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Best saw horses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best saw horses of 2018
The best saw horses will make your fairytale dreams come true! Come with me. Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing saw horses should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency).
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – All Steel Folding Sawhorse – Pair Portamate PM-3300T. TWO 33-Inch Tall Fold-up Heavy Duty Saw Horses. Fully Assembled
Why did this saw horses win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
№2 – All Steel Folding Sawhorse Portamate PM-3300. 33-Inch Tall Fold-up Heavy Duty Saw Horse. Fully Assembled
Why did this saw horses come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this saw horses take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
saw horses Buyer’s Guide
Toughbuilt C550 Folding Sawhorse
The C550 folding saw horses from Toughbuilt are some of the sturdiest available. Capable of holding 1100 pounds singly or 2200 pounds per pair they should stand up to most woodworkers demands.
The C550 is the replacement for the much loved 470 and has surpassed its predecessor in every way.
Although these are priced on the high end compared to most other saw horses in our review they are probably the only ones you’ll ever need and have a lot more features than any other saw horse.
These are some of the most veratile sawhorses you will ever see. The arms have built in notches that allow for a very square work surface to be built if you are looking to create a temporary table.
Portamate PM-3300T Sawhorse The Portamate saw horse offers a no frills alternative to the Toughbuilt above, however they have roughly have the load capacity.
Folding Saw Horse
There are two reasons for having a folding horse; portability and storage. A non-folding horse has a reasonably large footprint, which gets worse if you’ve got more than one and they don’t stack! One thing to bear in mind with a folding horse is how much weight it can cope with, you don’t want to compromise its integrity.
Tool Storage Area
This can take the form of a shelf on the lower section of the legs and can be somewhere handy to store your tools during a project. With this design the shelf can flip up to accommodate a folding horse and can provide additional structural strength and rigidity.
Most saw horses are pretty similar, feature dependent, but there is one type that is a little different.
Chainsaw Saw Horse or Log Saw Horse
This type usually has a profile that looks like an X. This means that you don’t have a flat work area on top. The X makes a perfect holder for a log and will keep it still while you cut it with a chain saw.
How to Make a Saw Horse
Five seconds on Google will give you a hundred different saw horse plans, so I’m not going to add another one to the list. What I will do is talk about features you might find useful. Once you’ve decided what you want you can search for some plans.
Personally I went for a rock solid design for my first horses with no extra features. Next time though I will definitely make them foldable; there have been a couple of times I would have liked to put them in my car to take them to a friends house but ended up sawing on the floor as they wouldn’t fit. I’m not yet sold on the adjustable height feature yet.
The best rated miter saw tables included on this chart actually only small part of the models of the market. There are many different manufacturers and models exist that it is impossible for us to list everything. However, many excellent tables are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers.
This stand comes with wooden saw horses with a solid wood plank across them. From the name itself, traditional, it is the obsolete way of mounting the tools on a plank positioned above the ground. This is quite heavy, so you will find it hard to transport to any area of your home or working area. However, the upside of this is that it can be utilized in supporting a wide array of tools. So, if you are the type of person who often moves from one jobsite to another, this is not the right stand for you.
This miter saw stand type comes with pull-out legs coming out from a horizontal rail. When the saw has been detached from the stand, it is easy to carry and compact as the rail and legs are just the ones that remain. This stand also comes with clamped crossbars designed for mounting to the rail. Considering the fact that they can be placed anywhere on the rail, they can house various saw types and tools. This is actually one of the best things about this product, making it a popular choice among woodworkers and contractors. It is said that the best rail stands are the ones that come with a padded feet located on the crossbars as they can be left on the miter saw and used without a stand. These usually come with slide-out extensions that can support long work pieces on fixed framework and rollers.
Wheeled 1-Hand Folding Stands
This stand type is one of the best creations of engineering as it is portable and versatile. It comes with a strong table with a wide foot at end and locked wheels at the other. To remove, all you have to do is release a catch and collapse it. In order for it to look like a 2-wheeled trolley, the next thing you need to do is bring it on an upright position onto its wheels. You will find it easy wheeling it around in an upright position, with the miter saw still securely mounted on it. All you have to do is release a single catch, and when you are done, unfold it again. With this stand’s ease of use and portability, you will not experience any hassle when you use it.
This type comes with multiple parts. It has saw horse-style supports made of metal and a sturdy plank located across the middle. Thus, you can be sure that it will stand the test of time. Two of the best features of this stand are its light weight and portability, making your work stress-free.
The swivel handle design needs some improvement
As a product of one of the leading provider of superior products, the Black & Decker WM12is a great portable workbench of all time. It is strong and has a capability of withstanding a weight of about 350 pounds. Elegant, simple and highly stable. It opens and closes easily and is made of steel tubes for strength. With retention grooves for versatility in clamping of various materials and swivel pegs, this fixture is a must-have for any craftsman looking for a workbench. It has non-skid legs to give the whole body a firm grip on the ground. The bench is flatly foldable for compactness and storage. This is highly recommended if what you are looking for is a bench that can be moved from place to place.
Versatile and ideal for any DIY user
This is a solution for enthusiasts, hobbyists, novice artisans, construction workers and professionals looking for a tough fixture that doubles as an ideal workmate. With over seven decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, Keter Plastic comes as a reputable company with popular brands of various products. Keter workbenches are a good example. This folding table comes with adjustable feet made from aluminum with the whole system setup taking less than a minute. What else do you need from a workbench that saves you lots of time and ensures efficiency? Keter Adjustable folding workbench is durable, is built with adjustable clamps for firm holds, a rough surface to cater for a wide variety of materials to be repaired on it, as well as being able to withstand up to 700 pounds. This workbench is recommended if you need an adjustable workbench for various projects.
It easily opens and folds for compactness
That this product has made it in the list for Black & Decker, is no surprise; as the manufacturer designs them to cater for the needs we all look for in a work table, that makes for a great companion. Giving you freedom with convenience and carrying out a myriad of tasks, it comes as a versatile and durable workbench, which is lightweight, making it so durable. It interestingly comes with a quick release handle for a snap folding process and easy transport, as well as when it comes to its storage. The solid frame and sturdy structure offers great performance as well as ensuring your safety when you’re working. The WM1000 has a strong and spacious bamboo surface with a heavy gauge and strong steel frames that can hold up to 550 pounds. It also comes with swivel pegs for versatility in clamping. This workbench is recommended for those who want a safe and versatile workbench.
Small for large projects
This is another versatile, attractive, durable work table that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to delivering what it is claimed to do. Though it only supports a total weight of 200 pounds, it is compact and supports the weight without a wobble. What is even amazing and what makes it portable is its ability to fold and save on space and storage. A one hand clamp system allows for smooth operation as well as providing great freedom in the adjustment of saws for a task. This Performance Tool product comes with a printed grid for measurement needs as well as a protractor and a ruler for more convenience and work efficiency. Its jaws are specially designed to be warp-resistant and can be customized to fit the desired angle to hold differently shaped materials. This is a good choice workbench for carrying out different projects at home; it is highly recommended.
Total cost was around 20 bucks. Step was to cut the pieces for the top of the sawhorse.
This configuration gives the top strength and set the angle for the legs. The pieces here are 4inches in length. If you want a smaller horse then 3inches is more of a standard size.
I used screws to join the pieces together. No glue as I want to be able to replace pieces as they wear out.
The angle of the legs is not something you need to measure. Just lay the leg against the beam and the angle you get is the right one. The bottom of the T beam creates the angle you need. You can mark where to drill for the screws while you have the leg against the center beam.
The next step was to mark the location of the legs using my framing square. Next I lined up the legs with the marks and screwed them in.
I made sure they were square to the T beam by using my framing square.
After I drove the first screw in I used my framing square to make sure the leg was square to the top before I drove in the next screw.
Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).
The motor is in line with the blade, delivering enough torque to carve up wet lumber or saw through concrete, which makes a worm drive ideal for framing or major renovation jobs. With the handle farther back, a user can better resist kickback and steer the 16-pound saw through long rips. As on most full-size worm-drive saws, the blade of this Skil HD7sits to the motor’s left — in easy view for right-handed users.
Weight, balance, and handle size are all key features to consider when choosing a saw that fits you. For a slight-bodied person, a small pro model like this 7.7-pound Makita 5740NB may be more appropriate than a full-size sidewinder.
Battery-driven models have increased in size as their power packs have gained voltage, making them convenient tools out in the field or when the electricity’s not on. This Bosch 1660K sports a ½-inch blade and a 24-volt battery — the largest in its class. However, cordless models still have limited run times and generate less torque than corded saws.
Ease of Adjustment
Large, smooth-cornered lever locks and full-round knobs that can be tightened down with the whole hand, like this one on the DeWalt 364, make it faster and easier to change the depth of cut and bevel settings than small, hard-to-grasp levers and wing nuts.
Shoe Styles “No matter what you do, you will drop your saw,” warns Tom Silva. Cast-metal shoes with raised reinforcing ribs on the top surface, as seen here on a Porter-Cable 347, won’t bend like flat aluminum shoes if the saw hits the ground. On the other hand, a cast metal shoe adds weight to a saw.
Setting Blade Depth
Set the blade so that its bottommost tooth is 1/to ¼ inch below the work piece. Always make sure the power source is unplugged before making any adjustments to the saw.
Support the material on a bench or two strong sawhorses, overhanging enough so that the cut piece will fall. Never prop up this off-cut, or the material will buckle and bind the blade, causing a dangerous kickback.
For an accurate cut, mark the side of the material that will become waste, then line up the blade to just leave the pencil line on the keep side. To make the cut, support the front of the saw shoe on the work piece, but keep the blade about an inch from the material. Then start the saw, letting it come up to full speed before pushing it steadily through the wood.
TIP: For 90-degree cross-cuts, use a speed square to guide the saw (below).
TIP: For narrow rips, keep the saw straight by holding the shoe with your free hand and bracing your forefinger on the wood’s edge. You can also use a pair of locking pliers (below) or a rip-fence accessory.
TIP: Make sure to start back far enough so that you only push the saw forward; never drag a spinning saw back.
Ripping Wider Lumber
When cutting more than one piece of plywood to the same size, stack them on top of each other (or side by side in the case of dimensional lumber), clamp them together firmly, and cut the lot in one pass to save time and ensure consistency.
To even the reluctant do-it-yourselfer, a good pair of sawhorses is essential. If you’re still making do with upturned buckets or using a pair with more wobble than Jell-O, take a look at the herd we’ve corralled. They may not resemble the horses your father had or the set in your garage, but this new generation has features you can’t find in older models.
The Porta-fold from MRN Industries, a folding all-wood horse, is as elegant as it is sturdy.
The all-steel Tote-a-Horse from Fulton Corp. features adjustable legs, a powder-coated finish and built-in carrying handle. It’s also fully collapsing.
The Shop Boss from A.W. Engineering joins two metal legs with a 2xbackbone to create a folding horse/bench hybrid.
These tubular aluminum legs from Clyde & Dale’s weigh little more than a lawn chair but can support more than a half ton.
The angle iron legs from Trojan Manufacturing are backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Bracket hardware may require extra wood and assembly time, but it allows you to create a horse with the leg height and crossbeam height you want.
However, not all sawhorse brackets are created equal — something you already know if you own a pair of the cheap sheet-metal versions. For a few extra dollars, you can get much greater dependability. For instance, the Sawhorse Connection’s welded-aluminum brackets are made from 1/4-inch-thick stock. The Jaws brackets from A.W. Engineering lock positively in place and are designed to keep the legs from slipping out in use without having to pin the brackets to the legs with screws. Lee Valley’s plastic horse brackets are unique because they can accommodate beams of different widths to match the job.
The only problem with owning a good pair of horses is that they sometimes “walk” away. You might want to “brand” your pair with a splotch of spray paint or some other mark to make sure they don’t stray.
The mortise-and-tenon joinery may look intimidating, but Snyder made each of the posts and legs in two pieces by notching the lumber with a circular saw then gluing them together to create the mortises. Except for the replaceable top, the horse is glued together with water-resistant glue. However, you could use screws instead of clamps to hold things while the glue dries, or even bolt the assemblies together without glue for a knockdown version.
Job Site Saw Horses
My Kind of Saw Horse
Then I discovered the folding metal types. Most of these metal sawhorses were heavy and awkward. I eventually found and fell in love with Dewalt’s heavy-duty DWX72work stands which offered me more features than the plastic folding types.
Job site sawhorses like the ones we build will take a PRO 1minutes to build and a DIYer 30 minutes, assuming all of your tools are set up.
Building a sawhorse is super easy and there are several ways to build sturdier, stack-able and more permanent versions. Here is how we build ours.
Measure and cut your lumber to the dimensions listed above.
Install Leg Bracing
Install horizontal bracing approximately 1/up on each side of the sawhorse legs. Fasten a brace to each side, both legs. This adds rigidity and strength to the sawhorse, but prevents it fro stacking.
After thoroughly vetting over 3circular saws and testing four, we feel the best one for most people is the SKILSAW SPT67WM-2It excels at every task a good circular saw should and has great features we didn’t see on the rest of the saws we tried.
In our tests, this saw had the power to cut through dense, wet pressure-treated wood and thick slabs of engineered lumber, but it also had enough precision to take on more delicate finish work. For added safety and control, the handle of the saw is set lower than on other models, putting the pushing force behind the saw rather than above it. One standout feature you see on top-quality saws like this one is a magnesium footplate and motor housing, which makes it durable and lightweight—it’s 9½ pounds, compared to the 10-plus pounds of some others. The depth of cut gauge is marked according to common lumber thicknesses, rather than a straight imperial scale like on the other saws, making accurate depth adjustments on this tool faster and simpler. Its easy-to-read bevel gauge can angle the blade to an extra-steep 5degrees (others stop at 45), and accurate cut line indicators are at the front and back of the baseplate. It also has convenient on-board wrench storage for changing the blade.
I’ve used circular saws on an almost daily basis for about 1years.
I’ve also written a number of articles specifically about circular saws. In 2015, I did large-scale testing of 18-volt cordless circular saws and track saws, both for Fine Homebuilding.
For this guide, I also read many online reviews from respected sources. Chief among these were the round-ups by Popular Mechanics and Family Handyman. The Popular Mechanics piece is a little older and contains some outdated models, but many are still available. The Family Handyman guide is up to date with most current models as of early 2016.
Who should get this
A circular saw isn’t an entry-level tool, but if you’re getting into heavier DIY work, it’s essential. Projects like building a treehouse, adding on a deck, rehabbing the front steps, replacing windows, or even building shelving are much easier to handle with a circular saw in hand. For smaller tasks, or if you would rather not deal with the inherent danger of a circular saw, we also have a recommendation for a handsaw.
How we picked and tested
After reading everything we could on the topic of circular saws and tapping into my own knowledge, we feel that the best saw for most people is one that has a direct drive motor and a blade-right orientation. Most saws manufactured today follow this pattern, and we didn’t feel it necessary to deviate from these norms. For specific features within this framework, we looked for saws with either an aluminum or magnesium baseplate, a bevel that goes beyond 4degrees, an easy-to-use depth-of-cut adjustment, and a relatively light weight, below pounds.
Direct drive saws, commonly known as “Sidewinders,” are designed so that the blade is connected directly off the motor, which positions the two perpendicular to one another. This is the standard saw that most people use and are comfortable and familiar with. The other prominent style is called a worm drive (or hypoid drive). These larger saws are geared down, reducing blade speed in exchange for more torque.
The tested saws.
Getting past these basics, we recommend a saw with either a magnesium or aluminum baseplate (also called the shoe). Both of these materials are more durable than the alternative, stamped steel. Steel baseplates are basically a thin piece of sheet metal curled up at the edges. If the saw takes a tumble (and all saws do at some point) these can bend very easily. The Family Handyman piece also raises the good point that the rolled edge of the steel makes it difficult to cut against a thin straight edge like a framing square. All of the less expensive saws have stamped steel baseplates, but we feel that the added durability of magnesium or aluminum is worth the cost.
Two saw manufacturers confirmed to us that the durability of magnesium and aluminum is about the same, but magnesium is considered better due to its lighter weight. We found that the majority of high-end saws have magnesium shoes.
Weight also played a big role in our selection process. Direct drive saws have a wide range of heft, with the majority in the 10-1pound range and the minority in the 8-pound range. We read enough very positive reviews of saws in the under 10-pound range that we didn’t feel it necessary to go above that limit. This lighter weight is going to make a big difference in comfort, particularly with the part time DIYer who may not be used to handling circular saws.
Regarding blade sizes, the standard is 7¼ inch, which, with one exception, is what we considered. 7¼-inch saws have a manageable weight and they can cut all common dimensions of lumber without issue. Going smaller or larger than a 7¼-inch blade really gets into specialty saws with the larger ones designed for timber framers and the smaller ones for small amounts of trim work. The one oddball we tested has a 6½-inch blade, which is a unique model made by RIDGID. Even with the slightly smaller blade, the saw has similar power and cut capabilities as a 7¼-inch saw. It’s designed to compete with the 7¼-inch tools.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The SKILSAW isn’t perfect. There are a few small negatives that caught our attention, but none of them even come close to offsetting all that we like about the saw.
The SKILSAW’s (right) depth adjustment lever is between the handle and the blade, which can make it difficult to operate. The lever on the RIDGID is positioned to the outside of the handle where access to it is much easier.
Secondly, the bevel action is tight, so the body of the saw really has to be pushed to the proper angle. No other review mentioned this, so it’s possibly only an issue with our test saw. Our best guess is that this will loosen over time. In fact, in the couple weeks that we’ve been using the saw, the action has become easier.
I also didn’t care for the fact that the lever for manually retracting the lower blade guard is small and not as easy to grab as on the other saws. Honestly, this is probably just as well. Messing with the manual retraction of the blade guard isn’t recommended. Any inconvenience here is more for the knuckleheaded 2year-old kid on a framing crew who thinks it makes him more of a man if he pins the guard open with a bent coat hanger.
The RIDGID isn’t as full-featured as our pick, but its lighter weight and great ergonomics make it a pleasant, easy saw to use—and it’s often sold at a lower price than our pick, too.
The ergonomic design of the RIDGID is fantastic.
The ergonomic design of the RIDGID is fantastic. The main handle is lightly textured and perfectly contoured to the hand. The front pommel handle was by far the most comfortable on any of the saws we tested. On the other saws, this secondary handle feels like a design afterthought, but on the RIDGID it’s evident that care was taken with its shape and it makes a difference while holding the tool.
6½-inch blades are not as ubiquitous as 7¼-inch blades, but they’re still widely available.
The RIDGID saw is sold exclusively at Home Depot, so they have a good supply, as do many retailers online. I’ve also noticed that most local hardware stores also have a selection. Most cordless circular saws use 6½-inch blades, which helps explain their easy availability.
Cutting & Power
All available saws that we regarded attracted from a conventional 120-volt routine. Unless you are purchasing cabinet design table saws, most small to method devices, and all the saws on our selection, work on a 15-amp store.
In the benchtop and contractor design devices, there is very little difference in horsepower, and they usually run between 1.and HP. There was quite a difference in radical blade changes per moment (rpm), and without stock available; they went from 3650 to 5000 rpm.
There was also some difference in the cutting detail – they varied from ¼ inches wide to over ½ inches wide with a vertical blade. Fifteen-amp devices, however, are usually, intended to cut slimmer wood.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your saw horses wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of saw horses
- №1 — All Steel Folding Sawhorse – Pair Portamate PM-3300T. TWO 33-Inch Tall Fold-up Heavy Duty Saw Horses. Fully Assembled
- №2 — All Steel Folding Sawhorse Portamate PM-3300. 33-Inch Tall Fold-up Heavy Duty Saw Horse. Fully Assembled
- №3 — Goplus 2 Pack Sawhorse Pair Heavy Duty Steel Folding Legs Portable Saw Horse Twin Pack