If you’re in the market for a new sawhorse or if this is your first one, there’s a lot to consider. There are a ton of options available, and you want to make sure you pick the right one.
We took a look at the options for sale and compiled a list of the best sawhorses you can find in 2020. Take a look at the product reviews that follow.
Uses for a Sawhorse
In case you didn’t know, a sawhorse is a frame to create a makeshift table that you can bring with you to a job site. The sawhorse is just a pair of sturdy frames. Typically it’s an a-frame configuration.
You’ll set up your sawhorses parallel to one another at a set distance apart. You then put your material (most commonly wood planks) on top of them, creating a bridge between the two sawhorses. Then you can use a hand-held power tool to work on the material.
Typically you’ll see these at construction sites. The contractor will put wood on the table, then use a circular saw, jigsaw, or handsaw to cut the pieces.
These stands are a lot more general than that, though. You might set these up in your garage, woodshop, or in a machine shop. Anywhere that you need to use a hand-held power tool, you can use a sawhorse.
Opting for a sawhorse instead of a table or workbench is preferred when it comes to cutting. By using a sawhorse, you aren’t risking gauging or cutting up your worktable.
There are a few things to consider as you’re looking at the different sawhorse options on the market. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most important features.
This is the no-brainer feature. You only want to spend what your budget will allow for this sawhorse. They have a really long-life expectancy, so if you’re tempted to splurge you’ll definitely see great usage over time.
There are a lot of things that play into the cost of these sawhorses. The name-brand that makes the set, how sturdy it is, what materials it uses, how much weight it can handle, and any other additional features it has.
Since this is an accessory to your tool collection, you might be tempted to get a really cheap option. Just beware that this could make or break your project, and an improperly selected sawhorse could seriously harm you as you use it.
By the very nature of how you’ll be using this sawhorse, you need it to be sturdy. You’ll be leaning on it and using sharp power tools on wood. If the stand wobbles, shakes, or buckles, you could wind up hurting yourself.
Besides the safety implications, there’s also a very obvious quality implication if you don’t go with a sturdy frame. For construction uses or applications where accuracy is paramount, you need to make sure the sawhorse is very sturdy. For DIY and projects that care less about the accuracy, you can go for a less sturdy frame. The price of the unit is usually directly correlated with the sturdiness.
Since sawhorses can be made with different materials, different engineered designs, and different configurations, there’s a wide range of weight capacities. The weight capacity determines the heaviest piece of material the sawhorse can support. The capacity rating comes from using both stands at the same time – it’s not a figure for an independent sawhorse.
If you’re in a heavy-duty application, you need to make sure your sawhorse selection can support the weight you expect to put on it. When in doubt, size up.
You’ll notice that these sawhorses come in a plethora of different overall dimensions. This plays into how easily the stands can be stored. You have a finite area you can store tools in, and you don’t want to pick a sawhorse you can’t store.
Most of the options are foldable, so they’re easier to store.
Besides the overall dimensions, you should care about the overall weight of these sawhorses. Obviously, the heavier-duty frames are going to also weigh more than the lighter-duty sets. If the sawhorse is too heavy for you to comfortably move around, you are going to have a bad time.
Recall that these sets will often be carried to a job site, set up, moved around a ton, then folded up and taken back home at the end of the day. It needs to be a weight you can comfortably manage on your own.
The final consideration is the working height of the sawhorse. Each of these has an operating height from the ground to the top of the sawhorse. This is where your material will be sitting, and that is the height you’re going to be working at. If you’re a tall person, you are going to have a stiff back working on a short sawhorse all day.
If the sawhorse will be shared between a couple different people with different height preferences, you should opt for an adjustable-height stand.
You might be tempted to add risers to the bottom of the sawhorse to make it taller for you. This is not suggested. It could lead to imbalance issues and could seriously harm you if it goes awry.
Now that you know some of the features that go into a sawhorse, you should consider which features mean a lot to you. Your selection is going to be based on these features. There’s a wide breadth of available sawhorses on the market, all of them tailor to specific needs – so make sure you at least have a rough idea of what you need.
WORX’s sawhorse has a ton of features and acts as a great combination of a sawhorse and a worktable. A quick adjustment of the hinged tabletop will toggle between the two settings.
The frame is made of plastic and aluminum which has a couple issues with rigidity, but it holds up well. It can hold up to 1,000 lbs and can be set up to meet a range of project needs.
It weighs around 15.6 lbs and the overall dimensions are 26 x 2-1/2 x 18 inches. It’s really portable and lightweight.
This set also has a lot of storage on the bottom part of the stand.
This sawhorse by Stanley has telescoping legs to give you an adjustable overall height. It starts at 32 inches and can go up another 4.9 to 8.5 inches. The legs can also be used if you’re working on an uneven surface – adjust the legs until you’re square!
The material of construction is an aluminum/polypropylene composite. That means that it’s got the strength along with lightweight properties. In fact, each sawhorse only weighs 1 lb.
The overall dimensions are around 32 x 4 x 25.6 inches so it’s definitely on the bigger side and might be a little harder to store. The stand will hold up to 1,250 lbs. The rubber inserts on the feet make it even sturdier and more stable.
Next up is a sawhorse by AmazonBasics. They’re a company known for low-price in exchange for some quality and durability issues. This stand seems to follow that same trend.
It’s a low-price option and can hold up to 900 lbs. The height measures in at 31 inches and the overall dimensions are 31 x 4 x 23-1/2 inches.
It has a plastic composition that lends to some durability worries. It does have rubber feet, though, so it will keep the stands stable. It’s foldable and collapsible, but it weighs around 10-1/4 lbs.
Overall, it’s not the best pick but it’s a good pick if you’re looking to save some money.
Another sawhorse by Stanley, this model is their Jr. model – meaning it’s got a lower capacity and lighter weight.
That being said, its maximum weight capacity sits at 400 pounds, and the stand weighs only a pound. It measures in at 32 x 5 x 22-1/2 inches, which is pretty large.
Since this is their lighter-duty model, it’s advised that you only use this for home use or some minor DIY projects. Its v-groove design results in a super durable and sturdy frame, it just doesn’t have the weight capacity you’d need for other applications.
It has a handy shelf towards the bottom of the stand. The unit is made out of hard plastic, though it doesn’t have many quality concerns with the construction.
DeWalt’s heavy-duty sawhorse is next on the list. It’s made of aluminum and it weighs in at 15-1/2 lbs.
It has a 1,000 lb max capacity which should lend itself to most projects you can think of. It folds up which makes it easier to transport, and its overall dimensions are shockingly compact. 36 x 3-1/4 x 11 inches is the final measurement.
The legs are foldable, and they have lock levers to make sure they’re set up properly before use.
The tall nature, high weight capacity, and sturdy construction mean this set can be used for more serious applications.
Next up is a great pick from HICO. It’s one of the heavier-duty sawhorses on the market and delivers a lot to love.
It holds up to 1,200 lbs and has a variable height between 25 and 40 inches!
It has cross-bracing and is made entirely of metal so it’s a really durable frame. The anti-slip top work surface is just another feature that HICO threw into this sawhorse.
The legs fold and there’s a handle to make it easier to transport this set around. The overall dimensions are 40 x 25 x 38 which makes storage a bit of a problem. It also weighs in just over 19-1/4 pounds so moving it around takes a little effort.
This professional-grade sawhorse by the folks at TOUGHBUILT is, well, built tough.
It’s made entirely of steel and can hold up to 1,300 pounds. It has a height that adjusts up to 40 inches. This is possible since it has telescoping legs, which are also useful if you’re working on uneven terrain.
The overall dimensions are 40 x 6 x 5-1/2 inches and it weighs 23 pounds, so it’s going to take some effort to move it around.
The size, quality of construction, and generous weight capacity mean that this sawhorse can accompany you to any job site without fear.
Bora Portamate PM-3300T
Another all-steel, heavy-duty folding sawhorse is one from Bora. It can hold up to 1,000 pounds and folds up quickly so it can be stored easily. It has a 33-inch height to its worktable.
There are locking pins to keep the legs in position. The frame is really durable and incredibly sturdy. The legs are one-inch tubular steel legs which are then powder coated with a rust-resistant finish.
It also has pre-drilled holes to allow for 2×4 or 2×6 planks to get attached to the top. It weighs 15-1/2 lbs and measures 41 x 6 x 10 inches overall.
This sleek sawhorse from Hitachi is a good solution to heavier-duty requirements.
It can hold up to 1,200 lbs and is made of hard plastic. You might find some issues with the sturdiness of the frame, though it is, admittedly, really well designed and reinforced.
Each frame measures 32 x 5 x 27 inches and weighs 11-3/4 lbs which is heavier than you’d expect.
There’s a lot of storage available on this unit. It has a shelf and cord hooks. The package also comes with 4 sawbucks that are designed to hold 2x4s.
This metal constructed sawhorse by Superbuy is really durable. It features cross-bracing and a decent quality of construction. Despite this, the set is only rated to hold 600 lbs. It definitely doesn’t perform as a heavy-duty set although it looks the part.
It has an anti-slip work surface to grip onto your material, and the set is fully assembled so there’s no assembly required.
The sawhorses weighs 17-3/4 lbs altogether and measures in at 39 x 19 x 31 inches. It folds down to 39 x 4 x 1.5 so storage is pretty easy as long as you can manage the weight. The built-in sturdy handles help a lot with moving around the pair, too.
The honorable mention for this list is a DIY-version of a sawhorse. If you have access to a few lengths of 2×4 you can make your own sawhorses with this set.
The set includes just the cross-bracing brackets, screws, and stabilizing feet. Cut the lumber to size, add some screws, and you’re off to the races. The price point is incredibly low.
At the end of the day, you’ll have a sawhorse that can hold up to 2,000 lbs. The added beauty of building the set yourself is you can also decide the final dimensions. The package indicates that the largest rated size is a 36-inch-tall stand that’s 62 inches wide.
Did you know that the sawhorse has a lot of different names depending on what part of the world you are buying it from? It can also be called a saw-horse, buck, trestle, a mule, or a pony. If it’s being used in a logging application, it’s called a sawbuck.
There are a lot of options when it comes to sawhorses. To find the perfect one for you depends on your application. There are options for heavy-duty jobs that have high weight capacities and tall work heights. For lighter-duty projects, some sawhorses are more affordable because they lack the rigidity of other options.
Regardless of what you choose, you are sure to find a sawhorse on this list to fill your needs.