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Best sawhorses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best sawhorses of 2018
Simply review and buy them. I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best sawhorses on the market. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this sawhorses win the first place?
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! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this sawhorses come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this sawhorses take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
sawhorses 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.
This sawhorse is a set of versatile sawhorses, which have a built-in clamping system. In addition to working as integrated pieces of the saw horses, these clamps can be positioned in either horizontal or vertical positions for ultimate performance. The WORX WX06Sawhorse is ideal for projects around the house, jobsite or shop. It can support doors standing up, handle sheet goods across the top, and anything in between.
HICO USH1700 Sawhorse
If you are in search of an affordable sawhorse featuring adjustable height and can hold a large amount of weight, search no more because HICO USH1700 Sawhorse meets all those features. With a double-steel construction, this single folding metal sawhorse comfortably handles tough jobs. Its foldable and compact design ensures convenient storage and easy transportation. The non-slip rubber mat creates extra stability and support for all work pieces. The sawhorse’s height is adjustable (from 2inches to 40 inches) so it can be super flexible for all work required.
Target Precision RB-H103Sawhorse
Featuring rugged, customized sawhorse legs, the Target Precision RB-H103Sawhorse allows you to easily tailor a premium quality sawhorse to your specification. It supports up to 100 pounds yet it only weighs 1pounds. Aside from being capped with non-slip, non-scratching rubber tips, the legs are built of rugged 1-1/4-inch diameter tubular steel and features powder coat finish for great wood-handling experience.
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.
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.
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.
A sturdy top is also critical for most types of work. Most manufacturers provide a plywood, particle board, or MDF work surface. Of these, the MDF is the smoothest but plywood is stronger. You need to consider if you are going to be pounding on the top and if so, you want to make sure you buy one that will offer soldi support without the top breaking.
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.
This is your most basic power tool. You’ll use it on pretty much every project that you attempt. A good drill can make your projects a joy, and a bad drill can make them a pain. I find that the 1volt Milwaukee is a good balance between quality and price. It’s a little more expensive than the 1volt, but the battery life is significantly longer. Makita also has a high quality, reliable drill. If you’re really looking to splurge Festool is the Cadillac of cordless drills. It even comes with right angle chuck that makes it possible to drill in those hard to reach places.
A sawhorse can save you hours of work on your knees. As someone who has spent the last six months without a sawhorse I have to say, I wish someone would buy me one for Christmas. You can buy a really cheap wood sawhorse, or you can invest in a little more expensive plastic one. The one real advantage is that the plastic one is collapsible and therefore easier to store.
Festool Track Saw
Here’s a fun bonus item! The Festool track saw is essentially a circular saw that runs back and forth on a track. It takes the place of a table saw. Roughly around the same price it’s smaller, safer, and easier to use. Not only that but it gives you a straighter more finished cut. If you’re dealing with projects that involve cutting plywood, this tool is an absolute must have. It may be a little pricier than some of the other items on the list, but it id definitely worth the investment.
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 sawhorses wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of sawhorses
- №1 — Hitachi 115445 Heavy Duty 1
- №2 — WORX Clamping Sawhorse Pair with Bar Clamps
- №3 — ToughBuilt – Folding Sawhorse / Jobsite Table – Sturdy