Table Saw Reviews – SawStop, Jet, Powermatic and Steel City
It’s time for a short round-up of the most useful table saw reviews we have published in the magazine and on the blog. What’s the best table saw for you? Well, it depends on your approach to the craft. Today’s summary will focus on some of the larger models – cabinet saws and the so-called “hybrids” that our editors have examined and used. Stay tuned to future posts for a round-up of smaller models, including the often overlooked benchtop table saws, and some information on European machines.
For the purposes of this table saw reviews summary, I have not drawn a line in the sand between current models in production from the manufacturer and older models that are only available on the used market. In reality, when you’re going to shop for a table saw, you’ll be looking at both new and used machines.
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Click here for Glen Huey’s review of the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw, as it appeared when first introduced to the market. This will give you a sense of the key features to the PCS model, if this is the range you are considering.
Click here for Glen’s review of the SawStop Contractor Saw, included here even though it is not a fully enclosed hybrid table saw because the dust shroud makes it a comparable model.
And while we’re talking SawStop, don’t miss this post that shows you all about the innovative dust collection system featured in this line.
Click here for an older, but still quite useful review from David Thiel on the Powermatic PM2000, one of the great standbys in the large table saw range.
Bob Lang wrote a really useful review of the Steel City 35601 – a hybrid model – in 2007. This is an older model that you may find on the used market. Click here to see the original review as a PDF.
Popular Woodworking Magazine was one of the first groups to cover Steel City’s innovative granite beds. Read that original review by clicking here.
The Jet ProShop was another of our “Editors’ Picks” among the hybrid models. It stood out for its superb fence system.