If you don’t know what a hybrid table saw is, you are about to find out. A hybrid table saw is a great mix of Portability and capacity, which has made the hybrid table saw one of the most sought after table saw options out there.
This article is going to cover what a hybrid table saw is, what to look for when buying one, what the benefits are, and we’ll also share with you what we think the best hybrid table saws are.
A hybrid table saw is a great middle ground mix of the contractor table saw, and the cabinet style table saw. A hybrid table saw a similar motor as a highly portable contractor table saw, but also contains many of the different features of a higher end cabinet style contractor saw.
The hybrid table saw has an internally mounted motor like a cabinet saw and also have lighter trunnions. They tend to come in a medium size with a medium cutting and ripping capacity, and many different safety and precision features such as an advanced fence, miter gauge, and dust collection ports.
A hybrid table saw is a great option to go with if you need a good table saw for your shop that can handle almost any job except for the very largest.
These are big power tools, and that usually means a pretty hefty price. So to ensure that you spend your money wisely, there are a few key aspects that you should keep in mind. Here are the most important considerations to make before you buy any hybrid table saw.
If you need a more portable table saw, then you should find one that weighs under 350 pounds. Finding one that has wheels is a bonus if you want to be able to move the table saw around.
Keep in mind that hybrid table saws can weigh up to 500 pounds. These tend to have some additional features and are made of more solid materials and usually, have some extra power.
The weight of the saw will also determine its size to a certain degree. If you need a hybrid table saw for very large projects that have a high ripping capacity, you will want a model that has around 50 inches of ripping capacity to the right of the blade, you’ll most likely want a model that has an extension table.
If you need a hybrid table saw for smaller jobs, one with a 30-inch ripping capacity will probably do.
Another important thing to keep in mind when buying a hybrid table saw is how much power it has. A 120-volt table saw with a 1.75 horsepower motor that can deliver at least 3,400 rounds per minute which are ideal for smaller and less power-intensive jobs.
However, if you need a saw for those bigger jobs, then you will want a model that can also function with 240 volts, has at least a 2 horsepower motor, or ideally 3 horsepower, which provides at least 3,800 to 4,300 rounds per minute of blade spin. How fast the blade spins and how powerful the motor is will determine what kind of materials you can cut through.
Another thing that you need to think about before buying a table saw is its cutting capacity.
A cutting capacity of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at a vertical 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches with the blade at 45 degrees should be the minimal cutting depth of any table saw you get. Also, the blade should obviously be able to bevel anywhere from 90 degrees (vertical) to 45 degrees to the left.
A decent hybrid table saw will have a fence on a good rail system that making it easy to move, it should be easy to measure the distance between the blade and the fence, and the fence should be made of a material that makes it easy to push the wood along it. Finally, the fence needs to have a good clamping or securing system so you can rest assured that it won’t move while you work.
On that same note, any hybrid table saw you get should also have a good miter gauge. Some miter gauges can go from being at 0 degrees all the way to 45 degrees to the right, which is ideal for basic straight and cross-cutting jobs.
However, there are also more advanced versions where the miter gauge can move up to 60 degrees to the right or left, which is ideal for professionals making many different kinds of cross cuts. Finally, the miter gauge should ideally rest in a standard T-slot. This will ensure that you can remove it and replace it with various after-market add-ons such as a cross cut sled.
The final thing to consider before you buy a hybrid table saw is the cabinet which houses all of the main components. You should make sure to get a fully enclosed cabinet. This may make it harder to get to the saw if something breaks, but it also helps protect the saw better. Moreover, the cabinet should also include a dust collection feature, or at least a dust collection port to hook up an external dust collector. A closed base is also ideal because it helps to reduce noise and vibration that all table saws make.
A hybrid table saw usually has a decent amount of power, it will have the features of a cabinet saw (T-slot miter gauge, telescopic fence, tool-less blade guard, riving knife, and more). In essence, the benefit of having a hybrid table saw is that it is a good middle ground option between the smaller and less powerful contractor saw, and the larger more powerful cabinets saw.
If you are on the market for a brand new hybrid table saw, you may want to look at some of the following options. They are by far the best hybrid table saws that your money can buy and are definitely working keeping in consideration.
A great option if you are looking for a good middle ground between a high-end contractor saw and a table saw, The Grizzly Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is a good option to keep in mind. It has a lot of power, it is not too heavy, it’s highly versatile, and will get the job done every time.
One of the things that we really like about this hybrid table saw is that even though it is a hybrid saw, it still manages to provide quite a bit of power and capacity. The Grizzly has a 2 horsepower 220 volt motor with a blade speed of 3,850 rounds per minute. This means that it has more than enough power to get through the toughest of materials. The serpentine belt and pulley system that this hybrid table saw utilizes provides for a very quiet and smooth cutting experience, not to mention maximum power transfer too.
The adjustable blade elevation lets you choose to cut materials as thick as 3 - 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees. The adjustable blade bevel also allows you to cut materials at a 45-degree angle, and the cutting depth at 45 degrees is 2 -3/16 inches.
We also like this hybrid table saw because it has been built with quality in mind. The high-grade materials serve to provide you with a very durable table saw. This is in large thanks to the precision ground cast iron table that allows for a smooth glide and will last for years to come.
The table itself provides you with 30 inches of rip capacity to the right of the blade and 12 inches to the left. Plus the cabinet also features a powder coat paint finish to ensure its longevity even further, not to mention that it also has cast iron trunnions too.
Another convenient feature of this hybrid table saw is that it features a telescopic fence. This fence helps to increase the rip capacity by several feet, plus the fence itself is very easy to adjust, it’s easy to measure the distance between the blade and fence, and it can be securely locked down to the table as well.
Moreover, this thing also comes with an easy to adjust T-slot miter gauge for making cross cuts. The knurled knobs make adjusting the fence easy, and the large spindle wheel controls make adjusting the miter easier than ever.
Something else to appreciate about this saw is that it has some good safety features too. This thing has an easy glide fence system that provides for a smooth glide and keeps the wood in place. That is complemented by the included riving knife that prevents both kick back and wood rotation.
Moreover, this table saw also has an advanced blade guard system that can be adjusted to suit your needs, a guard that keeps your fingers safe. Furthermore, the anti-kickback pawls help to prevent kickback for your safety, plus the pawls can also be retracted. Finally, for your added convenience this hybrid table saw also comes with a 4-inch dust collection port for easy cleanup.
This is a very highly advanced hybrid table saw option to consider. The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw has a lot of room to work with, it is quite powerful, it has a number of precision features, and a variety of safety aspects too. This is definitely one of the best choices that you could go with.
One of the best features of this hybrid table saw is the large amount of power that it provides you with. The 3 horsepower motor delivers you with over 4,300 of blade spin to get through some very tough materials.
Moreover, the Shop Fox has a large cutting capacity of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches with the blade at 45 degrees. As you can see, this saw has the ability to handle some fairly thick and tough materials without question.
This table saw also has a decent ripping capacity of 29 inches to the right of the blade, which is great for smaller jobs. However, to work on bigger pieces, for a slightly increased price, you can get the right extension table that extends the ripping capacity to 54 inches to the right of the blade, thus allowing you to work on very large and wide pieces with ease.
To make it even more versatile than ever, this thing can also accommodate dado and stacked dado blades.
Yet another thing that makes this an awesome hybrid table saw is that it has a cast iron table and wings, extremely durable and large trunnions, and it has a triple belt drive system, all to ensure a very long lifespan. The table itself is precision ground and built of cast iron to provide a smooth and steady work surface.
The next thing that makes this such an ideal choice for all is that it has a variety of nifty safety features. This thing has a replaceable spreader and riving knife, making your sawing experience safe, free of wood rotation, and free of kickback too. Moreover, this saw also has advanced anti-kickback pawls to stop the wood from moving backward, plus it also has a quick release blade guard with independently moving wings.
Something that makes this saw convenient to use is the sloped inside cabinet combined with an efficient 4-inch dust collection port, which works together to remove sawdust as quickly as possible. Even better is the wide span gliding T-Fence system that moves back and forth with easy, is simple to adjust precisely, and also locks down securely for easy ripping.
Moreover this table saw also has a great miter gauge that can be replaced with other accessories, and of course is great for cross cuts too. Everything about this hybrid table saw screams power, convenience, and ultimate versatility. We can’t forget to mention that it also has a magnetic switch with thermal overload protection to even further ensure its longevity.
This is another great hybrid table saw option to go with. It has an extremely powerful motor, a large ripping capacity, a solid table top, and has a number of safety features too. This is a really reliable table saw option to keep in mind.
One of the best features of the Laguna Tools Fusion Table Saw is that it has a very high power level. The motor produces you with over 4 horsepower of cutting action. That is more than most other hybrid table saws out there.
Thus this thing can cut through even the strongest of materials with ease. Moreover, this saw also has a fairly high cutting capacity with the blade fully elevated at either 0 or 45 degrees.
Even better is that this hybrid table saw has a full 36-inch ripping capacity, plus you can get the extended fence to increase the ripping capacity to 52 inches. If you need to work on some very large projects or rip wide planks, this is an option to keep in mind without a doubt. There is also the fact that the highly adjustable fence can be easily locked down for security, the face of it is very smooth to ensure easy glide, and adjustments can be made easily.
Not only does the fence help to ensure precision, but the miter gauge does that as well. The spindle wheels let you adjust the blade elevation plus the miter gauge too, a miter gauge that can go from 0 to 45 degrees for straight and angled crosscuts.
To keep you as safe as can be, the see-through blade guard keeps your fingers away from the blade, it lets you see what is going on as you cut, and it is fully adjustable to account for various cutting projects. The included riving knife helps to reduce workpiece rotation, and top reduce kickback, something which the included anti-kickback pawls also assist with.
This thing has been built with durability in mind, and that is partially thanks to the enclosed cabinet to protect the inner workings of the saw, plus the precision ground cast table that is both tough and easy to maneuver wood over.
This whole thing is made of high-quality metal from top to bottom to ensure its longevity. On a side note, the dust port that is included ensures a fast and easy cleanup time as well.
This is definitely a great hybrid table saw option to go with. It provides you with all of the convenient features of a full sized cabinet saw, yet also has some of the beneficial aspects of a smaller contractor saw. This thing has a few really neat features that we just have to mention. It’s a good option for medium sized woodworking jobs no doubt.
One of the things that we really like about this saw is that it only needs 115 volts of power to be fully operational. The Powermatic runs off of a 1.75 horsepower motor that provides it with several thousand rounds per minute of blade spin.
Moreover, the blade length is a total of 10 inches, giving it a fairly high cutting capacity, making it able to penetrate several inches of material with the blade at either 90 or 45 degrees.
Something that is quite impressive about this particular hybrid table saw is that it features a highly versatile miter gauge that can pivot up to 60 degrees in either direction for the ultimate in cross-cutting action. Moreover, the whole thing rests in a t-slot, which means that adding after-market accessories is easier than ever.
This thing also comes with an easy to use, securely locking, and highly adjustable fence. Not only is the fence easy to use and adjust, but it also provides you with over 30 inches of ripping capacity. This table saw also has a decent ripping capacity to the left of the blade. This saw does not have the most space of all hybrid saws, but it also does not have the least.
The Powermatic Table Saw has a great dust collection feature. This saw comes with the dust collection feature included, and it sucks sawdust away from the blade as soon as it is created, not to mention that it also has a included dust collection bag.
What we also like about this model is that it has secure cabinet mounted trunnions, it has a cast table top and a completely enclosed housing for the ultimate in durability.
Yet another beneficial aspect of this table saw is that it has a tool-less blade guard assembly. The blade guard is see through for maximal vision, it has dual left and right wings which can be separately adjusted, and you don’t even need tools to do so.
Moreover, this item also has an included riving knife to increase precision and reduce kickback, plus it also has anti-kickback pawls for more safety than ever.
If you need a good hybrid table saw with a whole lot of room to work with and a ton or ripping capacity, you should definitely keep the Jet Proshop Table Saw in mind. This is a fairly lightweight, yet powerful saw that gives you more than enough room to work on some very large projects.
Perhaps the best feature of this saw is the ridiculous amount of cutting capacity that the Jet comes with. Even without the extension table, the fence allows for a 30-inch rip capacity, but with the extension wing, you can extend the ripping capacity up to 12 inches to the left of the blade and 12 inches to the right.
The insane ripping capacity of this saw allows you to work on some very large projects with ease, plus for the extension wings, you can choose between stamped steel or cast iron.
Even though this saw is very large and works great for big projects, it only weighs around 280 pounds, making it one of the more lightweight options out there, something that everyone can definitely appreciate. This is not one of the strongest saws out there, but the 1.75 horsepower engine does still deliver 4,000 rounds per minute.
The table itself is made of heavy duty cast iron to ensure its longevity and to provide you with a smooth glide. Moreover, the T-Fence is easily adjusted and paralleled with the blade, it’s very secure and easy to lock down, and it provides you with safety and precision as well.
Even better is the easy to adjust miter gauge that rests on a classic T-slot and can go from 0 to 45 degrees for crosscuts and angled crosscuts. Not only is this a very easy to adjust and precise saw, but it also is a very heavy duty saw, with one of the best parts being the enclosed cabinet that keeps the motor and all other vital components safe and sound.
This hybrid table saw also has a number of good safety features, with one of those being the transparent blade guard with independent leaves. This guard helps keep your fingers safe, it helps keep the wood on track, and it can be adjusted to suit your needs exactly.
Moreover, this thing also has a quick release riving knife to reduce kickback and stop workpiece rotation. Anti-kickback pawls also serve to make the Jet Proshop Table Saw safer than ever.
The Woodtek Hybrid Table Saw makes for a good option to go with no doubt. It’s a lightweight model that has a good cutting capacity, a lot of room to work with, a few safety features, and even more. This is a great middle ground between a contractor saw and a cabinet style saw.
One of the things that we really like about this table saw is that it provides you with a whole lot of room and ripping capacity. The table itself is quite large, not to mention that it is made of cast iron, which can also be said for the included extension wings. The wings combined with the telescopic fence provide you with over 1 foot of ripping capacity to the left of the blade and over 52 inches to the right of the blade, making this model ideal for some fairly large jobs.
The T-square fence is telescopic in nature, features a secure mount and locking system, and is easily adjustable to be parallel with the blade, plus it also includes a ruler for quick visual adjustments. Moreover, the same can be said for the T-slot miter gauge that allows for easy cross cuts, plus the T-slot can fit several different after-market add-ons such as miter sleds and more.
The Woodtek Hybrid Table Saw also comes with a 2 horse power motor that is powerful enough for a variety of jobs. Moreover, the cutting capacity of this saw is 3 – ¼ inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 inches at 45 degrees. It doesn’t have the most power or capacity of all the options, but still more than enough for medium cutting jobs.
On that same note, the blade is 10 inches in diameter, the elevation can be easily adjusted, and it can tilt from 0 to 45 degrees with ease. Everything that can be adjusted on this saw is easily done with spindle wheels or other simple to manipulate adjustment methods. The digital blade angle gauge allows for easy and precise blade angle adjustments.
To make things safe, this model also features an advanced blade guard system that is easy to move around for your convenience, it keeps the workpiece firmly against the table, and it keeps your fingers safe too.
To make things even safer, this model also includes a removable riving knife for anti-kickback features and to stop workpiece rotation, plus it even comes with anti-kickback pawls too. What is also quite convenient is the shrouded dust collection system that sucks sawdust directly away from the blade as soon as it is created.
The Woodtek also has cabinet mounted trunnions, a solid build, and an enclosed cabinet for ultimate longevity, not to mention it helps keep sawing quiet and vibration free. There is also the fact that the castor tripod system lets you adjust the height of the wings with increased ease. Also, the fairly light weight of this hybrid table saw also makes it quite easy to move around your shop.
This is a durable and powerful, yet lightweight hybrid table saw that will definitely suit your needs. It has a lot of room to work with, it has a lot of power, it’s made of strong materials, plus it has a few good safety and convenience features too. You get the size of a high-end contractor saw with the function of a cabinet saw.
Perhaps the feature that we like the most about the Shop Fox Open Stand Hybrid Table Saw is that it only weighs 260 pounds, which is quite light for a hybrid saw. Moreover, this thing also comes with retractable wheels that makes it easy to move around the shop, a convenient feature no doubt.
The wheels can be operated with your feet, so you don’t even have to bend over to use the wheels. Simply push down the kickstand to keep it stable, and push it up to elevate the saw to move it around.
Something else that makes the Shop Fox Open Stand Hybrid Table Saw is that it can be operated at both 120 and 240 volts that provide 2 horsepower of cutting power. The motor provides you with 3,450 rounds per minute of blade spin. In other words, this thing has a good motor and lots of power, and while it is not the most powerful out there, it still has more than enough juice for a variety of jobs.
Moreover, this thing has a blade that can tilt from 90 degrees up to 45 degrees to the left. Plus the cutting depth at 90 degrees is 3 – ¼ inches, and at 45 degrees the depth is 2 - 1/4 inches. Once again, this is not the highest cutting capacity of all hybrid saws, but it also is not the worst.
Another thing that makes this an ideal hybrid table saw option is because it has a precision ground cast table. It’s a very strong table that provides you with a smooth glide, plus it provides you with 30 inches of cutting capacity to the right of the blade and 15 inches to the left.
The highly adjustable, precise, and secure locking fence only serves to increase the rip capacity even more. The fence is a lift – off fence with both front and rear locking abilities, plus it sits on an easy glide system to make movement smooth.
The fence is easy to adjust and very precise, and the same thing can also be said for the convenient t-slot miter gauge that is included. The miter gauge can go from 0 to 45 degrees for a variety of cross cuts, plus the T-slot allows for different after-market add-ons such as a miter sled.
Something else that you might like about this table saw is that it has a quick-change blade guard that can be easily adjusted for position, it can be taken off, plus it is see through, so you know exactly what is happening as it happens, not to mention that it helps keep the wood firmly on the table.
Moreover, this thing also comes with an interchangeable true riving knife for ultimate precision and increased safety. Also, the anti-kickback pawls that are included make this saw safer than ever.
We also like the fact that the enclosed cabinet keeps the inner workings of the saw as safe as can be, plus the robust cabinet mounted trunnions provide you with longevity, they help absorb noise and vibration, and they help ensure proper blade to fence alignment too.
This is also a good option to choose thanks to the highly capable dust collection port, thus making clean up time virtually non-existent.
If you are looking for a good combination of a cabinet style saw and a contractor saw, the Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw makes for a fairly light yet powerful option for all.
One of the things that you will be able to appreciate about this particular hybrid table saw is that it features a lot of safety features. The Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw features a true riving knife, which helps to stop the cut workpiece from pinching against the backside of the blade, thus preventing kickback from occurring.
On that same note, the Shop Fox also features anti-kickback pawls to further help prevent dangerous kickback. Even better is that this hybrid table saw also has a quick release polycarbonate blade guard that covers the workpiece during use.
It’s a clear guard that lets you see what is going on, but also keeps your fingers away from the spinning blade and reduces the chances of something flying up in your face. The blade guard also has independent lifting sides, plus the anti-kickback pawls are also retractable. If you want a safe hybrid table saw, this is definitely an option to consider.
Something else that you will like about this model is that it is a fairly large and durable table saw. First off, the table top is made of precision ground cast iron to provide or a smooth slide and a strong table top. Moreover, it also features a low friction composite extension wing that increased rip capacity from 30 to a full 55 inches. This table saw gives you a whole lot of room to work with.
Furthermore, the Shop Fox has cast iron trunnions, a Poly-V serpentine belt drive, and pulley system, and powder coated paint on the cabinet, all of which make this a powerful and durable option. The Shop Fox also has a 2 horse power 220-volt motor that powers the blade to spin at 3,850 rounds per minute.
This hybrid table saw has a maximum cutting depth of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches at 45 degrees, which also means that this saw has a blade tilt between 0 and 45 degrees.
This hybrid table saw also comes with a Camlock T-fence with an HDPE face. It also has knurled knobs for easy and precise fence adjustments. The fence rests on an easy glide system to make moving it around very easy.
Moreover, this item also comes with a T-slot miter gauge for cross and angled crosscuts. Even better is that all adjustments can be made with heavy duty, yet precise hand wheels. The fact that this thing also comes with a 4-inch dust port is just an added bonus.
The Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw, while still weighing 380 pounds, is a pretty good combination of a smaller sized saw that is quite portable like a contractor saw, a strong motor with high RPM, cutting depth, and ripping capacity, and full dust collection features of a cabinet saw. It’s a great middle of the line option to go with that will serve everyone very well.
This is a decent option to go with if you need a middle ground saw that is ideal for smaller and medium size jobs. It has a medium power level, medium ripping capacity, it’s fairly lightweight, and gives you a decent amount of room to work with. This is not the biggest and baddest saw on the block, but it’s quite reliable and will do well with most shop jobs.
The RIDGID features a fairly powerful 13 amp motor that delivers you with 3,450 rounds per minute of cutting power. While this is not the most powerful saw around, it still has more than enough juice for small and medium sized jobs.
The same can be said for the blade elevation and cutting capacity. Once again, this saw is ideal for smaller and medium sized jobs but unfortunately, lacks the cutting capacity to get through very thick materials.
Something that we do like about The RIDGID Table Saw is that it has a fairly large ripping capacity. It has a maximum ripping capacity of 30 inches, which is thanks to the neat telescopic fence. With the addition of left and right extension wings, you can also increase the ripping capacity of this saw by a substantial amount.
The telescopic fence is easy to adjust, rests on easy glide rails for quick movement, and it can be securely locked down with the mounting mechanism. Furthermore, the miter gauge that comes included can be adjusted from 0 to 45 degrees, and it can also be replaced with several different attachments such as a sled.
Another thing that makes this a convenient option to go with is the cast iron table that provides for a smooth glide and also minimizes noise and vibration. Moreover, the solid metal design combined with cabinet mounted cast iron trunnions and an enclosed motor help to ensure the longevity and durability of this saw even more.
Yet another great thing about this hybrid table saw is the variety of safety features that it comes with. It has anti-kickback pawls to stop wood pinching and to reduce kickback, it has a riving knife to decrease kick back even more, plus to stop blade rotation, and the advanced blade guard helps to improve safety even more.
The blade guard is see through for maximum visibility, it is easily adjusted for various purposes, and it helps secure the wood to the table as well.
Finally, The RIDGID Hybrid Table Saw also has a convenient kickstand wheel system which lets you elevate the saw off of its legs onto a set of wheels, thus making it very easy to move around your shop. Moreover, this saw is also fairly lightweight, thus increasing its portability even more.
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There are a ton of different hybrid table saw options out there, and many of them can meet your needs without question. The trick is to weigh your needs against the specifics of the saw in question. We would definitely recommend keeping the main considerations in mind which we talked about in the beginning.
That way you can be sure that you get the hybrid table saw of your dreams. These are great tools with the versatility of a contractor saw, and the power and features of a good cabinet style table saw. If you have any questions about finding the right hybrid table saw, just shoot us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible,
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