridgid 4512 is an entry-level hybrid table saw which features some pretty impressive features for the very affordable price. Our favorite feature is the dual clamp fence which allows for much more accurate cuts. Many table saws have single front-lock fences which can lead to some wobbling, especially for wide fences. This dual clamp option minimizes that risk of wobble, leading to a much more rigid, steady cut. We’d note that the 30″ rip capacity is about average or a little below, and the fact that it’s not too long also adds to the stability of the fence extension.

Chris Says: “This is a very sturdy entry-level model. I’m a big fan of their dual clamp fence, but the motor is significantly less powerful than many competitors.”

But then there’s the motor, which is not as strong as we’d expect of a hybrid table saw. The 13 Amp motor delivers up to 3450 RPM, which is over 1000 RPM less than what we expect to see. So overall, we feel there are much stronger models out there – but this might be good as your entry-level table saw that you’ll grow out of within a few years.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Affordable: It’s an entry-level table saw that’s priced for the beginner or hobbyist, but might not do the trick for a professional or even someone who works on larger projects.

Very nice Stable Fence: We like the dual clamp fence, which is nice and sturdy for precise cuts.

Not the Strongest Motor: The motor strength is significantly lower than most other motors on this list.

You’ll Outgrow It: A lot of professionals would probably prefer a model with a stronger motor and more features.

7. Laguna Tools Fusion

Quick Review: Many features of this tool are ‘about average’ and not too much stands out, with the exception of the great micro-adjustable arbor tilt.

Our Rating: 7.5/10

The Laguna hybrid table saw’s main appeal is the arbor tilt micro adjustments which make angled cuts really precise. This makes it a good option for the true craftsman. The max. arbor tilt is 45 degrees, which is just about normal in the industry.

The 1.75 horsepower motor is ‘about average’ as well, running at 4500rpm, which is about the minimum we’d be happy with. To give you an idea of contrast, the Dewalt runs at 4800 RPM and the Shop Fox has a 3 horsepower motor. But, when it comes to hybrid table saws, 1.75 HP is “what you’d expect”.

We like to complain about poor dust collection in both table saws and miter saws, and this is no different. Our main complaint is that the dust collection isn’t as great as it could be; but they’ve made an effort with their 4 inch dust port and to be fair it’s no worse than any other model.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Arbor Tilt Micro Adjustments: We like the arbor tilt. It’s easy to control and allows for precise micro adjustments.

Decent Rip Capacity: A 36″ rip capacity is a little above average.

Not the Most Power: At 1.75 HP and 4500 RPM, it’s toward the lower end of the range we’d expect.

Dusty: Dust collection is a systemic issue we haven’t found a good solution for.

A Quick Explainer about Hybrid Table Saws

It’s hard to define a hybrid table saw, and the term these days is a little murky. Different people who come to this review article might have different ideas about what exactly a ‘hybrid table saw’ really is. So we thought we’d quickly share with you what our thoughts are.

Traditionally, a hybrid table saw stood between a contractor table saw and a cabinet table saw in terms of size and power. Contractor table saws were designed in the 1980s to be movable so contractors could get them to and from the job site. But back in the day, their idea of ‘portable’ was a little different. Contractor saws were still very heavy and these days we’d never think about dragging them out to a jobsite. Now, we have small and lightweight portable table saws and even cordless table saws that do the job for us.

But there was also a class of table saw that stood between the large immobile cabinet table saw and the contractor table saw – and these came to be known as hybrid table saws. These would usually have a motor inside a cabinet, be movable but not designed to be primarily mobile, and had smaller 1.75 HP motors.

Nowadays, these terms are muddled and somewhat useless. Contractor table saws were replaced by portable table saws, and ‘hybrid’ models started coming with more powerful motors. So, it’s pretty damn hard to say what one really is.

So where do we stand?

We think people should just get the table saw that fits the specs they need, and stop worrying about definitions.

Final Thoughts

Our top pick for the best hybrid table saw is the Shop Fox W1820 3 HP, but we’re pretty bullish about the Dewalt DWE7491RS if you want a lightweight mobile option. When making your selection, think about how much weight you want to compromise for power. And take a look at the fence, rip capacity, and quality of the miter gauge.

Good luck with making your decision!

Cheers,
Chris