View a comparison of 11 different portable table saws, including Bosch, Dewalt and Makita products, on Popular Mechanics' website, as of December 2015. The Bosch 4100DG-09 earned the highest rating in the comparison, while the Skil 3310 earned the lowest rating.Continue Reading
Popular Mechanics praised the Bosch 4100DG-09 for its digital readout capabilities and high accuracy. Unique among the saws tested is its arbor-lock button. Its only drawback is that unlocking the table makes a pop-up tab rise above the cutting surface. The Craftsman 315-218291 was disqualified from the comparison test due to a perceived design flaw that Popular Mechanics believes represents a danger to users. This particular saw has no rating because plugging in one of its two power cables causes the saw to immediately turn on, regardless of whether or not the on/off switch is engaged.
The Dewalt DW745 is a compact table saw that offers accurate performance but is too small to facilitate dado cuts. The Skil 3310 is an inexpensive saw that offers reasonable power and accuracy for its price, but it features a loose safety interlock key. The Makita 2705 earned one of the highest ratings in the comparison, although it drew criticism for the fact that it is overpriced at $960.Learn more about Tools