Your table saw is going to be the heartbeat of your contracting operation, regardless of whether or not you are using it on a daily basis as a professional or just need it for DIY projects around your own home.
With so many different options out there to pick and choose from, though, finding the best table saw becomes a bit of an uphill battle.
But that’s why we have put together this detailed contractor table saw review.
By the time you’re done with the inside information below you’ll know exactly which contractor table saw on the market in 2020 is best for you, your needs, and your budget.
|1. DEWALT DWE7491RS Contractor Table Saw
|2. Delta Power Tools 36-5100
Can accept dado blades
|3. SawStop CNS175-TGP36
|4. Powermatic 1791229K 64B
|5. RIDGID R4512 10 Inch 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw
|6. Jet 708492K JPS -10TS
|7. Bosch 4100-09 Contractor Saw
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Our Best Contractor Table Saws Reviews and Comparisons
1. Delta Power Tools 36-5100
Far and away one of the most impressive contractors table saws money can buy right now, the folks at Delta have found a way to shoehorn a lot of their cabinet tablesaw features into this contractor saw – and the results are fantastic.
A little bit on the more expensive side of things, this tablesaw just might be the last one you ever need to purchase for your contracting outfit, your job site work, or knocking around the house.
Featuring all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end cabinetry tablesaw with improved safety features, too – the Blade Break on this saw is a lot like the SawStop technology – this is definitely a worthy option for you to invest your money into.
- 10-inch blade with a 5/8 inch arbor
- 1.75 hp motor runs off of 120 V circuitry
- A rip capacity of 30 inches
- Relatively compact form factor
- Can accept dado blades
What We Like About Delta Power Tools 36-5100
The first thing that you’ll notice about this Delta contractor tablesaw is how quiet it is when you fire it up.
If you’ve ever been on a busy job site you know how loud these tools can get. Just flipping the switch on one can make it next to impossible to hear someone talking to you even just a few feet away. That’s not going to be a problem with this Delta.
On top of that, the build quality and precision of this tablesaw really go a bit underrated. Delta is known for their legendary fit and finishes on their cabinetry and fine furniture level tools, but that carries across here to their contractor options as well.
The safety features built into the next generation, too.
What We Don’t Like About Delta Power Tools 36-5100
The rip fence on this Delta tablesaw is definitely going to leave a little bit to be desired. That’s a letdown from what you’d expect out of Delta but it is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that is super simple to make.
The Teflon pads on the fence lever in particular are known to degrade really quickly. You’ll want to swap this out entirely ASAP. The whole fence is either going to need a lot of precise and regular adjustments or replacing wholesale.
- Unbelievably quiet operation
- Made out of high-end construction materials, including cast-iron and stainless steel
- Really easy to move around the job site thanks to the wheel configuration
- Almost effortless to assemble right out-of-the-box
- Safety features are fantastic
- The rip fence is definitely lackluster
- The Teflon pads on the fence lever clamps are even worse
- This Delta machine needs a lot of minute adjustments unless you’re willing to invest in upgrade accessories
2. SawStop CNS175-TGP36
SawStop has an amazing reputation for producing some of the safest table saws money can buy, really pioneering the idea of instant blade disengagement and drop-down technology to protect your fingers from being injured or sliced off.
Table saws are notorious for being prone to accidents, but with this safety technology built right in you’ll be able to eliminate a lot of those concerns altogether. This technology is particularly useful if you are going to be using your saw out on job sites where all different kinds of things can cause accidents to pop up – through no fault whatsoever of the individual user.
- Four horsepower belt-driven motor runs at 120 V
- Features patented saw stopping technology that stops and drops blades in 5 ms contact
- Trunnion and arbor components are some of the most precision milled in the industry
- More than 150 different configurations capable, making this contractor tablesaw the most versatile on the market today
What We Like About SawStop CNS175-TGP36
The innovative SawStop technology has to be mentioned first and foremost whenever you are talking about this brand.
The ability for the spinning table saw blade to recognize skin contact within 5 ms, slamming the brakes on that tablesaw, and drop the blade away safely is unlike anything else on the market right now.
Sure, a lot of other companies have tried to find ways to implement the same kind of technology (or similar technology, really) but none of them have been able to hit a homerun quite the way that this company has.
Combine that with the unparalleled accuracy, consistency, and reliability your get out of your contractor tablesaw when you go in this direction and it’s not hard to see why so many people go crazy for this tool.
What We Don’t Like About SawStop CNS175-TGP36
One of the wrinkles you’ll have to deal with when you run this tablesaw on your job site, though, is never running wet or humid interior through the saw itself.
Even just a little bit of excess moisture trapped inside of the material you are cutting can in fact trigger the saw stop technology to break. The system will shut down, drop the blade, and then you’ll have to spend a couple of hours – and a decent chunk of change – getting your saw back up and running.
- Really impressive safety technology
- A super flexible platform that’s easy to customize and modify
- Very stable base to work from
- Really easy to assemble
- One of the best to glide fence systems on the market out of the box
- Works with 110V power
- Safety technology can trigger accidentally
- Expensive to swap out a stopped blade
- One year warranty is somewhat limited
- The price tag is pretty stiff
3. Powermatic 1791229K 64B
Capable of putting out blade speeds that approach 3800 RPM thanks to the 1.75 hp motor (belt driven), accurate cuts with your new Powermatic tablesaw right out of the gate.
The riving knife built into this tablesaw is easy to use and to remove as needed, flipping it into or out of your contractor configuration depending on the project you are working with.
On top of that, the tabletop, trunnion, and extension wings on this tablesaw are made out of high-quality cast-iron as well – adding a bit of weight and strength to the mix that increases your accuracy in the durability of the tool.
- 1.75 hp motor (belt driven) hooks up via 110 V power
- A built-in dust collection system
- Quick-release and easy to adjust belt/blade guard and riving tool
- Capable of accepting dado blades up to 13/16 of an inch in width
What We Like About Powermatic 1791229K 64B
Powermatic has always had a solid reputation for build quality and durability, and this particular option is no exception.
The cast-iron components across the board are well-made and highly durable. You won’t have to worry about inaccurate cuts being produced by a service that isn’t smooth or level. These components are also going to last and last, oftentimes outlasting the base unit of the Powermatic table saws – a pretty magnificent feat!
On top of all that, you also get a five-year warranty from top to bottom on this tablesaw. That means your investment is fully protected for a whole lot longer than most of the other options out there on the market today.
What We Don’t Like About Powermatic 1791229K 64B
The only thing that is a little bit difficult to swallow when thinking about the Powermatic tablesaw is its price tag. This whole unit is almost as expensive as a high-end SawStop without that innovative safety technology built right in.
Choosing between the two becomes pretty difficult.
- Powerful belt-driven motor still hooks up to 110 V power outlets
- Innovative and efficient dust channeling and collection system is job sites claim
- Quick-release blade guard and riving knife are 100% tool-less
- Can accept some oversized dado blades that other contractor tablesaws cannot
- One of the longest warranties in the tablesaw world
- The price tag is going to give you sticker shock for sure
- Assembly is a bit of a pain in the neck
4. RIDGID R4512 10 Inch 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw
Contractors have fallen head over heels in love with rigid tools, and for good reason.
Well-made, well-executed, and always easy to use, Ridgid power tools are also very durable and stack up well against the (often much more expensive) competition.
And while most contractors are more familiar with rigid cordless power tools or hand power tools the company has been making huge inroads with their contractor grade “large” power tools like this one.
One of the most popular contractors table saw options money can buy right now, especially at this super affordable price point, you’ll want to be sure that you zero in on everything that the folks at rigid have been able to shoehorn into this top-tier option.
- 13 amp belt-driven motor deliver speeds upwards of 3450 RPM
- Cast-iron tabletop (with extensions) eliminates a lot of vibration and inaccuracy
- One of the best rip fences sold with the tablesaw
- Easily transportable and stable even on uneven surfaces
What We Like About RIDGID R4512 10 Inch 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw
What isn’t there to like about this rigid contractor table saw, really?
Plenty powerful enough to handle cutting all kinds of plywood, studs, and mostly any other material you might have on a job site to run through a table saw the 13 amp motor delivers more than enough power and blade speed to give clean, accurate cuts.
The build quality across the board on this rigid tool is also quite exceptional.
Not only do you get top-tier cast-iron components throughout the top of the table saw (a huge part of making this as accurate as it is), but you also get high-quality stainless steel and aluminum components throughout as well. This guarantees durability and longevity you just don’t find elsewhere at this price point.
The rip fence on this table saw is very impressive, too. We are talking about a rip fence that is on par with what you’d expect from Delta – a brand that is going to be very familiar to serious and professional woodworkers, cabinetry experts, and makers of fine furniture.
The rip fence is made out of 100% aluminum, slides effortlessly throughout the rails, and easy to adjust and align. Also locks right into place without a lot of extra effort.
What We Don’t Like About RIDGID R4512 10 Inch 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw
The only thing that you might have an issue with when it comes to this rigid contractor tablesaw is actually tracking one down.
Sold locally out of Home Depot (almost exclusively) but also available online, this is such a popular option that it is often sold out entirely. If you find one “in the wild” you’re going to want to scoop it up as quickly as you can. It’s just that good!
- By far, the most affordable of all the contractor tablesaws we review
- The three-wheel mobile base unit makes this easy to navigate around job sites
- Cast-iron tabletop improves stability, eliminates vibration, and increases cut accuracy
- Really easy to assemble
- Availability because of its popularity is a little tip or mess
- rigid sometimes slow walks the warranty process
5. Jet 708492K JPS -10TS
Jet is another company that people in the fine furniture and fine woodworking world are going to be super familiar with, but also a company that has been looking to make inroads into the contractor space and DIYer space as well.
This particular contractor level tablesaw is very well-made, very accurate, and capable of producing super clean and consistent cuts time after time. It “deals” a lot of design and engineering components from the Jet cabinet table saws this company produces while innovating in a couple of key areas as well.
- 1.75 hp motor that is belt driven and runs off of 110 V circuitry
- 10-inch blade on a 5/8 inch blade arbor
- 52-inch rip fence capabilities
- Full cast-iron tabletop and extension wings
What We Like About Jet 708492K JPS -10TS
For starters, it’s always nice to see a company like Jet include a lot of their high-end engineering and special features found on (often much more) expensive table saws across the board on their contractor tablesaws, too.
The full cast-iron tabletop, the 1.75 hp build driven motor, and the 52-inch rip fence are all things that you would expect to find on a Jet traditional workshop/woodworking or cabinet tablesaw – but they are also featured on full display here with this contractor unit.
That 52-inch rip fence capacity really helps to separate this option from all others available on the market, too.
Instead of being limited to ripping materials that are only about as wide as a piece of plywood (4 feet) you’re instead going to be able to double – and in some cases triple – your rip capacity when you use this tool on the job.
That’s a game-changer, especially if you are working with bigger sheet materials on job sites.
What We Don’t Like About Jet 708492K JPS -10TS
The oversized nature of the rip fence and the extension wings on this Jet tablesaw does limit its portability a little bit.
There’s no integration with a mobile base, something that almost all contractor saws on the market today feature – with something that is glaringly missing right here.
You can obviously swap the standard base on this unit out for a mobile base (paying a pretty penny along the way) but it would have been nice to see this feature included.
- Really great build quality across the board
- Solid construction materials throughout
- The 10-inch blade is driven at high enough speeds to peel through most materials cleanly
- Fantastic five-year warranty
- Lack of integrated mobile base is immediately noticeable
- The pretty steep price tag
- Not quite as maneuverable as some of the other options out there
6. DEWALT DWE7491RS Contractor Table Saw
DeWalt is one of the most legendary tool manufacturers on the planet and for good reason.
This company has been making top-shelf tools for decades, and the yellow and black tools themselves are found on hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of job sites all over the world.
This table saw is one of their most popular offerings, a contractor table saw that is compact, affordable, and capable – not to mention very extensible with all kinds of OEM and third-party accessories that increase its overall output capacity.
- 15 amp high torque motor spends 10-inch blades at speeds of up to 48,000 RPM
- Runs off of a 110 V power plant
- Integrated dust collection and does channel capabilities
- Full 32.5-inch rip capacity
What We Like About DEWALT DWE7491RS Contractor Table Saw
Where should we start?
Really one of the prototype table saws you can get your hands on these days if you are a contractor, homeowner, or DIYer, there are a lot of people out there (hundreds of thousands, no doubt) that have made this their one and only table saw – and for good reason.
For starters, the overall fit and finish on DeWalt power tools (this one included) are fantastic.
You know exactly what you are getting your hands on when you invest your money in a table saw like this. It is going to work well right out-of-the-box, it’s going to last for years and years, and it isn’t going to require a lot of babysitting or maintenance along the way.
Not exactly as accurate a cutting solution as something you find from Delta or Jet (or other comparable cabinetry style table saws), this table saw is unapologetic about what it is – something made or contractors.
Your cuts are going to be clean, highly accurate (within contractor tolerances for sure), and very consistent. The repeatability of these cuts is what helps to make this DeWalt saw so special.
Add in the fact that it comes with a super portable fold out stand but can also be popped right off and set on a couple of sawhorses or screw down to a base unit in your shop specifically made for it only increases its versatility.
Mix in the almost unlimited amount of third-party accessories you can get your hands on for this DeWalt system (as well as OEM accessories, too) and this is a bit of a no-brainer.
What We Don’t Like About DEWALT DWE7491RS Contractor Table Saw
As we touched on a moment ago, the accuracy of the cuts you’ll get on this contractor tablesaw is not ideal when stacked up against full-blown cabinetry or fine woodworking table saw.
This is something made forgetting rips done on the fly, like sheathing that goes over framing. This isn’t necessarily something you’ll want to use on finish work – though with the right blade set up and a careful eye it will work just as well.
On top of that, the overall rack and pinion movement of this DeWalt tablesaw leaves a little bit to be desired.
- Super smooth table surface
- Contractor specific features throughout
- Runs off of a 15 amp high-powered motor delivering 4800 RPM to the blade
- Super extendable, portable, and customizable
- Legendary DeWalt reputation durability and reliability
- The rack and pinion system is a little bit unstable compared to other options
- A sawdust management system is almost completely nonexistent
7. Bosch 4100-09 Contractor Saw
Bosch is another big player in the world of contractor table saws, responsible for some of the most innovative options to come out of the space in quite a while.
The blue, red, black, and silver tools are definitely found on job sites all over the United States (and the rest of the world), in large part because of how durable they are – particularly when exposed to job site elements.
A little bit smaller than the DeWalt unit mentioned earlier (particularly when you calculate the stand components), this particular Bosch system is similar in a lot of other ways to that top performer.
The price tag here is usually a little bit higher, however, which causes people to trend towards the DeWalt system – unless they really like the colorway that Bosch brings to the table!
- 4 hp motor is belt-driven, delivering 3600 RPM to contractor blades
- 10-inch blade capacity with the ability to accept dado blades
- Really easy to move and maneuver thanks to the portable job site stand
What We Like About Bosch 4100-09 Contractor Saw
The first thing that we like about this Bosch contractor saw is that it is so similar to the DeWalt unit mentioned earlier as far as overall output and capacity are concerned.
The motor here is a little bit stronger but it spends the blades at slightly slower rates (3600 RPM), producing a blade speed that is really good for moving through most construction materials quite easily.
On top of that, the fact that you can pop this Bosch unit off of its portable stand and locking onto a table or stick it on some sawhorses really helps to add to the flexibility of this tool, too.
What We Don’t Like About Bosch 4100-09 Contractor Saw
On the flip side of things, this Bosch tablesaw is loud – REALLY loud!
You are definitely going to year fire up and is going to be hard to have a normal conversation even standing right next to one another when you are working this saw.
A lot of you’ll find it really annoying, especially since so many other top-quality contractor tablesaws have gone to great lengths to quiet their units significantly.
- Really portable
- Really easy to assemble
- Comparable to the DeWalt contractor tablesaw
- 10-inch standard blade and dado blade capacity
- Very loud
- Blade and miter slots are not parallel to one another right out-of-the-box
Out of all the table saw options we highlighted above, the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the pack – at least as far as striking the balance between price, performance, and portability are concerned – has to be the DeWalt DWE7491RS.
The number one choice for contractors all over the world, if you are serious about getting your hands on a contractor level table saw and trust professionals that depend on this tool for their livelihood to get it right there’s just no other choice that makes sense.
When searching for the best contractor table saw, a couple of things need to be considered.
For starters, the blade size on your new contractor table saw is a huge piece of the puzzle. The standard blade size for a table saw sits at 10 inches, giving you 3 ½ inch cut capacities at 90° cuts – but that’s not the only option you’ll be able to pick and choose from.
Some contractor table saws (particularly smaller options) are available in 8-inch configurations, the same kind of saw blade you’ll find in most circular saws. Larger contractor table saws both things up to a 12-inch blade – increasing your overall cut capacity at 90° angles, but sometimes limiting your cut capacity when you need bevels.
The rip fence that your new saw features is also something to zero in on.
This is going to be the most important part of your table saw that keeps your cuts clean and accurate, and investing in a contractor table saw that has high quality and locking rip fence isn’t ever a bad idea.
Of course, a rip fence can always be upgraded (and there are a lot of great aftermarket options out there to pick from). But if you invest your money wisely on a quality contractor table saw with a solid rip fence you won’t have to spend money after the fact to get the performance you are looking for.
Rip capacities of at least 24 inches are critical. This is going to let you buzz through most of the material you’ll be working with (including full sheets of plywood). Very rarely do you need to rip anything larger than that – this isn’t a cabinet tablesaw, after all – but if you can find something that stretches out to 36-inch rip capacity that’s not a bad way to go, either.
Your miter gauge will likely be replaced with a full-blown rip sled or crosscut sled (something you probably make on the job site), but that doesn’t mean that you should overlook this key piece of the puzzle, either.
It’s a good idea to have something right out-of-the-box that cuts straight, pivots from 45° angle to 45° angle with multiple stops along the way, and helps you to get reliable contractor cuts time after time.
The motor of your contractor table saw should be overpowered, especially since it’s likely to see a lot more “use and abuse” than a shop based table saw ever would.
You’ll be powering through all different kinds of materials left and right, ranging from the thinnest plywood all the way up to full-blown 2x12s (or larger) pieces of framing material – sometimes pressure-treated, even.
You’ll need a power plant running your saw blade that’s up to the task. Direct or belt-driven options are much better than they ever used to be, with belt-driven contractor table saws a little bit more powerful than directly driven options.
No matter what, look for a table saw that runs off of 120 V circuitry. You want to be able to hook up your table saw to traditional wall outlets and power supplies rather than have to hunt for a 220 V circuit to log into.
Lastly, it’s not a bad idea to look for table saws that have the following core features:
- Easy to reach and manipulate on and off switches, as well as emergency off switches
- Easy ability to fold away into a (relatively) compact footprint for storage
- A 5/8 inch arbor (at minimum)
- A removable throat plate that you can replace or adjust as necessary
- Easy elevation and tilt wheels to manipulate the blade itself
- Accessory options and accessory mounting plates that increase the versatility of your table saw
- Dust collection components, even if you anticipate running this table saw out a trailer or outside most of the time
Take off as many of those boxes as you can – maybe including table extensions, dado blade capabilities, feather board options, etc. – and you’ll always be happy with the contractor table saw you end up purchasing.