The fact that there are so many different brands of tools out there, not to mention the multitude of tools themselves, can definitely make it hard to find the right table saw for you.We’re here to talk about the very best brand names in the table saw game that you can go with and why they make such good choices.
We have got 10 brands, all of which are reputable and produce safe, reliable, and powerful table saws.
Perhaps the very best brand name in the world of table saws that you could go with is without a doubt, Bosch. Bosch is originally a German company which was founded by Robert Bosch all the way back in 1886. The Bosch company is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, a place which is renowned for producing quality products.
Bosch is a company that practices diversification, and they produce automotive and industrial products, thermo technology, security systems, home appliances, and of course power tools too.
Not only has Bosch survived the last 130 years of economic turmoil, but they have also been quality and environmentally friendly certified by a number of different organizations, making them one of the most reputable brand names out there.
What is really impressive about the Bosch brand is that the owners invest anywhere from 90 to 96 percent of their profits back into the company, with a whole 9 percent being dedicated to research and development. When it comes to power tools, Bosch owns several other renowned brand names such as Hawera, SKIL, Dremel, RotoZip, Freud, Vermont American, and a few others too.
Bosch produces some very popular table saws including the Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw, the Bosch GTS1041A-09 REAXX Flesh-Detecting Jobsite Table Saw, and the Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw, among many others.
The second brand name on our list of table saw brands is DEWALT. Interestingly enough, DEWALT is a brand name owned by Black and Decker. DEWALT was first created by a Raymond E. DeWalt, who actually invented the radial arm saw, and was then later sold to Black and Decker in 1960.
Black and Decker has been in the power tool game for quite some time, yet the public’s trust in their products was never that high, that is until they went through a major rebranding effort. This rebranding effort would see Black and Decker turn DEWALT into a high quality professionally trusted line of tools, kind of like how Ford sells cars to average people, and also owns Lincoln, which is one of Ford’s line of luxury cars. DEWALT is the luxury line of power tools made by Black and Decker.
DEWALT is well known for manufacturing high-quality mechanics tools, small handheld tools and larger stationary tools such as table saws. They are an extremely trusted brand name when it comes to things like table saws, making them one of the most sought out brands for carpenters everywhere.
Some of the most popular DEWALT table saws include the DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw, and the DEWALT DWE7480 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw.
Makita is another high-quality brand of power tools that you should consider when looking for a reliable table saw. The Makita brand name was founded all the way back in 1915 in Anjo, Japan. It was founded by a man named Mosaburo Makita and was then known as Makita Electric Works.
Originally Makita was all about selling and repairing lighting equipment, motors, and transformers. However, since the brand’s creation, they have diversified their efforts and started creating power tools, and some really good ones at that. Specifically, Makita started out by manufacturing motors for various power tools and then slowly expanded to the point where they were making the tools as a whole.
Makita would in time become one of the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of trusted power tools including table saws. They grew so big that they have factories around the world, and in 2012 the brand raked in close to 3 billion U.S dollars in profit.
Some of the most trusted table saws that you can get from Makita include the Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw, the Makita 2705X1 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw, and the Makita 2703 15 Amp 10-Inch Benchtop Table Saw.
As we mentioned before, SKIL is actually a subsidiary of Bosch, but that has not always been the case. The original SKIL brand was first created in 1926 by a man named Joseph Sullivan, who with the help of Edmond Michel had created a company known as Michel Electric Handsaw Corporation in 1926.
Michel was actually the first man to create a mechanized version of the machete to help farmers hack away at plants quicker, but Michel left the company, left Sullivan to his own devices, who then changed the name to Skilsaw, Inc. in 1926.
In its early days, SKIL created a number of different saws including table saws and would continue to make improvements on their early models. In the 1970’s SKIL began to build a wide network of worldwide factories and retailers that would supply the power tool community with some truly awesome pieces of equipment.
In 1979 Emerson Electric bought SKIL, which was then sold to Bosch in 1992. SKIL is indeed one of the most reputable and trusted subsidiary power tool names of the Bosch brand, and have proven that fact time and time again with multi-billion dollar sales year after year.
Some of the most popular SKIL table saws include the SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw, the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 10" Portable Worm Drive Table Saw, and the SKIL 3310 10-Inch Table Saw.
Shop Fox is one of the lesser known brand names when it comes to woodworking. This lack of reputation is not due to a lack of quality or craftsmanship, and it certainly is not due to a lack of variety.
In fact, Shop Fox is a brand name which is owned by a company known as Woodstock International, Inc. a company which was recently created in 1989.
The lack of reputation is due to their fairly recent creation. Woodstock International and Shop Fox offer the public over 3000 different woodworking and metal working tools, many of which have special patents and are proprietary in nature.
These guys are known for creating safe, powerful, convenient, and reliable construction tools and have quickly become a fairly large player in the power tool game. Shop Fox has been doing so good that they were just recently named one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies, something that is very impressive indeed.
Some of the most popular Shop Fox Table saws include the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw, the Shop Fox W1837 10" 2 hp Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw, the Shop Fox W1820 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw with Extension Table and Riving Knife, and the Shop Fox W1811 10-Inch 5 HP Sliding Table Saw.
Perhaps the most recently created brand name to be included on this list is SawStop, and it is for a very good reason. SawStop is fairly new to the table saw game and was only created in 1999, less than 20 years ago, but their efforts to focus solely on table saws and special table saw technology has definitely paid off.
This company began manufacturing their first saws as late as 2004, and they have made a really big splash in the power tool market, which is due to one main reason.
SawStop is the only specialty table saw manufacturing company in the world that equips all of their saws with a proprietary safety feature that has the ability to save thousands of fingers from being shredded to pieces.
The SawStop table saws are widely known for their special braking system that measures conductive currents to determine if there is contact between human flesh and the saw blade. When contact is registered, the blade stops in a fraction of a second, something which has the potential to save fingers, hands, and lives, hence why the brand name is SawStop, because of the enhanced stopping technology.
A man named Steve Glass is the founder of the SawStop brand as well as the proprietary braking technology, and his company is based in Oregon, U.S.A. SawStop has actually been awarded several awards due to their innovations in the field of table saw safety and has been labeled one of the very safest table saw brands to use.
Some of the most popular SawStop table saws include the SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly, the SawStop PCS175-TGP236 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table, the SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart, the Sawstop CNS175-TGP36 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 36-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, and the Sawstop CNS175-SFA30 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw.
Ridgid is a very highly trusted brand name of tools which is owned by The Ridge Tool Company. The Ridge Tool Company is an American manufacturer of hand tools, power tools, and stationary woodworking tools.
This company has a long reputation of being a very reliable brand name to go with ever since its creation all the way back in 1923 when it was founded in Ohio, U.S.A. Interestingly enough, The Ridge Tool Company and the Ridgid brand name is not the only company on this list to be a subsidiary of the larger Emerson Electric Corporation.
Ridgid is very well known for its production of plumbing tools, pipe fitting, construction tools, HVAC systems, power tools, and stationary woodworking tools. This is a brand that produces over 300 types of tools.
Ridgid power tools have an excellent reputation for being some of the most reliable and resistant tools around, especially when it comes to temperature variations, as well as their resistance towards dust, dirt, and mud.
On an interesting side note, one thing that helped Ridgid become so popular as a brand of power tools is their yearly pinup calendar that over the years has featured some pretty popular models.
Some of the most popular table saws that Ridgid produces include the RIDGID 10 in. 13-Amp Professional Table Saw | R4512, the Ridgid R4513 15 Amp 10 in. Heavy-Duty Portable Table Saw with Stand, the Ridgid R4516 10 in. Portable Jobsite Table Saw, and the Ridgid R4510 Heavy-Duty Portable Table Saw with Stand.
Craftsman is a very well known brand name that has been around for almost 100 years. It was first created in 1927 by Arthur Burrows, who bought the rights to the Craftsman name in 1927.
Arthur Burrows was at the time the head of the Sears hardware department, which makes Crasftman the brand name used by the Sears company to sell tools of various sorts. Craftsman, the trusted hardware brand name, is owned by Sears, the place you go to buy fridges, stoves, couches, and much more.
To be even more specific, Craftsman is owned by a specialty tool based subsidiary of Sears known as KCD IP, LLC. Craftsman finds its pride in the fact that all tools and components are manufactured in the U.S.A. Moreover, Craftsman is the official brand of tools used by NASCAR and the DIY Network.
Craftsman has also been named as America’s most trusted brand as well as the brand with the highest expectations. The readers of Popular Mechanics just a few years ago even named Craftsman as the favorite brand of hand tools.
Craftsman specializes in hand tools such as hammers, wrenches, and other such things, but they are also an avid manufacturer of motorized tools such as table saws.
One of the best features of the Craftsman brand is that all tools come with an unlimited lifetime warranty, meaning that if your Craftsman table saw ever needs repairs or replacements, it will be done for free, not to mention that you don’t even need a receipt or proof of purchase.
Some of the most popular Craftsman table saw models include the Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10 In. Table Saw 28461, the Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac 21807, and the CRAFTSMAN 10" JOBSITE TABLE SAW.
Porter Cable was first founded by a group of smaller companies, the main ones being R.E Porter and F.E Cable, hence the name Porter Cable.
This was a very small company at first and was actually opened in an at home garage. In 1960 Porter Cable was sold to Rockwell International, a brand which is next on our list, a brand which actually phased out the Porter Cable name. However in 1981 Plentair, Inc. bought Rockwell’s power tool group and brought back the Porter Cable brand name.
Finally, Porter Cable was then purchased by Black and Decker in 2004, which is still its home. One cool thing about Porter Cable is that the company is known for introducing the first portable belt sander, the first helical drive circular saw, and the first portable band saw.
Porter Cable is known for their awesome table saws. Some of the most noteworthy table saws produced by Porter Cable include the PORTER-CABLE PCB222TS 10-in 15 Amp Job Site Table Saw, and the Porter Cable 10 inch PCB270TS Table Saw. One thing to note about Porter Cable is that they are very well known for providing the public with very high-quality power tools at a more than affordable price.
While Rockwell is the last brand name of trusted power tools and table saws on our list, it certainly is not the least reputable. Rockwell was created in 2003, it has been a giant hit with carpenters, woodworkers, and handymen everywhere.
To be exact, Rockwell is owned by The Positec Tool Corporation which was founded in China in 1994. Something that is quite interesting is that the current CEO of the Positec Tool Corporation in North America, was actually the vice president of Bosch until he decided to quit, join Positec, buy the rights to the Rockwell name, and start manufacturing and distributing Rockwell power tools.
Rockwell is now headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rockwell products can be found in stores such as Lowe’s, Costco, and The Home Depot.
Rockwell is known for providing users with some of the safest, user-friendly, reliable, and durable tools around, all attributes which go for their table saws. Some of the most popular Rockwell table saws include the Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser, and the Rockwell RK7240.1 Shop Series 13 Amp 10-Inch Table Saw with Stand.
Getting a reliable, powerful, and safe table saw does in part rely on which brand you get, and all of the above brands are prime choices no doubt. If you have any questions or comments, maybe a story of personal experience, about any of the above brands, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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