With many big names in the saw market, only a few new models get acknowledged for their mere power, functionality, and convenience they bring, and not by their brand reputation. While most get overshadowed by more famous and bigger brands, Shop Fox W1837 managed to find its way through the top as one of the best-performing hybrid table saws today. Read the following Shop Fox W1837 Review to find out what to love about this powerful tool.
Shop Fox W1837 is packed with a motor with 2 HP, which can easily power cutting jobs on softwood and sufficiently sustain cutting through harder types of wood. With such performance, it’s undeniably a powerful saw, on the same level as several entry-level cabinet saws.
It is also able to impressively cut on many types of wood, thanks to its blade speed that can go up to 3450 RPM. Aside from that, it is a friendly tool for cutting chamfers, miters, and bevels, as its blade can be tilted up to 45 degrees just like most of the larger models from the brand. Woodworkers also have more freedom in adjusting the height and angle of the blade, as one can enjoy with full-cabinet saws.
Being a hybrid saw, you can get more use with Shop Fox W1837 than a standard contractor saw or cabinet saw. But unlike other hybrid saws, its cutting performance is on par with a standard cabinet saw, with additional features that favor the user for an ultimate cutting experience. Built-in caster wheels and an efficient riser system were added to the design of the table saw, making movement and height adjustment easy-peasy. It saves on cash, too, as most hybrid units don’t have a built-in wheeled base and with its low-level compatibility of bases available in the market, they can cost a few hundred dollars.
The fence design on this hybrid table saw is also comparable to many top options for cabinet saws, with its precision and sturdiness on point. It’s mobile base allows workers on the go to easily lift off the fence with just a slight push on the foot levers. Just like that, the tool can be brought wherever and then lock it on both ends for the perfect cutting experience on an entirely new location.
It provides an adequate workstation with the 40-1/4″ x 27” worktop made from solid cast-iron. With such size, it feels like you are working with a cabinet model that also provides the same sturdiness. Unlike most of the hybrid saws, Shop Fox W1837 features a cut-out bottom, also giving the feel of a cabinet saw. Steel motor cover protects the entire unit, while easy access to the internals is allowed by rear panels, making maintenance of motors very convenient.
Shop Fox W1837 features an impressive enclosed upper-stand made from steel, which seals in and contains dust effectively. The guard also features flexible wings that move to prevent dust to leak out on either side of the cut. The maximum dust containment feature of the hybrid table saw also includes a great functioning vacuum system that can be paired with your usual dust collection system through its 4-inch outlet.
An important feature to any great saw is its dependable safety, and Shop Fox W1837 gives you exactly that. Overheating is easily prevented with this tool, as it contains thermal overload protection that also keeps the machine safe from fluctuating current. Riving knife that can be interchanged protects the user from a guard-less blade needed for non-through cutting jobs and also prevents potential kickbacks.
While cutting, one can easily see the cutting action while staying safe through the clear blade guard installed to the unit. Not only does it prevent direct body part contact with the blade, but also keeps in the small chunks and chips of wood from flying around.
- It can handle max rip capacity of up to 15” to left and 30” to right.
- It can cut a maximum depth of 2 1/4” at 45 degrees and 3 1/4” at 90 degrees.
- A sturdy power tool yet weighs less than a full cabinet at under 250 lbs.
- It creates less noise and vibration due to its solid cast iron trunnions.
- Other than blade guards, it features anti-kickback pawls for more safety.
- Voltage options are available, as this saw can run on either 120 or 240 volts, proving the tool’s versatility.
- It has a 2-year warranty covered by Shop Fox.
- As a hybrid and compact unit, it cannot provide bigger motor and rip capacity like full-sized table saws, hence, cutting of wide wood would not be possible.
- Having been released just recently, Shop Fox W1837 doesn’t have a reliable history or track record that users can account for, especially in terms of longevity of life span.
- Despite the versatility aspect of having voltage options, the 120V seems useless as it is easily understood that 220V power will have more power for better performance of the saw.
Shop Fox W1837 Review Conclusion
Shop Fox W1837 delivers an impressive performance as a hybrid table saw, even comparable to that of full-sized models. Features such as dust collection, guard system, and precise fence design make every cutting experience hassle-free and safe, which is a great return for the price you pay. Varying cutting jobs that are more than just straight cuts can be easily done with this tool as well, allowing different kinds of the woodwork to be done with just a single machine.
For its price, the Shop Fox W1837 is a great option for newbies or home woodworkers. It features enough power, great quality and important features that would fit the needs of a hobbyist. Its weight and portability make it convenient to move around too, so we recommend it for traveling woodworkers and other operators on the go, as well. Overall, it is among our top picks for good table saws that are worth investing in, especially as it gives you the best of both worlds, the cabinet-style unit, and contractor table saw, in one compact unit.