What we have here is a Shopfox W1837 10″ 2 HP Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw. Just by the term hybrid you know you’re in for one hell of a ride with this one. You get the best of both worlds with this saw. 

It is easy to transport and move around because of both its weight and size. However just because of those two points being something you can easily handle, don’t underestimate this saw as yet. So it’s small like any regular contract saw, but it has dust control and all other features you’d expect on a cabinet saw. At least now we understand why it is a hybrid. 

This Shopfox W1837 10″ 2 HP Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw features cabinet-mounted trunnions and an enclosed steel upper-stand for maximum dust containment. This means that no matter how much wood you cut, your floor won’t look like a woodlot in spring time. 

The best thing about this hybrid saw is that it has the cutting capacities of some of the most expensive cabinet saws in the market. What more could you want from this belt? Build and designed with durability in mind, you are set to experience many years with amazing service from this saw. 

Pros 

  • Is strong, hardwearing and durable 
  • Is very easy to use
  • Comes with anti-kickback pawls that can be positioned anywhere
  • You can easily change blades

Cons

  • Is not as affordable as other saws out there
  • Requires a lot of power for its function which may cause higher bills

Specifications from manufacturers 

  • Motor: 2 HP, 120V/240V, single-phase
  • Pre Wired to 120V
  • Amps: 15A at 120V, 7.5A at 240V
  • Weight: 243 lbs
  • Rip capacity: 30″ to right, 15″ to left
  • Speed: 3450 RPM
  • Maximum blade diameter: 10″
  • Arbor: 5/8″
  • Maximum Depth of Cut At 90 Degrees: 3-1/4″
  • Maximum Depth of Cut At 45 Degrees: 2-1/4″
  • Blade tilt: Left
  • Features
  • Enclosed cabinet bottom with 4″ dust port
  • Precision-ground cast iron table
  • Table measures: 40-1/4″ x 27″
  • Lift-off Precision Fence with front/rear locking ability
  • Quick‐Release Blade Guard Assembly
  • Riving knife
  • Robust Cabinet Mounted Trunnions
  • Built-in foot operated mobility system
  • T‐Slot Miter Gauge
  • Easy‐Glide Fence System
  • Quick‐Release Blade Guard Assembly
Shopfox W1837 rear end

Additional Features 

Interchangeable true riving knife

The interchangeable true riving knife offers protection for non-through cutting operations that require you to remove the blade guard.

Built-In Mobile Base

The W1837 features a handy built-in kickstand operated mobile base. With a simple push down on the foot levers the machine rises off it’s otherwise stable feet to become mobile so you can easily move it to your new desired location.

Enclosed cabinet bottom

Enclosed cabinet bottom with 4-inch dust port.

The enclosed cabinet bottom features a dust chute with a 4-inch port. Keep your work area free of dust and debris when connecting a dust collector with at least 400 CFM available.

Blade Tilt

The blade can tilt to the left from 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, then lock it in place for consistent repeat angled cuts.

A downside of having the blade tilt raise and lower mechanism and motor hanging off the bottom of the table is that the cast iron table will sag slightly over time. 

Quick‐Release Blade Guard Assembly

The clear guard allows the operator to watch the blade cut the workpiece during operation while maintaining a barrier around the blade that prevents accidental contact and keeps flying wood chips contained.

The spreader/riving knife is a metal plate that prevents the newly cut kerf in the workpiece from pinching the backside of the blade and otherwise causing potential kickback.

Anti-kickback pawls

The anti-kickback pawls allow the workpiece to travel in only one direction. If the workpiece moves backwards, such as during a kickback, the pawls will dig into the workpiece to slow or stop it. Includes a 10″ x 40-tooth carbide tipped blade, standard and dado table inserts, miter gauge, push stick, and arbor wrenches

General Guide for saws

What’s a “hybrid” table saw?

A hybrid table saw is a stationary table saw, built to look like a more expensive cabinet maker saw, with the motor inside, but with internals more like a less expensive “contractor saw”. So it’s a hybrid between a cabinet maker saw and what was traditionally known as a contractor saw.

What is the difference between a cabinet saw and hybrid saws?

What was traditionally a contractor saw is a saw with a cast iron table, a stand, or legs that can be detached, a tilt mechanism bolted to the bottom of the table, and an induction motor hanging out the back.

Cabinet saws tend to be sturdy and heavy, typically with a 3 hp motor, requiring a 240 volt circuit. The trunnions and saw mechanism are mounted directly onto the cabinet base, whereas on a hybrid table saw they are usually just bolted to the bottom of the cast iron table.

A Hybrid table saw is essentially a contractor saw with a stand that is fully enclosed, and motor inside instead of on the back. This makes the saw more convenient in the workshop, but it also makes it harder to move.

However, given that most old style contractor saws are stationary in a hobby workshop these days, this arrangement makes more sense. It doesn’t cost any more to make one of these saws than an old style contractor saw. 

Contractors these days use more portable Jobsite saws which are also referred to as benchtop table saws, As such, these Jobsite saws are now often referred to as contractor saws.

Jobsite saws use smaller universal motors, which are much lighter, but also less durable and very loud. The motor is on the inside. These saws are less solid than cast iron contractor saws, but the increased portability more than makes up for it.

Our Verdict

The Shopfox W1837 10″ 2 HP Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw has apparently proven to be an amazing piece worth consideration. I’d highly recommend this saw say you are looking for a power and durable saw that is designed for smaller spaces. Unlike other saws this one tends to be a bit smaller but all the more efficient. So think about it and good luck. 

David D. Hughes