Are you looking for quality and efficiency? Well, then you should know that every part of the ShopFox W1820—10″ 3 HP Cabinet Table Saw says quality and performance. It’s a very effective and efficient blade designed for heavy-duty use. 

It’s very powerful with a 3HP motor and a triple belt drive. It comes with a magnetic switch that makes sure it is fully turned on and fully turned off. If you want a powerful table saw that can cut through even the hardest wood out there, this ShopFox W1820—10″ 3 HP Cabinet Table Saw is definitely the one you need. 

Coming to you with heavy duty specs, you’ll also appreciate the camlock T-fence that it comes with. It includes a flip stop and 4 inch dust collection port. Which makes sure that your floors are kept wood dust free. 

Whilst you will need to transport it from the shop to your shed in pieces, that is not much of a problem, because assembly will not be too difficult. The riving knife has a quick release and the blade guard and splitter are easy to assemble. 

This table saw features an extra-wide 49-inch rip capacity more than enough to rip to the center of a standard sheet of plywood­. It also has a long extension table with adjustable legs making it more convenient, with a square steel tubing frame, and dimensionally stable extension table. This table might just be the safest out there. 

Shopping for a table saw, can be both exciting and difficult. There are a number of factors that you need to keep in mind if you are to get an efficient saw to give you the type of cuts that are necessary for your project. 

Table saws are great for making angled cuts and doing this accurately. The W1820 10inch 3HP cabinet table saw, has several features that you should find useful in your projects. The motor is a powerful 3HP motor. The table has more than enough space for you to work on, as it has expandable wings, giving you a massive table. 

It has a wide-spanning and easy glide Camlock t-fence system and phenolic face and smooth nylon runners. The t-slot miter gauge on this saw is adjustable and has an anodized fence extension and flip stop. It also has a magnetic switch with thermal overload protection. 

Whilst you will need to transport it from the shop to your shed in pieces, that is not much of a problem, because assembly will not be too difficult. The riving knife has a quick release and the blade guard and splitter are easy to assemble. 

This is a big piece of machinery and it can not be shipped without being taken apart. As such you must know how to assemble it when it does arrive. This is a sturdy saw that will deliver the quality you need it to. 

For easy movement around your space, it has cast iron wheels, because attempting to move its approximately 567 pounds,  any other way other than wheeling it around is asking to throw you back out. This is a table saw built to last. It has heavy-duty cast iron trunnions and a 4-inch dust collection port. 

It has an impressive 49 inch rip capacity which can allow you rip to at least the center of a regular sheet of plywood. When it comes to power, connection, you will not have a problem, the extension cable is long. Also, you can adjust the height of the table to your comfort level

Pros 

  • Is hardwearing and durable and will last a long time
  • Is easy to use and the manual is easy to  understand 
  • Can cut through any wood type (soft and hard)
  • Comes with very sharp blades 
  • It is adjustable
  • It has an adjustable height which means that you can have the table at your preferred height. 
  • It is durable

Cons

  • Is not as cheap as other blades to buy
  • Quite harmful if one is not careful when handling it
  • The manual is not very clear and this can make set up difficult

Specifications from manufacturer 

  • Motor: 3 HP, 230V, single-phase, 12.8A
  • Blade tilt: 0°-45° left
  • Arbor size: 5/8″
  • Arbor speed: 4300 RPM
  • Max. depth of cut @ 90°: 3-1/8″
  • Max. depth of cut @ 45°: 2-3/16″
  • Max. rip capacity: 49″
  • Max. dado width: 13/16″
  • Cast-iron table size: 27″ x 40-1/4″
  • Table size with extension: 27″ x 74″
  • 4″ dust port
  • Table height from floor: 34″
  • Includes 10″ x 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade and extended-reach push stick
  • Precision-ground and polished cast-iron table and wings
  • Massive cast-iron trunnions
  • Miter gauge with adjustable T-slot and anodized fence with extension and flip stop
  • Camlock fence with HDPE face
  • Powder-coated finish
  • Includes standard & dado table inserts
  • Quick-release blade guard with independent-lifting sides and retractable pawls
  • Wide-span easy-glide T-fence system
  • Knurled knobs for fine fence adjustments
  • Nylon runners inside fence head assembly
  • Sloped inner cabinet floor for efficient dust transport
  • Accessory hooks on cabinet
  • Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection
  • Overall size: 82″L x 45-1/2″W x 40″H
  • Approximate shipping weight: 567 lbs.

Detailed Features 

Accessory hooks on cabinet

The W1820 features a 50-inch rip capacity, more than enough to rip to the center of a standard sheet of plywood. The extension table features adjustable legs, square steel tubing frame and all-around stable top.

Miter Fence With Flip Stop

The W1820 features a miter fence with flip stop. The flip stop comes in handy when making multiple cuts of the same width. It can be flipped out of the way to allow longer workpieces to be cut, and pivoted back down to make additional cuts at your desired cutting width.

Blade Tilt

This saw allows the operator to tilt the blade to the left anywhere between 0 and 45-degrees. Great for cutting bevels, compound miters or chamfers. Easily adjust your cutting angle by loosening the blade tilt lock and turning the blade tilt handwheel to position the blade at the desired angle.

What are Key Features of a Table Saw?

Weight

The weight of a machine is an important consideration. The heavier it is, the more stable the machine becomes in use and vibration will be kept to a minimum. It also provides a good indication of the quality of the internal components used during the manufacture. Unless a portable machine is required for site use, a cast iron table saw is far better for supporting large sheets or heavy, solid timbers.

Blade Rise, Fall and Tilt

Using a table saw safely, accurately and to its full capacity means that it is necessary to adjust the height of the blade as well as its angle. Most machines feature separate handles and mechanisms with acme threads for precise, easy height adjustment and accurate tilt of the blade.

Internal Construction and Trunnions

The trunnions on a table saw are crucial as it is this mechanism that supports the motor and saw unit. It should be robustly constructed in order to provide the strength and rigidity to enable it to carry the considerable weight of the motor as well as both the saw blade adjustment mechanisms. 

Cast iron is the material of choice as it meets all the requirements, whilst adding extra weight to the saw. The trunnions are machined for accurate and smooth operation when tilting the saw blade. They are bolted to the frame to further isolate the table from any vibration and provide added support.

Rip Fence and Rails

Accurate ripping or straight cutting requires a dependable and precise rip fence. It should be sturdy enough to provide support to the wood as well as providing adjustment to ensure accuracy in relation to the blade and table. You should be able to adjust the fence so that it ends just past the centre position of the blade. This will avoid the timber binding against the fence, the result of which may be ‘kickback’.

Mitre Fence and Slots

Table saws are provided with twin slots; one each side of the blade which means that the mitre fence can be used in either. All table saws are provided with mitre fences and you can upgrade these if you deem it necessary. The accuracy of the cut will be improved if the sliding table accessory is used with the saw. This is due to the movement tolerance of the mitre fence in the slot being removed.

Sliding Tables

This is either a built-in beam, which is part of the table itself and runs close to the edge of the blade, or an optional sliding table accessory. Both of which will enable more accurate mitre cuts in addition to giving more support when sawing sheet materials.

Aesthetics

This is a heavy-duty table saw and has a wide-spanning table which is great for performance sake. This is a precision ground and polished cast iron table. It has iron trunnions as well as a square tubing frame. This table is dimensionally stable. One look at it, and you get the sense that it is a sturdy table that will do the job. 

It has the Shop fox logo on the side. It has knurled knobs so that you can make fine fence adjustments. The cabinet itself has hooks for any accessories you may want close to you. The table has a powder-coated finish, and a sloped inner cabinet floor so that the dust from your project, is transported efficiently. 

This massive table weighs a total of about 567 pounds. its 82 inches long, 45-1/2 inches wide and 40 inches high. The Camlock fence has an HDPE face. The height from floor to table is 34 inches.

Performance Review

With a 3HP 220volt motor, this table saw packs quite a punch. It also has a miter fence with a flip stop which gives you more support for the wood you will be working on. It is more than you would get if you were to use a miter gauge alone. It is a great choice for longer pieces of wood. 

If you will be making multiple cross-cuts of the same width, this feature will become your new favorite. When you want to cut longer pieces, you can flip it out of the way. The blade can be tilted to the left between 0 and 45 degrees and this helps you cut bevels better. You can easily adjust the tilt, t what you want it to be.

Safety

Before you set out to use a table saw, you must take heed of certain safety features the saw comes with and also how you can protect yourself. This table saw, has a blade guard, which is necessary for keeping you safe as you work. 

This guard, has a clear polycarbonate shield, the spreader as well as the anti-kickback pawls on each side of the spreader. This guard will help you see the blade as you work. It will slowly lift as the wood gets closer to the blade and it stays in contact with the wood as you cut.

There are other ways in which you can make sure that you are personally protected when you use this or any other table saw, such as making sure that you protect your eyes, with safety goggles.

You can also make use of gloves for your hands as well as earplugs to prevent you from damaging your ears with the very loud sounds the saw makes. 

You should also make sure that you feed the wood piece in the opposite direction of the blade’s rotation. You also want to make sure that the piece of wood that you are working on has enough support.

This is especially true if the wood is longer than the table. You will need to make sure that you get the necessary support and maintain control as you work.

Who is this product ideal for?

When operating a table saw, there is a certain level of expertise that is necessary. Safety is always a very big issue with table saws and this is why you must know what you are doing when you use this saw.

An absolute novice should not be using one. You will need to have all the necessary safety information before you use it.

Pros

  • It is adjustable
  • It has an adjustable height which means that you can have the table at your preferred height. 
  • It is durable

Cons

  • The manual is not very clear and this can make set up difficult

Our Verdict

For many woodworkers, having the ability to perform a multitude of different tasks such as ripping, cross cutting and sheet material preparation, the correct table saw becomes an indispensable part of the workshop.

It is probably the first machine that many would contemplate purchasing. However, the most important consideration is to understand exactly what the ‘correct’ table saw should be for any given application.

This table saw, is powerful and will give you the cuts that you need. It is also a very strong table saw and will last you through the years. We think this is a great buy. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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