The Best Hybrid Table Saws
Hybrid table saws are sort of a compromise between a standard cabinet table saw and the more powerful contractor saws. Most hybrid table saws run on 110 volt power vs. 220 volt, like some of the ultra-expensive cabinet saws. Hybrid table saws also offer some of the portability of contractor saws except with more power and usually, more accurate cuts.
If you’re looking for a good compromise between a contractor saw and a professional cabinet table saw, a hybrid table saw is going to work for you. For the most part, the main difference is going to be price, some portability, power and almost negligible accuracy.
So without further delay, here’s our list of the best hybrid table saws on the market:
A 1.75 HP saw that weighs in at a very sturdy 299 pounds. This guy will rip boards wide and provides most of the benefits of a full-power cabinet saw for your wood shop.
The fully enclosed base houses the big motor that can plug into a 110 outlet. You can have your choice of either stamped steel or cast iron for the wings, and the blade guard is equipped with two independent leaves.
A riving knife kickback system comes standard, and a low profile version is available for cutting grooves without punching all the way through the wood. Adjustment can be a little tricky, but once you figure it out, and get dialed in, this is a very capable saw for all of your woodworking projects.
First of all, I should point out that this isn’t a 4 HP saw, it’s 1.75, like other saws in this category. Lots of power in a sturdy package. The unit is fitted with wheels so it can be moved wheelbarrow style if you are limited on space and won’t be ripping boards every day. The portability adds to it’s hybrid ability.
Adjustments are pretty easy, as the trunnion assembly is mounted to the frame instead of the table top. This setup also prevents “cabinet drop.” Laguna makes a sliding table for this model as well, so if you choose to upgrade later, you have the option. The fence is true and straight, no need for adjustment. Very good saw for the money and it’ll rip through hardwoods like mahogany and others like butter.
The Powermatic comes loaded with features, including a riving knife, micro-adjust miter gauge with extension plate, a wide fence over a precision ground cast iron table, and built-in dust port.
The total weight is 414 pounds, plenty sturdy even for cabinet applications. The 1-3/4 motor is perfect for all kinds of work, and will hold up over time, backed by a five-year warranty.
On the downside, if you have any other Powermatic products, then I’m sure you are aware of their low quality owners manuals, and the 64B table saw is no different in that respect. But the quality is almost unbeatable at this price, and their customer service reps can help with anything you need, from adjustment instruction to accessories.
When you want more power and quality seen only in much bigger cabinet saws, and you are prepared to install a 220v power supply to get it, then there’s no reason to hold back.
For only a fraction more than competitor hybrids, this monster will turn your garage into a professional wood shop. At 527 pounds all-up weight, I don’t have to tell you that this saw is sturdy.
It comes with most of the features found on cabinet saws, like a fully adjustable miter fence, a true riving knife, and a heavy duty polycarbonate guard. It’ll take you right back to wood shop class if you are used to using lighter duty saws, and it will find a home in any professional woodworking shop. Easily the best table saw you are going to get for the money anywhere.
If you are looking to get a quality hybrid, but you don’t want to pay the $2000+ dollars most of them require, then take a look at this saw from Rigid.
It comes with the usual features, like a sturdy mount, 13 amp motor, and a cast iron tabletop, but at a fraction of the price. It also comes with a caster and fixed wheels.
The company seems to have switched to a 3 wheel design, so expect that. for easier movement around a small shop, so you can keep it out of the way when you aren’t using it. Rips boards up to around 30 inches, and the T slots accommodate standard miter gauges and jigs. It’s not the best hybrid table saw on the list, but it could very well be the best budget option out there for this price.