Best Small Table Saw? SawStop vs DeWalt Compact Table Saws

Best Small Table Saw? SawStop vs DeWalt Compact Table Saws

Testing the SawStop CTS vs the DeWALT DWE7485 jobsite table saws. I compare the features of each table saw as well as the cutting performance to find out which one is the better value. I purchased all of the table saws and supplies used to test the saws to ensure an unbiased review. I am able to do that thanks to our Patreon and Channel Member supports as well as some product links are Amazon and other affiliate links. That means if you buy something we’ll receive a small commission but it costs you nothing extra. This helps support my channel so I can continue to make content like this. Thank you!

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  1. Martin Griggs on June 25, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    Not sure people would cross shop these 2 saws. I would love a SawStop, just can’t afford one right now. I bought the Dewalt Saw.

  2. Nucleo on June 25, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    where did you buy this dewalt for 299$ ?? second hand??
    I check all online stores ….600 to 700 Euro

  3. JLD Woodworking on June 25, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I would like to see the comparison with the same blade. I do appreciate you were using the blades that come with them but let’s be honest most of us pitch the crappy blades that come with the saws. No way I could use this as a comparison since you said several times the blade is the issue and they would be changed on either one I purchased.

  4. California Daze on June 25, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Sir – you have great comparison videos. Great videos in general! Thanks for taking the time to share all this content with us

  5. Robert Winston on June 25, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Fantastic comparison. I find it interesting that even the Jobsite saw from sawstop also runs at 4000rpm. Do we know if they share the same motor (1.5hp)? The sawstop website doesn’t call out a power rating on the new compact saw. If you were to replace the blade on the sawstop, which one would you recommend? Are most sawblades compatible to sawstop’s brake technology?

  6. apexxy on June 25, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Are your fingers worth $600 more?

  7. rcrogers6 on June 25, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    There are many 10 inch jobsite saws I don’t know what you’re talking about

  8. Pat Carmody on June 25, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    I’d love to hear from one of the many people who are now missing digits from table saws if the extra $600 is worth it. I think I know the answer

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  10. Tom Manseau on June 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    As someone who takes X-rays of people, if I’ve learned anything about power tool accidents, it’s the distractions that will get you. One trip to the Emergency Department will cover the difference in costs. That’s not counting if you’re hand is permanently damaged. Your choice. And then there’s workman’s comp which will never go down

  11. JustbeingMe on June 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Been using a cheap Ryobi table saw. Time for an upgrade!

  12. Janie Gonzalez on June 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Could you do a comparison/review of the Bosch Reaxx Jobsite Table Saw vs The SawStop Jobsite? The Bosch is also flesh sensing & 10in saw

  13. Thomas Desalle on June 25, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    I wish the sawstop was available in the UK. I can only found it for about 3000$ with stands… Don’t understand why, they would sell tons it looks so good

  14. William Patrick on June 25, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    thank you for this non clickbait review

  15. kubota33 on June 25, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Dont buy the hotdog saw. Dewalt is the way to go

  16. TFfan75 on June 25, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Best value for the money, the Dewalt. No question.

  17. Hilltown Creations on June 25, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you, like always great video! Thankful for all your hard work doing these vids!

  18. Самар Бурхонов on June 25, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    899👍👍👍👍я хачу

  19. Libertarian on June 25, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    I love the DeWalt battery table saw. It’s 8-1/4” and is a great portable saw. I have switched to nearly all battery tools for my job site tools and haven’t looked back. Batteries are just so convenient as you never have to look for a receptacle. I also have the 10” DeWalt which along with their portable power pack allows it to run off batteries as well and allows for running dado blades.
    This really isn’t a fair comparison as DeWalt makes a compact table saw which also accepts a 10” blade; these 8-1/4” saws are really more of a sub-compact that can be put right on a table or floor close to where you’re working.

  20. Oaktree on June 25, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Dewalt is way ahead in all aspects , Sawstop has the safety feature thats all. Against the Dewalt 10 ins it would have performed worse than the small Dewalt.

  21. MickyMouseLimited on June 25, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Can you use after market blades on saw stop.

  22. David DeJong on June 25, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    I have the 7485 in my basement shop and find it to be a very capable saw. Perfect for me!

  23. bubbsdaddy on June 25, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Matt, any experience with a Skilsaw SPT99T-01 by chance? The Skilsaw has the worm drive, but otherwise very similar to the Dewalt. I’m wavering between the two, but haven’t found much in reviews on the Skilsaw unfortunately.

  24. Jim Bo on June 25, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Rack and pinion systems on woodworking machinery are a no no. They clog up with sawdust. If you are cutting fresh wood it’s a nightmare. Good old fashioned slide and clamp is better.

  25. Michael Willcutt on June 25, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    I haven’t had many problems with corded DeWalt tools but the batteries for basic battery operated tools is I have more defective batteries than any other brand we own craftsman Milwaukee, Rigid , Mikita

  26. Столярное КБ on June 25, 2023 at 2:03 pm Einhel 2025 made in Russia 😊

  27. مهند ابو حسين بادجي on June 25, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Hi In my cuntry them buy the dewalt 700$😢

  28. Jack Smith on June 25, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    The dewalt dwe7485 is $954 in Australia. I think the sawtooth cts10 was $1549. The video thumbnail has the unintended effect of making Australians very sad.

  29. Everett Jellinek on June 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    The difference in RPM is misleading. What you need to consider is linear speed of the blade at the circumference. (Linear speed) = (radius) × RPM × 0.10472. DEWALT: 8.25in x 5800 r/min x 0.10472 = 5010.9 in/min. SAWSTOP: 10in x 4000 r/min x .10472 = 4188.8 in/s. so the linear speed of the blade on the sawstop is ~84% of the dewalts. when you compare RPM alone that makes it appear a much bigger difference

  30. Spills51 on June 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    You have that garbage foldout table LOL
    I used that for like two years and absolutely hated the fact that you couldnt use any clamps under it cause it haS CRRISSCROSS PLASTIC NONSENSE EVERYWHERE LOL

  31. David Hodge on June 25, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    When I upgrade my table saw I’m definitely going with Harvey not sawstop

  32. Realist on June 25, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    Throw the sweet potato at it – to see worst case scenario.

  33. lrodecw on June 25, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Will sawstop be the new normal for all table saws when their patent runs out?

  34. wematanye on June 25, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    The DeWalt has a smaller blade so I don’t see how we can say it’s a better saw all around. Also unless I’m mistaken, it has been pointed out in other YouTube videos that the fully extended fence slop is not an issue because it stays level with the table at its lowest point. In other words there’s only play when lifting it, and that’s not going to happen unless someone is deliberately pulling up on the fence (shop gremlins?). Can’t speak to the power or quality of the blades, but a smaller blade should have more torque at the tooth, so it may be worth trying to a similar size blade in the SawStop to make it a fair comparison.

  35. Lucas Johnson on June 25, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    I just amputated a part of my finger on my Dewalt. I am thankful because it could have been so much worse. I wish I had a sawstop :-(. Much less than the 3000 dollar ER visit.

  36. Zul et al. on June 25, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Great effort comparing products; unfortunately, they aren’t equivalent

  37. xCAETUSx on June 25, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    I love my Dewalt 7480. I’ve had it since 2016 and have no issues. It has a 10in blade. It cuts everything I need it to. I was thinking about getting the Sawstop, but it doesn’t seem to justify the price. I would probably look at the contractor saw instead. While not exactly the same, for me, the saw just sits on a custom bench I made. So, it’s basically just a stationary saw for me anyways. I was thinking while watching the video that Sawstop should have just partnered with Dewalt for their small saw. Give the Dewalt a sawstop break. That would be a great small saw!

  38. Leland Franklin on June 25, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Worked in the ER as a nurse…and the Dewalt IS probably a better saw. But, for my little home projects the Sawstop is just fine for my needs. It really is a $600 insurance policy…and with my deductible of 3k…well worth it. Saw injuries change your life in an instant.
    Oh, and the Sawstop blade it comes with is pretty terrible. Upgrading it helped a LOT.

  39. Andrew House on June 25, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    What about the flatness of the saw table? Is the sawstop considerably more flat than the Dewalt? I have a larger unit Dewalt and it’s pretty bad

  40. S W on June 25, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    why not compare a Dewalt 10" with a SawStop 10"?

  41. BIG WORLD on June 25, 2023 at 2:23 pm


  42. Jay’s Garage on June 25, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Already have a saw stop and bought 2 table saws just for review ? 🤔

  43. Harry Vanderploeg on June 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    I do like you and your content and mostly agree with you, however, not on this subject! I believe that any woodworking content creator on YouTube that recommends anything other than a sawstop should interview those who have been in contact with a table saw blade before posting a video such as this one. My daughter had an accident that was similar to what a table saw would do to a finger, $20,000 later she’s doing fine thanks to a really talented surgeon, and that was one finger. I my opinion, a cheap track saw would be better than that Dewalt! I still like you though!!!

  44. Joel Freniere on June 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    How do these table saws compare to the Skil you reviewed a few months ago?

  45. whimsical annie2 on June 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    thank you again. I really ought to be doing other things but I am watching your content for research purposes and because I enjoy watching and listening…not meant to sound creepy stalkerish by the way. I am torn as I really could use a table saw but I am also yearning after a single bevel, sliding mitre saw. Decisions decisions. I was decided on the De Walt until I watched the end part. Hmmm

  46. Glyn Jones on June 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for a great comparison. As a retired plastic surgeon who spent many years amputated mutilated digits or sewing back amputated fingers from table saw accidents, there is no doubt that the extra $600 for the Sawstop safety is eminently worthwhile! I am replacing the generic blade with a Forest Woodworker ll blade.

  47. Edward Cook on June 25, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    I think you could have made observations about performance a lot better by splitting up your test methods into 2 parts – first with the saws with the delivered saw blades, and then a second test with equivalent blades. As one of the other commenters mentioned, switching to a quality blade (Forrest in his case) made all the difference, and would have made for a more informative test. Overall I find your channel and tests very helpful – keep up the good work

  48. my2ndoneny on June 25, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Can you compare SKil’s 10in job site saw with Sawstop’s compact saw here? I was considering these two until I saw your review with Skip and I hit the purchase button.

  49. Mark Hollinshead on June 25, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Dewalt, $299? Don’t think so. In NZ it’s $1,850.00

  50. Matthew Quinton on June 25, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Don’t compare rpm of different size saw blades its not really fair. At the very least you should use tip speed which is 63 m/s for the Dewalt and 57 for the sawstop.