Table Saws : Ratings of Sources

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Table Saws: Ratings of Sources

1. Best Portable Jobsite Table Saw Shootout!, Kenny Koehler, Dec. 28, 2016
Three professional carpenters test ten portable table saws, including one now discontinued. They outfit them all with Diablo 40-tooth general-purpose blades and test them on both 3/4-inch plywood and pressure-treated 2x pine. Each saw earns points for safety features, fence quality, stability, weight, stand design, ease of adjustment, cutting power, and dust collection. Totaling up these scores determines the saws' overall ranking, as well as their "class ranking" against comparably priced brands.
2. Woodworker's Journal Portable 10-inch Table Saw Reviews, Chris Marshall, Aug. 1, 2013
Editor and "serious woodworker" Chris Marshall tests five "premium" portable table saws. After equipping each saw with a new Freud thin-kerf blade, he uses them to rip lengths of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and yellow pine, as well as making long dado cuts in MDF. Marshall considers the saws' stability, cutting accuracy, efficiency, dust collection, and general ease of use to choose his top picks. Unfortunately, two of his three favorites are discontinued.
3. Popular Mechanics 11 Best Portable Table Saw Reviews, Roy Berendsohn, Mar. 13, 2015
This detailed, well-illustrated comparison review reports on tests of 11 portable table saws, all from different brands, including three budget table saws priced at $250 or less. Testers run each saw through 2X lumber, plywood and oak before giving it a rating on a five-point scale. Each saw also gets a brief write-up summarizing pros and cons. A few of the saws, including one top pick, are no longer on the market.
4. Tool Box Buzz Archives: Table Saw, Editors of Tool Box Buzz, As of June 2017
Tool Box Buzz offers a variety of hands-on reviews of tools, but only six table saws are covered, all portable models. The reviews are detailed and hands-on, but only some of them provide actual ratings or recommendations, and none directly compares different saws.
5. Tools of the Trade Results for "table saw review", Editors of Tools of the Trade, As of June 2017
Finding useful reviews on this site is a challenge. A search for "table saw review" turned up a few relevant articles, but they're mixed in with news, tips, and coverage for other types of cutting tools. Most of the reviews that do focus on table saws are old, and many of the products are discontinued. However, we turned up a few in-depth reviews for products that are still on the market.
6. Fine Homebuilding Tool Test: Portable 10-in. Tablesaws, Kevin Ireton, 2010
Kevin Ireton, an experienced builder, evaluates five portable table saws based on how easy they are to move and operate, as well as their safety features. Four of the five table saws "make the cut," but two of these are now discontinued. This woodworking site also features a newer review in which Ireton tests the SawStop portable table saw.
7. Woodworkers Guild of America Search results for: table saw review, Editors of the Woodworkers Guild of America, Last updated March 2013
This woodworking website has tons of information about how to use a table saw: choosing blades, cutting joints, safety features, and more. However, we found only five actual product reviews, none more recent than 2013. Although these individual reviews are hands-on, they don't put saws through any specific, detailed tests. There's also no direct comparison between saws and no formal rating system.
8. Table Saws, Contributors to, As of June 2017
Credibility: sells around 60 models of table saws, and the top models get hundreds of reviews from users. We found three portable saws with ratings of 4.5 stars or better from 150 users or more, and one contractor saw gets ratings just shy of 4.5 stars overall from more than 650 owners. Individual reviews are fairly short and include ratings for quality and value.
9. Wood Magazine Tool review: 3-HP Tablesaws, Editors of Wood Magazine, May 2010
The only (somewhat) recent review of table saws at Wood Magazine pits nine 3-HP cabinet saws against various sizes of wood and plywood, fed both by hand and with a power feeder. The short version of the review available on the website names the top picks and notes areas in which all nine saws performed adequately. For full details, however, you need to check out the printed magazine.
10. Table Saws, Contributors to, As of June 2017
Credibility: offers more than 200 table saws for sale, including portable, contractor, and cabinet saws. Portable table saws get the lion's share of feedback; we found four models that earn ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 100 users or more. However, we also found a couple of cabinet saws with strong ratings from 25 users or more.
11. Table Saws & Accessories, Contributors to, As of June 2017
Credibility: has a limited selection of table saws, and there are fewer user-posted reviews here than at or Only one portable model receives a rating of at least 4.5 stars from 100 users or more. We didn't find any contractor or cabinet saws with enough feedback to be meaningful.
12. Popular Woodworking Table Saws, Editors of Popular Woodworking, Last updated October 2013
The Popular Woodworking site hasn't published many reviews of table saws recently; the newest one we found was from 2013. There are no comparison reviews and no ratings or recommendations to help you compare different models. Nonetheless, this site is useful because it's one of the few places to find detailed coverage of larger contractor and cabinet saws.
13. Table Saws, Contributors to, As of July 2016
Sears is the only store that sells Craftsman tools, and is the only place to find reviews of Craftsman table saws. This brand gets more feedback from owners than any other, but even so, only two models get good overall ratings from 100 users or more.