I’ve been running this saw for two weeks now so I know enough about it to offer educated opinions. Be sure to subscribe to this blog and my YouTube channel because I will give you long term updates.
I’m a mobile carpenter, cabinet maker, and woodworker. My shop is and must be completely portable (The Dailey Portable Shop). Therefore a full-size cabinet saw just isn’t an option. Jobsite saws have come a long way. They are powerful, accurate, and have cleverly designed rip fences that allow a much larger rip capacity than their size would suggest. I’ve only ever had a jobsite saw and consistently produce high quality cabinetry on site.
Now the best saw for me may not be the best for you. Some of you may only need a small bench top saw that’s easy to move and store. Me, I want the absolute biggest saw I can get. The great thing is that there are a plethora of high quality jobsite saws to choose from. I’d recommend sticking to the professional grade jobsite saws even if you’re a DIY’er. These are Dewalt, Ridgid, Bosch, and Hitachi.
I went with the Hitachi Table Saw for several reasons
- 35 inch rip capacity – this is the largest in it’s class
- Rotating Fence for large rip cuts – I really like the fence design. It rotates to serve as material support when extended and has easy to use latches to lock it down.
- Rack and Pinion fence adjustment – The fence is locked into one of two positions and your cut is adjusted by parallel bars driven by gears. This keeps the fence parallel to the blade at all times, and allows for quick one and adjustment. With other style fences you have to make sure its pressed against the track as you lock it down or it may be out of square. This often requires two hands.
- 13/16 Dado Capacity – My old saw only had a 1/4 capacity. It was never worth it to by the dado stack. Having the ability to run a full size dado stack opens up a lot of possibilities.
- Integrated Stand – My old saw didn’t come with a stand. I eventually bought one and was very happy with it. The Hitachi Fold and Roll Stand is made just for this saw and it works well with the saw. Another plus of the stand is that it is rock solid. You can push large sheet goods through the saw without it tipping over. With lesser stands this is a huge safety hazard. The saw with the stand sits right at 36″ working height.
- Value – This saw shares a lot in common in both looks and design with the more expensive Dewalt Saw. With the all the 2017 Christmas sales going on right now I was able to get the Hitachi for $200 less than the Dewalt. You really do get a lot in both features and quality with this saw.
Full Video Review
In the video I go over all the adjustments and features of the saw. If you have any questions please leave a comment below. I do my best to answer all the comments.
Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out my article on recommended saw blades for all your saws.