Convertible Rolling Stands
Much bigger and heavier, these stands feature large wheels that roll over jobsite obstacles and can handle stairs. They are designed to haul the weight of the saw around and are typically set up with the saw onboard, converting from a hand truck to a stand via some folding mechanism. The bulk with a saw attached can make it hard for one guy to load into a truck, however.
Bosch T4B Gravity Rise
The favorite for easy setup and storage; the unit stores upright, even with a saw on. The stand coverts easy with its big, accessible locking lever right on top, and clip-on saw mounting brackets let you attach and detach a saw quickly. The extension arms have stops on both sides and stretch to 8 feet, 3 inches. With a wheel-to-wheel width of 28 inches, getting through some doorways may require removing the saw. Has 8-1/4-inch pneumatic wheels. Assembly time: 1-1/2 hours. Setup time: 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Weight: 77 pounds. Price: $269. Bosch Power Tools: 877-267-2499, boschtools.com.
This heavy unit comes with a gas strut to aid raising and lowering, and has small front casters to help it roll into a truck. A saw must be bolted on in a semi-permanent state and can be stored upright. The lack of a quick-release mount can slow you down when its 27-1/2-inch wheel width won't let it through some doorways. Outboard legs offer solid bearing to hold up its 8-foot-span roller supports under heavy loads, but the entire unit has more movement than is desirable. Extra features include safety-switched outlets with a circuit breaker, a gooseneck worklight, and wheel locks that activate when the stand is down. Has 10-inch semi-pneumatic wheels. Assembly time: 45 minutes. Setup time: Arrived too late for trials. Weight: 87 pounds. Price: $200. Craftsman Professional: 866-798-6657, sears.com.
This has a gas strut to help elevate the stand and saw, and a saw can be stored with the stand upright. It has no quick-release saw attachment, but its 24-1/4-inch wheel width gives the saw a little more room to squeeze through doorways than wider units. The support rollers and fence-extending backstops span 7 feet, 8 inches on the adjustable extension arms. Has 8-inch semi-pneumatic wheels. Assembly time: 1 hour. Setup time: 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Weight: 73 pounds. Price: $190. Delta Machinery: 800-223-7278, deltaportercable.com.
This mostly steel model has both spring- and gas strut-assist to raise and lower this heaviest stand, and a saw can be stored with the stand upright. The quick-release mounting brackets are handy to take the saw off when lifting or for fitting its 27-1/4-inch width through a doorway. The 9-foot, 8-inch extension arms have rollers with stops and are supported by beefy legs on either end. Best material support system of the stands. Has 12-inch semi-pneumatic wheels. Assembly time: 1-1/2 hours. Setup time: 4 minutes. Weight: 94 pounds. Price: $179. Ridgid Power Tools: 866-539-1710, ridgid.com.
The saw bolts to an MDF platform on this stand, so there is no quick-release feature, and it doesn't stand upright with a saw attached. But this stand has the fastest setup time and widest work-support system of any rolling model at more than 13 feet. The 25-inch wheel width might make it a tight squeeze in some doorways. Comes fully assembled with the exception of its 10-inch, pneumatic wheels. The new wide-body design, intended to improve the front-to-back stability for large sliders, was too new to test. Assembly time: 15 minutes. Setup time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Weight: 65 pounds. Price: $379. Trojan Mfg.: 800-745-2120, trojantools.com.
Modular Saw Stand
Sawhelper Ultrafence U85S
In a portability class all its own, this three-module stand has a center base for the saw and support legs for the flat, 50-inch right and 84-inch left extensions, making it more difficult to move around the site once set up. The extensions attach directly to the base of a saw, requiring drilling and tapping for saw coupling brackets. Once you have the wings aligned properly, you only need to level them with the saw table in the field. With right and left measuring tapes and the flipstop installed, we could achieve 1/64-inch cut accuracy. Very efficient and the absolute shop-use favorite. Many different configurations are available. Assembly time: 1-1/2 hours. Setup time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Weight: 63 pounds. Price: $495. Sawtooth Specialty Tools: 800-441-1388, sawhelper.com.