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What to Look for in a Hybrid Table Saw – DIY Woodworker Essential Tool

Buying a hybrid table saw isn’t an easy decision. That’s because you need something that is efficient and reliable. Today, we will show you some of the best hybrid table saws that you can buy and everything that you need to know about them so you can make the right choice for your next project.

Hybrid Table Saw

What is a hybrid table saw?

If you’re not using tools on a regular basis, you probably don’t know what a hybrid table saw is. It is basically a stationary table saw that has a motor inside “the cabinet”. Contractors and DIYers use this saw all the time for their projects.

Top 3 Picks

DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw

This table saw is the top of our list for hybrid table saws because it’s great for all DIY’ers. It is portable, compact enough to store and it does its job for most small jobs as it can cut through 10” of material.

SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw

The runner up on our list is the SKIL table saw. It has 15 amps motor, can cut through 10 inches of material and it has a dust port so that you can cut your material without the mess.

Powermatic 64B 10″ Table Saw

The Powermatic deserved a spot on top 3, because while not portable, it’s one of the saws that gives the most accurate cuts. It also comes with riving knives and has a 30” rip capacity.

How to choose the right hybrid table saw for you

Trying to choose a hybrid table saw can be a daunting experience because you need to choose one that will do the job for you.

Where and how it will be used?

What you want to do with it is the first consideration. The hybrid table saws come in all shapes and sizes. Are you a DIY’er who needs to make just simple cuts such as cutting boards by width and cutting stock by length?? Or do you render furniture and use the screw for bevels, joints to the box, panels, etc.? You should purchase a saw that is sufficient in order to carry out the most complicated projects.

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Location

Where you put the table saw matters. Obviously, it’s best to put it in a place away from children/pets, most preferably in a dedicated area for your projects such as a woodshop, or a room for your wood projects or even the garage.

The Category

Believe it or not, the type of category (saw) that you will be working with. There are usually three different types: Jobsite, Contractor or Cabinet.

Jobsite Saws

Contractors tend to use these kinds of saws the most. They’re a little more effective than bench/compact table saws, but they’re still extremely lightweight. These are the types you’ll find on the jobsite and they’re easy to transport. What’s great about these is that it doesn’t use a lot of electricity from your home and it can be operated on a portable stand or cart or even workbench. It’s perfect for DIY’ers who don’t have a lot of space. The downsides to these is they’re not as powerful as the contractor table saw or even a hybrid table saw (which we’re talking about today) and it can take a lot of time trying to cut something very thick. The tables are on the small side, so you can’t put a lot of stuff on it as well.

Contractor Saws

These types of saws are a popular choice by DIYers. Why? It’s more powerful than the jobsite ones (being 1-2 horsepower) and they’re heavy duty being at least 200 pounds. While it’s heavy, these types of saws are accurate. Also, you get more table space, and it provides support for the bigger projects you’re about to do. One of the most noticeable features about these saws is that it comes with excellent fences as one of their best features. You can still run these saws off the standard 120V voltage so you can definitely still use this at home or at your job site.

Cabinet Saws

These saws are for DIY’ers who are serious about woodworking. These are the big boys because it can do it all. These are extremely powerful at 3-5 horsepower and very accurate. With these saws, you can have the choice for large table extensions and even outfeed tables. You’ll need a large space to fit this saw in because these big boys weigh at least 400+ and obviously you won’t be moving this around. However, these saws require a lot of voltage, so make sure you have enough to supply the power to this type of saw.

The Features of a Hybrid Table Saw

While you can just choose any of the categories and just go on with your day doing your projects, you will likely want some features that come with it to help make woodworking much easier. Here are some features to consider:

Dust Collection

This is a feature you’ll want to look at closely because most likely you’ll be using the saw inside, so you’ll want to make sure the saw you’re buying comes with a dust port so that it collects the dust.

Power

This is an obvious feature that you don’t want to overlook, because you’ll need to make sure your saw is powerful to cut what you want so you’ll make the right investment.

Safety

Safety is a priority obviously when you are using these saws and will usually come with guards but you can also buy additional parts to help make your job easier and safer.

Fence Type

The rip fence must be firmly locked and parallel to the blade. You will be able to buy an improvement with a decent fence if it does not come with the saw.

Bevel Capability

Most of the table saws will tip the blade to the left for angled cuts to create angled cuts. You tilt the blade to the right for some. This is a personal matter of preference. In any case, the exact angle changes should be simple and convenient.

Types of Blades

You’ll have to take in consideration how the blades are changed. At some point, you’ll be switching blades often and you don’t want it to be complicated. If making grooved cuts, make sure that the table saw is compatible with dado blades.

Of course, there’s more features that you may want, but we listed some of the important ones that may influence your decision when it comes time to pick out a table saw.

Do tons of research

We’ve provided some of the best table saws on the market in this guide today, so you can view each one and do your research on which one is better suited for your needs.

The best hybrid table saws

Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw

Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 TablesawView in gallery

The Bosch 4100-10 is a 10-inch table saw that is very durable and obviously very portable. It has 15 Amps and 4.0 mx HP (horsepower) so you know that it will get the job done. You can also get variable speed with this saw and soft start circuitry to help maintain the speed. For your safety, it has the smart guard lock so that you don’t accidentally cut your fingers off. We should mention that this table saw is portable as it’s on wheels, so you can move it anywhere. This table saw is 29 x 32 x 13.25 inches and weighs 60 pounds, so while it’s portable, you’ll want it in a main area (your workshop).

Bosch offers a 1-year limited warranty should there be anything wrong with this table saw.

Pros:

  • 25-inch rip capacity
  • Portable
  • Soft start circuitry

Cons:

  • Unsealed bearings in motors

DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw

DEWALT 10-Inch Table SawView in gallery

The DeWalt DWE7491 is one of the most popular job site table saws out there. It’s known for the great fence system and of course it’s portability. It weighs in at 90 pounds and it’s decent sized with the dimensions being 31 x 24.5 x 31 inches. This table saw has a 10-inch cutting diameter and has a speed of 42,000 RPM so you can rely on this table saw to do its job. It also has 32 ½ inch rip capacity and the other cool feature about this saw is the fence is secured on front & back, so that means there won’t be any flex from the pressure of the wood.

Dewalt offers a limited 3-year warranty should you have any issues with this table saw.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Excellent fence system
  • Accurate cutting due to no flexing

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support Dado blades

SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw

SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table SawView in gallery

If you’re on a budget and want a durable table saw, you should consider the Skil 10 inch Jobsite table saw. It has the power and capacity to tackle any kind of wood cutting you need to do (15-amp motor & 10” table saw) with 25 ½ inch rip capacity. It also comes with a foldable stand so that you can put the 51-pound saw on wheels and move it around your workshop. What’s good about this saw, is that Dado stacks are compatible with this table saw and the saw comes with the extra features:

  • Dust Port Elbow
  • Safety anti restart switch
  • Onboard storage for your other small tools

This table saw comes with a limited 3-year warranty should you have any issue with the parts.

Pros:

  • Budget friendly
  • Durable
  • Comes with cart

Cons:

  • No guide bar included, so there can be safety issues

JET JPS-10 115V 30″ ProShop Table Saw

JET JPS-10 115V 30" ProShop Table SawView in gallery

Here is a high-end table saw by JET that you should consider for your home. It is compact so that means if you have a smaller workspace, this table saw will fit right in. It has a redesigned transparent blade guard with independent leaves and a quick-release riving knife to ensure your safety and less chances of kickback. With this one, you get a 30” rip capacity, which is pretty good in our opinion.

There is a limited 5-year warranty should you have issues with this table saw.

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Quick release riving knife
  • 30” rip capacity

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have dado blade compatibility

Powermatic 64B 10″ Table Saw

Powermatic 64B 10" Table SawView in gallery

The Powermatic 64B is one of the bigger table saws in this roundup as it’s also considered a contractor saw, which means this saw is stationary. It has a 1.75 HP and a standard 115V motor (that can be rewired to 230V, you can read the instructions in the manual). The 64B has cast iron tables, a decent fence and everything can be adjusted. This model has a 30-inch rip capacity and can take up to 10 inch blades. The saw comes with two riving knives (which a lot of table saws don’t provide) and are replaceable. It also comes with the extra features:

  • Quick release riving knife
  • Cast iron Trunnion
  • Built in dust port

The Powermatic 64 table saw comes with a limited 5-year warranty should there be any issues with this saw.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Comes with two riving knives
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Not portable

FAQ

What is the best hybrid table saw?

For the most experienced DIY’er we would suggest the Powermatic 64B 10″ Table Saw because it can make accurate cuts, has 2 riving knives and more.

What is the best table saw for DIY?

We suggest the DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw because it has an amazing fence system and it’s portable, so if you have a smaller workspace, it’s perfect.

What is the best table saw for a beginner?

It’s really hard to choose between DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw & JET JPS-10 115V 30″ ProShop Table Saw but if we had to choose, it would be the JET Proshop Table Saw. Why? Because it’s small, compact and has just enough features to get you started on your projects.

Bottom Line

We hope that you have enjoyed reading today’s guides on hybrid table saws. Remember to do some research on which ones that would be most suited for the projects you are taking on. If you want to let you know what you’ve thought about this guide, please let us know in the comments!