Some of the brands of table saws to keep an eye for price drops include SawStop, Dewalt, Bosch, SKIL, Powermatic and Grizzly. If you are planning some home improvement projects for next year, or are looking for a Christmas gift for the man (or woman) who has everything else in the garage, the table saw black friday deals at Lowes, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware and Amazon can offer you significant savings over the regular price offered any other time of the year.
Types of Saws
Circular saws are found in DIY workshops and used by pros on job sites. While primarily suitable for short crosscutting of a board or for a long rip cut to wood, different circular saw blades can be used for other materials. Circular saws can be battery-powered or corded and most models can make bevel cuts to 45 degrees.
Miter saws use a circular blade to make crosscuts and angled cuts, or miters, on pieces of wood or other soft material. These types of saws are very useful for carpentry and trim work, making frames or cutting crown moulding. On compound miter saws, the arm that holds the miter saw blade can pivot horizontally and vertically to make a miter and a bevel with one cut.
Table saws are a fixture of woodworking. They are used to rip cut boards, cut an edge, make crosscuts and even cut dados for joinery with the proper blade. On table saws, the circular blade sticks up above the table surface and the operator feeds the wood across the spinning blade to make a straight cut.
These powerful specialty cutters are fitted with a diamond blade and sometimes powered by a gas engine. Concrete saws are used for masonry or asphalt repairs. Pros might own these types of power saws but even occasional users and DIYers can rent concrete saws for driveway or patio fixes.
Panel saws are used in commercial settings to break down large panels. A full sheet of plywood, for example, can be placed onto the saw’s frame and a carriage-mounted circular saw is used to make precision horizontal or vertical cuts.
Reciprocating saws are useful for demolition work on remodeling jobs. Reciprocating saw blades move rapidly back and forth to cut through tough material. When fitted with the right types of blades, reciprocating saws can cut through tile, pipe and nail-embedded wood. Many models are battery powered and portable.
Jigsaws cut along a straight line and can also make intricate curved cuts. While commonly used for wood, a wide variety of blades make jigsaws useful for cutting metal, tiles and plastic. One advantage for this versatile saw is that its blade can be inserted into a starter hole to make cutouts on a panel.
Scroll saws are used by woodworkers to make intricate rounded patterns and shapes in cuts of wood less than 2 inches thick. The thin blades on scroll saws create precise curves on ornate work. They are used for making jigsaw puzzles, wooden toys and other crafts with more precision than band saws.
Chain saws are used almost exclusively for felling trees, removing tree limbs, and cutting tree logs for firewood. Chain saws are powered by electricity, batteries or gas. This hand-held power saw requires some level of training to operate. Eye and hearing protection and work gloves are essential when operating these types of power saws.
This saw is designed to cut ceramic, porcelain and stone tile for wall decor and flooring. A wet tile saw cuts with a blade specially designed to grind away at the tile without breaking it. A built-in jet sprays water from a built-in reservoir to lubricate the blade and remove the dust created by the sawing.
Portable Band Saws
Band saws are suitable when it comes to cutting curves and for slicing through thick material. Stationary band saws are generally packaged with a rip fence (for resaw cuts to make wood thinner) and miter gauge (for accurate cuts across the grain). Handheld portable band saws can be found on construction sites and are used for cutting pipe and other tough material. With both varieties, the thin band saw blade is a continuous loop.
Chop saws, also called cut-off saws, are used for crosscuts on metal or other tough materials. Chop saws look similar to miter saws but use an abrasive disc instead of a steel circular blade and can cut through brick or iron pipe with ease. These types of power saws are often found on construction sites but their specialized use makes them less common in DIY workshops.
Gas Pole Saws
A pole saw is a lightweight chain saw attached to a bar that extends 8 to 10 feet in length. It is designed to cut down high branches from the ground without climbing a ladder. Pole saws are available in gas powered, electric or battery powered models.
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Not everyone needs all of the features of a top-of-the-line cordless saw or the heavy-duty capability of a timber-framing model. For DIY projects that include an occasional small framing job or breaking down plywood sheets, and when saving money is a priority, the affordable Craftsman 7¼-Inch Circular Saw is a fine choice.
This 15-amp model runs at 5,500 RPMs and features a magnesium shoe for reduced weight. The shoe bevels up to 55 degrees, allowing users to customize the angle of their cuts. Also, this model features a built-in rafter hook that users can utilize to hang it from a beam, ladder, or another ledge.
For around-the-home trimming and crosscutting, consider this powerful and precise DEWALT miter saw. It cuts boards up to 8 inches wide and cuts bevels in two directions. The DEWALT saw also comes with a vertical clamp to hold the board still as you cut, and it features a dust collection bag to help reduce the dust in the air. For safety, the saw also features a mechanism that automatically locks the spring arm in the down position unless it’s manually unlocked with a button on the back.
For a professional’s workshop, or that of a committed DIYer, the SawStop Industrial Cabinet Saw is a worthy option that can rip and cut large sheets and panels to a maximum cutting depth of 3 1/8 inches. It boasts a large, 52-inch rip capacity, and a powerful 5 HP motor that makes it easy to cut through both composite woods and hardwoods. It features a precision-glide fence made of high-quality steel, plus two dust collection ports that fasten to an over-arm assembly (not included) for keeping the air in the workshop as dust-free as possible. This workhorse, which weighs in at a hefty 685 pounds and requires a dedicated 220-volt electrical circuit, is designed for accuracy and heavy-duty use.
With top power and performance, the Makita EK7651H 14-inch 4-stroke engine power cutter can cut through just about anything. Just some of the perks this tool has over other similar models or those with two-stroke engines are that this saw requires no separate fuel or oil mixing, and less chance of engine failure. It also has a vented choke plate for the best fuel delivery and less chance of flooding.
Users describe this saw as “a real workhorse,” with “excellent” performance and “plenty of power,” and one reviewer noted that even though these saws have four-stroke engines, they have all the power of the popular Stihls and Husqvarnas which have two-stroke engines, but are “so much quieter and cleaner.”
The H6 offers a maximum crosscut of 74” which is impressive and unlimited rip cutting. Many saws in the same price range aren’t able to offer crosscut or rip cut capacities like that. The maximum cut thickness is 1 ¾,” and this saw makes perfectly straight and square cuts that are accurate within 1/32”
Like the Saw Trax model above, this saw features 1 ¾” zinc-plated guide tubes. The Nylatron bearing system helps keep the saw moving smoothly and accurately along its track, while a spring-loaded counterbalance system provides a grounded, stable feel when the saw is in use.
As for the saw itself, Safety Speed provides a 15 amp 3 ¼ horsepower saw which carries a one-year warranty. The frame itself is warranted for life, so you’ll be covered should anything ever malfunction with the frame of the saw – the most important component of the system.
With a combination of power, ergonomic design, and dependability, the Makita 18V LXT Reciprocating Saw takes the top pick for a cordless recip saw. From a manufacturer known for making quality tools for the construction industry, the two-handed Makita recip saw is designed with a variable speed trigger and an ergonomic grip for reducing hand fatigue.
The saw runs on an 18-volt lithium-ion battery (battery and charger sold separately) and provides up to 2,800 SPM when cutting. The saw weighs in at 8.3 pounds and is 19-1/8 inches long. The battery used to power the saw is interchangeable with other 18-volt Makita cordless tools. No blades are included with purchase.
Festool makes premium tools for serious woodworkers and contractors, and their Carvex Jigsaw is a prime example. The barrel-grip Carvex is the hotrod of the jigsaw category, with a top run speed of 3,800 SPM thanks to its brushless technology. It has thumb-activated switches on either side of the saw so both right- and left-handed users can reach them with ease. Its detachable power cord is a nice feature that makes packing up easier. It also has excellent dust collection and a four-position orbital-reciprocating setting.
Yet the overwhelming benefit of the Carvex is the system that supports it. The number of jigs and adjustable shoes that easily attach to this jigsaw take its versatility to the next level. Unfortunately, this system is sold separately, and both the saw and the extras carry a premium price tag.
If you’re getting started with scrolling projects, shop around for a basic scroll saw that will give you all the essential features while skipping the pricier add-ons you aren’t likely to use. The Dremel Moto-Saw is a compact scroll saw that is perfect for woodwork hobbyists and more light-duty scroll saw users thanks to its versatility and easy operation.
This Dremel has variable speed settings that let you easily control the saw’s cutting motion, and it offers surprisingly quiet operation—which many people appreciate when using it for home crafts.
The Dremel Moto-Saw only uses pinned blades, which are easier and quicker to change than pinless blades. However, they limit the types of cuts you can do and are better for simpler projects. One other thing to know about this entry-level scroll saw is that it lacks a miter gauge or rip fence, but these can be purchased as add-ons through the manufacturer if desired.
The Black & Decker LCS1240 is a nearly identical unit to the Dewalt in the specifications and it’s well worthy of it’s best electric chainsaw entry. It has a 12-inch Oregon bar, a lightweight body and is powered by a 40V Li-IO battery. This little unit is more than capable of handling medium-sized logs no problem. It does have a few niggles though which we will mention in a bit.
The SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw features SKIL’s HydroLock system, which stops water splash when it’s in use. The blade guard contains the water and also does a great job of allowing the user to see the cut. The worktable has a slide-out wing to support larger tiles up to 18 inches. Plus, the water-fill lid doubles to help the operator cut bevels at 22.5 and 45 degrees.
This saw falls short of the top spot for only one reason: It doesn’t have a sliding bed. Sliding wide tiles through a wet saw accurately can be a challenge without one. Thanks to the blade guard’s superior visibility, you can still get accurate cuts if you use its adjustable fence with a sliding bevel gauge.
This WEN 94396 model contains ball bearings for the blade guides to keep things running smoothly. Its auxiliary handle is adjustable, and it can fun from 60 to 420 FPM. The included blade is a variable-tooth 10/14 tpi suitable for both metal and wood. The WEN is heavier than some, but not excessively. Although it may contain more plastic than the best portable band saws, it’s ideal for a DIY user with a modest budget.
Thanks to the Metabo HPT 10″ Compound Miter Saw, you can add a capable saw to your workbench for a surprisingly affordable price. This miter saw rotates up to 52 degrees and bevels up to 45 degrees for projects that require more intricate cuts. Purchase the tool by itself, or add a blade to get started right away. The included vise assembly, dust bag, wrenches, material support extension, and pivoting guide make it easy to produce quality work with fewer chances for errors. A laser marking system allows for precise cuts every time.
The 10-inch blade is smaller than some of the alternatives, but it’s large enough for most home improvement projects. At less than 27 pounds, this is easier to transport than many options. Metabo HPT tools were previously sold under the Hitachi brand. This saw is covered by a five-year warranty.
Poulan Pro is known for making quality chainsaws, so it shouldn’t come as much surprise that their Poulan Pro PR28PS pole saw is our pick as the best gas pole saw. It manages to solve one of the biggest issues with gas tools; difficult starting. Since it’s equipped with a SureFire fuel delivery system, starting is dead-simple. Just prime, choke, pull, and it starts right up. It’s even got a spring-assisted starter so you don’t have to yank on the string like you’re trying to pull Excalibur from its stone.
Compared to some of the other pole saws we tested, the PR28PS is pretty light, weighing in at just 14 pounds. After hours of trimming, this saw is much less punishing than some of the heavier units. With an 8-inch bar and a 12-foot reach, it’s suitable for most non-professional settings. However, it’s going to take a bit longer to get the job done because the smaller 28cc motor that helps this machine stay light doesn’t have overwhelming power. We also noticed that the saw starts to sputter if held at the wrong angle. This wasn’t a constant issue, more like an occasional annoyance. Still, this saw offers a lot of usability for a reasonable price.
The Diablo D12100X 100 12” Ultra Fine Miter Saw Blade is our pick for the best overall. This blade features a 100-tooth count that can cut through many types of hardwood with ease. It features a laser-cut kerf that produces a cut as smooth as that produced by 120-grit sandpaper, in many cases. The blade uses a unique Parma-Shield coating, which resists rust and corrosion as well as prevents gumming and protects the blade against heat. Laser-cut stabilizer vents reduce noise and vibration to help produces a smoother cut, and the high-density carbide stays sharper longer.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is an annual sales event that traditionally happens at the end of November after Thanksgiving. This year, like has been the case in the past few years, retailers will be emphasizing online shopping.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday falls on Friday, November 26, 2021. Cyber Monday will take place on Monday, November 29, 2021. Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of November, and each year, Black Friday occurs the day following, with Cyber Monday following shortly after.
When do Black Friday 2021 sales start?
Broadly speaking, Black Friday starts as soon as Thanksgiving ends. However, every year, Black Friday sales start earlier and earlier. Last year, we saw the first Black Friday sales begin toward the end of October.
With ongoing supply chain issues, we expect to see stores start their sales sooner and end them later. This year, we’re already seeing some retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart, offer up Black Friday-caliber deals.
How long do Black Friday sales last?
Black Friday is followed directly by Cyber Monday on November 29, 2021. Technically speaking, as soon as Cyber Monday begins, Black Friday ends. The best discounts are usually limited to these two days (and the weekend between them); however, some bargains stick around through the end of the following week.