No workshop is complete without a table saw. It is the stepping stone from handheld tools to a machine that opens up a whole new level of opportunities. Even with a budget of $200, there are reliable table saws to choose from.
You have to manage your expectations, though. Your buying options will be limited to lower-tier circular blade table saws or table saws with jigsaw blades.
Jigsaw blade options will work great with projects involving curves. Table saws under $200 with a circular saw blade are suitable for light-duty rip cuts and crosscuts.
I want to help you get the most bang for your buck. Let’s take a look at the five highest-rated cheap table saws that I could find on Amazon. I will explain why the Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp Table Saw gets my vote as the best table saw under $200.
The 5 Best Table Saws Under $200:
1. Craftsman Evolv 15 Amp 10inch Table Saw 28461
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This saw has a cast aluminum table that measures twenty-five by seventeen inches. A ten-inch blade has a maximum depth of cut of three inches when set at ninety degrees and two and a half inches when tilted to forty-five degrees.
The saw comes complete with a twenty-six tooth tungsten carbide blade plus a stand, anti-kickback pawls, blade guard, push stick, miter gauge, and guide fence.
The unit’s weight is just over fifty pounds. Some easily managed assembly of the saw is required. This makes it not quite so portable as the smaller saws.
A fifteen amp motor powers this table saw. Craftsman created this inexpensive table saw for light projects around the home.
The alignment of the blade has been a problem and may be a severe safety hazard, while the guide fence could be of better quality.
The unit comes with a one-year warranty.
Craftsman Evolv is a basic table saw which despite its limitations, does accomplish simple home projects.
2. Rockwell RK7323 BladeRunner X2
- [SETS UP IN SECONDS] Take this table saw to the job site or move it around the workshop. There’s even a built-in carry handle
- [CUTS LIKE A FULL-SIZE] With the standard guard and riving knife system you can perform rip, cross, scroll, and miter cuts
- [TOOL-LESS BLADE CHANGE] Uses any brand’s standard 4” T-shank blade, but we threw 5 in the box to get you started cutting wood, ceramic tile, plastic, aluminum, and metal
This lightweight portable table saw weighs seventeen pounds and has a built-in carry handle, making it easy to transport to the worksite. The machine comes complete with five blades and a blade grip.
Rockwell’s BladeRunner is designed for light work around the home. Materials that you’ll be able to cut are timber up to one and a half inches, aluminum up to three-eighths thick, steel up to one-eighth thick, and ceramic tiles up to three-eighths thick. There is also a scrolling blade for tight corners. This gives you some idea of the scope of work that you can accomplish using this machine.
Changing blades is an easy and quick process requiring no tools.
The table saw runs off one hundred and twenty volts.
The table saw is ideal for smaller types of projects where accuracy is not that critical.
The machine comes with a three-year Rockwell warranty.
You can use this small jigsaw-type table saw for small section projects in a variety of materials.
Full Review: Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Table Saw Review
3. INTRADIN M1H-ZP3-254 2701S042 10″ Table Saw
- Powerful 15A motor
- Features a 10” blade
- 32-3/5” table height
This table saw from Intradin comes with a stand that houses a ten-inch circular saw blade. Powered by a one hundred and twenty Volt, fifteen amp motor, this table saw is sufficiently powerful to cut through three-inch timber.
The weight of the one-piece table and the stand is forty-three pounds. Unfortunately, the table saw isn’t actually that portable because the table and the stand are connected, and the legs don’t fold.
The blade has a height adjustment facility, and you can angle it from zero to forty-five degrees which makes it easy to accomplish bevel cuts.
A miter gauge provides support when cutting miters up to forty-five degrees.
This table saw is intended for small home projects, but it will also cut larger planks with certain limitations.
A dead honest lightweight table saw for home-type small projects.
4. WORX WX572L BladeRunner x2 Portable Tabletop Saw
- [GREAT AT CROSS & RIP CUTS] The steel rip fence and riving knife system lets you perform an assortment of straighter, longer, wider cuts
- [TRULY PORTABLE TABLE SAW] Weighing in at less than 15 lbs., you easily can move it around your workshop or even take it to the job site
- [ADJUSTABLE MITER GAUGE] Makes 0-60 miter cuts from both the right and left sides, so you can make every common miter cut, and every angle in-between
WorxWX572L table saw is a truly portable little saw weighing just under fifteen pounds. The saw comes with five blades to cut a variety of materials, including ceramic tiles and aluminum. You also get a scroll blade for cutting tight curves.
There is no facility to angle the blade, and the maximum thickness of the cut is two inches. There is also no facility to change the speed of the motor.
This table saw is basically a jigsaw mounted upside down under a table. The guide for straight cuts seems to have trouble ensuring an accurate cut, but then again, it is difficult to cut perfectly straight with a jigsaw.
The saw is designed to be used for lightweight home projects, and generally, it scores pretty high on most issues except accuracy.
The saw comes with all the basics: a fence guide, a miter gauge, and an adapter to fit a vacuum cleaner hose.
There is a warranty of three years on the product.
The saw runs off a power supply of twenty volts using a transformer, and no batteries are required.
WORX aims at the small home project market with this table saw, and I believe it fulfills that role quite well. It will not serve you that well if you intend to work with any construction size materials.
5. Huanyu Mini Table Saw
- [UPGRADED MOTOR]: The 6T version of the table saw has an upgraded 885-type high-torque motor with a power of 300W, a speed of up to 9000 revolutions per minute, ultra-high cutting force and low noise...
- [ACCURACY & SAFETY]: Equipped with a straightedge, a miter gauge and a laser scale plate, which can realize high-precision and multi-angle cutting. The integrated steel frame structure and the...
- [LIFTABLE SAW BLADE]: The 110mm special alloy saw blade has high concentricity. Which can be raised and lowered by adjusting the screw hole on the table with an Allen wrench. The cutting depth is...
The machine is small. Really small, roughly nine by eight by six inches. So bear that in mind when considering what type of projects you intend to build.
It has a three hundred watt motor that powers a circular saw blade of just over four inches in diameter. The saw weighs just a little under ten pounds.
The blade can be raised and lowered with the aid of an Allan wrench, but the blade is locked at ninety degrees. This provides a cutting depth from zero to just over one inch. There is the facility of setting the speed to seven levels.
You can set the miter gauge to cut miters through a one hundred and eighty-degree range.
An extra feature of this saw is the small drill chuck that allows for a variety of additional operations, and although the provided chuck is a quarter-inch, you can upgrade to a larger chuck.
A fence guide provides a guide to make parallel cuts. The size of the unit significantly limits the overall capacity of cutting, though.
A separate power bank supplies the power to the motor. The power bank operates on 220 and 110 Volt supply.
Another exciting feature of this saw is that it offers the basic set plus the option of two additional sets for an extra charge.
Huanyu offers a great little saw for crafting and small home projects with some interesting attachment options.
How to get the most out of your 200 dollars
Know the limitations
Table saws under $200 can make your woodworking a whole lot easier and enjoyable. Improved accuracy and greater efficiency are just some of the benefits.
However, there are limitations. Your choice will be limited to small table saws that are designed for light cutting. Trying to pass a three-inch-thick beam through one of these machines is not going to do you or the machine any good. So be aware that these machines are not suitable for heavy-duty work.
Jigsaw-blade vs circular-blade table saws. Which are better?
Small table saws are available in two basic formats; circular saw blade saws and jigsaw blade saws. Both saws offer greater control over the use of handheld tools. Using a table saw means that you move the wood or other material through the machine. This allows greater control compared to moving the saw through the workpiece.
The smaller table saws are relatively lightweight, and can you can move them around with little effort. The jigsaw-type table saws are typically placed on top of a workbench, while the circular saw blades table saws have to be fitted to a stand.
Both saws can rip (cut with the grain) and cross-cut, but jigsaw table saws can cut curves as well. Circular saw blades can’t cut curves.
With that said, it is much easier and way more efficient to rip timber with a circular table saw blade.
What materials can you cut?
Jigsaw-type table saws have the advantage over the scope of materials they can cut. All the machines in this review can cut more than just wood. Some of them come with a selection of different blades right out of the box.
While circular table saws can cut plastic and PVC materials quite comfortably, you will have to fit a special blade if you want to move other materials like aluminum. Changing circular saw blades is a lot more complicated and time-consuming than replacing a jigsaw blade.
Cutting Joints and grooves
Circular saw blades do have an advantage, however, in that they can do partial cuts. With a circular saw blade set to a specific depth, you can cut different joints. You won’t be able to do these operations on a jigsaw table saw.
With jigsaw-type table saws, you can cut intricate shapes. This is especially useful when cutting shapes to fit corners, such as flooring. Technically, while circular saw blades can also do this, they have severe limitations in the scope of what they can cut, whereas jigsaw blades are incredibly versatile in cutting shapes.
Small and delicate work
For precision miter cuts like picture frames, the circular saw blade will provide a more accurate cut in much less time than using a jigsaw blade.
However, the jigsaw blade is better for cutting small wooden puzzles, much like a fret saw would be used in the more traditional role. For really tight curves, you will require a special jigsaw blade.
So now you need to weigh up which type of blade is going to suit your needs. There is, however, one more issue to consider. Table saws are dangerous. Much more dangerous than woodworking jigsaws and circular saws. Take great care and use the guides and stock feeds to get the blade safely through the timber. Gentle pressure is the way to go, and forcing the pace will only cost you excessive wear on your machine and the danger of serious injury.
Move to greater precision with a table saw
Making fine cuts and removing only a tiny fraction of an inch of material can quickly be done on a table saw by utilizing the fence guide.
Making angular cuts is a relatively straightforward operation on a table saw. The utilization of guides allows for accurate and easy cutting of bevels and miters.
You can easily set up the table saw to cut repetitive cuts of equal length. The guides provide accurate stops so that you can cut a number of pieces to the same size without the need to measure each piece.
So which one is best?
The price range for all the budget table saws reviewed is pretty similar, but I think it is unfair to compare jigsaws with circular saws. With that said, I will split my vote between small project saws and really small project saws.
If you are doing projects that involve cutting irregular shapes and curves, you will need the jigsaw-type table saw. For that, I would say that Rockwell RK7323 BladeRunner edges out the competition, and it does have a three-year warranty.
For the circular saw type table saw, the Craftsman Evolv 10-Inch Table Saw gets my vote mainly for its honesty. It is a simple basic small project saw and does everything that you would need within that category.