Benchtop Table Saw Reviews – and Information on European Models

This is part two of two in my round-up of our most useful table saw reviews. Part one covered the larger models. Today I’m covering benchtop table saws. There’s also a section of links to our posts on European table saws, a category that includes both small and large table saws. You’ll read below why I included this category alongside benchtop saws.

As with the round-up of larger models, I did not draw a distinction in this post between new table saw models available from the manufacturer and older saws that are only available today on the used market. I’m assuming that if you are in the market at all, you are looking at both new and used.

By the way, our “Essential Guide to Table Saws” and all other table saw techniques resources are on sale at 50% off during our Fall Sale. The sale is effective only until Saturday, so act now!


Benchtop Table Saws

BenchTopGroupWhen Popular Woodworking completed a full test of several benchtop models, the Bosch 4100 emerged as the clear pick. Click here to read the summary of that review.

Also consider one model, the General International, that emerged after we published that original full test. Click here for Glen’s article.

Finally, if you’re a beginner setting up your first shop, read the comments from our community in this blog post so that you are aware of the full range of factors that go into this decision on benchtop saws – and first table saws in general.

European Table Saws

britSaw31Why consider a European table saw? Well, as Bob Lang points out in this article, the British think we’re daft for considering anything else.

But if space is at a premium in your shop, there’s another reason to look at European table saws. These manufacturers were ahead of the curve in space-saving innovations – combination woodworking machines that are table-saw based. Click here to read Kelly Mehler’s two-page post on this and all other factors to consider with these models.

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Dan apprenticed and worked in two professional shops during the years after college. But sweeping shop floors only goes so far toward learning woodworking. These days Dan is online editor for Popular Woodworking, and is learning new skills every day. He divides his time between Boston and Maine.

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