When you are in the market for a table saw you have many options. If you want to keep the cost under $500, you will most likely be choosing from benchtop or job-site saws.
These saws have good power and can make just about any cut, they are just smaller than a professional cabinet saw. Here are my 3 contenders for the title of best table saw under 500 dollars.
While any “Best Of” list will almost always include a DeWalt product, there is a reason for this distinction, the company continues to produce well-made products. The DW745 is a great saw for the money, you won’t be disappointed by its performance and build quality.
The DW745 comes with a steel roll cage to protect it from any drops or falls. It weighs in at 48.5 pounds and is easily portable if you need to take it to a site or move it around your shop. The motor puts out 1850 watts of power and with the right blade will cut wood and composites with no problem. The fence allows for 2 feet of rip capacity, which should take care of most sheet goods.
This Bosch table saw also comes with a steel roll cage but is also the heaviest of the saws on this list weighing in at close to 65 pounds. Which, depending on your needs may not matter all that much. It’s still portable and features clips to hold the accessories like the push stick and miter gauge.
The Bosch produces 2 1/4 horsepower and is very loud. A soft start feature would be nice on this saw, but it isn’t there so make sure you have hearing protection. The saw easily powers through most sheet goods and other cross-cuts you’ll present to it. The dust port on this saw seems to be the best of the bunch. If you have dust collection or a shop vac to hook to it you’ll be sure to get most of the dust this saw puts out collected.
While the Craftsman Evolv is the lowest priced table saw on this list, you get a lot for the money. This is the only one of the three that comes with its own stand. The saw weighs 50 pounds and once you make sure the stand is tightened up, it does a great job of securing the saw.
The Craftsman saw does a great job cutting sheet goods and larger pieces of hardwood. The only drawbacks I found with the saw were the small miter guides and the lack of a dust port. The miter guide that ships with the saw leaves a lot to be desired (they usually aren’t the best) and Craftsman uses slots that are smaller than most other saws, so aftermarket miter guides won’t work with this saw. The lack of a dust port is problematic as well as the saw begins to get caked up with sawdust pretty fast, making it so you have to clean it out after every use or two.
I liked the power of this saw and I felt it was the quietest of the bunch. It’s still loud as any table saw is, but of this group, it seemed pretty quiet.
In conclusion, if you are in the market for a table saw under $500 you’ll most likely be choosing a bench top or job site saw. They are smaller than a large cabinet saw but are able to handle most cuts that a DIY or smaller shop would need to do. They are portable, allowing you to store them away when not in use or carry them to the site to make your cuts.
These saws may be small but they can handle a variety of cuts and when coupled with a good blade will cut hardwoods without pause.
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