7 Best Table Saws for Beginners (2020)

Our top Pick: Dewalt DWE7491RS

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Our pick for the best table saw for beginners is the Dewalt DWE7491RS. This is a powerful saw that can cut a variety of sizes, is easily portable, and ideal for jobsites and home workshops alike.

A table saw is a must have for most woodworkers – whether you’re a professional cabinet maker, builder, or hobbyist. We did research into table saws for Chris’s shed and wanted one the was powerful and capable of thick cuts. But it was also important to us that it be relatively easy to use and no-nonsense. So we put together this review based on our research.

We’ve provided a full outline of the selection criteria in the buyer’s guide section at the end of this article. But first, we know you’re here to see our rankings. So here they are. 

The best table saws for beginners are:

  • Dewalt DWE7491RS
  • Milwaukee 2736-21HD
  • Dewalt DWE7485
  • Skilsaw SPT99T-01
  • Powermatic PM1000
  • Rockwell BladeRunner X2
  • Worx WX572L

Best Table Saws for Beginners

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Top Beginner Table Saws

Rip Capacity

Blade Diameter

Quick Review

Our Rating

1. Dewalt DWE7491RS32.5 Inch10 InchGet this model if you want a powerful saw that can cut a variety of sizes, is easily portable, and ideal for jobsites and home workshops alike. (Go to review)

9.5/10

2. Milwaukee 2736-21HD22.5 Inch8.25 InchGet this saw if you want a truly portable table saw that is battery powered and comes in weighing only 55 pounds. The power is not compromised and this saw will give the same power output that a 15 amp corded option would provide. (Go to review)

9.5/10

3. Dewalt DWE748524.5 Inch8.25 InchThis new model saw from Dewalt is a smaller table saw than the one above but doesn’t compromise on power or accuracy. Get this model if you need a slightly smaller table saw at a more affordable price. (Go to review)

9/10

4. Skilsaw SPT99T-0125 Inch8.25 InchGet this saw if you want lightweight, jobsite saw that comes with the added torque and power provided by the worm drive motor. (Go to review)

8/10

5. Powermatic PM100030 Inch10 InchGet this saw if you are looking for a premium quality table saw that is as heavy-duty as they come. You really can’t go wrong with this table saw but will need to pay a premium price for this model. (Go to review)

8/10

6. Rockwell BladeRunner X2N/AT-Shank JigsawGet this tool if you want an affordable table saw as a hobbyist woodworker. Unlike most of the saws reviewed here, we wouldn’t recommend this saw for jobsite and contractor work. (Go to review)

7.5/10

7. Worx WX572LN/AT-Shank JigsawGet this saw if you want an affordable and light-duty tabletop saw that is ideal for your smaller cut jobs. If you are a beginner woodworker or enjoy some weekend DIY work then this is a good starter saw. (Go to review)

7.5/10

1. Dewalt DWE7491RS

Quick Review: Get this model if you want a powerful saw that can cut a variety of sizes, is easily portable, and ideal for jobsites and home workshops alike.

  • Blade: 10 Inch
  • Rip Capacity: 32.5 Inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp
  • Weight: 110 Lbs
  • Rating: 9.5/10

This table saw is ideal for those that are both a hobby woodworker and contractor alike. The portable rolling stand and onboard storage mean you can make cuts in your garage/workshop or on the jobsite with complete ease.

The large 32 inch rip capacity means that you’ll struggle to find a table saw that allows you to cut large pieces as this saw does. In fact, this has the largest rip capacity of any saw we’ve reviewed.

Chris Says: “I definitely support this choice as the best table saw for beginners. The Dewalt DWE7491RS pops up as a top choice on several of our table saw reviews for good reason. Dewalt is a high quality brand that consistently over-performs in the table saw category.”

The adjustable fence has a flip-down platform meaning that your cuts will always be straight and accurate even at the max-width of 32 inches. The built-in ruler allows for accurate cuts every single time with an easily adjustable fence.

The blade guard has a built-in riving knife and dust collector that can be inserted with the simple pull of a lever, meaning you don’t need to make any manual adjustments and can be certain of an accurate cut each and every time.

Chris Says: “I love how you can cut very large and thick sheets with this model. The Dewalt DWE7491RS significantly outperforms most competitors at this price point on both rip capacity and power.”

This heavy-duty saw might be portable but it doesn’t mean that it compromises on power! A 15amp motor with speeds of 4800 RPM means you’ll easily cut through most timber and hardwoods with accuracy and control.

Here’s a product video for a visual overview of its features:

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Large Rip Capacity: The rip capacity on this model allows you to cut larger pieces of wood with ease and the 32 inch rip capacity is much higher than the 24 inch average on most table saws.

Easily Adjustable Fence: The turn of a knob means you can quickly and easily adjust the size of the fence for a variety of cutting widths (also includes micro-adjustments for precise cuts).

Rolling Stand Included: Set up time is low while convenience is high with this portable rolling table stand included.

Lock Protection Switch: A new feature that will prevent accidental activation making it a safer option for a family home workshop.

Assembly required – not ideal if you are new to woodworking and therefore not familiar with assembling machinery.

Storage: The onboard storage does not have the functionality to hold additional blades.

2. Milwaukee 2736-21HD

Quick Review: Get this saw if you want a truly portable table saw that is battery powered and comes in weighing only 55 pounds. The power is not compromised and this saw will give the same power output that a 15 amp corded option would provide.

  • Blade: 8.25 Inch
  • Rip Capacity: 22.5 Inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp Equivalent (Cordless)
  • Weight: 41.6 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10

We love this table saw due to the key selling point that is the battery powered (cordless) feature. This makes the Milwaukee a truly portable table saw as you no longer need to cut wood near to a corded power source.

Chris Says: “I was really impressed when Milwaukee came out with this model. It’s one of just three cordless table saw models on the market today. And they managed to make it cordless without sacrificing power or adding to the weight too much. Props to Milwaukee for their ingenuity here!”

The rack and pin system with an easy lock fence means you can freely adjust it with accuracy and precision for a wide range of ripping widths. Similar to the Dewalt DWE7491RS model, the fence features a handy flip down platform which will keep your wood stable and level when ripping at the wider lengths.

This may be battery powered but that doesn’t mean there is any sacrifice on power. The power matches a 15 amp corded saw like most that we have reviewed whilst also boasting a cutting speed of 5800 RPM. If you are looking for a truly portable table saw that can provide the power required on a jobsite then this is the saw for you.

This saw also provides a very accurate and clean cut while the easy to adjust bevel also allows for smooth angled cuts.

The one key app feature ensures you can lock the saw easily and also locate it via satellite location from the app if you ever lose it.

Chris Says: “The tech savvy hobbyist might be drawn to this phone-lock option. I’m not sure too many people are going to be losing a table saw – but I’d agree it’s a great security feature to recover your tools if they’re ever stolen.”

With so many great features we were really scratching our heads trying to find any downsides to this table saw, it really is a great all-round saw in our opinion.

Here’s Milwaukee’s promo video for this model:

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Cordless: This Lithium-Ion battery powered table saw is a unique feature on this list making it a truly ‘portable’ saw ideal for any jobsite location.

Warranty: A 5 year warranty offers you peace of mind that this is a durable and long lasting saw.

Adjustable Fence: The easy to adjust fence with the flip down ledge will give you the accuracy and consistency of your rips at a variety of widths.

Depth Adjustment: Very quick and smooth depth adjustment for your blade.

One Key App: Lock your saw from the comfort of your phone meaning it can’t be powered on if you are leaving it in a family home or unattended on a jobsite.

Stand not Included: Competitively priced however the addition of a stand will raise the cost of this tool.

3. Dewalt DWE7485

Quick Review: This new model saw from Dewalt is a smaller table saw than the one above but doesn’t compromise on power or accuracy. Get this model if you need a slightly smaller table saw at a more affordable price.

  • Blade: 8.25 Inch
  • Rip Capacity: 24.5 Inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp
  • Weight: 53.3 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 9/10

Another Dewalt model on this list showing the high quality of the table saw that they manufacture. The DWE7485 has many of the same great features that the DWE7491RS has but in a smaller and more affordable package.

The smaller model with a 24 inch rip capacity means that you’ll want to use this saw for smaller, more accurate cuts. If you are cutting large sheets on a jobsite then you’ll need a partner to help keep the sheet stable on a smaller table.

While that might seem like a downside with this saw, the size does not reflect the power of this table saw. A smaller 8-¼ inch blade is powered by a 15amp motor and a speed of 5800 RPM meaning this saw will have no problem cutting through a variety of hardwoods.

Chris Says: “This one would probably be a good choice for someone who wants a cheaper version of the Dewalt DWE7491RS which was Simon’s top pick (which I agree with). It’s definitely a step down from the DWE7491RS but a decent choice for a beginning hobbyist.”

This is a great entry-level table saw for a beginner woodworker, the smaller size of this saw means that it’s less suited to a jobsite than the model above but will still do a good job if needed for a contractor.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Portable: Easily store all accessories in an onboard, compact design.

Affordable: A value price range from a leading brand. It’s slightly more expensive than others on this list but you are going to get a lot for your money.

Powerful: The high RPM means that this blade will make a clean cut despite using a smaller blade.

Rip Capacity: Smaller rip capacity than the DWE7491RS reviewed earlier at 24.5 inch.

Adjustment Wheel: The adjustment wheel is a slider and therefore it’s quite tricky to align your blade for a 90 degree cut.

4. Skilsaw SPT99T-01

Quick Review: Get this saw if you want lightweight, jobsite saw that comes with the added torque and power provided by the worm drive motor.

  • Blade: 8.25 Inch
  • Rip Capacity: 25 Inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp
  • Weight: 44 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 8/10

The Skilsaw SPT99T-01 is a model known for providing power in a lightweight frame. The plastic casing for this table saw means that you can get a powerful worm drive motor at an affordable price.

Despite the lightweight frame, this saw will not look out of place on most jobsites thanks to the powerful motor. The famous worm drive motor packs enough power and torque to easily cut through most hardwoods.

The great feature with this model is the easily adjustable miter gauge allowing for accurate angled cuts. If you are a beginner woodworker then this is a great feature to improve your woodworking skills and make the transition from accurate straight cuts to the more skilled angular cuts.

Whilst this is a great motor, the onboard storage and more manual adjustments needed for the blade and riving knife means that the Dewalt versions above are the better options in our opinion despite the higher prices.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Powerful: Despite the smaller 8-¼ blade this worm drive table has enough power and torque to make precise cuts on the jobsite.

Great Miter Gauge: Ideal for helping you make angled and smooth cuts with ease.

Table Extension: The table extension for the rip capacity is not very accurate or even, meaning cuts that require more than the table’s width will be less accurate.

Design Is Not Heavy Duty: The plastic casing detracts from an otherwise powerful and heavy-duty motor.

5. Powermatic PM1000

Quick Review: Get this saw if you are looking for a premium quality table saw that is as heavy-duty as they come. You really can’t go wrong with this table saw but will need to pay a premium price for this model.

  • Blade: 10 Inch
  • Rip Capacity: 30 Inch
  • Motor: 15 Amp
  • Weight: 417 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 8/10

This Powermatic PM1000 table saw is a beast of a table saw and the most heavy-duty saw that we’ve reviewed. Weighing in at a whopping 417 pounds this is a table that will be a permanent fixture in your workshop and will not be something that you can take to a jobsite once set up.

The lever adjustment on the fence allows for sturdy and solid support when ripping and maintains this consistency for wider rips up to 30 inches. With some of the other saws that we’ve reviewed the wider rip is done with an adjustable function, however, the Powermatic is already pre-built to the larger rip width.

The issue you are going to face when considering getting this table saw is the high price and lack of portability that comes with it. This is a high-end model that is really only for the experienced woodworker who is looking for the ultimate set up in a home or building yard workshop.

Chris Says: “There’s a lot to love about this Powermatic model – including its huge rip capacity, but you really need a large shed with plenty of space if you want this one. I can’t really justify it a a pick for a first table saw when there are lighter more portable models out there.”

We can’t recommend this to a beginner as the price and set up (whilst being relatively easy to assemble) is really for the more experienced woodworker.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Smooth & Accurate Cuts: A flexible miter gauge, no vibration during cuts and a wide bed to support large pieces of wood allow for accurate and consistent cuts each and every use.

Great Dust Collector: A feature we’ve not discussed much with the other tabletop saws however this saw looks to maximize dust collection with its blade surround and collection hose.

Easy Assembly: For a heavy-duty table saw you’ll have no issue putting this together in a few hours with easy to follow instructions and assembly.

Very Expensive: The Powermatic is the most expensive table saw that we reviewed by a significant margin so isn’t for the beginner woodworker.

Lack of Portability: This heavy-duty table saw does not offer the level of portability that all the other saws we’ve reviewed do. This is a saw that you set up once in a workshop and can’t be easily transported to jobsites.

6. Rockwell BladeRunner X2

Quick Review: Get this tool if you want an affordable table saw as a hobbyist woodworker. Unlike most of the saws reviewed here, we wouldn’t recommend this saw for jobsite and contractor work.

  • Blade: T-Shank Jigsaw
  • Rip Capacity: Removable fence
  • Motor: 5 Amp
  • Weight: 17 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 7.5/10

If you are new to woodworking and picking it up as a hobby then this is an ideal first time table saw to help you practice. There are no additional tools needed to make any adjustments to the fence and a quick release button for the blade makes it a great purchase for any beginner.

This saw is incredibly lightweight (weighing in at only 17 pounds), compact and ready to go whilst still providing the ability to make a cross, rip, scroll and miter cuts which is something you wouldn’t expect from a table saw in this price range!

Chris Says: “Simon’s right that this is a nice little hobby model. I do love a T-shank blade. But it’s really limited in terms of cut capacity and you’ll outgrow it fast. I wouldn’t be building a pool table or cabinet with this model. I’d want more power for ripping thicker hardwoods.”

Honestly, for such an affordable price you are getting a lot of features with this saw and it’s great for the hobbyist woodworker. If however, you’re a contractor and need a heavy-duty saw for your jobsite then you should be looking at the other table saws that we’ve reviewed instead.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Price: The affordable price and portable tool make this a great first time table saw for homeowners or hobbyists.

Longevity: A 3 year warranty means you can put this to work with peace of mind that you won’t need to replace it in the short term.

Compact & Portable: The small and lightweight design means this can easily be stored or transported to jobsite/DIY projects with ease.

Tool-Free Blade Change: The single button blade release means that you don’t need to waste any time with tools or making adjustments.

Lightweight: Not suitable for heavy duty or thick cuts and is more of a hobby saw than a jobsite, contractor tool.

Stability: There’s a lot of vibration during a cut so the saw needs to be held down for added stability.

Blades: While this is a lightweight and multi-purpose saw it doesn’t have the capability to use a circle saw meaning cuts will be less accurate or heavy-duty and the blades included can blunt quickly.

7. Worx WX572L

Quick Review: Okay, something different to consider – a tabletop jigsaw. Get this saw if you want an affordable and light-duty tabletop saw that is ideal for your smaller cut jobs. If you are a beginner woodworker or enjoy some weekend DIY work then this is a good starter saw..

  • Blade: T-Shank Jigsaw
  • Rip Capacity: Removable fence
  • Motor: 5.5 Amp
  • Weight: 14.7 Lbs
  • Our Rating: 7.5/10

This is the lightest table saw that we’ve reviewed at 14 pounds and therefore, there is no denying the portability and convenience that you are getting with this saw. As it’s a jigsaw (like the Rockwell model above) and not a circle saw, this is another saw that’s more suited to smaller cuts and beginner hobbyist woodworkers.

With that said, you can still get a lot of use out of this light-duty saw and we wouldn’t advise against the possibility of using this as a jobsite saw for smaller woodworking jobs.

This is another saw that doesn’t require tools for a blade change and also comes with a good range of accessories (miter gauge, rip fence and 5 x blades) to get you started making cuts.

Chris Says: “The Worx WX572L is very similar to the Rockwell BladeRunner X2. They have the same strengths (lightweight and T-shank blades), but also the same weaknesses. They just won’t cut it for larger projects.”

Unfortunately, you do get what you pay for with this model, it’s a cheap starter saw that can get a beginner used to woodworking but an experienced contractor will find that this doesn’t offer the cutting accuracy needed for big jobs.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Safety Switch: The safety switch with key will prevent accidental starts and gives you peace of mind if this is in a home workshop with children.

Very Lightweight: Weighing only 14 pounds, this is the lightest table saw that we’ve reviewed.

Jigsaw Blades: The Jigsaw blades mean that you are limited with the size and thickness of the wood that you can cut.

Cutting Depth: A maximum cutting depth of 2 inches means that you are limited by the variety of wood that you will be able to cut.

Price: While the cheap price can be seen as a good thing, when compared with some of the saws we’ve reviewed earlier it really doesn’t stack up in comparison.

What to Look for in a Beginners Table Saw

Motor Size

15 amp is the regular (and in our opinion expected) motor size for a decent table saw. Stepping down from this, you’re likely to get into saws that struggle with cutting 2×4 length-wise and sheets of 3/4 inch plywood. So, while there are table saws on this list that go all the way down to 5 Amp motor capacity, this is well below average and doesn’t have the power you’d want except if you’re working with thin and softer grains. We think the limited rip capacity ends up being a significant burden, so wouldn’t recommend anything less than a 15 Amp motor model. 

Cutting Depth

Most blades will cut a piece of 2×4. But when you step up to thicker blocks, such as 4×4, you will require a saw with at least 3 1/2 inch zero bevel cutting depth. If you don’t have a deep enough blade, you’ll have to cut the wood twice – once from each angle. But doing this method will likely lead to a rough cut. So if you want a clean cut for thick blocks of wood, make sure you get a table saw with a deep blade. 

Table Size & Table Extension

Often, when cutting longer pieces, you’ll find the wood wants to fall off the table. These situations will require either a table extension or a wood stand to hold the wood for you. The table extension helps to hold the wood and maintain a stable cut. However, we find sometimes extensions aren’t super sturdy, so you could consider getting a separate stand (these tend to be sturdier).

Rip Capacity

Rip capacity refers to the width from the saw blade to the fence at the end of the table. With a wider rip capacity, you can fit larger pieces of wood onto the saw, allowing you to cut larger sheets of wood. For example, if you have a sheet of wood 48″ wide and a rip capacity of 24″, you’ll be able to just cut this piece of wood in half with the rip fence fully extended. But if the sheet of wood were 50″ wide, you’d not be able to cut the wood in half. The best you could do is 24″ and 26″ sections. So, rip capacity is an important consideration if you will be cutting larger sized sheet goods.

Rip Fence

The rip fence is one of the most important considerations because it’s so frustrating if you’ve got a flimsy one. The biggest frustration is when there isn’t enough stability. This occurs when the back of the fence shifts when being adjusted or when pressure is applied. This leads to poorer quality cuts. In our opinion, the rip fence needs to remain perfectly parallel when sliding up and down the guard rail.

There are two mechanisms involved in moving a rip fence. There’s the simple lever method, which is most common in the above models, and then the rack and pinion fence. A rack and pinion model involves a turning knob, and we particularly like this type because you can get a really precise position of the fence.

Dado Compatibility

If dado blades are legal in your jurisdiction (they’re not legal in parts of Europe), you can get a dado compatible table saw. As a general rule, the arbor on saws designed for the US market is usually long enough to accommodate dado stacks while European models often are not. 

Weight and Stand

The last consideration is whether you want your table saw to be mobile or stuck in the one spot. A cabinet saw or hybrid saw will be heavier and immovable, while the lightweight (17 Lbs, give or take) models can be carried onto jobsites. You’ll usually sacrifice a little power for this ability. But, there’s the middle ground where you can get versions on wheels (like our top pick) which are collapsible and can be rolled onto the jobsite. These table saws on rollers can still be very powerful and just a little heavier than the handheld carry ones. Overall, if you want to move your table saw around and carry it onto a job site, weight becomes a big consideration – and for this, you could consider a portable model.

Final Thoughts

The best table saws for beginners are lightweight, easy to operate, and have a wide rip capacity. We also like to see blade diameter of 10 inches. Based on this criteria, our choice for the best beginner table saw is the Dewalt DWE7491RS. It’s very powerful, and while it’s not the lightest weight option, it comes on wheels and a stand, meaning you can still move it around the shed and to and from a job site without too much drama.

We hope this review has helped you with your decision making!

Cheers,
Chris