Complete Buyer's Guide and Reviews of the Best Cabinet Table Saws On The Market

Reviews by woodworkers for woodworkers

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For professional woodworkers, millworking companies, furniture makers and even some small scale manufacturers, the table saw will be the most used piece of equipment in their facility. Needless to say it is a decision that should be given some thought and you should make sure that you are getting the right machine for your business.

Why your shop needs a great cabinet saw & why a standard table saw isn't enough

Your full sized table saw or cabinet saw as it is often referred to as, will be the most used piece of equipment in your shop. 

If you are a small scale millworks company, repair shop, maker space or another business that rely’s on your tools to make a living, you already know that having the right equipment makes a large difference. 

It is well understood that the increased horsepower means cleaner, faster cuts through even the densest, thickest wood. One other benefit of heavy duty saws such as these cabinet saws is just how stable they are. Cabinet saws are not designed for contractors that need their saw on the job, they are designed to be heavy duty and make precise accurate cuts. The saws we recommend here, offer just that.

Full sized table saws (cabinet saws) allow you to:

  • Cut dense, thick wood. You won’t have any problem cutting dense stock
  • Have large work surfaces and outfeed tables. Because these machines are designed for millworks companies, there is plenty of room to maneuver your project. This room is also great for those woodworkers that create their own sleds.
  • Highly accurate cutting. The sheer size and power of these machines means faster, more accurate cuts.

What features should your new table saw offer?

Knowing what specs you’ll need in your table saw will help make an informed decision on what equipment to put in your shop.

  • Horsepower. Most full sized cabinet saws lines start at 3HP and some saws such as Powermatic’s line run all the way up to 7.5 HP.
    • If you work with a lot of hard woods and thick stock, look at band saws with at least 4 HP.
  • Dimensions. The sizes are fairly comparable from brand to brand. Just make sure you have room in your shop for this beast.
  • Enclosed base. There are a handful of retailers that will market their hybrid saws as cabinet saws…don’t be fooled. If your saw stands on legs, it’s a hybrid. There are great hybrid saws on the market…but they’re not cabinet saws.

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  • Brand name. There are a few brands to avoid. If you buy any of the products that we feature, you’ll be doing just fine.
  • Fence system. Woodworkers can be picky. Just make sure your saw is compatible with your favorite fence system. If you’re buying anything from our list, your fence will fit just fine.

Laguna - Fusion F3 Table Saw

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Winner: Best Cabinet Saw

Laguna has long been our favorite name when it comed to woodworking. Their Fusion F3 sets the standard when it comes to commercial table saws or cabinet saws.

Both 36″ and 52″ rip options are available and all saws come with built-in dust collection. The only knock on this saw is it has 3HP instead of the 5 that is offered by the Powermatic saw. While this is plenty for 95% of wood shops, some companies opt for the Powermatic as it is a bit heavier and more powerful.

Not only is the Laguna the best cabinet saw on the market in my own (and other woodworkers) opinion. It is also the lowest price option. This is a clear purchase.

  • Great name brand and warranty
  • Competitively priced
  • Easy to clean and adjust
  • Built in dust collection
  • Slightly smaller than other saws.
  • No infeed or outfeed table option

Powermatic - Table Saw 5HP, 50" RIP, Model PM2000B

Powermatic specializes in building heavy-duty machines for the professional woodworker. Because of this, they offer more options of heavy duty cabinet saws.

Their 5HP model is possibly the heaviest, most powerful cabinet saw on the market. This saw offers unparalleled stability and power.

  • Very sturdy, low vibration
  • Strong warranty and name brand
  • 5 HP & 50″ RIP
  • Easily adjustable
  • Priced above the comparable Laguna saw.

Jet - 3HP Deluxe Table Saw with 50" Rip Capacity

Jet has been making professional woodworking products for over 30 years and has built a strong reputation as making reliable equipment.

While the 50″ rip capacity and the 3 horsepower are strong metrics for a cabinet saw, I find that the lack of an infeed and outfeed table add-on makes this saw less popular with millworking companies. Regardless, Jet is still a strong brand and this is a quality saw.

  • Sturdy, low vibration
  • Strong warranty and name brand
  • 3 HP & 50″ rip is enough for any professional woodworker
  • No infeed or outfeed table option
  • Priced a bit higher than the competing Laguna saw

Can I Make Due With A Hybrid Table Saw or Contractor Saw?

If you’re a mill working business, cabinet maker or other full-time woodworking business, it would be a wise investment to upgrade to a cabinet saw that will last you a generation. Hybrids are great tools for businesses that do SOME woodworking, but if wood is more than 30% of your business, opt for the full-sized machine.

Contractor saws are a no-go. If you’re a hobbyist or contractor, they’re portability is great and their power may be sufficient. However, they don’t belong in a mill working shop.

Cabinet Table Saws In Action

Renowned for their safety, have a look at this full-sized SawStop saw in action and see if it would be a fit for your business. As mentioned above, keeping your fingers is a nice touch that the SawStop offers.