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Contractor saws have a professional design best suited for men and women who spend all day on the job site. Even if you aren’t a contractor though, you can get the power, speed and performance that you want with a hybrid saw.
These saws combine all the benefits of a professional contractor saw with all the benefits of a 3-hp cabinet saw. While light enough that you can almost pick one up and carry it with you, these saws also run quieter and have more speed than traditional table saws do. The model I recommend to most people is the Shop Fox W1824.
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Our Favorite Hybrid Table Saws On The Market
The 4 Top Rated Hybrid Saws (2020)
1. Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw with Extension Table
The Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw ranks as one of the top saws on the market because of its great features and affordable price. Made from cast iron, the table weighs more than others on the market but provides you with all the strength that you need. You can put the hardiest of woods on top without worrying that the cabinet might give way. Metal handwheels on both the front and sides make it easier for you to move wood along the saw blade, and the blade itself has a quick release design that makes it easier to pop it out and switch between blades. It also comes with a handy extended table that lets you actually extend the length of the table to get more control when working with larger pieces of wood. Shop Fox also included a four inch dust port on the bottom for additional convenience.
2. Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series
As one of the more affordable hybrid table saws on the market, the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is popular among those just starting out and those looking for a good introductory hybrid saw with a solid riving knife and blade guard plus great dust collection capabilities. Grizzly made this one a little more lightweight than other similar saws, which gives you the freedom to pick it up and move it around your work area. Despite its smaller weight, it still comes with great features like a removable riving knife with a blade guard that protects your hands, a T-Shaped fence and a two-horsepower engine. Grizzly added a powder coated white finish to the cabinet, and that powder coated finish will hold up to all the dust flying around your work space. You’ll also appreciate the adjustable knobs, four inch dust port and fence system that helps you glide your materials right across the top with total ease.
3. Shop Fox W1837 10″ 2 hp Open-Stand
One look at the W1837 10” 2 hp Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw from Shop Fox will make you feel like you’re in a professional woodworking studio. Though it costs more than some of the others on this list, once you look at some of its features, you’ll understand why so many wood enthusiasts have one in their studios. Large trunnions made from cast iron sit just beneath the tabletop and support both the top and any of the materials you place on the saw. Cast iron accents abound on other parts of this hybrid saw too, and Shop Fox powder coated the cabinet for additional durability. Its two-horsepower engine is more powerful than some of the others on the list, which lets you know that it can cut through almost any type of wood. You’ll also like the clear shield placed over the riving saw, its flip stop miter force and 34-inch height.
4. Woodtek 159665, Machinery, Table Saws, 10″ Lt 2hp Hybrid
The Woodtek 159664 Machinery Hybrid Table Saw that made this list looks completely unlike any of the other best hybrid table saws you might see today. Instead of using a plain and almost boring powder coating on the cabinet, this one uses funky paint colors in green and yellow. The manufacturer added gliding caster wheels along the legs that help you easily move the saw around your shop without any help. Weighing more than 250 pounds though, it has the stable base that you need when cutting wood. Unlike other saws that have a partial base, this one has a complete base that keeps all the sawdust and debris you produced locked inside until you clean it out to help you stay safe. It also has a clear guard over the blade that helps you keep track of the blade and your fingers. A 52” fence helps you measure and cut perfectly each and every time too.
Our Favorite Hybrid Saw
After looking at some of the top models, you may still wonder which one is the best hybrid table saw. The top hybrid saw currently available is the Shop Fox W1824. Despite its affordable price, this saw is strong enough and has a high enough rip capacity for any professional to use but comes with all the safety features and convenience that those with less experience need. Not only does it feature a cast iron cabinet with a white powder coated finish, but it also features cast iron trunnions placed around the edges of the cast iron table to support its top. It has superior dust control. Woodworking enthusiasts will also appreciate the T-shaped fence, its miter gauge and the extension table. Use that table saw to measure larger pieces of wood and work on serious projects with ease. Other features that make the W1824 one of the best around include its easy turning handwheels, quick release blade assembly, t-slot miter gauge, knurled knobs and retractable anti-kickback pawls.
How to Choose the Perfect Hybrid Saw – Buying Guide
With a table saw, you can make quick work of all those cabinetry products on your to do list, but buying one requires that you think about what you need and take a look at all the great features out there. Unlike other saws that sit on top of a full cabinet, these saws only feature a partial cabinet. That helps dull some of the noise produced and keeps sawdust from flying all over your work space. You’ll still want to take a look at the size of the bag that comes with the saw. As this bag catches the sawdust, you’ll want one that has a larger bag, which lets you spend more time working and less time cleaning.
You also want to look at the blade size. Many of these saws come with a 12, which is a good middle of the road size. Many carpenters prefer a smaller 10 inch blade though because it gives them more control. While it’s also helpful to look at horsepower, you won’t find a lot of different options. Many of the top selling designs use produce two to three horsepower.
Whether you’re an expert or something of a novice, always pay attention to the safety features available on that saw. Even the most advanced of woodworkers can lose a finger when working with one of these saws. Some come with a magnetic switch that will automatically turn off the blade when there is any disruption in the power supply, and others have a sensor that will automatically turn off the saw when it comes into contact with human skin.
Another thing to consider when buying a hybrid saw is the overall price. While you might find a lower end model hybrid table priced at under $1,000, most of the top rated saws cost between $1,200 and $2,000.