Shopping for a Chopsaw Stand
If you've been working with your saw on the floor and your work propped up on 2x4 blocks, it may be time to get off your knees.
Synopsis: This tool survey compares the specifications and features of 17 chopsaw stands, which range in price from $40 to $650. The author provides a brief overview of each stand that focuses on its ease of assembly, quality, and portability.
For years I cobbled up a chopsaw stand for every job I worked on. I’d use different combinations of plywood and 2x’s on top of sawhorses. When sliding compound-miter saws came out, I got a manufactured stand. But last year, a week before Christmas, my truck was stolen along with every tool I owned, including my chopsaw stand. I didn’t mind losing the truck, but the tools.
I bought the same kind of truck that I had before. But I wasn’t as sure about the saw stand. The market had expanded since my first purchase, and I had a lot of choices. I wanted something lightweight, strong and durable. I thought I wanted long extension tables. And I didn’t want to spend all day setting up my workstation. With these criteria, I went to see what was out there.
When I wrote this article, I did my best to round up every saw stand on the market. But since I finished the article, others have surfaced, too late to be included, and I fear that there are more out there that I haven’t even heard of. I hope this discussion of the various aspects of saw stands will be a guide toward making educated assessments of stands that might have escaped my attention.
Sorting out the differences between saw stands
If this article had been a review of, say, circular saws, I could have sorted the tools by blade size and amp rating. However, the more I looked at these saw stands, the more I realized how…