May 28, 2020

Shop Fox W1811 Review 5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw Review

Are you wondering how good a saw the ShopFox W1811 Sliding Table Saw is? Choosing the right table saw as a beginner may mean that you have to start looking at technicalities nad how the saw runs. 

If you want something powerful that can cut through even the toughest woods and log. Let me introduce you to this Shopfox W1811—5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw. It is the perfect saw for cutting wide panels in limited shop space. It is a 10 inch table saw that features a scoring blade to eliminate cross grain tear-out. This 10″ Sliding Table Saw makes quick work of all standard tough wood and plywood panels.

Especially since this is more of a machine than a simple hand saw. A table saw is a necessary component for most big wood carving projects. A typical table saw, has a circular blade, protruding above the table, in such a way that all you need to do is slide the wood through the blade. 

As the name says, this is table saw looks just like a table and will need more space. It is not a portable tool, but rather something that needs to be housed. However, the great thing about this saw is that you can get a lot more done in a small workshop space. 

The important thing is to just make sure that the table fits in the space you have.  This table saw is 10 inches and has a scoring blade that is designed to help you get rid of cross-grain tear-out. It helps you work faster and more efficiently. It has a 5 HP, 230V, single-phase motor, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A, and a blade tilt of between 0 and 45 degrees. 

The table itself, without its extension wings, is  27″ long, 14-3/8″ wide. With its extension ings, the table measures Table size w/ extension wings: 47″long and 40″ wide.  The wings give you more workspace.

The main blade has an arbor speed of 4 000RPM. The total shipping weight of the saw is approximately 688 pounds. This saw is used mainly to rip sheets of wood for further production of furniture or other uses of the panels. 

It accepts 10″ saw blades with 5/8″ arbor bores or dado blades up to 13/16″ wide. So in case you need to replace them you know which ones to buy. Shopfox W1811—5 HP 10″ Sliding Table Saw has a 63″ long crosscut capacity and telescoping crosscut fence with two rock-solid flip stops. It has been specially designed to provide many years of efficient and effect use. Coming to you with a two year warranty this Table saw can never disappoint you at any point. 


  • Is very fast when cutting down wood
  • Is easy to use
  • Has very sharp blades
  • Replacement blades are readily available
  • It is precise
  • The blades are sharp
  • It has enough workspace
  • t is durable and sturdy
  • It is reliable
  • Making crosscuts is easy


  • Is quite pricey to purchase 
  • Maintenance and repairs are expensive
  • You have to take the crosscut fence out to rip a piece of plywood lengthwise. Whilst it may not a big deal for some, it is for others.

Specifications from manufacturers 

  • Motor: 5 HP, 230V, single-phase, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A
  • Blade tilt: 0° – 45°
  • Table size without extension wings: 27″L x 14-3/8″W
  • Table size with extension wings: 47″L x 40″W
  • Sliding table size: 63″L x 12-1/4″W
  • Main blade arbor speed: 4000 RPM
  • Main blade diameter: 10″
  • Main blade arbor diameter: 5/8″
  • Scoring blade diameter: 3-1/8″
  • Scoring blade arbor diameter: 22mm
  • Scoring blade arbor speed: 8000 RPM
  • Max. dado width: 13/16″
  • Max. depth of cut at 90°: 3-1/8″
  • Max. depth of cut at 45°: 2-1/4″
  • Max. ripping width with standard rip fence: 33″
  • Max. crosscutting width with the crosscut fence: 78-1/2″
  • Max. crosscutting length with the crosscut fence: 63″
  • Overall size: 76″L x 124-3/4″W x 46″H
  • Space required for a full range of movement: 123″ x 150″
  • Dust ports: 4″ main, 2-1/2″ on the blade guard
  • Shielded and lubricated bearings
  • Includes extended-reach push stick
  • Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection
  • Approximate shipping weight: 688 lbs.
  • Certified to CSA Standards


The Shopfox W1811-5 HP 10 inch sliding saw, looks very technical. It has several different components that are put together, to make it an effective piece of equipment. It has a basic clean color which does not distract you from the work that you are doing on the saw. It has extendable wings, which act as extra table space when you need it.

W1811 front image

Performance Review

This table saw, has several features that make it easier and more effective when sawing through wide panels. It is very powerful and can pack quite a punch. The motor is 5 HP, 230V, single-phase, TEFC, 3450 RPM, 19A. 

This allows you to get the efficient results that you need as you work through the wood. It has a scoring blade, which helps you get rid of any cross-grain tear-out.

It has a fully adjustable miter fence with a flip stop and a two-position extruded aluminum rip fence. It also has a riving knife and a large blade with a dust port. 

The Shop Fox w1811-5hp 10-inch table saw, has 63-inch crosscut capacity. This allows you to work much faster than with other saws. You can use 10 inches saw blades with this table saw, and they must have 5/8 inch arbor bores or dado blades that go up to 13/16 inches wide. 

It also has a sliding table, which makes the work easier, by allowing you to easily slide the wood through the saw to cut it. the wood is easily fed through the saw. 

This saw can also be used as a traditional saw for a lot of through cuts. You can use the table saw in this way, without having to use the scoring blade, then you can lower the blade so that you do not work around it. 

If you will be doing any cross-cutting, the specially designed crosscut fence has a scale and several flip flop stops. These give you accurate and precise cutting. You can also set it up for miter cuts. It also has an angle scale for cutting miters with the crosscut fence. 


When using a table saw, kickback is an important factor to consider. The w1811 has a riving knife that can help to prevent kickback as you work, which can be very dangerous.

You will also find that the scoring blade on the saw, gives you a shallow cut ahead of the 10-inch blade to stop the wood from splitting and also to prevent tear-out. 

For added safety, the sliding table locks in place. This lets you push the wood through safely and with confidence knowing that there is no chance it might just slip. You must know how to handle yourself around this saw. The blades are very sharp and can easily slice a finger off. 

There are a few things that you will need to do to make sure that you are safe when you use the saw. Make sure to wear protective gear like safety glasses that have a side shield or a face shield.

The machine can be very loud once fired up, so make sure you also have earplugs to protect your ears. You can also make use of gloves, to protect your hands as you work. 

Make use of a guard for the blade, and make sure that it is high enough to cover the part of the blade that is protruding above the stock.

The blade should never extend more than 3mm above the height of the wood you are cutting. Also, make sure that the fence is in place and is not moving about.

Who is this product ideal for?

This saw is best used by someone who has the expertise to know how to handle it. Otherwise, it can be very dangerous. 

Detailed Features

Safety Features

The splitter/riving knife is a metal plate that prevents the freshly cut pieces of the workpiece from pinching the backside of the blade and causing a kickback. The adjustable scoring blade included with the sliding table saw has wedge-shaped teeth. The kerf thickness is adjusted by changing the height of the scoring blade. The scoring blade offers a shallow cut ahead of the 10-inch blade to prevent splitting and prevent tear-out.

Sliding or Tradition Table Saw

The W1811 sliding table saw is primarily used to rip and crosscut sheet stock or panels in a production setting. The sliding table makes it much easier and safer to feed these large workpieces through a cut.

This saw can also be used as a traditional table saw for most types of through-cuts. The scoring blade may or may not be used, depending on if the workpiece is faced with laminate, melamine, or other solid surface material, or if tear-out free cuts are required. 

Crosscut Fence with Flip Stops

The crosscut fence is used during cross cutting operations. It features a scale and multiple flip stops for precise, repeatable cross cutting operations. It can also be set-up for miter cuts. The crosscut table provides a wide stable platform for supporting full-size panels during cross-cutting operations and features an angle scale for cutting miters with the crosscut fence.

Table Saw Components

Table saws have several essential parts and components you should be familiar with as you narrow the field to find the best sliding table saw for your shop.

Miter Gauge

A miter gauge is an adjustable guide that allows you to make cuts on an angle. The miter gauge is usually adjustable from 0-45 degrees for making angled cuts in your material. The gauge is usually controlled with a wheel, and once you’ve set the gauge to your desired angle, you can place the material against the miter gauge and make your cut.

Rip Fence

A rip fence is a bar attached to the table that acts as a guide as you feed your material through the saw. On a sliding table saw, the material just needs to be placed against the rip fence, and then the entire table moves through the blade to complete the cut.

Bevel System

Similar to a miter gauge, a bevel system also allows you to make angled cuts. However, instead of angling your material to cut, the blade angles to cut, while the material is fed straight through the machine. For cabinetmakers and other professional woodworkers, these types of cuts are important.

Riving Knife

A riving knife is an important safety feature that helps prevent your material from kicking back as you feed the material through the saw. The riving knife places a wedge in between the material as it’s being cut, which widens the channel that the blade travels through. This helps to keep the blade from binding in the material, which causes the material to kick back dangerously.

Blade Guard

The blade guard is usually made from plastic, but other materials can be used. This is an important safety feature that protects the user from kickback and accidental contact with the blade while also protecting against dust and debris.

Table Saw Motors

There are two types of motors that are common with table saws: belt drive and direct drive motors.

Belt Driven

Belt drive motors are usually induction motors that connect to the saw’s blade with a belt. These motors are most often seen on the cabinet and sliding table saws. They operate very quietly compared to direct-drive motors, and they can be positioned away from the saw’s blade, which makes them less vulnerable to damage caused by sawdust or debris.

Direct Driven

Direct drive motors connect directly to the blade of the saw, transferring all their power. These motors can deliver lots of power while maintaining a small footprint. Direct drive motors are most popular on a job site or portable table saws.

Our Verdict

We think this is a great table saw that you can easily work with. It will give you the precision and accuracy that you need for your project. It is worth the money!

David D. Hughes
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