Table Saw Reviews in the UK

​When buying a table saw (a.k.a. bench saw), especially for the first time, there are a few important things one needs to pay attention to before taking the leap. In this article, we first look at the various aspects and components of a table saw before moving onto examining actual table saws for the home workshop available in the UK in our more specific table saw reviews towards the end of the page.

What to look for when buying a table saw

Rip Capacity

First off, it helps a lot if you know how you intend to use the machine, this way you can determine what rip capacity (the distance between the blade and its parallel fence) to go for - cutting WITHIN the rip capacity of the table saw will allow you to cut very square cuts.

Image showing what the rip capacity of a table saw means

The Fence

The fence itself will ideally extend the full length of the table and will be secured at both ends so that no inadvertent lateral movement occurs when rip cutting. However, for less experienced users or if the table saw is to be used only occasionally, having a fence that extends only part of the way across the table can mitigate kickback risk by allowing the workpiece to move slightly away from the blade after cutting. Kickback can occur if the workpiece snags between the fence and the blade throwing the workpiece back at the user potentially causing serious injury. More experienced or regular users of the table saw will be more aware of this risk naturally ensuring that it is minimised.

Table Surface Area

Table size is also an important consideration when purchasing a table saw and in general it's best to go for as big a surface area as you have the money for so that larger stock can be properly balanced while cutting. Often consumer table saws have extendible surfaces around the cutting area that can provide for a much greater overall surface area without permanently taking up a large amount of space. Table saws most often come with these extensions at the sides that are useful for cross-cutting longer workpieces, but rear extensions to the table surface which are often overlooked by manufacturers are equally important and are necessary when making longitudinal rip cuts.

Blade Size

Blades come in a variety of diameters. The best practice when picking a table saw is to opt for one that can handle blade sizes that are compatible with any mitre saw you might possess or intend to purchase so that blades are interchangeable between the two cutting systems.

Picture of a Table Saw showing the names of the different components

Blade Height

Most tables saws today can vary the height at which the blade can protrude above the surface of the table so that it can be adjusted for cutting different thicknesses of material. The maximum height that a blade can reach above the table surface can be an important consideration when working with larger workpieces. Generally the higher the blade can go, the more versatile the table saw.

Dust Collection

One area that often gets forgotten about when purchasing a bench saw is the dust collection ports available to which vacuum systems can be attached. Most table saws come with a port that aspirates excess dust from the bottom of the machine but only some machines also have a dust collection port as an integral part of the blade guard. This upper dust collection port can be especially useful in further reducing the mess associated with sawing. It is generally not a good idea to use a normal home vacuum cleaner with a table saw especially when generating finer sawdust (such as from MDF) as this can rapidly overload a vacuum that was only designed for house dust. A dedicated workshop vacuum designed to handle copious amounts of sawdust, both fine and coarse, is often needed especially if the table saw is to see a lot of use.

Blade Guard

One important safety feature is the blade guard, which should be easy to remove and reattach as this will mean that it will be used as often as possible. Sometimes certain types of cutting necessitates blade guard removal and if it is difficult to do so can mean that the blade guard does not get reattached afterwards. This is not a good working practice for obvious reasons.

Riving Knife

Equally important is the incorporation of a riving knife - the bit of metal that sits directly behind the blade that travels up and down with the blade when its height is adjusted. It may not seem to do much but it is absolutely critical to ensuring the safety of the operator by preventing the cut surfaces of a workpiece from pinching together again after being cut. The lack of a riving knife presents a significant safety hazard to the operator since if the pinched surfaces come back in contact with the blade, the workpiece can be lifted on the blade and thrown back towards the operator - a kickback.

Popular Table Saws in the UK

Table Saw 
Saw Blade Diameter (mm)
Max Cut Depth at 90o (mm)
Max Cut Depth at 45o (mm)
Motor Power (W)
Weight (kg)
DeWalt DW745
22 kg
Evolution FURY5
28 kg
Evolution FURY5-S
VonHaus Table Saw
Pingtek Blueline PT48250-B
Pingtek Blueline PT48250-S
Lumberjack BTS210
16 kg
Evolution RAGE5-S
28.5 kg
Einhell TC-TS 2025/1 U
21 kg
Ryobi RTS1800EF-G
26.8 kg
ParkerBrand PTS-250
20.3 kg
Saw Blade Diameter (mm)
Max Cut Depth at 90o (mm)
Max Cut Depth at 45o (mm)
Motor Power (W)
Weight (kg)
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Table Saw Reviews: So what is the best table saw in the UK?

DeWalt DW745 Bench Saw Review (our favourite)

Image of the table saw, the DeWalt DW745

Evolution FURY5 Table Saw Review

***Update: The FURY5 has since been discontinued and replaced with the FURY5-S which has some enhanced specifications.*** 

Image of the table saw, the Evolution Fury5

VonHaus 1800W 10-inch Table Saw Review

VonHaus 1800W Table Saw

VonHaus dust extraction for table saw

On the more negative side, features like the rip and crosscutting fences on the VonHaus table saw are not particularly inspiring. In the case of the rip fence, it does not extend the full-length of the table and, although it locks properly on the front side of the table saw, it is free on the other end allowing it to move slightly out of alignment if too much pressure is applied when crosscutting. In addition, the mitre guide is also somewhat sub-standard especially compared to more expensive table saw equivalents as it is itself a bit flimsy and shows more wobble than desired when seated in the saw table’s tracks.

Overall, the VonHaus table saw is worth the money one pays for it if it is to be used by the occasional DIY-er rather than the carpentry enthusiast or professional. However, even for more avid users, the VonHaus table saw is recommended by a number of DIY-ers as an inexpensive ‘base’ on which to build one’s own more professional table saw, usually by adding extended surfaces around the cutting area as well as upgrading the various fences and other components with a little bit of DIY hacking.

Pingtek Blueline PT48250-B Table Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Pingtek Blueline PT48250-B

​This is a budget table saw and as you might expect requires a little bit of fiddling and calibration to get it working smoothly and accurately as their manufacturing process is not always spot on. In addition, assembly instructions are on the inadequate side making it more difficult to put together than one would hope. If you are the solutions-oriented DIY type (which you probably are since you are interested in a table saw!), then this should not be a problem for you and will certainly increase your understanding of how it all works together. On the positive side the table saw surface extensions make for a big working area which is a big plus, but unfortunately, the rip fence can not be moved all the way to the end of the right-side extension which is a bit of a disappointment if you plan on cutting anything larger then its relatively small rip capacity. The fence itself is also a bit flimsy and requires a little innovative thinking to get it firmly attached to the table. In addition, the saw can not take Dado blades limiting its use to rip, cross and mitre cutting only. It is also only suitable for cutting timber so if you need to cut any other materials on a table saw, then this is not the table saw for you. Overall the saw is very good for the price but only if you are willing to do a little bit of messing around with it at first to get it all working smoothly, and the very responsive customer service from Pingtek certainly makes a difference.

Pingtek Blueline PT48250-S Table Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Pingtek Blueline PT48250-S

​This is the second of two Pingtek table saws that we have decided to review here which just goes to indicate how popular Pingtek saws are with consumers. With this model, instead of table extensions increasing the overall surface area of the table, you have a sliding extension to the right of the table which also houses the rip fence increasing its rip capacity dramatically compared to its sibling. The unique feature of this table saw is the sliding carriage where part of the table itself slides with the workpiece being cut acting as a sort of rear extension to the table - this sort of design is usually only seen on much more expensive saws. However, a minor negative is the catch that is designed to keep the carriage in place when not sliding is a touch on the flimsy side. The machine is also more highly powered than its sibling with an 1800W motor but once again, it can only be used for cutting wood which puts a limit on its use. Although the fence only clamps on one end, it is pretty firmly held and there is very little lateral movement (if any) at the unclamped end. One let down is that although they have a dust extractor port on the top of the blade guard, no tubing is provided to fit it and Pingtek doesn't supply it - you have to come up with that yourself. Once again with the Pingtek table saws, a bit of fiddling is required to get the saw operating precisely, but you get very good after-sales service from the company to help you fix any issues.

Lumberjack BTS210 Bench Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Lumberjack BTS210

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Evolution RAGE5-S Table Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Evolution RAGE5-S

The RAGE5-S table saw has a 1800W electric motor, which should be capable of handling most cutting jobs, however, unlike more expensive machines it does not exhibit a soft-start feature making it start up rather abruptly. The table saw comes with Evolution's 255mm diameter blade which has been made famous by its ability to cut through a variety of materials including wood, metal, and plastic. On the RAGE5-S table saw, the blade can cut wood up to a maximum depth of 83mm or up to 58mm when the blade is tilted to its fullest extent of 45°. The tilting of the blade uses the preferred mechanism of a locking lever system typical of more professional machines as opposed to a rack-and-pinion mechanism found on more budget table saws.

The default table surface area on the RAGE5-S is about what one would expect from a table saw of this size, but the RAGE5-S also has extendable side arms on both sides of the machine that, when fully extended, almost doubles the width of support that the table can provide which is especially useful when crosscutting longer pieces of stock. Fully extended, the rip capacity of the table on the right side of the blade is a generous 65cm, while the rip capacity on the left side of the blade can accommodate 30.5cm, making it a very capable table saw. The rip fence itself is very sturdy and, although it is locked and unlocked using a single front lever-operated clamp, the other end of the rip fence also hooks firmly on to the table preventing any inadvertent lateral movement when making rip cuts. One note of caution however, is that it is possible to clamp the fence slightly out of alignment, but if care is taken when positioning the fence, this can be mostly avoided. Finally, the left table extension incorporates a sliding front-to-back carriage which makes crosscutting on the RAGE5-S table saw a pleasure to do, and is a feature that is generally hard to find in this price category of table saw.

The RAGE5-S table saw weighs a hefty 33.5kg but fortunately the power tool has been designed with an integrated trolley system which allows the machine to be quickly folded up and rolled over to another location within the workshop or worksite. Unfortunately, the designers have not taken into account rolling the machine through a standard-sized doorway as it is approximately 15cm too wide for most doorways found in a typical building, forcing the operator to turn it sideways and essentially drag it through a doorway rather inelegantly.

Dust collection on the RAGE5-S is facilitated by a single dust collection hose that splits itself between the upper blade guard and the underside of the machine which is a good feature to have in order to minimise sawdust getting everywhere, however the dust collection effectiveness itself is more mediocre than excellent.

One notable negative with the RAGE5-S table saw that is worth mentioning is that a number of reviewers have reported that the machine can suffer from inaccuracies in build quality with such things as less than perfectly flat table surfaces, blades that are a few millimetres out of alignment, or components that don't perfectly fit together to create the desired function. However, this is not probably so surprising given the price of the machine and the fact that Evolution has clearly prioritised packing the machine with useful features over ensuring perfectly consistent build quality from machine to machine. As a result don't expect to have a perfectly functioning table saw right out-of-the-box, as a little bit of DIY hacking is likely needed before you can get consistently accurate cuts.

Overall, the RAGE5-S portable table saw has a lot to offer with its many features and its reasonable UK price, however, it is best suited for an owner that does not mind a bit of fussing over it particularly when setting it up, in order for it to work perfectly accurately. So as long as that caveat is acceptable, the Evolution RAGE5-S table saw is highly recommended.

Note that if you're buying the RAGE5-S from Amazon, due to its heavy weight, it is a bit of a lottery as to whether couriers will treat the package with sufficient care, as a number of users have reported receiving damaged packages most likely due to courier issues. Fortunately both Amazon and Evolution are both quite responsive when it comes to customer service and any problems have been quickly resolved. So just be sure to check all parts of the machine for both damage and quality control issues before you begin to assemble it, so you are not left with the dilemma of whether to just forge on with a less than perfect machine or go through the pain of disassembling and repackaging it.

Einhell TC-TS 2025/1U Table Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Einhell TC-TS 2025/1U

Useful features on the Einhell table saw include the ability to adjust the angle of the blade relatively quickly using the same control wheel that also adjusts the height of the blade, while the cutting blade itself can be fully lowered below the surface of the table if the table saw top ever needs to be used as a flat working space instead. Another nice touch with the Einhell table saw is the convenient stowage of spare blades and the spanners required to change the blade, which is located on the side of the machine.

For its relatively high-powered motor, the Einhell TC-TS 2025 is a surprisingly light weight machine coming in at only 21kg. This is in part achieved through the use of light weight plastic for it main body enclosure and for majority of its other components. This makes the Einhell table saw easier to move around the workshop when needed, but also makes it slightly less durable in the long-term, although these days most table saws in this price range make ample use of plastic making the Einhell table saw no less durable than competitor machines. The Einhell’s lighter weight also makes it slightly less stable than heavier machines especially when loading or unloading larger workpieces. However, although its lighter weight means it is more portable than other machines, the rest of its physical characteristics have not been designed with portability in mind. Nowhere is this more evident than in the table extensions on either side of the main table which are attached using permanent nuts and bolts rather than some kind of a removable mechanism to allow them to be stowed away quickly when the machine needs to be moved.

Other nice features of the Einhell TC-TS 2025 are the vacuum ports integrated both into the top blade guard as well as the main body of the machine which is responsible for aspirating away the sawdust and debris. However, although it is good to see them designed into both the main body and the blade guard (something that is not found on all table saws), their overall effectiveness at keeping the workplace clean is mediocre with quite a bit of sawdust still escaping.

Another useful feature on the machine is the ease with which the blade guard can be removed and replaced through the use of a thumbscrew. Although it is always recommended to use a blade guard for safety reasons, there are times when it needs to be removed for certain types of cuts. By making the blade guard effortless to remove and replace goes a long way to ensuring that it is used as often as possible. The riving knife on the table saw is also removable, however its absence makes the use of any table saw more dangerous as the risk of kickback increases.

Table saws in this price range generally have sub-standard rip fences and mitre gauges, and unfortunately, the Einhell TC-TS 2025 table saw is no different. To begin with, the rip fence on the machine does not project the full length of the table and is not designed to be locked down on its far side. This makes the fence more prone to being accidentally nudged out of alignment while cutting which leads to inaccurate results. The mitre gauge or sled also leaves some room for improvement with basic design and predominantly plastic build. Usually, the situation can be improved with a better quality after-market replacement, however, the non-standard-sized track on the Einhell machine’s table makes finding a compatible one a difficult prospect.

On the yet more negative side, the lack of measurement markings beyond the central table into the side extensions is also a disappointment, as well as the inability to attach the rip fence beyond the central table on the table extensions. This significantly limits the rip cutting capacity of the machine when using the rip fence.

Overall, the Einhell TC-TS 2025 table saw is not unlike many of the other machines in its price category with some useful features. It also has a decent build quality that is typical of most of the German company’s power tools. However, design-wise on the Einhell TC-TS 202, there is some room for improvement, especially with the side extensions, the rip fence and the mitre gauge. Consequently, The Einhell machine is only recommended for the DIYer who just needs a good machine for occasional use which will not break the bank. For the more seasoned DIYer or professional however, they will likely be better served by looking elsewhere.

Ryobi RTS1800EF-G Table Saw Review

Image of the table saw, the Ryobi RTS1800EF

Table size on the Ryobi RTS1800EF-G is quite good, with an unextended total surface area of approximately 546mm by 520mm, and with a right hand side table saw fence extension that increases the rip capacity of the table saw up to a maximum of 480mm.The fence itself, which nicely extends the full length of the table, features a secure locking front and rear attaching mechanism which helps with accuracy when making cuts (although we still prefer the rack and pinion system of the DeWalt DW745).

One other noteworthy positive with the RTS1800EF-G is the ability to quickly release and replace the blade guard without the need for any tools. As alluded to in our introduction to table saws, this is actually an important positive safety feature. This is because some types of cutting necessitate the removal of the blade guard, and being able to replace it effortlessly again afterwards increases the likelihood that it will be used as often as possible. The blade guard itself is transparent making visualising the cutting line also much easier for the operator.

Turning to the more negative aspects of Ryobi RTS1800EF-G, there are a couple of minor points that weigh down what is otherwise a pretty good table saw. First off, long-term durability of the table saw is a little questionable, as although the surface of the table is made of sturdy aluminium, the machine’s body has a significant number of lighter weight but less durable plastic parts. This may make the machine more susceptible to damage in the harsh environment of the workshop. Another minor issue to be aware of with the Ryobi table saw is that the leg stand is not a sturdy as we would have liked it to be. This is primarily because the designers of the power saw have clearly prioritised its portability over its robustness. However if stability is more of a priority in your own case, then the Ryobi table saw can always be used on a solid table top with the leg stand removed. Finally, although the Ryobi table saw has a dust collection port on the back of the machine, there is no similar port designed into the blade guard as there is on some of its competitor machines.

Overall, the Ryobi RTS1800EF-G is a good table saw from a reputable company with features that have been thoughtfully designed. In addition, it is a reasonably capable machine for this category of table saw and so should be able to tackle any DIY-ing jobs that it encounters.