Updated: June 8, 2015
Contractor Saw Reviews:Table saws have evolved over the years but contractor saws are still some of the most popular table saws you will come across in reviews. A good contractors saw should be versatile and precise no matter whether it's used on a jobsite or in the shop. It should be able to shape, miter, square, rip, and groove wood. The heavier, more powerful cabinet saws are great when working in workshops, but the better contractor saws are mobile and you can take them to job sites. You'll also save quite a bit of money if you can manage with a contractors saw instead of the cabinet saws which are much more expensive. Delta and Jet are the leaders when it comes to top rated contractor saws and most will cost you between $600 and $1000. The high end Powermatics are not much more than $1100, so it's worth looking into those if you have a few extra $100 to spend.
Buying Guide - You will find that contractor table saws vibrate quite a bit (compared to cabinet saws), have more dust (since they are open bodied), and lack a little power on denser woods, but overall they perform admirable. The vast majority all have 1 1/2 HP motors to help power you through your workload. Ultimately you want a saw that will give you the needed accuracy on smaller cuts and the sheer power when ripping stock lumber. Keep in mind that you will have to assemble the saw when it arrives at your house and we read online that it takes between 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours - depending on features and model/manufacturer. You'll want to become familiar with the assembly/disassembly process since odds are you will be moving it from work site to work site. The good news is that you don't have to break it all apart just to move it - only a few things need to be disassembled and put together again when transporting a contractor saw. Adjustments are a way of life if you use a contractors saw so you want to find a product which makes it easy on the operator to make slight or major adjustments. You want tilt adjustments and blade height changes to go smoothly and quickly so you can get on with your work. The fence needs to be reliable and smooth - Jet, Powermatic, and Delta have the best ones. Safety features like blade guards and switches are mandatory on any saw you buy so you can stay safe operating it. Look for a contractor table saw with a sturdy base - a solid, heavy base means less vibration while running it. We found some great buying guides for contractor saws - one done by David Wright on Woodcentral.com and the other by Joe Youcha on Toolsofthetrade.net. Also, Toolcrib.com had a nice article with recommendations as to which contractor saws are worth the $$$. Individual product reviews for the Powermatic 64A on Sawdustandshavings.com and one for the Delta #36-682 on Newwoodworker.com really helped us in finding the best contractor saws on the market. Chris Baylor does a wonderful review on the Sawstop CNS175 Contractor Saw and gives it high marks. Lastly, we turned to Amazon.com for their wide selection of saws and very informative owner reviews and comments on the site. After reading dozens of consumer reviews and pitting them against what the experts say, we came up with some clear winners in this category. You can see all the top selling contractor saws online here. They carry all the top brands like Jet, Delta, Grizzly, Makita, Powermatic, Shop Fox, and Bosch.