Measuring approximately 22” x 38”, the contractor table saw is then next size up from the bench style. It typically sits on an open attached stand or base which may or may not be on wheels. It weighs between 200-300 pounds and is still portable but requires more than one person to lift. This style of table saw is good for woodworking shops, hobbyists, small contractors and DIYers. The 1-2 hp motors have enough power and stability to handle more heavy duty job site work and workshop demands. One of the benefits to these saws is that they still run on standard electrical circuits.
On the other hand, the DeWalt Worm Drive Circular Saw is only the circular saw power tool minus any foldable table. This saw is portable, handheld and is lightweight at 13.8 pounds. It may not be a portable table saw but it works great in ripping material up to 2 – ½ inches wide. It is quality made with a durable cast magnesium footplate for a solid cutting platform.
The maximum rip to the right of the blade is 20” and 12” to the left, which is also very reasonable for a machine in this price range. You don’t get a stand and this obviously means no wheels either, so you’ll have to carry it around. Though it’s really not a heavy tool to move, weighing only 45lbs and this is despite the fact that is an incredibly durable piece of machinery with a metal roll cage. Adding to its compact portability, it has telescopic fence rails.
You will need specialty blades for cutting materials such as plywood, masonry, hardwood and metals. Other specialty blades are used for dado cuts. Most dado sets have multiple rows of teeth and chippers and they are typically much wider than traditional blades. Be sure that the model of table saw you have can accommodate the type of specialty blades you want to get so you don’t waste your money on a blade that won’t fit.