Reviews of the Best Cheap Table Saw Under $300

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The mainstay of a professional contractor, the table saw allows people the make fast, precise cuts across a variety of materials, ranging from wood to metal to plastic.

A table saw is also an essential power saw for any burgeoning woodworker. Every DIY hobbyist reaches a point where their circular saw no longer cuts it (pun intended), and that is the perfect opportunity to look into the best table saw under $300.

At this price point, you’ll find some really good options to get you started in the world of table saws. Read on for our comprehensive reviews to find the right option for your specific needs.

Our Budget Table Saw Reviews

We’ve highlighted our 4 favorite table saws under $300. There is a good deal of variance across the models, and which one you elect to go with will depend on your experience, preferences, and budget.

Brand
Best Overall
​S​​​​​KIL 3410-02
Best Brand
​Dewalt DW745
Best Cheap Pick
​Craftsman Evolv 28461
Product
SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand
DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 16-Inch Rip Capacity...
Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw 28461
Motor
​15 amps
​15 amps
​15 amps
Speed
5,000 RPM
​3,850 RPM
5,000 RPM
Rating
Best Overall
Brand
​S​​​​​KIL 3410-02
Product
SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand
Motor
​15 amps
Speed
5,000 RPM
Rating
Best Brand
Brand
​Dewalt DW745
Product
DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 16-Inch Rip Capacity...
Motor
​15 amps
Speed
​3,850 RPM
Rating
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
​Craftsman Evolv 28461
Product
Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw 28461
Motor
​15 amps
Speed
5,000 RPM
Rating

Best Budget Table Saw Overall: SKIL 3410-02

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand

At the top of our list is the SKIL 3410-02. Its hard to believe that a saw with this many features and positive attributes sits under $300.

But it does and, like the Dewalt 745, is a fantastic option for those new to woodworking or looking for an entry-level table saw.

For a portable table saw, the SKIL is actually on the heavier end. At 67 pounds, it is 50% heavier than the Dewalt 745. That might be an upside or a downside to you, depending in your circumstance.

If you’re going to be moving this saw all over the place, from jobsite to jobsite, then you might prefer something a bit lighter.

However, if this will end up in your workshop or garage, the extra weight is a bonus, as it keeps the table top more sturdy (and makes your cuts more accurate).

Speaking of the table top, it is an adequate size at 29”x21”. This saw allows you to make 3 ½” deep cuts, while having a left rip capacity of 12” and a right rip capacity of 24 ¼”. It has a bevel range from 0° to 47°, which is the most robust of all the models in this class.

One thing that stands out about the SKIL, especially in comparison to the Dewalt, is its motor power. Both feature a 15 amp motor, but the SKIL gets 5,000 RPM’s out of theirs. This is great power for a cheap, entry table saw.

SKIL provides a self-aligning rip fence, which helps keep the cuts more accurate. Accuracy is really what seperates the men from the boys with these entry level saws, and we find the SKIL to be the most accurate of the bunch.

Perhaps this can be attributed to its heavier design, or its accurate rip fence. Either way, it cuts pretty straight, given that this is not a professional option.

One drawback is that SKIL does not provide a dust port. So, your shop will get sawdust all over it – be prepared!

For cheaper models, a there’s always the concern of how long the product will last. SKIL overcomes this by provided the longest warranty of any manufacturer in this class: 3 years. This brings a lot of comfort with this purchase.

It is a very tough call to determine which is better: the Dewalt or SKIL. In other words, you won’t go wrong with either. In the end, we tip the scales to the SKIL 3410-02 because of it’s heavy build, powerful motor, and 3 year warranty.

Feature Highlights
  • ​Motor: 15 amps
  • ​Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • ​Weight: 67 lbs 
  • ​Blade Size: 10″
  • Bevel Angle Range: 0° to 47°
  • Heavy-duty steel stand
  • Cast aluminum table top design
  • Self-Aligning Rip Fence
  • ​​20-Inch x 26-Inch cast aluminum table
  • 3 year warranty
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SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand
  • 20-Inch x 26-Inch cast aluminum table extends to 20-Inch x 32-Inch for longer work pieces
  • 3-1/2-Inch cut height capacity for cutting through 4x materials
  • Heavy-duty steel stand for fast setup and easy transport. Bevel Angle Range:0° to 47°

Best Budget Table Saw Brand: Dewalt DW745

DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 16-Inch Rip Capacity...

Similar to the SKIL, Dewalt brings an amazing table saw model forward in their DW745.

This powerful saw is highly portable, and comes with the powerful brand name that Dewalt has become synonymous for.

Unlike the SKIL, the DW745 is extremely light, coming in at a mere 45 pounds.

Compared to the SKIL, this will almost appear feather light. As tough as it is to compare these two saws, this is probably the biggest distinguishing factor.

If you need a highly portable table saw, this factor alone might tip the scales to the Dewalt. This saw is super easy to transport around and set up across a variety of jobsites and locations.

Another thing you might noticed when comparing the Dewalt DW745 vs the SKIL 3410-02 is the motor and power ratings.

The Dewalt 15 amp motor throws off 2,850 RPM’s, which is 25% lower than the SKIL table saw.

In the end, Dewalt makes good use of the motor, and its hard to tell the difference between this and the SKIL motor.

None of our tests were conclusive one way or the other. So, unless you have plans to be using your entry level saw for super thick cuts, its probably negligible either way.

Dewalt provides a nicely aligned metal t-fence for rip cuts, which is aligned on telescopic fence rails. Overall, Dewalt makes a very accurate table saw, and you don’t really notice how lightweight it is because of its durable cast table top design.

A feature we love about this Dewalt is the 2 ½” dust collector port. This keeps your shop or jobsite from being instantly covered with sawdust, and makes cleanup a lot quicker. Dewalt also provides a 3 year limited warranty.

Like we said above, you can’t go wrong with either the Dewalt or SKIL… they both are a cut above other saw models in this price class.

While we tipped the scales a bit to the SKIL, if you’re a Dewalt user and lover, opt for the DW745.

In addition, if you need something that is accurate AND lightweight, this is the model for you.

Feature Highlights
  • ​Motor: 15 amps
  • ​Speed: 3,850 RPM
  • ​Weight: 45 lbs
  • ​Blade Size: 10″
  • 0° to 45° for beveled cuts
  • 20” Rip Cut
  • ​Cast table top design
  • ​Dust Collection Port
  • ​3 year limited warranty
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DEWALT 10-Inch Table Saw, 16-Inch Rip Capacity...
  • 22 kilograms unit weight and optimized footprint make this the most portable saw in its class. Shoe...
  • Steel roll cage protects saw against jobsite drops and impacts, Rack and pinion fence system, front...
  • Powerful 1850 Watt motor for high performance in all applications (1300 Watts 110 version for UK...

Best Cheap Pick: Craftsman Evolv 28461

Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw 28461

If this is your first table saw, then this might be just the option for you. Nowhere even close to a higher end professional table saw, the Craftsman Evolv is still well below the Dewalt and SKIL in our opinions.

However, for the occasional woodworking project, this Craftsman is well made and will serve you well.

If you’re looking to get into using a table saw more, this is a great introductory option. 

For lack of a better way of saying it, this saw is “the best of the rest” on our list of cheap table saws.

It boasts a strong 15 amp motor, with an amazing 5,000 RPMs. For the price, that is an insane amount of power that you are getting from the motor.

With those kind of specifications, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that this saw is capable of a lot more than it actually is.

What undoes its performance is a rather cheap table build, and inaccuracies in its cutting. The alignment of the blade is off, as is the alignment of the miter slot.

This saw can make 3” cuts, and comes with a well-built rip fence. The rip fence is cumbersome to adjust, but that isn’t unexpected at this price range.

Frankly speaking, it’s nice to see a strong rip fence build at this cheap price.

This Craftsman is best used for smaller, shorter cuts. With longer cuts, you’ll see both inaccuracy and binding. This saw is constantly binding on longer cuts, and just can’t be recommended for this type of woodworking.

This model includes Craftsman’s Safety Key system. This is something they have developed and are known for – the saw won’t turn on unless the safety key is inserted. While this won’t help you while you’re making cuts, it’s nice to see a feature that focuses on safety.

This table saw is highly portable. While no stand is included, it is an all-inclusive model, meaning you won’t have a lot of set up when you arrive at a jobsite. You won’t find any dust port on this machine. Craftsman provides a 1 year warranty.

While this review might sound overall negative, it really isn’t. Cutting to the chase, this is a very affordable table saw – truly an entry level model, to say the least. Craftsman makes no claims to the alternative, and it is a great entry saw.

While no match to the Dewalt 745 or the SKIL 3410-02, this Craftsman table saw sits under $200, and does an adequate job on smaller cuts. If you don’t have the budget to afford one of the other two options, this is the next best.

Feature Highlights
  • ​​Motor : 15 amps
  • Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • ​Weight:  50 lbs
  • ​Blade Size: 10″
  • Highly portable, ​all-inclusive set
  • 3” cut height
  • Safety key ignition
  • Sheer tablet ​top for smooth cuts
  • 1 year warranty

Tacklife PTSG1A

Tacklife PTSG1A 10' Table Saw with 40'X20' Max...

Rounding out our reviews is the Tacklife PTSG1A inexpensive table saw.

Similar to the Craftsman, this model boasts a powerful 15 amp motor capable of operating at 4,800 RPMs. And, similar to Craftsman, those specs can be deceiving.

On paper, this saw checks a lot of the boxes. It boasts a 3 ⅛” cut height, which allows you to cut through the majority of smaller wood projects you have.

It’s metal roll cage is surprisingly strong and durable, which helps cut down on vibrations and makes the blade a bit more accurate.

Perhaps our favorite feature about the Tacklife is its table construction and size. It is made from machine-engineered cast aluminum.

The table starts at a modest 23”x21”, but extends easily to 40”x20”. This gives you a large table top to make cuts and rips from.

A few other features that stand out: Tacklife provides a 2 year warranty. Also included is a 1.5” dust port, which is not to be ignored.

While not an essential feature, this is one thing that really stands out from the Craftsman model.

In the end, though, it suffers from the exact same challenges that the Craftsman did… but you’ll pay a bit more for this model. Cutting accuracy is compromised, making it hard to recommend this saw for anything other than smaller cuts.

Feature Highlights
  • ​Motor: 15 amps
  • ​Speed: 4,80 RPM
  • ​Weight: 57 lbs
  • ​Blade Size: 10″
  • 3 ⅛” cut height
  • 23.6 x 21.6 size, 40×20″ extendable table
  • Cast aluminum table top design
  • 1.5” dust port
  • 2 year warranty
Tacklife PTSG1A 10" Table Saw with 40"X20" Max...
  • EFFICTIVE & DURBALE - Powerful 15 AMP motor delivers 4,800 RPM that quickly rips through hardwoods...
  • ADJUSTABLE CUTTING ANGLE & DEPTH - Cutting angle can be adjusted from 0-45 degree. Maximum cut depth...
  • On-board storage design - user-friendly on-board storage for your easy access to miter gauge, rip...

Cheap Table Saw Considerations

There are a variety of different features you should pay attention to when purchasing a table saw, and a few specifics that you should focus on when looking at a cheaper model. We’ve highlighted each below, so you can better understand what to look for in your next power saw.

Accurate Cuts

​One of the biggest factors when looking at an entry-level table saw is how accurate it can make cuts. Accuracy is vital no matter what type of saw you’re buying, but for a lower end model, it’s what separates the good from the bad.

One of the biggest factors when looking at an entry-level table saw is how accurate it can make cuts. Accuracy is vital no matter what type of saw you’re buying, but for a lower end model, it’s what separates the good from the bad.

​Because table saws are used for large jobs with lots of cuts, accuracy is vital. It is also really important because these types of saws are used for ripping long pieces of wood, and an inaccuracy can be really costly.

Close up of a table saw blade

The makeup and construction of the blade and gearbox in the saw will be important in how accurate it cuts. In our review, both the Dewalt and SKIL stand out as really accurate, especially considering how reasonably cheap they are.

In addition, a high quality table saw fence will help you be a lot more accurate on rip cuts.

Many of the options we listed in our review have fences made of metal, which helps. Certain brands lock in place and are more stable than others.

Finally, the makeup and construction of the table top affects accuracy. Heavier duty, all metal table tops are sturdier, and absorb more of the vibrations that the table saw blade puts off.

This ability to absorb vibrations keeps the wood from moving, and results in a more accurate cut.

As we said, finding a cheap table saw that is accurate isn’t easy. The only two options that we can really say fit this bill are the Dewalt DW745 and the SKIL 3410-02. Both are pretty accurate, given the price range.

Motor Power

At this cheaper end of the spectrum, motor power is measured in amps, with the average table saw producing 15 amps of power. As you get into the more expensive table saws, you’ll see the measuring switch to horsepower, with some of the more powerful options coming in at 4 horsepower.

However, on the lower end, 15 amps is more than enough to cut common woodworking materials, and even some metals.

At the top end, a 15 amp motor will hit 5,000 RPM’s, which is really fast for the value you get. A saw’s ability to cut through material is not only measured by its motor power, but it is certainly a big factor.

For many of the cuts that a table saw is required to make, having a powerful motor is important. This style of saw is typically making long, deep cuts through thick pieces of wood, and that necessitates a lot of power. Some woods are softer than others, and don’t require the power. But hard woods take a lot of motor power.

Safety Features

Table saws are the most dangerous power tools on the market, and for good reason. Loads of power is transferred into an incredibly fast spinning blade, equipped to cut the hardest of woods in quick manner. Then, the user is pushing the wood into the blade to produce the cut, subsequently putting their hand is constant harm’s way.

Thus, safety in using a table saw is paramount, and any and all safety features that a manufacturer can add to their saw are valued and appreciated. On the higher end, power tools like the Sawstop, which stop the blade when it senses human flesh, are making the most dramatic efforts at safety.

However, even on the lower end, there are a variety of safety features that manufacturers have found to add in. Craftsman has their “Safety Key” system and Dewalt has their “Guard Detect” intelligent safety switch.

Cheaper table saws, like the ones found for under $300, can have a common issue with binding as they rip large pieces of wood, especially harder versions. If the woodworker is moving too quickly, this can be dangerous.

Make sure you learn how to use a table saw safely before you get started. Just because lower end models don’t have as much power as more expensive versions, they still have plenty of power to do serious damage to you.

Portability

Most table saws under $300 are of the portable variety, meaning that they can be transferred easily from jobsite to jobsite. Portability might or might not be important to you, but here are the factors to consider if it something you want:

  • Weight: The heavier the saw is, the harder it will be to move around (naturally). However, with table saws, the heavier the saw is, this often results in a more stable platform, and thus a more accurate cut. This isn’t always the case though.
  • Size: Some table saws have large table platforms, which is great for cutting large pieces of wood, but more difficult for moving around. If portability is key for you, look for a model that has a foldable table so that you can fold it up while you move from site to site.
  • Stand: Some portable table saws come with a stand, others come with it as an upgrade option, and still others don’t offer one at all. If you’ll be using this saw in a variety of locations, chances are you’ll need a stand.

Keep in mind that a heavier weight does not necessarily translate to mare accurate cutting – this is just a good rule of thumb to consider. For example, the Dewalt DW745 is extremely light at 45 pounds, but cuts much more accurately than the Tacklife PTSG1A, which weighs 57 pounds.

Ease of Use

The most common type of person to buy a cheap table saw is a hobbyist, looking to expand their capabilities and types of DIY projects they can take on. As such, ease of use is an important consideration.

Saws in this price range aren’t professional options. If you’re new to larger scale woodworking projects and in need of a table saw, this price point is a good one to consider, but you don’t want to get a saw this is overly complicated.

One particular area that can be a pain to use is the table saw fence. Some manufacturers put an emphasis on making it really easy to adjust, setting it on rails and giving it the ability to adjust really quickly. Others make it more difficult, involving several steps for every unique cut.

A blurred image of a table saw

Another area that can be difficult is lining up the saw blade for bevel cuts. Some manufacturers make this easy by giving you a turn crank, and a dial that tells you exactly what angle you’re at. Others require you to measure the angle yourself, which is a pain and could result in varying results.

​In the end, it’s hard to demand too much convenience at this price point. But, being aware of the troubling areas is important. That way, if you’re between two models, you can evaluate ease of use as a distinguishing factor.

Warranty

You could make an argument that warranties are more important for expensive table saws, because there is such a significant investment.

 You could also make the the same argument about warranties being more important for cheaper saws, because they might be more prone to breaking at that price point.

Either way, having a good warranty for a complicated piece of machinery like a table saw is a good idea.

At this price point, you’ll find that warranties typically span 1-3 years, and range from “limited” to complete”.

The most important thing to pay attention to on the warranty is what coverage extends to the motor.

The motor is by far and away the most expensive thing on a table saw, and you want to make sure you warranty covers that for as long as possible.

It is possible to burn out your motor by trying to push wood cuts when the table saw is banding. This is both dangerous and bad for the motor, so be extra careful you avoid this at all costs.

Conclusion

At $300 or under, you won’t be getting a professional grade table saw. You’ll be sacrificing on a lot of components, most notably precision accuracy and varying degree of add-ons. However, this budget is more than enough to get you a great starter saw, or any woodworking tool you’ve got your eye on.

At the higher ends, it’s hard to find a table saw that is a bad option. At this price range, though, there is actually quite a good deal of variation across the brands and models. We see the Dewalt DW745 and SKIL 3410-02 as the clear favorites, far and away better than the competition.

In the end, which one you decide will depend on a couple key factors. Good luck with your DIY and woodworking projects!