May 28, 2020

Shop Fox W1811 Review 5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw Review [REVISITED]

Are you wondering how good a saw the ShopFox W1811 Sliding Table Saw is? Choosing the right table saw as a beginner may mean that you have to start looking at technicalities and how the saw runs. 

If you want something powerful that can cut through even the toughest wood and logs. Let me introduce you to this Shopfox W1811—5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw. It is the perfect saw for cutting wide panels in limited shop space. It is a 10-inch table saw that features a scoring blade to cut cross grain tear-out. This 10″ Sliding Table Saw makes quick work of all standard tough wood and plywood panels.

A table saw is a necessary component for most big wood carving projects. This is more of a machine than a simple hand saw. A typical table saw has a circular blade protruding above the table so that all you need to do is slide the wood through the blade. 

As the name says, this table saw looks like a table and will need more space. It is not a portable tool, but rather something that needs to be housed. The great thing about this saw is that you can get a lot more done in a small workshop space. 

ShopFox W1811

The important thing is to make sure that the table fits in the space you have.  This table saw is 10 inches and has a scoring blade designed to help you get rid of cross-grain tear-out. It helps you work faster and more efficiently. It has a 5 HP, 230V, single-phase motor, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A, and a blade tilt of between 0 and 45 degrees. 

Without its extension wings, the table itself is  27″ long, 14-3/8″ wide. The table measures Table size w/ extension wings with its extension ings: 47″long and 40″ wide.  The wings give you more workspace.

This saw is used mainly to rip sheets of wood for further production of furniture or other uses of the panels. The main blade has an arbor speed of 4 000RPM. The total shipping weight of the saw is approximately 688 pounds. 

It accepts 10″ saw blades with 5/8″ arbor bores or dado blades up to 13/16″ wide. So in case, you need to replace them you know which ones to buy. Shopfox W1811—5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw has a 63″ long crosscut capacity and telescoping crosscut fence with two rock-solid flip stops. It has been specially designed to provide many years of efficient and effective use. Coming to you with a two-year warranty, this Table saw can never disappoint you at any point. 

Pros 

  • Is very fast when cutting down wood
  • Is easy to use
  • Has very sharp blades
  • Replacement blades are readily available
  • It is precise
  • The blades are sharp
  • It has enough workspace
  • t is durable and sturdy
  • It is reliable
  • Making crosscuts is easy

Cons

  • Is quite pricey to purchase 
  • Maintenance and repairs are expensive
  • You have to take the crosscut fence out to rip a piece of plywood lengthwise. Whilst it may not be a big deal for some, it is for others.

Specifications from manufacturers 

  • Motor: 5 HP, 230V, single-phase, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A
  • Blade tilt: 0° – 45°
  • Table size without extension wings: 27″L x 14-3/8″W
  • Table size with extension wings: 47″L x 40″W
  • Sliding table size: 63″L x 12-1/4″W
  • Main blade arbor speed: 4000 RPM
  • Main blade diameter: 10″
  • Main blade arbor diameter: 5/8″
  • Scoring blade diameter: 3-1/8″
  • Scoring blade arbor diameter: 22mm
  • Scoring blade arbor speed: 8000 RPM
  • Max. dado width: 13/16″
  • Max. depth of cut at 90°: 3-1/8″
  • Max. depth of cut at 45°: 2-1/4″
  • Max. ripping width with standard rip fence: 33″
  • Max. crosscutting width with the crosscut fence: 78-1/2″
  • Max. crosscutting length with the crosscut fence: 63″
  • Overall size: 76″L x 124-3/4″W x 46″H
  • Space required for a full range of movement: 123″ x 150″
  • Dust ports: 4″ primary, 2-1/2″ on the blade guard
  • Shielded and lubricated bearings
  • Includes extended-reach push stick
  • Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection
  • Approximate shipping weight: 688 lbs.
  • Certified to CSA Standards

Aesthetics

The Shopfox W1811-5 HP 10-inch sliding saw has several components that make it a useful piece of equipment. It has a basic clean color that does not distract you from work. It has extendable wings, which act as extra table space when you need it.

W1811 Sliding Table Saw  on a white background

Performance Review

This table saw has several features that make it easier and more effective when sawing through wide panels. It is very powerful and can pack quite a punch. The motor is 5 HP, 230V, single-phase, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A. 

This allows you to get the efficient results that you need as you work through the wood. It has a scoring blade, which helps you eliminate any cross-grain tear-out.

It has a fully adjustable miter fence with a flip stop and a two-position extruded aluminum rip fence. It also has a riving knife and a large blade with a dust port. 

The Shop Fox w1811-5hp 10-inch table saw has a 63-inch crosscut capacity. This allows you to work much faster than with other saws. You can use 10 inches saw blades with this table saw, and they must have 5/8 inch arbor bores or dado blades that go up to 13/16 inches wide. 

It also has a sliding table, which makes the work easier by allowing you to slide the wood through the saw to cut it easily. the wood is easily fed through the saw. 

This saw can also be used as a traditional saw for many through cuts. You can use the table saw in this way without using the scoring blade, and then you can lower the blade so that you do not work around it. 

If you will be doing any cross-cutting, the specially designed crosscut fence has a scale and several flip flop stops. These give you accurate and precise cutting. It also has an angle scale for cutting miters with the crosscut fence. You can also set it up for miter cuts. 

Safety

When using a table saw, kickback is an important factor to consider. The w1811 has a riving knife that can help prevent kickback as you work, which can be very dangerous.

You will also find that the scoring blade on the saw gives you a shallow cut ahead of the 10-inch blade to stop the wood from splitting and prevent tear-out. 

For added safety, the sliding table locks in place. This lets you push the wood through safely and confidently, knowing that there is no chance it might just slip. You must know how to handle yourself around this saw. The blades are very sharp and can easily slice a finger off. 

You will need to do a few things to make sure that you are safe when you use the saw. Wear protective gear like safety glasses that have a side shield or a face shield.

The machine can be deafening once fired up, so make sure you also have earplugs to protect your ears. You can also use gloves to protect your hands as you work. 

Please make use of a guard for the blade, and make sure that it is high enough to cover the part of the blade protruding above the stock.

The blade should never extend more than 3mm above the wood you are cutting. Also, make sure that the fence is in place and is not moving about.

Who is this product ideal for?

This saw is best used by someone who has the expertise to know how to handle it. Otherwise, it can be very dangerous. 

Detailed Features

Safety Features

The splitter/riving knife is a metal plate that prevents the freshly cut pieces of the workpiece from pinching the backside of the blade and causing a kickback. The adjustable scoring blade included with the sliding table saw has wedge-shaped teeth. The kerf thickness is adjusted by changing the height of the scoring blade. The scoring blade offers a shallow cut ahead of the 10-inch blade to prevent splitting and tear-out.

Sliding or Tradition Table Saw

The W1811 sliding table saw is primarily used to rip and crosscut sheet stock or panels in a production setting. The sliding table makes it much easier and safer to feed these large workpieces through a cut.

This saw can also be used as a traditional table saw for most types of through-cuts. The scoring blade may or may not be used, depending on if the workpiece is faced with laminate, melamine, or other solid surface material or if tear-out free cuts are required. 

Crosscut Fence with Flip Stops

The crosscut fence is used during cross-cutting operations. It features a scale and multiple flip stops for precise, repeatable cross-cutting operations. You can also set it up for miter cuts. The crosscut table provides a wide, stable platform for supporting full-size panels during cross-cutting operations and features an angle scale for cutting miters with the crosscut fence.

Table Saw Components

Table saws have several essential parts and components you should be familiar with as you narrow the field to find the best sliding table saw for your shop.

Miter Gauge

A miter gauge is an adjustable guide that allows you to make cuts on an angle. The gauge is usually controlled with a wheel, and once you’ve set the gauge to your desired angle, you can place the material against the miter gauge and make your cut. The miter gauge is usually adjustable from 0-45 degrees for making angled cuts in your material.

Rip Fence

A rip fence is a bar attached to the table that guides you to feed your material through the saw. On a sliding table saw, the material needs to be placed against the rip fence, and then the entire table moves through the blade to complete the cut.

Bevel System

Like a miter gauge, a bevel system also allows you to make angled cuts. Instead of angling your material, the blade angles to cut while the material is fed straight through the machine. For cabinetmakers and other professional woodworkers, these types of cuts are important.

Riving Knife

A riving knife is an important safety feature that helps prevent your material from kicking back as you feed the material through the saw. The riving knife places a wedge between the material as it’s being cut, which widens the blade’s channel. This helps to keep the blade from binding in the material, which causes the material to kick back dangerously.

Blade Guard

The blade guard is usually made from plastic, but you can use other materials. This important safety feature protects the user from kickback and accidental contact with the blade while also protecting against dust and debris.

Table Saw Motors

There are two types of motors common with table saws: belt drive and direct drive motors.

Belt Driven

Belt drive motors are usually induction motors that connect to the saw’s blade with a belt. These motors are most often seen on the cabinet and sliding table saws. They operate very quietly compared to direct-drive motors, and they can be positioned away from the saw’s blade, making them less vulnerable to damage caused by sawdust or debris.

Direct Driven

Direct drive motors are most popular on a job site or portable table saws. Direct drive motors connect directly to the saw’s blade, transferring all their power. These motors can deliver lots of power while maintaining a small footprint.

Our Verdict

This is a great table saw that you can easily work with. It will give you the precision and accuracy that you need for your project. It is worth the money!

David D. Hughes

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