Tool Test: Portable 10-in. Tablesaws
These are the first five saws with safety features so well designed that you just might use them.
Synopsis: Tablesaws are usually thought of as large, shop-based tools, yet tool manufacturers have found a way to bring the functionality of the tablesaw to the job site via portable tablesaws. In this tool review, FHB editor-at-large Kevin Ireton takes a look at five portable 10-in. tablesaws. While he finds that four of the saws get the job done, Ireton says that the big news with portable tablesaws is the addition of a riving knife, a safety feature meant to reduce injuries related to kickback. Blade guards and antikickback pawls also make today’s portable tablesaws safer to use.
If you ask me, “portable tablesaw” is an oxymoron. A good tablesaw is big, heavy, and stable. Portability favors small, lightweight, and collapsible. Hence, the better the tablesaw, the less portable it is. I don’t have the luxury of a shop, though, so I need the best tablesaw that I can…