They may not gallop, but a good set of sawhorses is key to getting your construction, woodworking, and DIY building projects across the finish line. Simply a crossbeam supported by A-frame legs, sawhorses are usually used in pairs to keep boards, logs, or panels steady and at a convenient height when cutting with a manual or power saw. They are also very useful when painting large, flat pieces, such as doors, shelves, and decorative wooden cutouts; it's far easier to paint an object lying flat at waist level than on the floor or propped up against the wall.
Sawhorses also pinch-hit when you want to set up a makeshift worktable just about anywhere. Place a length of plywood or a large board atop two trusty sawhorses and you can get busy, inside the house, in the backyard, or at any jobsite where you want supplies close at hand and off the ground. Plus, some sawhorses go beyond the basics, with designs to simplify cutting firewood or clamping large objects securely. Read on to familiarize yourself with the best sawhorse features before you buy (most are sold individually), and check out this selection of top-rated models.
- BEST DOES-IT-ALL SAWHORSE: WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Sawhorse/Worktable
- BEST BUDGET SAWHORSE: AmazonBasics Folding Sawhorse
- BEST SAWHORSE FOR CUTTING LOGS: Logosol Smart Holder Sawhorse
- BEST SAWHORSE WITH ADJUSTABLE LEGS: TOMAX Adjustable Sawhorse
- BEST SAWHORSE WITH CLAMPS: Rockwell JawHorse Sheetmaster Portable Workstation
Keep the following factors-and the types of projects you'll be working on-in mind when scoping out sawhorses.
Most sawhorses have a preset single height of between 26 to 32 inches, which is perfect for an average-height user. Those that combine a worktop with sawhorse functions tend to be a few inches taller. If you are much taller or shorter than average, look for sawhorses with adjustable legs that let you tailor the height to your comfort level.
You'll find sawhorses with weight capacities of 250 pounds all the way up to 1,000 pounds and more. The average homeowner who enjoys woodworking or painting probably doesn't require the maximum weight capacity, but it's something to think about if you'll be cutting large logs or other very heavy wooden pieces.
You'll find three choices when selecting a sawhorse: wood, metal, and plastic.
- Wood is the traditional sawhorse material, but it's heavy, so not as popular as it once was. It's also rare to find a wooden sawhorse with adjustable legs or legs that fold for storage. On the plus side, wood is durable, has a high weight capacity, and is unlikely to cause damage to your saw if you accidentally strike the sawhorse with it.
- Plastic sawhorses are an excellent choice for those who only need them for occasional lightweight projects, such as cutting plywood or painting, or mostly use sawhorses to support a temporary worktable. Most plastic sawhorses fold for easy storage and are quite lightweight. Many come with clamps or small shelves to keep your materials in place and at hand while you work.
- Heavy-duty and durable, metal sawhorses are the choice of most DIYers and professionals who rely on them extensively. Many have adjustable legs and fold for storage. Some include clamps, vises, shelves, or drop-down sides for extra workspace. On the downside, you may damage your saw if you accidentally strike a metal sawhorse with it, and rust can be a problem if you leave metal sawhorses outdoors.
If you want sawhorses that easily travel where you need them, whether that be the driveway, the backyard, or a worksite, you'll definitely want sawhorses with folding legs. Folding legs are also best if you'll only break out the sawhorses on rare occasions and want them stored out of the way the rest of the time. If you're only looking for sawhorses to support a small worktable in your garage, however, folding legs aren't as important a feature.
Some sawhorses boast bells and whistles, such as a small shelf to hold tools or paint, clamps or vises to keep wooden pieces firmly in position while the glue dries or you cut through, and cord hooks so your power tool cords don't get underfoot. There are even sawhorses with steps built into the frame so you can use the device as a stepladder, and others with built-in small tabletops that combine workbench and sawhorse in one handy tool.
1. BEST OVERALL SAWHORSE: WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Sawhorse/Worktable
Talk about a workhorse! The ingenious design of the WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Sawhorse/Worktable combines a sawhorse that supports up to 1,000 pounds with a worktable top that supports up to 300 pounds. Just flip the 32-inch-high tabletop up for use and fold it down when you want to use the sawhorse. Made of heavy-duty plastic with an aluminum frame, this is a sturdy, durable tool that might be all you need for a simple garage workbench. It includes four clamp dogs and two quick clamps and has a handy little shelf for small tools. The whole thing folds up for easy storage or transport.
2. BEST BUDGET SAWHORSE: AmazonBasics Folding Sawhorse
If you're looking for no-frills, fold-up sawhorses that get the job done, it's hard to beat the AmazonBasics, which are sold as a pair. These plastic sawhorses have foldout stoppers to keep wood from slipping, nonslip feet, and locking braces. Their preset height of 30 inches suits most users for painting, sawing, and other DIY tasks, and with a weight capacity of 500 pounds per set, they're sturdy enough to lend support for the majority of projects average homeowners are likely to undertake.
3. BEST SAWHORSE FOR CUTTING LOGS: Logosol Smart Holder Sawhorse
While traditional sawhorses are well suited to cutting flat boards, they aren't designed to help you saw logs down to fireplace size. That's where the Logosol Smart Holder Sawhorse comes in handy-its jaws clamp tightly onto the log, so you can saw without fear of the log rolling or catching your chainsaw or handsaw. The Logosol-a well made and thoughtfully designed riff on the traditional sawhorse-stands as a clear fan favorite among folks who cut their own firewood.
4. BEST SAWHORSE WITH ADJUSTABLE LEGS: TOMAX Adjustable Sawhorse
The sturdy steel construction of the TOMAX Adjustable Sawhorse enables it to support more weight than most do. But the real clincher is that the TOMAX is height-adjustable from 25 to 40 inches. That means you can tailor it to the perfect height setting for your comfort and safety from one job to the next. You can travel with the TOMAX easily too, thanks to its fold-down design and built-in carrying case.
5. BEST SAWHORSE WITH CLAMPS: Rockwell JawHorse Sheetmaster Portable Workstation
The Rockwell JawHorse Sheetmaster Portable Workstation takes the traditional sawhorse to the next level. This is a beast capable of clamping a full four-foot by eight-foot sheet of plywood securely in place just as easily as it holds unwieldy, oddly shaped objects like bicycles or items of furniture. With 10 times the clamping power of a regular vise, a 34-inch high work surface, and a 600-pound weight capacity, the steel-construction JawHorse is a brawny, capable, reliable assistant-an extra pair of hands, but better.