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If you are a do-it-yourself type person around your home or you like to do woodworking, then there are a few tools that must be considered essential to own. One of those is a table saw. The thing is you don’t want just any old table saw. You need one that is sophisticated enough to do several different types of precision cuts and help you do them safely too. That is exactly what you get with the Shop Fox W1819 model table saw. We will give you all the details you need about this well-designed tool as we do our Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw Review.
The Many Features on the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw
Here is a summary of the key features on the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw:
In order to do complex tasks with a table saw such as ripping a board, you need lots of power. That means you need an electric motor that can generate a high amount of RPM’s. That is not a problem for the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw.
It has a very nice 3 horsepower electric motor. That is enough power to generate 4300 RPMs of cutting power. We feel that is plenty of power to do any wood cutting task that is asked of this table saw model.
This motor even comes with a magnetic on/off switch that even has a thermal overload shutoff built right into it.
We liked the saw assembly that this table saw comes with. It can quite nicely make straight cuts up to 3 1/8 inch thick and angled cuts up to 2 3/16 inches.
The blade height and angle can be easily adjusted with the two heavy duty handwheels that are built into this saw. With these handwheels, you can make highly precise adjustments so you can make the cut exactly the way you want it.
The blade on this model table saw can be set to cut all the way up to a 45-degree angle.
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Let’s face it; there are few power tools that people use that are as dangerous as a table saw is to operate. Part of the responsibility for safety lies with the operator but a good manufacturer will build in features to help make a table saw as safe as possible to use too.
Shop Fox has built the following safety features into the W1819 Table Saw:
- Blade guard assembly
Of course, the biggest safety concern with any table saw is the possibility of the operator coming into contact with the fast spinning blade and its hundreds of razor sharp teeth. Needless to say that even the slightest bit of contact with the spinning blade can cause horrific injuries or even death.
Shop Fox has designed a very good blade guard assembly that goes over the blade on the W1819 Table Saw model. It would be very hard to accidentally come into contact with the spinning saw blade when this guard is properly placed.
The blade guard assembly cover is made out of clear plastic so you can still see the blade contact the wood as you are working.
- Riving knife
There are few things that are as dangerous when operating a table saw as the potential for the wood you are cutting to ‘kickback’. Kickback happens when as you are cutting the blade gets pinched in the kerf of the saw or it gets pinched up against the saw guide fence. When this happens the blade catches on the piece of wood and the speed of its rotation shoots the wood away from the saw with great force.
I have personally seen pieces of wood fly all the way across the shop and leave a tremendous dent in whatever they hit. I shudder to think what type of injuries would have been caused if that piece a wood have hit me.
A riving knife is the latest innovation to be added to table saws to help them avoid the potential hazard of kickbacks. It is a small dolphin fin looking attachment that is installed in front of the blade that splits the wood as its cut so it does not pinch the blade. The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw has a riving knife that has proven to be very effective at stopping a kickback.
This is one sturdy table saw to do your cuts on. It is made of predominantly cast iron pieces. It is one tough table, to say the least. Even the built in trunnions on it are made of sturdy cast iron.
The table height is 34-inch that is a comfortable height for most people to work on even for extended periods of time. The table surface is long and wide so there are no constraints there either. There is even an extension piece that conveniently pulls out if you need even more room to work.
The bottom portion of the table is nicely powder coated. This will help protect the metal from other liquids that may accidentally get splattered around your workshop. The color of the table is somewhat between a white and an almond color which is not always apparent in the online photos of it.
One important thing to note with this table saw. Make sure you put the Shop Fox W1819 in its final resting place when it is delivered. This thing is hard to move because it weighs a bulky 560 pounds.
5. Dust collection
One nice feature on the Shop Fox W1819is the large 4-inch dust collection port. This makes sure that even larger pieces of wood shavings will have a very hard time clogging it up if they get to the collection port.
The inner portion of the table saw platform is also slanted toward the dust collection channel. This helps further improve its dust collection capability.
6. Pros and Cons
- 3 horsepower motor.
- Numerous safety features built into it.
- 2 different fences.
- Can make precision straight or angled cuts.
- Sturdy cast iron table.
- Excellent dust collection capability.
- Wide workspace on the table.
- At 560 pounds it’s extremely hard to move this table saw.
- Taller people may not like its 34-inch height.
- Consider ear protection because it’s very loud when running.
- Needs a non-standard 220V connection.
Comparing the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw to the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw
Shop Fox is known for making many different models of very good quality table saws. We will compare the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw to the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw.
- To start off with we will tell you that both of these model table saws are built to last.
- The tables are built using predominantly cast iron and other tough metal alloys.
- Either of these cabinets would not disappoint the pickiest contractor.
- Both model table saws are also equipped with many ideal safety features too.
They each come with 2 years a warranty which is the industry standard for these types of high-end power tools. The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw is almost a full 200 pounds heavier than the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw is.
You could conceivably move the 350-pound Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw around. Forget about ever trying to move the 560-pound Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw once you have put it in place.
The Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw’s platform is slightly taller. There is more room to work on the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw’s larger table top surface.
Our Rating: (4.4 / 5)
The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw has the more powerful motor between the two models. It features a 3 horsepower motor as opposed to the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw that only has a 2 horsepower motor. That is a pretty significant difference in cutting power in the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw’s favor.
As far as the saw action of both models go they are very comparable to each other.
- Each one has the capability to make straight cuts or cuts up to a 45-degree angle.
- They both come with a miter gauge and adjustable fence too.
We will finish up by telling you that the Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw is a very popular table saw. It gets outstanding reviews from most consumers that purchase it. So the fact that the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw compares extremely favorably to it is saying a lot.
Our Final Thoughts on the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw
The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw is a fairly impressive table saw. It is definitely a model table saw that would not be out of place in any contractor’s workshop. There really is a lot to like about it.
Some of the things that stood out to us about it were its powerful 3 horsepower motor and the large variety of cuts you can do on it. The fact you can make so many precision adjustments with it to do your cuts is a big bonus too.
You also had to like how sturdy the table platform it comes with is too. It is most definitely will provide you with a solid working platform that should hold up well for a long time.
This model table saw does a nice job of keeping the wood cutting out of your working space and comes with a nice two-year warranty also.
If you are looking for a table saw to do some serious woodwork with, then the Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw is certainly a model that you would have to consider purchasing.