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Hybrid saws are great because they look nice and cut well while remaining within budget. For many of us woodworkers, we don’t cut enough lumber to require the high horsepower delivered by the cabinet maker saw. Still, we want something a little fancier than the basic carpenter’s table saw.
Choosing a brand that falls somewhere in the middle can be quite challenging, and that’s why we have chosen five different brands to review for you. We’ll go over what each saw is good at and not so good at, and we’ll also discuss and extra features each brand provides. At the end of the reviews, we have included a short buyer’s guide where we take a close look at the hybrid table saw and discuss what it is, as well as what’s important to look for as you shop.
Shop Fox W1837 10″Join us while we take an in-depth look at the hybrid table saw and discuss engine size, safety features, exhaust ports, and more to help you make an educated purchase.
|Best Overall||Shop Fox W1819 Hybrid Table Saw||
|Laguna Tools Fusion Hybrid Table Saw||
|Best Value||Shop Fox W1837 Hybrid Table Saw||
|Powermatic 1791230K Hybrid Table-Saw||
|RIDGID R4512 13-Amp Hybrid Table Saw||
The Shop Fox W1819 is our pick for the best overall hybrid table saw. This model features a polished cast iron table, and the 3-HP motor is one of the strongest on this list. It has plenty of features, like a T-slot miter gauge and a four-inch dust collection port that help you get your work done quickly and accurately. This 10-inch saw can also tilt to a 45-degree angle, and it also has built-in safety features, including thermal overload protection and a riving knife that helps prevent kickback.
The main downside to the Shop Fox W1819 Is that it comes in two separate shipments and it requires quite a bit of assembly. The instructions were hard to follow, and some of the images were a little small for our eyes.
Let’s get this out of the way: the Laguna Tools Fusion hybrid table saw is not geared towards heavy-duty jobs. It does, however, come with mind-blowing features and benefits that make it worth considering, especially if you are looking for something for your hobbyist workshop. The Laguna Tools Fusion is fitted with a sufficient 1¾-HP motor from 110 volts that is more than enough for the weekend DIYer. The 10-inch blade is on par with the standard hybrid table saws.
The table tilts to 45-degrees for precision angled cuts, and the engine is in a dust-free cabinet. Safety features include a quick-release riving knife and a blade cover.
While we were reviewing the Laguna Tools Fusion the only problem, we had was the 4-inch dust collection port didn’t work well and left a lot of dust around the table.
Although not perfect, the Shop Fox W1837 is our pick for the best hybrid table saw for the money. This saw features a potent 2-HP engine that can make short work of most woods. It uses a 10-inch standard saw blade, and the table can tilt to a 45-degree angle. It features a 4-inch dust port that we found to work exceptionally well. It also comes with a lift-off fence and wings for stable, accurate cuts. This hybrid saw also includes plenty of safety features like a quick-change blade guard and anti-kickback pawls. It’s very lightweight when compared to other brands on this list, and it rides on lockable wheels, so you can move it around if you need to.
The biggest downside with the Shop Fox W1837 is flimsy fence and wings. With these parts removed, the saw is much smaller. We also had a hard time assembling the unit, and it took us several hours to get through the challenging instructions.
The Powermatic 1791230K 64B Table Saw accommodates a 10-inch blade. Its 1¾-horsepower engine delivers high RPM, and you run this saw using 120 or 240 volts. It comes with a 50-inch fence, and the table left tilts to 45-degrees, allowing you to cut large boards at precise angles. It also includes the standard safety features, like the anti-kickback riving knife and the see-through blade guard.
We enjoyed using the Powermatic 1791230K 64B Table Saw, but when running on an ordinary outlet, we found the engine was often underpowered for the work we were doing and would bog down. If you want to use this saw for larger jobs, you will need to run it at 240 volts.
The RIDGID R4512 13-Amp Cast Iron Table Saw features a powerful motor capable of producing up to 3450 RPM. It uses a standard 10-inch blade and has a 4-inch dust port to help remove sawdust as you work. It features a finely polished tabletop, and it’s fairly lightweight compared to many of the other brands on this list.
While we were reviewing the RIDGID R4512 13-Amp Cast Iron Table Saw, we felt it had a lot of cutting power, but the fence was impossible to adjust correctly, and it would shift when you lock it down. This shifting fence ruined many boards.
Let’s discuss the most critical elements of the hybrid table saw.
A hybrid table saw is a combination of a cabinet maker saw and a contractor saw. Let’s look at the differences between each.
A contractor saw features an iron table that stands on four legs. The tilt mechanism and the motor both bolt on to the bottom of the table and are exposed. These tables are heavy, but you can move them, and they usually have motors around 1.5 horsepower. These saws are much less expensive than cabinet maker saws, and the exposed nature of the motor makes it easier to maintain. Still, because the parts are exposed, it’s less aesthetically pleasing.
A cabinet maker saw features a purposely built cabinet to house the motor and other components exposed in the contractor saw. These saws often use 3-horsepower motors and require a 240-volt circuit. These saws look nicer than the contractor saw, and they are more powerful, but they are much more expensive, permanent, and harder to maintain.
A hybrid saw is a combination of the two types of saws. A hybrid saw is a contractor saw that places the motor and other components into a wooden cabinet. These saws use the lower-powered motor that does not require a 240-volt circuit, but they are less expensive, more attractive, and the components are better protected.
Now that you know what a hybrid saw is, let’s discuss some of the features to look for while you shop.
As we mentioned earlier, most hybrid tale saws have less horsepower than a cabinet maker saw, but that is not always the case. Our top choice on our list has a 3-HP engine, which is pretty standard for a cabinet maker saw.
We recommend getting the highest horsepower saw your budget allows since this is the heart of the table. An underpowered saw can produce jagged cuts, and an overworked saw can cause the system to overheat, which can lead to equipment failure and even fire.
While not as critical as the horsepower, you might want to look at what type of drive your table saw will use to spin the blade. There are two types of drives available for a hybrid table saw, and they are belt drive and direct drive.
On a direct drive hybrid table saw, the motor is in direct contact with the blade. There is no power lost in transmission, so this type of drive has more cutting power. It also produces fewer vibrations, so cuts are straighter. This type of drive can fit in a smaller space making it perfect for hybrid table saws, and they are less expensive over time because there are no belts to replace.
The downside to direct drive saws is that the blade tends to spin long after you shut off the saw, and the proximity of the motor to the wood means that it is susceptible to getting sawdust in the inner workings. Also, as sawdust builds up around the engine, it can act as insulation, causing it to overheat.
As the name suggests, the belt drive uses a belt to transmit the power from the engine to the blade. These systems are not as prone to sawdust buildup, and the engine typically lasts longer than the engine in a direct drive system. You can cut thicker woods due to the ability to extend the blade further, and you can use very large motors for virtually unlimited horsepower.
The downside to the belt drive is that the belts wear out and changing them costs money and time. Belt drives also tend to be louder.
Dust collection is a crucial feature for all types of the table saw, and we recommend looking for a brand with a four-inch dust port for maximum effectiveness. Many of these require connecting to a vacuum system, so be sure to have it in place before you start cutting.
In this section, we want to talk about the safety features of the machine as well as the ones you wear. Your safety is a vital part of woodworking, and you should never begin cutting without the following protections.
Even if you have adequate dust collection or are working outside, you should always still wear the above protective equipment. Your hybrid table saw can also supply some safety features in the form of a blade guard and a riving knife. Riving knives are essential for preventing kickback, and there are also special kickback bars installed on some brands.
We hope that you have found our hybrid table saw reviews helpful and our buyers guide informative. When it comes to purchasing your next saw, we recommend starting with the most horsepower you can find. Once you have the horsepower, we recommend looking at expandability, like wings and fencing. Net check over the safety features and make sure it has the basics, like a blade guard and a riving knife.
Our top choice is a perfect example of a hybrid table saw we would recommend. The Shop Fox W1819 is the undisputed winner. If you are out to find the best value for your money, we recommend that you seriously consider the Shop Fox W1837.
We truly hope that this guide helps you find the best hybrid table saw for your workshop. Good luck in your search!