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Cordless table saws offer convenient battery-powered rip and cross-cutting of wood boards and sheet goods.
Only a handful of cordless table saws have been introduced in the past 7-1/2 years, starting with Dewalt in 2016.
Here’s how we would categorize all of the cordless table saws you can buy today:
Best Cordless Table Saw for Pros: Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo HPT, Bosch
Best Value for DIYers: Ryobi
Best Cordless Table Saw for Festool Fans: Festool
Dewalt FlexVolt Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Rack and pinion fence, easy to carry, powered with FlexVolt 60V Max battery.
Hands-on Impression: The FlexVolt saw has been my favorite, delivering plenty of power. I was hesitant, given that this was my first experience with an 8-1/4″ table saw, but it proved to be capable in cutting sheet goods and 2x materials.
Recommended for: Pro users who need cordless cutting.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Solid construction, One-Key for tracking and inventory management.
Hands-on Impression: Although designed around Milwaukee’s higher output M18 batteries, the saw also cut reasonably well on XC 5Ah batteries, unless pushing thicker boards into finer blades.
Recommended for: Pros looking for cordless convenience.
Metabo HPT Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Powered buy MultiVolt 36V battery, and also compatible with the MultiVolt AC adapter. This is the only cordless table saw with a 10″ blade size, providing broader blade compatibility and greater cutting capacity.
Recommended for: Pros who want cordless or corded power, or 10″ blade size.
Ryobi 18V Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Most affordable (and only) 18V cordless table saw from a DIY brand.
Recommended for: DIYers who want cordless cutting at a lower price.
Bosch 18V Profactor Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Rack and pinion fence, optimized for Bosch Profactor batteries.
Hands-on Impression: I have most recently been working with this Bosch cordless table saw, and it cut sheet goods and 2x construction lumber and cedar fast and cleanly. The fence is easy to adjust, and the controls are large and easy to access and toggle.
Recommended for: Pros wanting cordless convenience on the Bosch 18V (or AmpShare) platform.
Festool 18V Cordless Table Saw
Highlights: Sliding table, digital controls.
Recommended for: Influencers, Festool fans.
Early adopters have reported tilt alignment issues that can’t be adjusted for, and are shimming their tables to compensate. Users have also complained about a lack of flatness.
Festool says there are no problems, and reminds that they offer a 30-day guarantee.
Makita Cordless Table Saw??
Makita has not yet introduced an 18V or XGT cordless table saw. Maybe that will change in 2024.
Pricing and Availability
Dewalt 60V Max: $539 for the Kit | Buy it at Acme Tools
Milwaukee M18: $449 for tool-only | Buy it at Home Depot
Metabo HPT 36V: $599 for tool-only | Buy it at Amazon
Bosch 18V: $449 for tool-only | Buy it at Amazon
Ryobi 18V: $399 for the Kit | Buy it at Home Depot
Festool 18V X2: $1999 for the Kit | Buy it at Acme Tools
Power any Portable Table Saw with Batteries
If you have a favorite corded table saw, you could potentially look at battery banks capable of 15A (1800W) continuous output.
Given the investment in a power supply and batteries, it might be more cost-effective to buy a kit or tool-only saw and starter kit with battery and charger.
Here’s the difficult part – which would I buy today?
I wouldn’t hesitate to buy Dewalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, or Metabo HPT cordless table saws.
I tested several of these saws at different times, and both Dewalt and Milwaukee concurrently. They’re all decent.
Metabo HPT’s is the only 10″ saw, but it’s also larger in order to have the necessary table surface. It delivers the least compromises, but you’ll have to spend more on a battery, charger, and also AC adapter if you want one.
But the Dewalt, Milwaukee, and Bosch are more portable, which is a strong consideration.
If you want to cut dados, you’ll likely need to step up to a corded table saw with rolling stand.
These are all smallish table saws, and you might need a hand or extra support when working with longer boards or larger sheets.
I am tempted to recommend Dewalt or Metabo HPT, because they require less fussing over battery selection, but they don’t. For Dewalt, you need a FlexVolt battery – 20V Max batteries won’t work. For Metabo HPT, you need a MultiVolt 36V battery – their compact 18V batteries won’t work.
For Milwaukee or Bosch, you get the best performance out of their higher output batteries.
I’m finishing up with the Bosch soon, and really like its boxy shape – I found it’s a little easier to store than the others I’ve tested.
I would shop according to cordless platform, price, or both.
Ryobi’s is the least expensive. Although there could be compromises, I have had good experiences with their 18V HP line of brushless power tools.
Hopefully we’ll see some new options in 2024.