Buying a hybrid table saw is a big decision. They can cost several thousand dollars and they range in power, cutting accuracy, warranties, and several other important factors. Fortunately, we’ve reviewed a countless number of table saws in every category so you could say we’re more than qualified to help you find the best hybrid table saw.
With that said, we’ve narrowed our selection down to an easy to digest 7 hybrid table saws. Every saw on this list is excellent and you’ll be happy with any of them. But one may suit your needs more than another. With that said, we also have a buying guide to help you make a decision on which one will be the best for your specific needs and goals.
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What is a hybrid table saw: A hybrid table saw is a combination of a more expensive cabinet saw and a contractors saw. They’re built to be stationary for the most part but have the internal parts of a less expensive contractor's saw. That’s what makes it a “hybrid” of a cabinet saw and a contractors saw.
Below we review our 7 favorite hybrid table saws. We cover the specs, what we like and dislike, and more...
Like the other Grizzly on this list, the G0691 is a beastly hybrid table saw. It has a 3 hp motor that cranks out 4,300 rpm to rip through full sheets of plywood with ease. This model has a standard 50” rip capacity, adjustable table legs for leveling the table, heavy duty cast iron trunnions, and cast iron table wings. It’s a heavy saw at 465 lbs which keeps it very stable while in use. You’ll barely notice vibration while cutting and achieve straighter cuts with every piece of wood since it’s not vibrating all over the place.
Additional notable features of the Grizzly include it’s triple V-belt drive, magnetic switch with thermal overload, 4” dust port, and all sorts of quick release features. Overall, the Grizzly is a great hybrid table saw that both looks and functions exceptionally well.
What we like:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there’s a table saw injury in the U.S. every 9 minutes. With the sawstop PCS31230 you don’t have to worry about becoming one of those injuries. It has an aluminum cartridge within the table that instantly triggers when it comes into contact with your flesh. This stops the blade in less than 5 milliseconds which is faster than your car's airbags. This is pretty impressive to say the least and if you’re a beginning woodworker or you’re concerned about your safety, you should give this one some serious consideration.
But safety isn’t the only thing the SAWSTOP is good for. It has an extra large rip capacity of 52” in its largest version and comes in two other smaller versions if 52” is a little more than you need. As far as speed and power are concerned, it has a 1.75 horsepower motor and puts out 4,000 rpm. With that much power, cutting can vibrate the table. It’s not a huge issue with this saw but if it is, you can upgrade the table to cast iron for added weight and stability. Additionally, it has a dust collection system that catches 99% of the dust created. There’s not another saw that collects dust this well. All in all, they’ve thought of everything from both a safety and a functionality perspective to produce a powerful hybrid table saw that cuts with precision.
However, if you cut raw timber, recycled barn wood, or anything that might be damp or have nails, this probably isn’t the right saw. The safety mechanism, while amazing in most cases, will trigger if it hits a nail or anything similar. Once the mechanism fires you have to replace the safety cartridge and the blade. If you’re cutting recycled lumber, this could happen often and become frustrating. If you’re cutting new wood, then this won’t be an issue for you.
What we like:
Grizzly is a well known and trustworthy brand in the hybrid table saw industry. They’re known for producing powerful saws with accurate cuts, easy adjustments, and all the bells and whistles. The G1023RLWX is another excellent representation of the quality that Grizzly produces. It has one of the most powerful motors (5 hp) that chews through hard woods with both speed and accuracy.
At 90 degrees, it cuts 3” and with a 45 degree cutting angle it’s 2 ⅛ inches. And with a 32” rip capacity to the right, you can slice boards as big as 5’ straight down the middle. The table top is a very tough, precision cut cast iron that offers 48” x 27” of space. It also has a built in router table that doubles as a table extension with support legs for a highly stable surface. Combine that with it’s shop fox classic fence (which doubles as a router fence) and you’ll be equipped to produce high quality woodwork of any kind.
A few other notable features we can’t leave out are that it has a 4,200 rpm arbor speed, 4” dust vent, fully sealed ball bearings, and oversized hand wheels for blade adjustments, oversized shut off switch, and the underside of your blade is encapsulated for excellent dust collection.
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The Shop Fox W1819 comes standard with a 3 hp motor and options for either a 29.5” or larger 49” rip capacity to handle even the largest cuts. As soon as you see it in person, you can tell this things built like a tank. It weighs 530 lbs and owes a lot of that weight to it’s rock solid cast iron table, trunnion, and other equally solid parts.
Internally, it runs on a triple belt drive on 220 v power that produces very low vibration when you’re cutting. It also has a 4” dust collection port that’s actually 4” so dust isn’t a problem within the cabinet even with heavy use. It also comes with heavy cast wheels, a T-slot miter gauge, and even though some have complained about the miter gauge being weak, you won’t notice it unless you’re an absolute pro woodworker.
When it comes to safety, the W1819 comes with anti-kickback pawls, a clear blade guard so you can see your work, thermal overload protection, and a magnetic switch.
What we like:
If you’re looking for a workhorse hybrid saw, the Dewalt DWE7491RS is a middle ground between a jobsite and a hybrid but closer to a jobsite table saw. The reason it’s on this list is that, while it’s not a stationary workshop saw like the rest, it’s a powerful saw that cuts accurately and, at the time of this writing, is more affordable than the others. It’s an excellent deal if you can’t quite get the big daddy but need a high-quality saw right now.
It has a 32.5” rip capacity with a 15.0A motor that spins out 4,800 rpm and cuts with accuracy. While it’s not as accurate as a cabinet saw, if you’re anything less than a professional cabinet maker, you won’t notice. Another reason we love this particular saw is that it’s portable. It has a built in stand with oversized wheels so you can easily move it around the shop or even to a job site if you need to. It also has a 2.5” dust port which connects perfectly with a shop vac hose so you shouldn’t have any issues with keeping your workshop clean either.
What we like:
The Laguna Tools Fusion cuts through hardwood with a fraction of the horsepower of the saws above. With just a 1.75 hp motor it kicks out 4500 rpm and cuts both accurately and quickly without binding. As far as the internal parts go, it has a single belt system with a tension bolt to make easy adjustments and a quick release spindle lock for fast blade changes. If you do find yourself in a situation where the saw is overloaded, it’s equipped with a thermal overload reset button.
Similar to the other hybrid table saws, the Laguna Fusion has an oversized emergency shut off switch and oversized handles for easy adjustments. On the down side, the dust collection is a little weak. While there is a 4” dust vent on the bottom of the cabinet, the hose inside of the cabinet (running from the blade to the base of the cabinet) is only 2.5 inches. This means it’s not a true 4” outlet so dust builds up in the cabinet and requires cleaning. That being said, you only have to clean it out about once a month with regular cutting and less if you are more of a hobbyist and aren’t cutting daily.
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As a woodworker, your table saw is central to your workshop and may very well be the first piece of equipment you’re buying. Years ago you could only choose between a high-end cabinet saw or a contractors saw. And the choice really came down to your budget. Today, we’re fortunate to have hybrids that are a cross between the two and much more affordable than a dedicated cabinet saw. Below we’ll show you some of the factors that you should consider before settling on your final purchase...
The cut depth with most hybrid table saws is relatively similar. They’ll generally cut between 3” and 3.5” at a 90 degree angle and 2” to 2.5” at a 45. If you’re cutting 4x4 boards or any wood that’s around that thickness, you’ll want a 3.5” cut depth. However, if you find a saw that you love but it only has a 3” cut depth, you can still cut the wood, it’s just going to take two passes.
Most hybrid table saws have motors that range from 1.75 hp up to 5 hp as you saw with the Grizzly above. The rpm can range from 3,500 to 4,800 or even higher in some cases. If it has a higher rpm, it’s going to cut through wood faster and easier for the most part. However, this doesn’t tell the whole story since torque is another factor. You can have a saw with lower rpm and higher torque that cuts just as easily and quickly as a higher rpm saw.
Additionally, look at the power required. Most range from 110 Volt to 220 Volt so check that your shop setup can support the power needed.
Table saws are a serious piece of equipment and if used improperly, you can get severely injured. It’s imperative that you pay attention when using this or any other piece of equipment in your shop since most hybrid table saws don’t have any flesh sensor. The only one in fact is the SAWSTOP brand. It detects soft tissue and immediately stops the blade to prevent injury. That being said, you might not want that saw for your own reasons.
That being said, all of the hybrids above feature anti-kickback pawls to prevent wood from flying back at you. They also all have blade guards which are clear so you can see your cuts and oversized emergency shut off switches. You also want a riving knife which is the metal plate directly behind the blade on some table saws. This prevents the wood you’re cutting from pinching the back of the saw blade, binding, and kicking back at you. Not all have a riving knife so keep an eye out for this and choose one that does have this feature.
There’s not much to say about price because you know your budget and what you can afford right now. That being said, choose based on value, not solely on price. This means you should look for a table saw with the best combination of premium features for a good price. All of the saws on this list are excellent value for the money.
Almost all of the saws on this list are several hundred pounds so moving them around is not exactly a one man job. There are some that come with wheels built in which can make moving them around a little easier but make no mistake, they’re still challenging to move. Additionally, take measurements of your space prior to ordering because they are relatively large and can take up a decent amount of space. You also want to ensure you have enough space for the table extension when it's fully extended.
There’s nothing like an ultra dusty shop. Nobody really wants that and especially not if you’re working out of a home based shop in your garage. All of the saws on this list have dust collection ports and varying degrees of efficiency in their collection. The best one for dust collection is the SAWSTOP hybrid table saw which collects 99% of the dust. However, the Grizzly and most of the other saws on this list (exception is the Dewalt) have a 4” dust port that does a great job of keeping dust to a minimum.
The motor spins the saw blade with the drive belt. There are also direct drive saws where the motor and blade are directly connected. However, a belt drive is better because it puts a gap between the blade and motor which prevents dust from jamming up the motor. With a direct drive, dust in the motor is a much bigger problem.
While every saw on this list is an excellent hybrid table saw, we have some favorites for a variety of categories. The ideal saw is powerful, cuts with precision, has a belt drive, minimal vibration, and has a large enough rip capacity to cut full sheets of plywood.
With that said, our top choices are:
Those are our top three choices for the best hybrid table saw and we’re very confident that you will absolutely love any one of these three options. Each of them look great, cut with precision, and are solid so you’ll enjoy using them for years to come.