The model BS5205 4.5 inch band saw is ETL Certified and offers 3 speeds. Engineered for cutting ferrous and nonferrous metals with speed, efficiency and durability. A Solid cast iron saw head frame and vise that opens to 6 inch. Featuring a heavy-duty steel stand with tool shelf plus wheels and handle for easy transport. The BS5205 has a vise that swivels up to 45 degrees, as well as a throat depth of five inches, enabling you to gain more flexibility and control over each project. The Miter gauge allows 90 degrees to 45 degrees cuts. You can set the speed at 80, 120, and 180 feet per minute--whichever best suits your materials and job. It's 1/2 HP motor can easily cut through aluminum to steel.

Rockwell diverged from the crowd with this offering. For starters, the riving knife, anti-kickback pawls and blade guard are connected and remove as a unit. If you do remove them to make a non-through cut, you have to install the separate riving knife first. It’s not difficult, just different. This is the only saw with a right-tilting motor. We prefer left-tilting motors because it’s safer to make bevel cuts with the fence on the right side of the blade. There’s no port for attaching a vacuum cleaner, but there’s a large dust bag that does a good job of collecting sawdust. This saw cuts 3-9/16 in. at 90 degrees, 1/16 in. more than the next closest competitors, allowing you to rip a 4×4 in one pass. And like the Ryobi saw, it has a 30-in.-wide rip capacity.


On the other end of the handyman spectrum, you’ve got the seasoned professional with years of experience under his belt. We all know the type: he’s the guy that expects only the best, and DEWALT more than delivers with their patented DWE7491RS. This wood-slicing machine is the cream of the crop when it comes to cutting through even the toughest materials. The DWE7491RS measures 26.25 x 22 inches, so it’s a relatively large apparatus—you’re going to want to make sure that you have plenty of space in your garage for this table saw.

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Hybrid saws combine the lighter weight of the contractor saw with the more powerful motor and sturdier construction of the cabinet saw, at a price that’s easier for the occasional woodworker to stomach. They can run about $1,200 or so, and weigh in at under 300 pounds. Their motors are generally in the 1.5 to 1.75 HP range, and can be used with standard 110V outlets.

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