Testing the Best Portable Tablesaws
Power, precision, portability, and 24-in. rip capacity for under $600.
Synopsis: This tool review from 2005 explains the basic features of portable tablesaws, helping any shopper know what’s important and what isn’t. The article goes on to test and rate seven current models.
More than 20 years have passed since Makita rolled out the first portable table-saw; that was just about when I began my carpentry career. As innovative as that benchtop Makita was, it just didn’t offer the features or performance that most carpenters needed, so many of us stuck with the current state of the art in portability: contractor’s saws or circular saws with rip guides. A lot has changed since then. I’m no longer a builder, and portable tablesaws are light-years better.
The new breed of portable tablesaws just may make benchtop and contractor’s saws obsolete. They’re powerful enough to rip framing lumber and portable enough to move single-handedly, and the fences are precise…