If your shop is small or is just your parking space, there are several saws that offer excellent cuts in a portable unit. The best hybrid table saw for your needs will likely require at least two people to unload and set up, but will give you plenty of cutting capacity.
The hybrid table saws in this review are:
A hybrid table saw has a cabinet shape, including a wide, square base with dust ports, but can be rolled around your shop thanks to the casters. Generally, hybrid table saws mount the blade arbor under the table, rather than inside the cabinet, but this is not a constant.
Your carpentry projects will determine the best hybrid saw for your needs. If you're building decks, you probably need a saw that can move with you to the job site. For those doing cabinet-quality finish work, you will want the best hybrid table saw for the money.
The really handy thing about hybrid saws is that they are portable. Unfortunately, rolling table saws around joggles the mechanism inside and can impact the accuracy of the alignment inside the saw. If you're looking through hybrid table saw reviews for fine woodworking and are trying to decide what saw to buy, make sure that you have a space in which you can set and forget the saw to maintain accuracy. If you must move the saw, make sure your shop floor is smooth and even.
A full cabinet saw will be much heavier, more expensive and will require dedicated real estate in your shop. This can't be overstated: The most expensive hybrid table saw will be inaccurate if it gets bounced around. If you can, park it in one spot and leave it there.
Once your saw has been moved, alignment needs to be rechecked. While it's fairly easy to check your blade to the fence, consider also checking the blade to the miter slot, as depicted in this:
For decks or rough lumber work, a contractor saw can be a great choice. These saws have much smaller decks and the front of the table will be much shorter than you'll find on a hybrid or cabinet saw, so you'll need some help handling large lumber stock. However, the cheapest hybrid table saw on the market can be matched in accuracy by a good contractor saw that hasn't been bounced around. Any time you move your table saw, no matter what grade you buy, you'll want to check accuracy and alignment.
The Baileigh TS-1044H is prewired for 110V, so if your shop is set up for 110, you're in luck! The rip fence has a digital readout to make setting up your cuts fast and accurate. There are wheels built into the machine base for easy location of this saw, and the miter gauge and push stick are included.
This saw features a 1.75 HP motor for 4000 RPM when not under load. The blade guard is built in four sections with two clear retractable wings for accurate, clean alignment before firing up the saw. The TS-1044H features a zero clearance blade plate that reduces chips on the back of your cut, leaving you with a clean cutting surface.
The Shop Fox W1851 is a once-and-done saw; that is, you need to install it into your workspace with the intention of leaving it in that space. This hybrid table saw weighs in at 410 pounds and has a cabinet base.
The table, fully extended, is 55" wide. You'll have plenty of deck space to rip down 4' x 8' sheets. The blade guard is clear and easily retracted to check your rail spacing before cutting. This saw is pre-wired for 220V to power the 2 HP motor. The table is ground, not cast, for a smooth workspace. The rip fence is aluminum. The blade tilting mechanism allows a full 45 degrees for bevel work, and to power it up you must flip up the emergency stop.
The Ridgid R4512 features a cast iron top that has been milled and polished for a smooth, flat work surface. Auxiliary tables are available to offer you an extended workspace. The rip fence clamps at the front and the back for extra accuracy and an exact cut.
This saw offers a broad castered base with a foot pedal to help you engage the durable casters. Release the foot pedal and this saw stands on thick rubber feet to reduce chatter. This is probably the best hybrid table saw under 1000 bucks that you'll find, but know that this tool has an open base. A dust collection hood can be purchased as an add-on if needed. Finally, the miter gauge is metal and quite durable!
If you need heavy duty cutting power and plenty of flexibility, the Rockwell RK7241S may be just the tool for your space. This saw is nearly 90 pounds; quite heavy for a job site saw, though it can be folded up and rolled. The design of the rolling mechanism is extremely smart; it also serves as your left-hand extension table as you face the saw.
This saw offers a 30"-rip width. The plastic blade guard is easy to adjust and see through to line up your cuts accurately. There is a laser guide to help you line up your cuts for accurate height and angle. The RD7241S can be set up in one stable spot or moved as needed for projects off-site. Be aware that this saw is quite heavy for a bench or mobile contractor saw; you will likely need two users to safely load, unload and set up this saw.
While this is technically a contractor's saw thanks to the portable base, it's one of the heaviest on the market. You can easily set up this saw and leave it in one spot for terrific accuracy and a long cutting life.
This listing offers a variety of features and prices, but for a woodworker who is looking to move up into cabinetry and fine woodworking, the Baileigh TS-1044H Hybrid Style Table Saw is the clear winner. This cabinet style saw offers a digital fence readout and a 4" dust collection port.
The base is castered so you can move the saw if you must. The cast iron top is fully machined for a perfectly level workspace and the trunnion or blade arbor is tied to the table, not the top. This saw will be stable, quiet and accurate for years to come.