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If you’re in the market for a new sawhorse, you need to make sure that you get a good model that will give you a long life of easy, stress-free use. Sawhorses are one of those tools that you know are working well when you never have to think about them, but if you get a crummy model, they’re going to cause you far more stress than they’re worth.
If you’ve never owned a sawhorse before, or if you’re looking to brush up on your sawhorse knowledge before making your next buy, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not always easy to shop online, but we’ve assembled a list of reviews of some of the best sawhorses of 2019, to make navigating the online sales process a little bit easier. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide so that you can gain an in-depth understanding of sawhorses and see some of the thinking that went into our rankings and reviews.
|WORX Pegasus WX051 Portable Sawhorse|
|Rockwell JawHorse RK9003||5 Years||4.7/5|
|2x4basics 90196 2-pack|
|Keter Folding Sawhorse 197283||2 Years||4.4/5|
|ToughBuilt TB-C550||1 Year||4.3/5|
The WORX Pegasus WX051 is an innovative design that manages to capture some of the best features of both a work table and a portable sawhorse in a single unit. When you want to switch from table to sawhorse mode, all you have to do is lower the hinged tabletop, and you’ll be good to go. The plastic-and-aluminum frame isn’t the strongest you’ll find on the market, but it holds up well, and cuts a lot of weight out of the design, making this model quite portable.
It also comes with interior tool storage, which can be useful if you’re going to be working on the go, or if you want to keep certain tools nearby in your shop. While this model does come with a pair of built-in clamps, they aren’t the strongest on the market, and the reinforcing plastic webbing on the bottom of the table means you can’t use your aftermarket clamps. However, if you’re looking for a portable worktable and a portable sawhorse, having both in a single unit makes for a fantastic deal.
The Rockwell JawHorse RK9003 is an excellent sawhorse with what’s arguably the best clamp on a sawhorse on the market. The clamp can provide up to a metric ton of force, which is about 2205 pounds. That’s a crazy amount of clamping force, enough to secure just about anything you can lift up onto the surface. It’s also sturdily-built and can hold objects of up to 600 pounds. Odds are, if you can get it up onto this sawhorse, it can support the weight and keep it securely in place.
It also comes with an innovative foot-control for the clamping system, which means you can hold the thing you’re securing in place with two hands while setting the clamps with a foot. This feature is extremely useful, especially if you’re going to be working with something heavy or bulky and would love to have an extra hand on it while setting the clamps. This model has inconsistent quality control, which sometimes means that the clamp arrives frozen or one of the legs folds down with much more difficulty than the others. The quality control problems are what ultimately keep this great model out of first.
If you’re looking to save some money on a sawhorse, and have access to 2x4s, then the 2x4basics 90196 2-pack is the best-value sawhorse for you. It comes with a plastic bracket that you can use to build your sawhorse out of 2x4s. One of the big upsides to this is that you’re not beholden to the standard sawhorse size. If you’ve always wanted a longer or taller sawhorse, you’re in luck, as you can build this model up to 8 feet long and 4 feet high so that you can customize it to the project at hand.
This also means that it’s easy to repair. If any of your 2x4s break, you can always cut a new one and replace it, something that you can’t do with a factory-built sawhorse. However, the brackets are made of plastic instead of metal and sometimes arrive miscast, which means you have to plane down your 2x4s to get them to fit. However, most units are good, and if you’re looking for a sawhorse that you can build and customize yourself, this is the model for you.
The best thing about the Keter Folding Sawhorse 197283 is that it is extremely portable. When you’re done using it, it folds down to easy-to-carry shape roughly the same size as a large briefcase. It’s also very strong despite its largely-plastic construction, holding up to 1000 pounds of weight on its surface. Width-wise, it’s a bit bigger than your standard sawhorse, and the table part doesn’t fold down like the first entry on our list, so it’s more of an undersized portable table than a true worktable/sawhorse hybrid.
However, since it uses too much plastic, it’s prone to inopportune breaking, especially while you’re moving it, or while it’s shipped to you. The manufacturers also include different clamps seemingly at random, meaning that you may not get the ones that you think you’re getting. Overall, this model has some upside, especially in portability, but its durability concerns mean that you can get better value on other models.
This folding sawhorse from ToughBuilt doubles as a job site table—thanks to notches that allow for two 2x4s to be used as table supports between sawhorses. With a weight rating of 2,200 pounds for the pair, these are very strong sawhorses that should be able to hold up most anything. That said, they don’t deal with side loading well, so be careful how hard you push on them.
The legs are not height-adjustable, so you get a standard height of 29 inches only. Since they’re sold individually, they do end up costing a bit more than other sawhorses. Of course, these are very rugged compared to some of the cheaper plastic ones. The hardware is the only weak point, and ours did snap a bolt. It’s portable and strong, though we don’t think it’s the best option in the price range.
Hitachi is now Metabo HTP, the brand that makes this folding sawhorse. Made from lightweight plastic, the pair is rated up to 1,200 pounds, though it only does so under perfect conditions. We found the plastic to be a bit too thin and flimsy for our liking. When open, they’re still too narrow, making them easy to tip over, even when under load.
Four sawbucks are included can fit a 2×4 laid on its side. A shelf and cord hooks are also built-in for convenience. Unfortunately, our first one arrived with one of them being smashed! This is not an entirely uncommon problem with this sawhorse. With some improved quality control and stronger materials, this sawhorse would be greatly improved.
If you want the cheapest possible alternative, or if you want a much larger than standard sawhorse, then these steel sawhorse brackets may be something you’d consider. You’ll use 2x4s for the legs and cross brace, meaning you could make your sawhorses as tall and as long as you like. Want a 10-foot tall sawhorse that’s 10 feet long? Well, now you can make one.
Although it’s designed for the 2x4s to fit right in, it actually requires quite a bit of work as they seem to be just a hair undersized. We had to wrestle with the brackets to get them on. Once everything was put together though, they were strong and stable. Remember, these won’t collapse for storage, and pulling them apart would be a pain. Unless you need the extra size that these would allow you to build your sawhorse to, we think you get a lot more bang for your buck with some of the higher-ranking models on this list.
These lightweight plastic sawhorses from WORX are each equipped with a trigger-handle bar clamp to hold onto whatever you’re working on. Being one of the main selling points of the item, we expected them to be a useful feature. To our dismay, they were quite weak, and the plastic broke easily. One actually bent just from trying to clamp it down all the way.
With a folded depth of just 2.5 inches, you can easily store these sawhorses when they’re not in use. With a capacity of 1,000 pounds together they ought to be able to hold up to sustained use. In truth, the plastic is quite thin, making the entire unit flimsy. While they may be fine for holding stationary items, we don’t recommend using them for more intense work with higher pressure demands such as for making cuts with a power saw. Despite the obvious drawbacks, this is actually one of the higher-priced sawhorses.
With a weight capacity of just 275 pounds each, we didn’t expect the Forup portable folding sawhorse to be a beast by any means. We did expect it to be able to handle some basic work though. With just four sheets of wood on top, much less than the weighted 550 pounds for the pair, the legs gave out. We think it was from the lateral pressure of adding the fourth sheet, but it’s still not up to par.
Where this sawhorse does shine is in its small folded size. When folded, it is nice and small, perfect for storing. A carrying handle on each one also makes it easy to transport. Despite how portable and storable this model is, its lack of strength means it’s only suitable for the most basic of work.
The design of this Goplus folding sawhorse is quite different from most of the other ones on the market. It features an A-frame stand with a cross-support that can be raised and lowered independently. This allows for excellent adjustability from 31.5 to 51 inches high. They also fold completely flat for easy storage that doesn’t take up too much space. Although respectable, the 440-pound capacity of each sawhorse isn’t even quite as high as many of the plastic sawhorse models, though the price is actually higher.
Functionally, these sawhorses are great. The real problem is how they are shipped. Most sawhorses are delivered complete and ready to be used. The Goplus sawhorses instead come completely disassembled and must be put together by you at home. This wouldn’t be too bad, except the parts were all over and the instructions were awful! Missing pieces added to the confusion, resulting in a trip to the hardware store just to get them setup. Once assembled, they work well, but the headache of getting them to work is more than most people will want to deal with.
Hopefully, our reviews have helped you understand what separates the very best sawhorses from the others. However, if you’re still unsure which model is right for you or want to make sure you have a thorough understanding of sawhorses before you buy, be sure to check out this buyer’s guide. It’s packed full of great general information about sawhorses, as well as some insight into why we emphasized certain attributes in our reviews.
Your grandfather’s sawhorse is no longer the best thing on the market, and you shouldn’t think about buying a sawhorse only regarding what they used to be able to do. Modern sawhorse design, as silly as it sounds, has progressed far beyond simple wooden structures designed to have wood resting on them.
Today’s sawhorses are generally built out of plastic or a mixture of plastic an aluminum, which makes them extremely sturdy and capable of holding a lot of weight, but also extremely lightweight, meaning you can move them around with ease compared to the heavy wooden models. This feature may not sound like a big deal, but if you’re going to be moving your sawhorse around a lot, or you have a bad back, you’re going to want to get a lightweight model. You’ll enjoy using it far more in the long run.
The switch from wood to plastic has also enabled companies to get innovative in their designs. Combination sawhorses/workbenches are growing in popularity, and that’s due in large part to the inherent logic of the situation. Why have both a portable workbench and a portable sawhorse, if you can have both?
If you’re going to be working in a situation where portability is at a premium, you really can’t go wrong with a portable combination sawhorse/workbench. These models also often come with tool storage, so you can keep the tools you’re going to need handy in the table so that you always have access to them when you’re on the go. These devices aren’t going to replace the stationary workbench in your shop, but they do a good job of creating a similar experience while you’re on the go.
One final piece of tech to consider are the folding legs on a portable sawhorse. Different models have different eases of use, and that means that they take different amounts of time for setup and take down. If you want to save time in these areas, you should look for a model that makes this process as easy as possible.
While it may seem odd to dedicate part of a buyer’s guide on sawhorses to clamps, the fact of the matter is that many modern sawhorses come with clamps included, which means that evaluating the clamps has become an integral part of evaluating the sawhorse as a whole.
With an old-school sawhorse, you could use any clamps that would fit for the project at hand. However, many new plastic sawhorses are going to have limited compatibility with aftermarket clamps. This problem is due to a lot of factors, but one of the primary ones is that many plastic sawhorses use a plastic webbing or grid underneath the plastic tabletop to increase strength without adding significantly to weight. That means that you can’t use a clamp braced against the underside of the table since it is likely to damage the webbing or fail to find a good purchase.
The good news is that many modern sawhorses come with their clamps. In many situations, you won’t have to worry about using an aftermarket set of clamps. Instead, you can use the clamps that come with the sawhorse. And, in many cases, the included clamps are very, very good, capable of exerting hundreds, and sometimes thousands of pounds of force.
However, sometimes the clamps aren’t so great. And since you can’t use aftermarket clamps, you’re stuck with a subpar experience. So, having bad clamps is something that could be a deal breaker for many people looking to buy a sawhorse, as there’s no real workaround to the problem.
One of the final but very important things to consider when buying a sawhorse is how sturdy and strong it is. When we’re talking about sturdiness, we’re talking about how well the model holds up to repeated use. Some are built out of higher-quality materials and will last much longer, while others are made from cheap materials and won’t last nearly as long.
A good way to tell if a sawhorse is built with sturdiness in mind is to check if the plastic is reinforced with any metal, such as aluminum, which you’ll commonly find in portable models.
You’re also going to want to check how strong the sawhorses are, or what their total weight capacity is. The more weight it can support, the bigger the project that you can do. Smaller jobs will put less wear on the machines over time.
One of the most important things you can do when shopping for a sawhorse is to make sure that you know what kinds of jobs you’re going to do. Then, instead of going for a cheap model or an expensive model with all the bells and whistles that you won’t use, try and find a model that has all of the features that you need. That way, you’ll get great value out of your buy.
The WORX Pegasus WX051 fuses an innovative design with a portable frame, making it the top choice on our list. The Rockwell JawHorse RK9003’s foot-controlled clamp, high clamping power, and sturdy frame are only kept out of first because of quality-control issues. The 2x4basics 90196 2-pack is the best value sawhorse on our list, as you can cheaply customize it to be just about any shape you want. The Keter Folding Sawhorse 197283 is very portable but suffers from serious quality-control problems. The Professional Woodworker 52229 is a cheap, traditional sawhorse, which provides more problems than value.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you understand what separates great sawhorses from the rest of the herd. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to find the model that works best for you.
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