Today I’m searching for the best table saw stand. We’ll review a range of products, comparing design features, build quality, capability, and price. I aim to give you the information to make the right purchase decision for your workshop. I’ll also discuss design features I consider important for different uses.
During the first 15-years of my woodworking hobby, I seldom had much workshop space, always setting up in the morning and dismantling in the evening, often outside. Having a sturdy stand for my table saw was important both for safety and ergonomics, and I also needed to be able to store it away when not in use. The stands we look at today are ideal if you find yourself in either situation.
I consider the Powertec MT4009 the best table saw stand of the seven products reviewed. It offers a nice balance between budget price, portability, design, and robustness. Yet, some other stands are arguably better products in their own right with impressive features, though pricier. So I’ve added two other categories to my review: the best portable table saw stand with wheels, and the best universal table saw stand.
Read on to find an in-depth review to assist your decision-making.
Best Table Saw Stands of 2023:
Best For The Money – PowerTec MT4009
I’ve chosen the PowerTec MT4009 as the best because it’s a great all-rounder. The price is easy on your wallet, the stand is designed to take all saws, and the construction is robust, using steel tubes. A nice feature is that the steel plates on which to mount your saw can move closer together or further apart to give you versatility in the size of the machine you can mount.
Due to its robust construction, the stand has a good load capacity, taking up to 330 pounds, and I particularly like that the wheels use steel rims and rubber tires rather than the usual plastic. The locking mechanism has a useful pin release trigger up near the handle so that you can fold and go.
A bonus of this stand is that once you’ve bolted your table saw to it, you can fold and store the entire assembly. That’s a nice touch, with some stands requiring you to lift your saw on and off each time.
There’s not much to gripe about with this table saw stand. One common complaint I have with all these stands is that they are not height adjustable. Given they accommodate a wide variety of machine tools, you would think the designers could find a way to give you some vertical adjustment to suit the user’s height and the size saw being used. However, that’s a common issue across all these stands, so it doesn’t discount the PowerTec.
Overall, a nice, versatile, robust design at a low price. I believe PowerTec has got it right with the MT4009, and I highly recommend it.
Best Portable Stand With Wheels – Bosch TS2100
It’s a fine distinction given that the PowerTec also has wheels, but the Bosch TS2100 screams quality; it’s also bigger in most dimensions. The fact it’s also pricier allowed PowerTec just to beat it to the finish line. Perhaps I should call this section “Best Quality Table Saw Stand.” The Bosch is even more solidly built than the PowerTec, with a larger table top area that is great for mounting your saw while making the stand very stable.
With steel wheel rims and rubber non-pneumatic tires, the stand can handle the rough ground found on building sites. The load capacity, while less than the PowerTec, is still a capable 250 pounds. The stand itself is 50% heavier than the PowerTec, which can be a blessing or a curse. I see the extra weight as a positive because it hints at thicker-walled steel tubing used during manufacture.
While originally designed to take their Bosch table saw, the stand comes with mounting plates to take competitors’ saws, with Bosch claiming it’s universally adaptable. If there’s one thing I would check, it is the height. At 22-inches, it’s one of the lowest stands, which is understandable when you realize the Bosch table saw is quite deep. If you are tall and wish to fit a shallower competitor’s saw, you may find the saw tabletop is a bit lower than you’d like.
In summary, if I had the extra $100 to spend, this is the saw stand with wheels that I’d buy. The Bosch TS2100 is a strong, nicely designed stand and backed by the Bosch name.
Best Universal Table Saw Stand – Keter Folding Table Work Bench
The Keter 197283 is not solely a table saw stand but a multi-purpose workbench. If space is at a premium in your workshop, this stand may be the thing to consider. Let’s look at it first from its table saw support utility, then we’ll discuss what else it offers.
If you’re tall or have a shallow table saw, the Keter 197283 will give you a better lift than many other products reviewed, standing almost 30-inches high. It also folds up into a compact, suitcase-style package to facilitate storage and transport. When unfolded, the width and depth of the tabletop compare favorably with the other products here, at approximately 33″ x 22″ inches.
The 197283 is manufactured from resin and aluminum, weighing 27 pounds and the lightest of the stands we’re considering. While lightweight, Keter claims a weight-bearing capacity of 1,000 pounds. Now I don’t doubt that carefully statically loaded, the stand can carry that, yet I’d disregard that figure for real-world use. However, the design of the stand is cleverly engineered in a truss-style construction which is light but very strong. It will certainly take a heavy object centrally placed on the tabletop.
Easily erected, you use gravity to extend the legs and under-shelf before clipping up a central brace. The packing up is just as quick. The one thing to remember is that the Keter 192783 is a table on which you place your saw, and then you take it off again, storing the saw and stand separately. This action is unlike the two previous stands, to which you bolt your saw.
Table saws aside, the Keter stand offers a useful workspace to cut, drill, or assemble. The tabletop has two recesses that accept the two provided 12-inch clamps, and this feature allows you to clamp wood, similar to a vice.
If you need more than just a table saw stand, the Keter 197283 is well worth considering as an addition to, or a replacement for, a workshop. It’s also a very good price, cheaper than all the other products reviewed.
Alternatives To Consider
The DW7440RS is a lightweight stand made from aluminum, weighing only 33 pounds, yet it can take a load of 200 pounds. The Dewalt design is slightly different from the others reviewed, with four legs that fold out from the trolley, forming a nice steady footprint. The back of the trolley becomes the tabletop with some adjustable cross-members to carry your table saw.
The DW7440RS is a nice product, yet I preferred the stands using steel tubes and steel wheels. The Dewalt achieves its light weight with aluminum tubes and plastic wheels. While a nice product, you pay slightly more for the Dewalt while getting something arguably less robust.
The Makita 194093-8 is a solidly built product constructed of steel and weighing almost 70 pounds! It has gas struts to assist with folding and unfolding, so it’s well designed and built. However, it’s expensive, really expensive. You could buy three of the PowerTec stands for one of these. Be aware also that the top is not at all predrilled, so you’ll need to drill to suit your table saw before use.
The 194093-8 is a solid, quality product, and you can expect to pay more for it, but I’d struggle to justify the extra price when you can buy one of the other stands for less than half the price. However, if money is no object and quality is all, this is the table saw stand for you.
The Rousseau table saw stands are a slightly different beast to what we’ve looked at so far. They’re foldable stands into which you sit your saw to give you an extended table with its own fence system. We’re discussing two products because the 2780 is for smaller saws, while the 2790 is for larger saws.
These two stands are sturdy, constructed from steel tubing for the structure and laminate for the tabletop. They fold down for storage and lean against a wall.
There are two benefits to these products. The first is the ability to drop your saw into the opening and gain a bigger worktable to support sheets or planks when cutting. Be aware that when you drop your saw in for the first time, you’ll need to carefully set the height to get the saw top and the tabletop aligned.
The second benefit is that the stands have a tee-style fence, much like the Biesemeyer system. These are extremely accurate and parallel, and the larger work surface gives you a much wider rip fence capability than most other table saws.
All that said, these are not cheap. They’re well-built and have some great options, but they’re pricey. If you rip a lot of sheets, such as on a building site, these are ideal. I think you’d buy these for a specific use case rather than as a general-purpose stand. However, they’re a nice product, a good idea, and if you have the need and can afford them, they’re worth considering.
I’ve mentioned many points I like to see in a table saw stand, but let’s reiterate those.
- Must be of sturdy construction to avoid twisting or movement
- A wide footprint is important to give a stable base
- Large wheels, preferably steel with rubber tires, able to run over debris
- A good load capacity which is 30% more than your saw’s weight
- The ability to store the saw with the stand
- A height that’s ergonomic for you when the table saw is attached
- Any folding or unfolding action must be quick and easy
If you are budget conscious and looking for a table saw stand, you can’t go past the PowerTec MT4009. I can’t fault it, with sturdy construction, a great locking and unlocking mechanism, steel wheels, and a great load capacity.
When money is not such a driver, consider the Bosch TS2100. A quality product, the TS2100 has all the benefits of the PowerTec. However, it’s heavier and more robust while being backed by a well-respected international brand.
Finally, if you need both a workbench and a place to put your table saw, the Keter 197283 is a unique solution at a wallet-friendly price.
I trust we’ve assisted you in your decision-making, and good luck with your purchase.