If you’ve ever had to use old, wobbly sawhorse, you know how much nicer it is to use the best sawhorse you can find. Our reviews have you covered.
Switches between two functions easily and quickly
Surface not completely flat
Clamps might be difficult to use
Clamping force is very high
Easy to carry and move around
Poor quality control and customer service
Doesn’t support weight over 600 lbs.
Adding 2x4’s to make a large unit for more storage is a great thing
Super easy to carry the unit and can easily be stored even in tight spaces
Clamping feature offers steadiness to your project but it doesn't have enough jaw depth
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Looking for the best sawhorse on the market? You’re at the right place. A sawhorse is simply a 4-legged accessory that helps you with your saw work.
You place your lumber or board on top of it and just begin doing your saw work. It’s that simple. Added features in specific designs, like adjustable height, give you the added comfort of setting the sawhorse at your desired height and comfort.
Yeah, we know you’re convinced already and want to get one. But with so many options available, it's easy to get confused.
Keep reading for a detailed review of the best sawhorses in 2018!
We researched hundreds of products available in the market to bring you this list of the top ten sawhorses this year. Not only that, we also spent hours scrutinizing product features, customer reviews, and comments by industry experts so we can provide you with the most honest, reliable and authentic information about each product in our list.
With so many sawhorses available out there, it can get pretty confusing to decide which one is best for your needs. That’s why we’ve done the research for you.
In this review, we’ve shortlisted ten of the best sawhorses on the market for this year, based on each product’s pros, cons, price, and overall features. Before choosing a sawhorse, it’s important to consider some factors like size, weight capacity, build material, portability, and ease of use.
Read on for an in-depth review of the top ten sawhorses in 2018.
If you have no idea what to look for in a sawhorse, don’t worry.
We’ve got your back.
Here are some factors you should consider before you go and buy yourself a new sawhorse:
Since we all differ in height, it’s a good idea to check the height of the sawhorse you’re looking into. A sawhorse that suits a tall person might not be suitable for a shorter person.
If your sawhorse turns out to be too tall, you’ll have a harder time reaching it and getting your work done. And if it is too short, you’ll have to bend your back all the time to get your work done, which can be quite painful.
Additionally, you should also check the dimensions of the work surface. Sawing large and heavy pieces of woods on a small-surfaced saw horse will end up frustrating you. So, make a mental note of your sizing needs and choose your sawhorse accordingly.
Whichever sawhorse you select for yourself, keep in mind it will undergo a lot of stress.
That’s why it’s important to check what material your sawhorse is made of before you buy it. Steel and aluminum are the ideal build materials for a sawhorse. If it’s not made up of steel or aluminum, it’s probably not strong enough to endure stress for a long time.
So if your sawhorse is made up of any other material, then in our honest opinion…
It’s a bad investment.
And one that will only result in a loss. So make sure you choose a sawhorse with steel or aluminum as the main build materials.
If you’re someone who loves to work in an open area instead of garages or other closed spaces, then portability is a factor you should seriously consider.
Generally, the demand for lightweight models in the market is high, so that’s a good thing. You should always check the weight of your sawhorse and make sure you can carry it easily. If it’s too heavy, you’re going to have a lot of trouble moving it from one place to another.
Another thing to check is if your sawhorse comes with a foldable frame. If it does, it means your sawhorse is quite portable and you can easily carry it anywhere you want to.
Generally, the rule is that bigger sawhorses have a heavier weight capacity, and smaller saw horses have a lighter weight capacity. But does that mean buying a bigger sawhorse is always the right decision? Absolutely not!
The reason for that has a lot to do with the price of bigger sawhorses. They’re quite expensive, and if you’re just a hobbyist or a DIY-er, getting a bulky, pricey sawhorse is simply not worth it.
So what kind of sawhorse should you decide on?
It’s simple. Consider your needs and then choose accordingly.
If you’re a professional, a bigger and heavy-duty model is probably suitable for your needs. If not, choosing a lighter sawhorse might be a much better decision.
This extremely important factor differentiates between a good sawhorse and a great one.
Easy assembly, non-slippery feet, and an ideal height are what makes a sawhorse worth buying.
If the base of the sawhorse slips often, it becomes too unsafe to use. You should also consider ease of assembling and setting up your sawhorse if you want to increase productivity levels. It will help you save a lot of precious time every time you have to set your sawhorse up.
Lastly, the right height will ensure that you feel comfortable when working.
The WORX Pegasus is a versatile product that can convert itself from a sawhorse to a worktable in seconds. This is probably the best feature of this product, which gives it versatility in terms of its usage.
Here’s why this one is our favorite:
The unit is easily foldable, which makes it super easy to carry and store. Moreover, our research shows that the Pegasus has a 5-inch depth when folded. This comes in pretty handy in a lot of situations.
The sawhorse features two quick clamps and four clamp dogs which keep the objects on the worktable safe and steady for use. The worktable supports up to 300 lbs., whereas the sawhorse can support up to 1000 lbs. The unit also comes with a leg lock feature, which a lot of customers say greatly increases the security of the unit.
The tabletop measures at 725 square inches and has a height of 32 inches, offering a pretty wide area to work on. The unit weighs in at 30 lbs., making the product relatively easy to carry. This is especially good news for DIY enthusiasts, who often need to move their tools around.
Just a word of caution…
The product is sturdy like it promises, but we found that some people complained about its surface not being flat enough. Others also reported facing some difficulty with the clamps. Nevertheless, it’s still the best one out of most other models, even WORX’s own WX065 sawhorse.
Switches between two functions easily and quickly
Surface not completely flat
Clamps might be difficult to use
The DWX725 is a compact sawhorse that requires very little storage space.
Here’s why we love it:
The unit is made up of lightweight aluminum and weighs in at around 15 pounds only, making it easy to carry from one place to another. We recommend this one for DIY enthusiasts too, especially because of its portability.
The unit has a capacity to support up to 1000 pounds, which sets it up nicely to be a competitive sawhorse in the market.
We found the product to be relatively sturdy, and a lot of customers praised how the unit’s legs don’t give way when too much weight is put on it. The legs fold easily to allow the sawhorse to be stored in tiny spaces. On the sides of the unit, you will also find a leg lock lever that you can simply twist to set up the sawhorse.
Now, there are several drawbacks of this unit to keep in mind…
First of all, it is a bit expensive compared to other sawhorses in the market. Secondly, this unit does not come with brackets. You can purchase DEWALT brackets separately. Our research also shows that you can’t adjust this unit’s legs for uneven surfaces, which makes it a bit difficult to use anywhere you like.
Note: You can also check out DEWALT’s miter saw stand.
The lightweight aluminum material is sturdy and easily portable
Takes little space for storage
A little expensive
Does not include brackets
The Keter Folding Work Table is a compact and portable workbench that holds up to 1000 lbs. on its fairly spacious surface.
This workbench comes with a promise of being sturdy, but our research shows that the unit does have its limits. We came across a few cases where the Keter sawhorse did not live up to the expectations it laid out, and a lot of users found it a lot less sturdy than they’d prefer.
But here’s the good part…
However, considering the low price this unit is available at in the market, we think it’s a great product for new contractors and DIY enthusiasts. This sawhorse will provide you with a good base to start your saw work on.
This product features a quick-opening system that makes it super easy to stash and store the folding workbench in the smallest of spaces. We also found that it is pretty simple to reassemble the workbench in order to start working.
Moreover, the material this sawhorse is made of is better than most metals because it won’t make your saw blades go blunt so easily.
The dimensions of this sawhorse are 85.0 x 55.0 x 75.5 cm, which is fairly large. It also comes with durable steel legs that provide steadiness to the workbench. However, some customers complain that the steel legs don’t stabilize the unit much.
The unit comes with two 12 inch clamps to hold your project materials securely in place.
Value for money
Fairly sturdy unit
The Rockwell RK9002 offers a versatile and hands-free workstation which effectively clamps sheets of wood and provides a solid support to the project at hand. This product is said to be especially ideal for working with 8x4 plywood sheets.
Let’s get into the details:
The unit claims to be able to clamp up sheets with up to 1 ton of force, which we feel is pretty accurate. However, our research found that when a large sheet of plywood is set up on the unit, the ends of the sheet remain moving which can cause a bit of a hassle for the user.
The product comes with front scooter wheels that make it easy to carry around even on rough ground. This little feature has the potential to be very useful. Moreover, it is also fairly easy to store this product since it is foldable, making it handy for people who don’t have large storage spaces.
This Rockwell product also comes with a five-year limited warranty in case you face any trouble.
Note: Don’t forget to check out this work support stand from Rockwell.
The problem with this sawhorse is…
The RK9002 can only support weight of up to 600 lbs., which is much lower than the industry average. There are cheaper options available on the market that can support up to 1000 pounds, and we feel this is something Rockwell can work on to improve in order to stay ahead of the game.
We also found a few people complaining about Rockwell’s quality control and how poorly they deal with this product.
Customers have been shipped this workstation in a poor state with jaws fused closed, nuts and bolts loosened inside the box and with some alignment issues.
Overall, we feel that Rockwell has a lot of potential to do well with its sawhorse but their poor quality control and customer service overshadow the product’s great features.
Clamping force is very high
Easy to carry and move around
Poor quality control and customer service
Doesn’t support weight over 600 lbs.
The 2x4 Basics is a one-stop solution for all its customers. All you have to do is to add 2x4’s to the initial setup to make strong, stable, and customized sawhorses. They are great for both DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike.
This product is full of good stuff:
These Pro Brackets by 2x4 Basics lets you build a structure up to eight feet long and four feet high so it really does stand out from all a lot of regular sawhorses available in the market.
The large structure will eventually end up being an excellent workstation. A pair of these can hold up to 2000 pounds, which beats the industry average by a fair margin.
The sawhorse features two levels for double capacity and can easily be assembled using just a screwdriver.
The unit also comes with a limited two-year warranty in case you face any problems.
We can’t deny that it is incredibly time-consuming to set up this product, especially if you compare it with other ready-to-work-on sawhorses available in the market. Some might say the relatively cheaper price tag on this unit, though, makes it worth the effort.
We also came across several critical reviews of this product. A lot of unhappy customers complained that many of the commonly available 2x4 lumber does not fit in the holes of this unit.
We don’t recommend this sawhorse to people who prefer ready-made sawhorses over ones that require a lot of time and effort to manually set up. Before you buy this one, make sure you consider your priorities.
Great value for money
Includes all hardware required for assembly
Doesn’t include lumber in the price
Takes a long time to set up the unit
The ToughBuilt C700 is a sturdy unit that supports up to 1300 lbs. of weight. This unit is very to set up, especially because it comes with a handy push button to quickly release the legs of the sawhorse.
Wait, there’s more…
It’s not surprising that this sawhorse is sturdy and durable. It’s constructed of 100% high-grade steel.
The support arms of this product are also easily adjustable for different sizes of wood. We also found that the C700 can function as a very effective job site table as well.
This 23 lbs. unit comes with pivoting feet that are adjustable for any kind of surface. The feet also ensure the product doesn’t slip, which greatly enhances its security.
Moreover, the unit easily fits 2x4s & 4x4s, which is something you don’t find in most other ToughBuilt sawhorses.
After extensive research, we feel that this unit works better when used as a pair; the single unit has its limitations and fails to provide too many advantages. If paired up with another C700, on the other hand, this product provides an excellent workbench.
In this ToughBuilt model, you can adjust the height of the legs depending on your requirement, but we found that it can become quite tiresome to do that. Another problem a lot of customers faced was that the unit’s feet often slipped if the weight was too much. This makes the product pretty dangerous to be around compared to competitor sawhorse models.
Works excellent as a pair
Pivoting feet slip if the weight is too much
Single unit has many limitations
The Black & Decker Workmate is a special product that is super easy to set up with a simple twist of the wrist. The product offers a quick clamp system that allows for quick and easy adjustments.
But we have to warn you…
This unit can only carry up to 550 lbs. of weight, which certainly restricts its usages. Our research shows that the product is not built for heavy-duty construction work and has its limitations. This is especially unfortunate because this product comes with a relatively expensive price tag.
We also found a lot of people complaining that the clamps of this product are weak, which can pretty much defeat the purpose of having a sturdy, strong sawhorse.
Don’t worry, there is a bright side:
Nevertheless, this product is really good for DIY enthusiasts or people who are just starting their careers in the construction field. It works great as long as you don’t put too much weight on it.
The WM1000 features four adjustable swivel pegs for quick and easy clamping of your plywood, sheets, chairs, and tables. It also comes with an easy, one hand quick folding system that enhances the unit’s portability and makes it easy to store.
Sadly, we found a lot of competitor models doing a much better job when it comes to ease of storage too.
Good for DIY enthusiasts
Unable to support heavyweights
The WX065 is a great sawhorse for DIY lovers. It offers multiple features at a very low price to help increase the productivity of your work.
For starters, this pair of durable sawhorses weighs only 16 lbs. but is designed to support up to 1,000 lbs.
Don’t get too happy though:
Our extensive research showed us that 1000 lbs. is, in reality, a bit too much weight for the WX065 to hold, although it seemed to work fine for smaller plywood sheets. This one of the reasons we prefer the WORX WX051 model over this one.
On the bright side…
The sawhorse is made of lightweight thermoplastic polymer material, which makes it super easy to carry.
WORX also give you two detachable bar clamps with this sawhorse that enable you to place your objects vertically or horizontally according to your project needs. We find this feature really helpful because it increases the number of ways you can use this product.
This sawhorse also features a built-in shelf at the lower compartment to store your tools, as well as hooks on the side to keep your wires organized. This seemingly tiny, yet useful feature definitely increases the value of this product.
The WX065 has a maximum clamping width of 18 inches and folding depth of 2.5 inches. However, we found a lot of customers complaining about how the weight of the clamps can sometimes tip over the table. We have to admit, this can be pretty dangerous and annoying.
Our research shows that the sawhorse has quite a number of limitations, and since it is not as good as some models from top-of-the-line brands, we feel it’s a decent enough buy for a DIY enthusiast. It might not be the best option for professionals.
Good value for money
Stable and durable
Can’t support as much weight as it claims
Table can tip over with the weight of the clamps
The FatMax sawhorse from Stanley features a toolbox with a tray for ease of handling and storing wires and other accessories required while working on a project.
It also comes with 2 lid organizers for small parts storage. We love how Stanley products help you get your work done and stay organized at the same time!
Yes, we love getting into the details…
This product has a unique slide mechanism that provides super easy and smooth adjustment to adapt to the needs of the project. The unit comes with a built-in padlock eye for tiny locks to further increase the safety of small parts.
This sawhorse is easy to carry, but we feel most competitor models are generally more snug and portable than this one.
On the bright side, this sawhorse comes with soft and wide rubber coated handles that offer a solid grip and make the unit easy to carry around.
This sawhorse also features adjustable legs which have to be adjusted individually to work perfectly on surfaces that are uneven. Sadly, this increases the workload as people have to manually adjust each leg every time for use. The unit also comes with rubber inserts for added stability.
Now, why is this product not at the top of our list?
Although it comes with a lot of cool features, we don’t feel that this sawhorse is ideal for professionals or people who want to use it a lot. We found countless customers complaining that it doesn’t live up to their expectations.
Some say it’s not sturdy enough. And even though it claims to have a weight capacity of up to 2500 lbs. per pair, this sawhorse has been known to give way at just 700 lbs.
Also, it doesn’t come with a warranty and that’s just sad.
Slide mechanism provides effective adjustment
Adjustable legs work well on uneven surfaces
Can’t hold as much weight as it promises
Steel frame construction and portability are the two top priorities of this company. This is one of the reasons why Protocol claims its equipment is always sturdy and easy to carry.
This pair of sawhorses can support up to 2600 pounds and are primarily constructed of durable steel. The unit features galvanized folding legs.
We feel the sturdiness of this product is a disappointment, especially considering how important that factor is to Protocol.
You can adjust the height of the unit as per your liking, which we think is a good addition to this sawhorse. Also, the range by which the user can switch the height is 22 – 32 inches, which is better than most competitor sawhorses available in the market.
Overall, we don’t love this product as much as the other models on our list mainly because of how much people have complained about its sturdiness and weak work support. The legs of this product have been known to skid at times, which is a really unfortunate issue to have in a sawhorse.
A lot of users have also complained that the packaging of this product is quite a bit of a hassle.
Easy to carry and store
Not sturdy enough – legs skid through
Packaging of the unit is a big hassle
Sawhorses are a great investment for people who are into DIY and construction. And not just for the obvious reason: cutting wood.
There are so many different uses for this strong and sturdy objects. Here are some unique alternative uses for sawhorses that will really make your purchase worth it:
A couple of sawhorses and a plank of wood can do a great job functioning as a portable workbench. Simply clamp the wood to the sawhorse and that’s it. You now have a stable working surface.
You can turn this fix into a permanent solution (if you want to use it that way) by screwing on the wood plank to the top of the sawhorse.
Your sawhorse can function as a great job site table to keep you organized.
The clutter of your woodworking activities can be minimized by using the right design. You could even consider adding a plywood plank along the braces of your sawhorse to gain additional storage space.
Your sawhorses can also be used as an efficient scaffolding support.
Set up your sawhorses on a level surface to make sure its legs don’t rock back and forth or sink into the ground. Next, place a scaffolding plank across the top of the sawhorses and screw (or clamp) it in place. That’s it, you’re ready to reach places high up you had trouble accessing before!
You can use your sawhorses as a simple drying rack too.
Just set up a couple of sawhorses in a warm area and lay a couple of thin boards or metal strips across. Simple as that! Now you can set items on top of those boards and let them dry away.
For the times when you need to be woodworking in solitude, your sawhorses can make great space buffers.
All you need to do is set up a few sawhorses around your work area and then use caution tape to tell people to stay out. Just wrap the tape around the braces of your sawhorses, and you’re done!
Your sawhorses can work to form an efficient paint station too.
Just lay the planks you want to paint across the sawhorses, and paint easily on the steady surface. You don’t need to go anywhere else to dry the paint either. It’s all right in front of you.
These are just some of the things you can use your sawhorse for other than cutting wood. With some creativity, you can do a whole lot more!
Here is a video you can check out to get some safety tips for using sawhorses:
The WORX Pegasus model was our favorite one out of all the sawhorses we reviewed. It comes with tons of useful features and offers great value for money. It doubles as a sawhorse and a workbench and is super easy to set up.
The only issue we found with this sawhorse was that some people found its surface to be a little uneven. Other than that, we feel this is one of the best products in the market right now for both professionals and DIY-enthusiasts alike!
Considering the low price this unit is available at in the market, we think it’s a great product for new contractors and DIY enthusiasts. This sawhorse will provide you with a good base to start your saw work on.
Got any suggestions or comments? Feel free to let us know below!
Not necessarily. Check the material your sawhorse is made up of. Some models are made up of lightweight but highly durable materials, like high-quality plastics. A lot of models come with specially designed frames that makes them lightweight yet durable.
It depends on your requirements, and of course, how much weight a single sawhorse can handle on its own. If not much, then it’s wise to get a pair instead.