Top Budget Table Saws – Our Recommendations
A table saw can make all the difference to your woodworking and professional projects. These saws are used, for the most part, to cut to size large panels and sheet materials. This could be plywood, MDF or even aluminium.
Unlike a mitre saw, the blade sticks up through the surface of the table, this table supports the material, and depth of cut is managed by moving the blade up and down. Although mitre saws are mostly used for angled cut, some table saws do have a blade that can be angled too.
VonHaus Table Saw
VonHaus’s 1800 watt ten-inch table saw is a strong competitor for the best budget table saw. Coming from a brand that makes a whole host of tools – from the kitchen to the garage to the workshop – you might expect some underperformance. However, this saw has a large working area, a powerful blade and wide-angled cross stop for making bevel and mitre cuts.
The overall look of the VonHaus is a standard table saw. The body sits on four legs and has a table on top. The legs can be removed if you want to simply have it sitting on a workbench instead.
Looking at the table, you can see the budget shine through a little bit. The arms are quite cheap looking, some bolted on struts rather than a sleek rack and pinion system. Looking past the struts though, you have a wide area to work on.
The general feel of the saw on its legs is good. The weight is a suitable anchor and counterbalance to any sawing activity.
The table measures 642mm by 478mm, this can be extended by a further 452mm, although the rip area on this saw isn’t the most spacious.
Another quality issue is the cross-stop for your angles. It is made from plastic, this could be chipped and cracked over time, and VonHaus do not make it easy to find out where to buy spares.
But yes, you can make angled cuts. The angle scale runs from -60 degrees to +60 degrees. This is great for making mitre cuts. The angle of the blade itself goes from 0 degrees, straight up. You can then angle the blade up to 45 degrees to the right-hand side, as you’re facing the cutting edge.
The cutting depth, on a straight 0 degree cut, is 80mm. Which makes it easy enough to get through some standard timber sizes. At 45 degrees the cutting depth is 65mm, again, enough to get through common timber sizes.
- Cuts through 80mm on a straight cut, 65mm at 45 degrees
- Dust extraction port for making the air safer
- Blade fully winds down to zero-clearance
Furthermore, the blade can be adjusted up and down across its range of depth, anywhere from smidge over a centimetre, to the full 80mm
The blade which ships with the VonHaus is a tungsten carbide tipped 10-incher, 250mm if you’re metric, it has a bore size of 30mm and a kerf of 2.4mm. This is sharp enough and slim enough to do some relatively fine work say on cabinet making excursions.
For smooth operation, the rip fence is manned by a quick-release clamp. It is satisfying to slide workpieces across the table as the surface is powder-coated.
On top of the blade, at the rear end of the guard is the extraction port. VonHaus ship with a hose for your attachment pleasure. The extraction potential of this blower-hole is good enough to keep things free of dust on the working surface, and it provides a noticeable improvement in air quality overall.
The VonHaus table saw is a sound budget investment. If you’re getting into woodworking as a DIYer then it could be the right option for you. It has the advantages of being able to sit on a workbench, or standalone. The cutting capacity is definitely adequate for many projects, being 80mm you’ll get through 2″ timber like butter.
The only things to note are that VonHaus might not offer the best level of support should something break. The struts supporting the table extenders are a bit basic too.
- Volts – 220- 240 V
- Power – 1800 Watts
- No-load Speed – 5500 rpm
- Diameter- 10″ / 255 mm
- Bore – 30 mm
- Kerf – 2.4 mm
- Cutting Range – 0 -45 degrees
- Maximum Cut Depth
- 0 degrees – 80 mm
- 45 degrees – 65 mm
- Dust Port Diameter – 35 mm
- Table Area – 642 mm by 478 mm
Evolution Power Tools Fury 5-S Table Saw
The Evolution Fury 5-S is a strong contender for the best budget table saw. Why? Because Evolution has managed to wrangle some nerds and make a multi-material cutting technology that they’ve then stuck in many of their power tools – including this one.
As a table saw, the Fury 5-S can cut through wood, metal and more with only the one blade. No changing necessary.
Powering this cut-throat saw is a 1500 watt motor, which spins the blade at 5000 rpm. The blade size is 10 inches, in the metric system that’s 255mm, and uses an imperial inch bore. A bit uncommon but then they’re American. The blade is a tungsten-carbide tipped, 24 teethed beast.
The blade is partly how you can cut through that array of materials without switching. It is non-abrasive, which reduces the number of sparks, heat and debris produced.
It is this blade which, when cutting metal, leaves you with a surface that is ready to go. There’s no burrs leftover and there is no need to sand down before you get to welding.
- Cuts through multiple materials with only one blade
- Has a massive working area to process panels as big as you like
- Nails in wood are history
- Immediately workable metal finish
You can instantly hold the metal too – many saws will render metal pieces too hot to handle after cutting. Not the case on the Fury.
The biggest boon for DIY and tradespeople when using this saw, is that it’ll cut straight through nails embedded in wood. This feature is a bit like a superpower.
Beyond the actual materials themselves, looking at the cutting depth, the Fury is a bit meek. On straight cuts you can lop through 85mm of wood and 3mm of mild steel. This is ok to be honest. When making a bevelled cut the Fury can manage 54mm of wood – on a 45 degree angle.
The table size is large, not as large as the Lumberjack, but you can’t sniff at 625mm by 812mm when the prices are so low. That’ll easily work for processing sheets and panels.
If you often work with multiple materials, the Evolution Fury 5-S is well worth consideration. Their cutting technology means you’ll be saving lots of time and lots of energy. We all know how much of a pain changing a blade can be – even if you plan well ahead.
The cutting area is massive and well up for most jobs you’ll throw at it. As is the cutting capacity, if you’re tentative about the mitre angle, don’t, when did you last cut 60mm sheeting into a lovely cornice edge?
- Supply – 230 V
- Power – 1500 W
- Maximum Cutting Capacity
- Steel – 3mm
- Wood – 85 mm
- Wood (45 Degrees) – 54 mm
- Table Area – 625 mm by 812 mm
ParkerBrand PTS-250 High Power Table Saw
The ParkerBrand table saw is one of the highest powered in our budget category, but is it one of the highest rated?
Having a 2000 watt motor, the Parker can spin its blade at 5000 revolutions per minute. The blade can be continuously adjusted in height, and slants to a 45 degree angle for some spicy bevel cuts.
The ParkerBrand table saw can cut through 85mm on a straight cut and 65mm on a 45 degree angle. This is impressive compared to say the Lumberjack, which costs more but cuts less.
The table size, once fully extended, is 642mm by 938mm, one of the largest in our budget category. They do like to top the scoresheet don’t they?
- One of the largest working surfaces in the budget category
- Cuts deep on both straight and angled tasks
- Lots of support afterwards should you need it
The cross stop runs from -60 to +60 as many others do. And the rip fence can be adjusted rapidly and accurately. The locks securing the fence are solid too.
When you buy the ParkerBrand you get a 24 tooth tungsten carbide blade. Perfect for wood, MDF or PDFs if you print them out.
All the cutting power and debris you throw out can then be hoovered away by the dust extraction system. Safe and sound.
ParkerBrand have a good quality aftercare team, for when you need some support and advice on repairs and what not. This is a nice feature considering how cheap the tool is, go you ParkerBrand.
The ParkerBrand table saw is one of the most highly spec’d in the budget category. A slight unknown as a brand, the stats do paint a convincing picture to give them a go. Especially considering the support and advice after purchase from the manufacturer themselves.
- Mains – 220 – 240 V
- Power – 2000 W
- No-load Speed – 5000 rpm
- Working Area – 642mm by 918mm
- Maximum Cut Depth
- Straight Cut – 85 mm
- 45 Degree – 65 mm
- Dust Extraction – Yes
- Cross Stop Range – -60 to +60 degrees
Einhell TC-TS Table Saw
Einhell’s TC-TS is a beast of a table saw. It has a 1800 watt motor, capable of spinning out 5000 rpm. The German engineering shines throughout, there is a place for everything and a lovely red finish to go with it.
That powerful motor spins a tungsten carbide tipped blade, which is 10″, or 250mm, in diameter. The blade can be altered by height, or on an axis from 0 degrees (straight up) to 45 degrees (a lovely little bevel).
The cross stop has a wide angled scale, which runs 120 degrees in total. From -60 up to +60, perfect for getting angles for furniture making or processing some sheets. The work surface is anodised which means it is great for pushing pieces along, no weird stickers to remove either, you can get straight to work.
- 1800 watt motor
- Cross stop runs from -60 to +60
- A sturdy base supports a wide working area
The rip fence can quickly be clamped at both ends, and released just as quickly when you want to re-position. While the parallel stop is tightened and loosened by using an eccentric clamp.
All this cutting takes place on a sturdy base frame made from mild steel. You can remove the legs if you wanted to, and place it on a specific workbench.
The table work area is suitably large, 565mm by 710mm, this can be extended further up to almost a meter. The whole of the table is designed with the accoutrements of table sawing, and general woodworking in mind.
There are places to store tools under the table. There’s even a specific holder for the push stick, which you might not like to use but is required by law. On the Einhell it is always within reach.
More design-minded handiness can be found with the power cord holder – often overlooked – as well as the ergonomic handles and clasps found throughout.
An important inclusion, on a budget table saw and all, is the dust extraction system, Einhell haven’t skimped on this front. The blade guard includes this feature as well as protecting you from any chips that might fly about.
This bench-type circular saw is a great tool for DIY enthusiast to get making longitudinal cuts and angled cuts in a range of materials – woods, boards and beyond.
The Einhell is a nicely designed, and lovely coloured, table saw. The features included throughout are a steal at this price. Whilst the table is large enough to work on sheets with, the blade is also capable of cutting deep enough to work on pieces of timber.
All in all, Einhell is one of the best budget brands available, and the TC-TS is another one in that stable.
- Mains – 220 – 240 V
- Power – 1800 W
- No-load Speed – 5000 rpm
- Blade Size
- Diameter – 250mm
- Bore – 30 mm
- Teeth – 24
- Height Adjustment – 0 to 85 mm
- Maximum Angle of Blade – 45 degrees
- Maximum Cutting Depth
- 0 Degrees – 85 mm
- 45 Degrees – 65 mm
- Dust Extraction Diameter – 36 mm
- Table Work Height – 850 mm
- Table Size
- Basic – 640 mm by 487 mm
- Extended – 640 mm by 887 mm
- Weight – 18.8kg
Another 10 inch table saw to consider. With a 1500 watt motor, extendable table and laser line guidance system – I think this is a rugged table saw, capable of leaping from task to task without faltering.
The power comes from a 1500 watt motor, which then turns a no-load speed of 4,500 rpm. The mains power is 240 V, this is more of a DIY and home workshop kind of tool, not suitable for the site, but the capacity certainly won’t put off some tradespeople.
About that capacity. The Lumberjack has a massive table area. To start, without any extensions you have 645mm by 455mm to work with. Pretty standard. However, with the sides and rear extensions fold out the table then measures 980mm by 915mm.
- Massive table area when fully extended
- Some of the most solid build quality in the price range
- Strong rip fence which locks at both ends
That’s plenty of capacity for doors, large panelling and more. The top is made from cast aluminium which is smooth and easy to push pieces along. The Lumberjack comes with a laser line guide too – should you feel a little lacking in confidence on your measuring.
The fence will lock on both ends, the front and the back, for the price of the table it is very well made.
In terms of cutting, the blade doesn’t have a quick-stop feature but will slow down pretty quickly once you take your ‘foot off the gas’.
The riving knife moves up and down with the blade, which has a range of 80mm at full extension. This, of course, gives you 80mm of cutting capacity. That’s on a straight cut. But the Lumberjack will give you some angled cutting too. The blade can lean up to 45 degrees when at this maximum the cut capacity is 55mm – just squeaking through 2″ by 2″ in one go.
I like the dual-purpose handle, which controls both the height of the blade and the angle with one wheel.
As far as the build quality goes, I think the Lumberjack holds its own very well. The legs are simple, pressed mild steel, and the overall bulk keeps things anchored – even when the extensions are completely folded out and you’re working on the big, tough stuff.
Lumberjack has included a dust management system, this extraction port can be used with an extraction system to keep the working environment spic-and-span.
This Lumberjack is okay, it’ll work all night and all day if you so desired. The table area is unbeatable in the price range and can make carcasses and size large panels easier than you thought possible.
The cutting capacity is decent enough when making straight cuts but does drop off a bit on a 45 degree mitre. I think it’ll still manage what most users are going to throw at it, because a (budget) mitre saw will handle those cuts better anyway.
- Volts – 230 – 240 Volts
- Power – 1500 Watts
- No-load Speed – 4500 rpm
- Blade Size
- Diameter – 254 mm
- Bore – 30 mm
- Table Area – 645 mm by 455 mm
- With Extended Side Sections – 980 mm
- With Extended Rear Section – 915 mm
- Table Height
- With Stand – 895 mm
- Sans Stand – 285 mm
- Maximum Cutting Depth
- 90 Degrees – 80 mm
- 45 Degrees – 55 mm