Best Saw Horses

Sometimes the most important aspects of a job are invisible until something goes wrong. Understanding this, you take nothing for granted. You own the best tools and drive a killer work truck to haul materials and gear. 

You take safety seriously and wear the right clothing and PPE for the job. But your saw horses – man, what were you thinking? You skimped in the wrong place. They fold up like a pair of fours in a high-stakes poker game.

What you need is a pair of aces. The best saw horses are:

  • Versatile – work well on any terrain with any material
  • Sturdy – handle heavy and awkward loads
  • Durable – last longer than your current job
  • Innovative – make your job easier on the site
  • Good value – worth the money

Even though all brands look fairly similar, they have key differences you’ll want to know more about. 

Saw Horses Reviewed

Let’s take a look at some of the best saw horses on the market today.

ToughBuilt TB-C500 Sawhorse


Specs

  • All steel construction
  • 1100 lb load capability, 2200 lb per pair
  • 2×4 support arms for jobsite table
  • Folds up tight – 4.1” x 4.7” x 41.5”
  • 27 pounds per pair
  • Leg pegs to handle vertical sheet material handling

Pros

  • Durable and corrosion-resistant
  • Portable – Folds up with a nice handle for carry
  • Can become a stable job site table

Cons

  • No holes for sacrificial 2×4
  • Leg height not adjustable

The ToughBuilt TB-C500 Sawhorse is the most compact saw horse pair we reviewed. We are impressed with the small footprint of this set when they are folded up. You can tuck these lightweight saw horses inside your pickup truck bed and not take up any noticeable cargo space.   

Add two 2x4s and the saw horses convert to a stable job site table. There’s also a pair of collapsing pegs on one pair of legs to handle sheet material.  

If you’re not into jobsite tables on your project, then the lack of clamping might be a negative for you. But all in all, this is a solid pair of saw horses for a great price.

WORX WX065 Sawhorse


Specs

  • Molded ABS for the saw horses
  • 2×4 support arms
  • ABS and steel for the detachable clamps
  • A small shelf on bottom
  • 1000 lb load capacity per pair
  • Cord hooks

Pros

  • Clamps are like an extra set of hands
  • Light storage on the shelf on each saw horse
  • Lightweight
  • 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Relatively thin construction meant for light duty
  • Folds thin but still takes up space – 35” x 28” x 6.4” per pair

WORX’s  Clamping Sawhorse set adds the cool dimension of a built-in (but also detachable) clamp system on top of each saw horse. The clamps open up to handle 18” material and have 300 lbs. of clamping force.  

The 2×4 supports are set up to allow some clearance above the sawhorse tops for cutting, avoiding saw damage. You can add a sheet on top of these to make a table.

Overall, a good set but not meant for heavy-duty materials or job sites.

Stanley Folding Sawhorse


Specs

  • Plastic construction
  • 1000 lb capacity per pair
  • 25 lbs per pair
  • 32” high
  • Cord hooks

Pros

  • Simple
  • Lightweight and portable
  • 2×4 supports on top

Cons

  • Some users report lightweight construction as flimsy
  • Folding tray on base not sturdy

There are many simple plastic folding saw horse pairs like these on the market, and we’re reviewing a few of them to show the minor differences.  The Stanley Folding Sawhorse has 2×4 support on the top. There’s no bottom cord “hook” so you can’t wrap a cord on the saw horse – just hang a looped cord.

AmazonBasics Folding Sawhorse


Specs

  • Plastic construction
  • 900 lb capacity per pair
  • 21 lbs per pair
  • 31” high
  • Cord hooks and wrap

Pros

  • Simple
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Folding storage tray on base has a small lip

Cons

  • No 2×4 supports 
  • Some users disagree 900 lb capacity

AmazonBasics is often a go-to option for basic, no-frills consumables – stuff you just use without thinking much about it.  The AmazonBasics Folding Sawhorse of that ilk.  Very lightweight and basic. We did like the lipped storage tray and the ability to wrap an extension cord vs. just hanging it.

Metabo HPT Folding Sawhorses


Specs

  • Plastic construction
  • 1200 lb capacity per pair
  • 22 lbs per pair
  • 32” high
  • Cord hooks and wrap
  • Sawbucks included

Pros

  • 2×4 supports for jobsite table conversion
  • Sawbucks to hold long 2×4 on flat side or 4×4
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Folding storage tray on base has a small lip

Cons

  • Narrow base for 1200 lb capacity – users say they easily tip over

The Metabo HPT Folding Sawhorses seem to be a great compromise between lightweight folding construction and the need for hands-free jobsite work. The sawbucks add a really nice dimension.  Lining two sawhorses up lengthwise, you’ll be able to handle cutting a long 2×4 or 4×4 without needing another pair of hands.

Saw Horse Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right saw horses isn’t rocket science – but it’s worth spending a few brain bytes on getting the best product for your hard-earned cash.

Materials

The materials used in construction play a key role in the durability and strength of your saw horses.

Steel

Products constructed from steel are durable over time, rigid under loads, and relatively resistant to heat and cold. A set of steel saw horses should last your lifetime with proper care. They will be heavy, though. And steel will rust when the paint chips and you leave the product out in the weather.  

Choose steel products if you’re mostly hunting for a super-sturdy, durable system that you can knock around without worry.  

Molded Plastic

Plastic gets a bad wrap sometimes. High-quality PVC, for example, can be very sturdy and highly load-bearing. Well-engineered plastic saw horses can be every bit as reliable as metal.  

We reviewed a few plastic models and found they were thoughtfully designed and sturdy.   

Wood

Your grandfather’s homemade saw horses weren’t merely old-fashioned. They were functional, versatile, and – well – workhorses. Wood is a fantastic construction material. Saw horses built from 2” x 4” studs can last a long time if designed and constructed well. And that’s the rub. You can find endless saw horse plans on the internet, but you need to take the time to build them well. 

Load Capacity and Stability

There’s no point in buying a Ferrari if you are only going to drive it once. We think buyers should purchase the saw horses they need and steer clear of overspending on equipment with features they’ll never use. 

For example, do you need over 1000 lbs. of load capacity? Not many jobs require that much heft.  Do you need a system that works on sloped or rough terrain? Or are you usually working on a slab or in a shop? Wouldn’t you instead spend an extra $150 on a better saw than own an overpowered set of saw horses?

However, do not buy flimsy plastic store brand junk just to have something for your weekend project. Saw horses should be a purchase you only make a few times (or one time) in your life.  Buying flimsy saw horses every few years or two is not smart. Decide how much weight you need to support in any project you have in mind for the next few years, and consider the kind of terrain where your saw horses are most likely to be sitting.  

Portability and Setup 

Give some thought to how often you will want to tear down your saw horses to store them. Buyers who have limited storage space and infrequently work on projects requiring saw horses will wish to purchase a completely different product than construction pros spending a month on a job site.

Saw horses that quickly set up and tear down are great but come at a cost. Each actuation of the assembly mechanism on highly portable systems will wear that system down and reduce its durability. If you typically move your saw horses short distances around a job site but leave them for long periods, do you need a highly portable system that will cost you a couple of hundred bucks to replace?

On the other hand, if you are a specialist who sets up and tears down quickly and never leaves tools anywhere for more than a few hours or days, you may not want to spend a lot of time building and tearing down saw horses. Maybe your best bet is something quick and easy to set up.

Special Features

Finishing carpenters need to protect the materials and surfaces of their work. The saw horses with features like no-mar pads and sacrificial lumber attachment points provide the kind of protection they need.  

Some carpenters work in sloped or rough terrain. Telescoping legs or tripod systems are essential in these conditions to provide the kind of stability necessary for reliable load-bearing and safe saw operation.  

Electrical cords are necessary for many saws and other tools. They are also a tripping or electrocution hazard. Some saw horses feature cord management, which can be super helpful.

Material handling on a one-person job site can be a frustration and safety risk. Intelligently designed systems that make clamping down materials safe and comfortable are worth more investment. Consider how likely you are to work alone with awkwardly sized or weighted material. A built-in system for clamping might be a requirement for you. 

FAQs

We scoured message boards and user comments sections, and here are the most important frequently asked questions.

What are 2×4 Supports?

Many saw horses feature a 2×4 support capability.  This option allows you to run two 2x4s across the pair of sawhorses, standing in the long edge.  Lay a sheet of plywood across the 2x4s and nail or screw it down, and you now have a temporary jobsite work table – convenient.  

What is a Sacrificial 2 x 4?

The main reason for using a sacrificial 2 x 4 is to protect your equipment. You’ll know it if you misjudge your cutting clearance and bite into the top of a metal saw horse with your circular saw or jigsaw. A sacrificial board gives you some appropriate cutting surface when you inevitably make this mistake.  

What is the Standard Height for Saw Horses?

There isn’t a precise industry standard for saw horse height, but most commercially available units run in the 26” – 32” range. If you are tall (6’ 2” or above) – or you use your saw horses for assembly – you may wish your saw horse height to be 32” or more. For a good height estimate, measure the height from the ground to your wrists (arms at side).  

What is the Best Bevel Angle for Saw Horse Legs?

Saw horse leg angles are a design decision you’ll need to make upfront. If they are too narrow, they will easily topple; too wide, and they are susceptible to splaying. Most available saw horses or saw horse designs use 15 – 25 degrees from vertical. Cutting that same angle (from horizontal) in the leg bottoms will give you a flat leg bottom against the ground.

What About a Centipede-Style Workstation?

We didn’t choose a centipede-style system because they are frankly more of a portable work table. Centipede-style designs fold up into a very portable and lightweight unit for the size and are very portable. This kind of system can hold a lot of weight (up to 3500 lbs, maybe more), and they are adjustable by nature to fit many sizes. Centipede’s may not work on rough terrain. You’ll probably need to work on a flat surface.  Bora makes a variety of them.  

Conclusion

We recommend all of the above saw horse options, depending on your need and budget. We particularly liked the ToughBuilt steel saw horses for their durability and value, the WORX pair for the clamping integration, and the Metabo set for their sawbucks integration. 

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