A good table saw can make all the difference in a home workshop. No more laborious hand saw work. Process wood, plastic, MDF and even sheet metal without any fuss. You can have precise mitres and sweet, sweet bevel cuts for any number of projects done in minutes not hours, so throw away (or just store safely) your mitre box and look out for these quality table saws.
Evolution FURY 5
Evolution is a great brand to look out for when building a home workshop. They make mitre saws, drills and a whole host of reasonably priced and good quality DIY grade tools. The Fury 5-S table saw is no exception.
Capable of cutting everything from wood, mild steel and non-ferrous metals all with one blade. The Fury 5-S is a highly versatile table saw. Evolution have a patented multi-material cutting technology up their sleeve, you can cut all of the above with only one blade.
When cutting metal the Fury 5-S gives you a finished surface which is instantly workable with – no need to buff it out. The cut is quick and smooth, leaving no burrs, producing very few sparks and emitting no heat.
DIY-aimed products can sometimes lack the sturdy and durable finish of their professional counterparts. But Evolution’s design is solid and robust. The rip fence is trusty in every potential position which increases cutting security. You can quickly clamp and move pieces, there is a built-in magnifying glass to ensure you’re cutting down to the right millimetre too.
Anti-vibration technology in the surface – basically a nice counterweight – minimises the movement of materials when cutting. This is useful considering that the 5-S can cut through wood with nails or screws still in – what could turn into a skiddy, bumpy, outright dangerous cut is still smooth. That’s a combination of the multi-purpose blade and those internal mechanisms.
In terms of cutting capacity, the saw is happy to chew through 85mm of wood and 3mm of steel. If you’re after a bevel cut the 5-S will cut through 54mm of wood at a 45-degree angle. It has a mitre capacity of up to 60-degrees too.
The motor is 1500 watts, and a no-load speed of 5000 rpm is possible. That motor spins the 10″, or 255mm, blade. Evolution’s saw tools all tend to have an imperial inch for the bore size, that’s 25.4mm, which isn’t quite standard but common enough. The blade supplied is tungsten-carbide tipped, and has 24 teeth, as we’ve covered – it’ll cut multiple materials.
The table size is large enough for many DIY projects. It will extend further when two steel panels are folded out; the maximum size then is bumped up to 625 mm by 812 mm.
Evolution also speak of an accessory pack called the Cutting Edge, with this you’re set for doing some even finer grade woodwork – such as making crown mouldings, picture frames, furniture making and making veneer pieces.
Features of Fury
- Has Evolution’s patented multi-material cutting technology – metal, wood and plastic friendly
- Mild steel is instantly workable – no heat to dissipate and no burrs left over
- A powerful 1500 watt motor with a great range of bevel and mitre angles
- Comes with a tungsten-carbide tipped blade made in Japan (they know steel)
The Evolution table saw is competitively priced and versatile machine. It’ll cut through multiple materials without a blade change, the metal cutting ability is worthy of recognition – no heat and no sparks.
It has a decent working area which can be extended further, and the whole thing does feel sturdier than some of their other tools – the mitre saw isn’t their finest piece of finished work, this does much the same work but at a better rate.
Should you buy one? Well according to their own study (ha) Evolution tools ‘add value’ (huh) for 93% of DIY fanatics.
- Power – 1500 W
- No-load Speed – 5000 rpm
- Max. Wood Cut Depth – 85 mm (90 degrees)
- Max. Steel Depth – 3 mm
- Max. Bevel Cut Depth @ 45 degrees – 54 mm
- Includes: TCT blade, table extenders, mitre gauge, blade changing tools, push stick, adjustable rip fence, fence rails, table saw stand, rear cantilever braces
Einhell TC-TS Table Saw
Einhell do make a good range of power tools, some of which are amenable to professional needs, the table saw in question makes a great addition to a home workshop, however, it’s a multi-material friendly saw with a good cutting range.
Einhell’s TC-TS saw is a workhorse. It holds an 1800 watt motor with a top speed of 5000 rpm. The blade is adjustable on its height axis as well as to produce a mitre angle of 45 degrees.
The working surface area can be extended on the left and right, the standard work surface is 640mm by 480mm, with the extenders you have a massive 1040mm by 480mm to play with. The surface itself is anodised which makes it great for sliding pieces along to get cut.
In terms of cutting depth, the Einhell beats both the Evolution and the wimpy VonHaus. The cut on a 90-degree angle is 85mm and the cut at 45 degrees is 65mm.
- Arrives with a nice and sharp, tungsten-carbide blade
- The rip fence has a quick clamp for smooth workflows
- On the cross-stop you can run between 120 degrees, 60 in either direction
- The frame is robust and sturdy to work from
Einhell’s blade is protected by a curved guard, this guard rests above the saw and will deflect any rogue bits that might come your way. At the back of this guard is the extraction port, which has a 36mm diameter, for plugging into a dust bag or vacuum.
The levers and clamps on the Einhell are easy to find and smooth to use for such a cheap table saw. The parallel stop has a nice extruding handled clamp, and the cross stop has a very ship-like wheel for adjustments down there.
Working on the saw is reassuringly sturdy, probably the most grounded of the three featured here. This is complemented by a tool holder, which makes it a good focal point in a home workshop. The power cable can be neatly coiled away too. A push stick is useful but not always used, on the saw, there is a dedicated holder which is within easy reach.
Safety-wise the Einhell has a big kill button and an automatic overload function.
The TC-TS is a really reliable and sturdy table saw. Those looking for a new addition to their home workshop would be hard pushed to choose between this and the Evolution covered above. What stands out is the size of the working area, and the depth when making 45-degree mitre cuts.
- Voltage – 220-240 Volts
- Power – 1800 Watts
- No-load Speed – 5000 rpm
- Blade Diameter – 250mm
- Blade Bore – 30mm
- Maximum Cut Depth (45°) – 65mm
- Maximum Cut Depth (90°) – 85mm
- Extraction Port Diameter – 36mm
- Height – 850mm
- Work Surface Dimensions – 640mm x 487mm
- Extended 1040 x 487mm
VonHaus Table Saw
VonHaus, like Evolution, is a consumer and DIY grade tool maker. They’re perhaps not as highly rated as Evolution as they also make a range of kitchen equipment too. Nonetheless, their 8″ table saw has some notable features and is very competitively priced.
When you’re looking for a table saw, you want to know how much can I cut. The dreams of a DIY workshop extend all the way to railway sleepers and beyond. You won’t cut those with this though.
The VonHaus has a maximum cutting depth of 70mm through wood. You can’t cut metal, the Fury 5-S does though if you’re interested. You can make mitre cuts on the VonHaus – when at 45 degrees you can cut through 45mm. This capacity isn’t great, you won’t get through a bit of two-by-two without having to flip it over. Minor projects only, or get the mitre box back out.
The size of the table as it comes is 465mm by 500mm, this is much smaller than the Evolution, and even when extended it maxes out at 676mm by 500mm. I find it frustratingly small.
The actual cutting process, if you’re working with appropriately sized pieces, is alright through. The blade the saw arrives with is 210mm in diameter, tungsten-carbide tipped, it can cut through wood, MDF and some other substrates.
I like the quick-clamp rip fence, table saws are meant to function as labour savers, the clamp definitely doesn’t bog you down.
Something the VonHaus does have over the Evolution is that it has dust extraction ports. Evolution make a song and dance about no dust. This is quite bold talk, VonHaus at least have the gall to respect dust.
The legs are pretty robust and you’re working at a decent height, I’m over 6 foot and it isn’t back-breaking. When you’re working it is also reassuring to know there is a safety switch that’ll cut out, and you’ve got a big red stop button for manually doing so too.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
- 210mm blade with a 30mm arbour
- Cuts through less than a piece of two-by-two
- Makes angled bevel and mitre cuts through small pieces
- Won’t cut mild steel
If you’re going to buy the VonHaus, do consider the size of pieces you’re working with now, as compared to what you’d like to be working with in the future. There’s not a lot of room for growth as you move onto bigger projects.
If you’re set on buying it, some good points to note are its sturdy design, the quick clamps and the mitre capacity. There’s not much else to say on the VonHaus, you know what you’re getting into (the Evolution is better!)
- Table Size – 465 x 500 mm
- Extended – 676 x 500 mm
- Blade Size – 210 mm
- Blade Arbour – 30 mm
- Voltage – 220-240 V
- Power – 1500 Watts
- Angle Range – 0-45°
- Max. Cutting Depth – 70 mm
- 45 degrees – 45 mm
- No-Load Speed – 5000 rpm
- Cable Length – 2.6 m
- Dust Extraction Port – 35 mm