The portable table saw VS. Hybrid table saws?

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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 11-25-2013 06:41 PM 1096 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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11-25-2013 06:41 PM

What is the big differences in a portable table saw compared to a hybrid table saw. Is it just the weight and stand of the hybrid? I look at some and they are close to the same power unless I am looking at it wrong. I see 15 amp portable ones and 15 amp hybrid stand types.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 06:49 PM

All the portable saws that I have seen are “Direct Drive” 15 amp motors. All the Hybrid saws that I have seen are 15 amp belt driven saws. BIG difference between the two. Most Hybrid motors can be switched to 220 volts which is better for the motor, drawing less amps and although debatable, somewhat more economical. The methodology used to attach the motor to the table is usually much more substantial on the Hybrid saws than the Portables and so is the overall construction of the table and the bases. Like Momma says…”You get what you Pay for”

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 06:52 PM

Many good hybrid saws have the dust collection and solid T-square style fence – features that are common on cabinet saws. Whereas portable tablesaws usually do not.

If you work out of a shop most of the time a contractor saw, hybrid, or cabinet saw will serve you best.
If you work on jobsites, the portability will be important.

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 07:34 PM

I was looking at the JET 10 in. 15-Amp Professional Tablesaw and then I saw the portable ones said 15 amp also so was just wondering what the difference was. The more I look the more I understand I would want the Jet over any portable one. Unless anyone knows a good hybrid saw that is 110v.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 07:38 PM

Knotscott has written the best breakdown of the differences I have seen on here; perhaps he will comment.

Besides what was just said, the portables are usually going to have aluminum table tops and a good bit of plastic in their

Also, many of the lower end portables will not operate a dado stack and may not have standard miter slots, ruling out many accessories that mount in standard slots.

The higher end portables will usually have standard slots and will usually accept at least a partial dado stack, but sell for prices near, or even above a low end hybrid.

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 07:38 PM

Or…Save yourself a Lot of bucks and get the GRIZZ. I have this saw and it’s FANTASTIC!!!!

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 07:39 PM

As Willie noted, a good contractor saw is the other choice, always 110 and much more robust than a portable. With a good fence, they can serve quite well.

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 10:11 PM

Size, operating space, materials of construction, drive mechanisms, mass, stability, loudness, torque, reliability, resale, upgradability, etc.

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 06:53 PM

The grizzly would be nice I looked at it too. The only problem is i only have a 220v 15a outlet and a 50a outlet. I don’t want to mess with the wiring to convert it either.

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