The Definitive Guide to Table Saws

Table saw guide

A table saw guide is crucial for any potential table saw owners. A table saw is easily one of the most expensive woodwork tools that you can buy, whether you are in woodwork business or just a homeowner who likes wood DIY. It’s also one of the must-have tools if you are in the woodwork business. Purchasing a table saw blindly may result in financial loss, destruction of wood, and low productivity. It’s, therefore, crucial to do your due diligence to ensure you purchase the perfect saw for your work.

We know how hard it is to scour the internet for the right information only to end up without what you needed. Today is your lucky day, as we have researched online and come up with a table saw guide that we know will be helpful to you.

Read on to understand more about table saws so you can make the right decision on the best table saw to buy.

Types of Table Saws

A table saw is woodwork equipment with a circular blade mounted on the arbor with the blade protruding from the table surface. To cut something, you have to push it against a rotating saw blade. Most of the tasks performed by other saws can be comfortably done using the table saw. You can rip wood, cut across the grain, make angular cuts, etc.

Table saws classifications

Table saws get classified according to their size (Portable and stationary).  They are also classified in terms of their motor power and drives configuration.

When it comes to the table saw sizes, table saws fall under two major categories (Portable and stationary). The two groups are divided further into different classifications. The

Table saw guide will tackle all types in detail, so let’s dive in to learn more.

Below is an infographic showing different types of table saws

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Portable Table Saws

As the name suggests, portable table saws are light in weight, small, have wheels and are easy to take to a job site. They are made of lighter materials to reduce weight for ease of transportation. They are also not the strongest or the most potent saws as they have a less powerful motor with not more than 15-amp, 120V, and don’t have more than 2HP. As a result, they are cheaper compared to their stationary counterparts. Therefore, they may have a problem with cutting accuracy.

Table saws get further categorized under three major groups, i.e., benchtop saws, compact table saws, and Jobsite saws.

a) Bench Top Table Saws

The saw comes with a compact design that relies mainly on plastic and light materials. Although it does not have wheels to move it around quickly, it makes up for this by being lightweight, making it easy for you to carry it around.

It has a small table which limits its rip capacity. However, you should not worry about using it on full-size plywood or softwoods like pine as it is still up to the task. I would recommend the benchtop saw to beginner carpenters hobby carpenters who prefer DIY things in their garage. It offers value for money, considering it won’t cost you an arm and a leg but will comfortably get work done.

A basic benchtop saw can start at $250, making it one of the cheapest saw models that you can purchase, especially if you are not buying it for commercial use.

b) Compact Table Saws

The small table saws are a step-up from the ordinary benchtop saws. They are very similar to the benchtops, with both having a direct drive universal motor. They are also light in weight but have additional features like stands and a cast iron table surface. Although some models may look similar to a full-size table saw, they have a small table surface and rip capacity compared to the bigger table saws.

c) Jobsite Saws

Jobsite table saw, also known as the contractor’s saw, is studier and more robust compared to the compact and benchtop table saws. Many contractors love this hard worker as, despite its small size, you will still take it to your job site and get work done hustle free.

what makes the perfect

Contactors or job site saws despite being compact are portable and offer more accurate cutting results. They are faster, stronger, and durable thanks to their more powerful motors and robustly built. Further, they come with 24-inch rip capacity, have better fences, and their alignment adjustments make them suitable for heavy-duty use.

Ease of use

It’s easy to use a contractor saw since it has an extension table in case you are working with a large piece. It’s easy to quickly fold it stands, making it compact for storage and transportation. The saws, in most cases, have wheels making it easy for the user to push it from one point to another.

Other features like riving knives, dust collection mechanisms and storage space further endear the saw to its users. With such features, the saw is among the top saws that any woodworker would love to have in their arsenal.

Stationary Table Saws

Stationery table saws as the names suggest are rooted to the floor. You may mount them on an adjustable base for smooth movement from one point to another in a workshop. They are also heavy, robust, and much larger compared to the ordinary portable table saws. The stationery saws are also sturdy and more accurate, which makes them expensive compared to the portable saws.

Belt drive stationary table saws

A belt-drive motor powers stationary table saws have the following features:

1)Durable

Their cast-iron or aluminium tabletops are durable, making them ideal for industrial use. Most of the table saws have a dimension of 27 x 20 inches, which can be enlarged further by the use of the extensible tables, which measure 10x 12 inches. Other specialized table saws have outfeed tables, extended fence rails, and router tables. These features make them superior and easy to use, especially for people with large workshops. The standard stationary saws that many woodworkers love are contractor saws, cabinet saws, and the hybrid saws.

2)Expensive

The stationery saws are the most expensive table saws. The least costly units can start at $1000, with the most expensive one fetching several thousand dollars. The saws are astronomical, and they boost costly construction materials like cast iron and aluminium. They also have quality accessories that have more power and accuracy compared to the other saws making them more costly in the process.

a) Cabinet Saws

Cabinet saws borrow their name from the fully enclosed cabinet style base. Cabinet saws are designed for industrial use by making them durable and long-lasting. As a result, they are massive and are the largest, most substantial, and also costlier when compared to the rest of the table saws. The heavy-duty construction of cast iron and steel results in more massive trunnions, gearing, and large arbor assemblies.

1.powerful motor

Its powerful motors give it the power to cut through the most robust hardwood all day and without wear and tear. The heavy cast iron and steel materials also ensure that it works with minimal vibration to affect the saws alignment settings and also make it uncomfortable for the person working with it. Armed with a heavy cast iron table, with a super smooth surface, the sawing beasts are a darling to many woodwork people.

2. heavy gear mechanism

The saw is armed with a precise heavy-duty gearing mechanism. They also come with a standard 3-5HP motor with the wings and fence weighing well over 600 pounds. The saws motor and arbor are held in place by heavy-duty trunnions that are attached to the cabinet base instead of the table. It’s, therefore, easier aligning the saw blade with the miter slot and the fence with this saw. As a result, many contractors worth their names prefer their beast when it comes to daily operations.

b) Contactors Saws

1.industrial use

The saw is meant to be heavy-duty and at the same time, portable. Therefore, the contractor stationery saw is much lighter than the cabinet saw. Its table is made from aluminum, which is much lighter compared to the heavy cast iron from the cabinet saw it’s armed with a belt-driven blade powered by a motor mounted on the outside of the saw. Its trunnions are much lighter, which further ensures its lightweight without compromising on its job quality.

2. Varying size

Contractor table saws vary with size and power, with some being the size of a small benchtop table saws. Such a saw usually has a small motor with 1HP, although larger contractors saws can have as large as a 1and ¾ HP motor.

3.Expensive

Although the contractor saws aren’t as expensive as the cabinets table saws, its bargain price is a no brainer making it appealing to many woodworkers. Further, they come with a high-quality rip fence system. Therefore, it’s easier for use in a home workshop, and for doing small cabinetry works, trimming wood, and every furniture doing the job.

You can enhance the performance of a contractor saw by purchasing a high-quality blade as they will seed up your work. Buying a solid cast iron extension wings will reduce vibrations on the trunnions ad gearing and add stability to the saw.

c) Hybrid Saws

A hybrid table saw combines features of both the cabinet and the contractor’s saws. Manufactures discovered the rift between affordable contractor saws and that of the cabinet saws and decided to come up with a cheaper saw that incorporates both saws features. A hybrid saw is attractive to both professionals and hobbyists as it is sturdy and gets work done but at an affordable price

Although the saw features borrowing form the cabinet saw vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, the saw is none the less active and sturdy. Most hybrids saw come with a cast iron main table with stronger and more massive trunnions and gears. The legs elevate the saw to the same level as the cabinet saw, although their horsepower is generally capped and 2 HP.

If you are looking for something that will offer you power, mobility, and value for money, a hybrid saw is what you need. The power horse will go from price starting at around $600, which is pretty good by its standards.

Motor Power and Drive Configurations

Motor power and setting are also very crucial when it comes to choosing a table saw. The motor size increase with the increase in the size of a table saw. The smallest is the contractor saw, which has the least power of 1HP or even less. Next is the hybrid table saw with 2HP, and finally, the cabinet table saw with 5 HP and more depending on the model.

Please note that the size of the motor does not necessarily mean better performance. There are small saws than perform better than the large saws. This is because they have other features like the blade that is more efficient when it comes to getting the work done.

When it comes to driving configurations of the saw, they are

a) Direct Drive Saws

In direct-drive saws, the blades get powered directly from the motor. They are generally found in portable saws. Direct-drive saws can be very loud at times, meaning the user has to have ear protection when working.

Using direct drive is beneficial since the motor is small, and it’s directly connected to the blade. As a result, no power is lost in the transmission, and the maintenance is minimal compared to the belt drive and worm drive.

The cons to the system are that it’s less efficient as the motor used is small and less powerful to save on space. The proximity of the blade to the engine means that sawdust may easily find its way to the engine.

b) Belt Drive

The belt drive configuration is exclusively found in cabinet saws, and other stationery saw models. Since they have large motors, it doesn’t make sense to connect the motor directly to the blade. Therefore, a belt is used to transfer power from the engine to the edge.

With the belt drive configuration, the motor and the blade are far from each other, which makes it hard for sawdust to get into the engine. However, there is a downside to this drive mechanism as you have to change the power belt from the time you time when it gets worn out. Also, some power is lost in the belt drive.

c) Worm Drive

A worm drive is steadily gaining popularity among users, mainly due to the high energy and torque associated with it compared to the belt drive and the direct drive. It’s different from direct and belt drive as motor transfers motion to the blade through a worm gear. This drive is ideal for cutting hard materials. Therefore, choosing this saw on that merit only would be a miss-calculated move.

Saws that use this drive configuration are expensive compared to the direct drive ad belt drive configurations saws. You also need to keep a tab on the lubrication oil levels at all times and fill them whenever necessary. Bear in mind that these saws are noisy, and it’s advisable to use ear protection gear when working with it.

Statistics showing the different characters of a table saw

Table saw statistics
Table saw statistics

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Main Parts of a Table Saw 

Understanding how a table saw works requires you to know its main parts and their use. The different elements, like the blade, table saw, fences, dust collection, and its safety features, play a crucial role in how you choose your saw.

Continue reading to understand the various parts that make a table saw. Will you?

The Blade

Table saw blade
Table saw Blade

The saw blade is one of the most crucial features as you can’t cut anything without a blade. Quality blades come in different shapes and sizes, depending on what they are meant to reduce. Therefore before buying a table saw blade evaluate what you will be working with to make the right decision. We have covered the table saw blade in detail in this article. Feel free to visit and learn more about choosing the best blade for the job

Tabletop

The most important part of the table saw is a tabletop. It needs to be flat and strong enough to carry the weight of the material being worked on. Cast iron tables are preferred as they don’t easily curve under pressure. Choosing a flat table may be confusing as it’s hard to tell the flatness of a tabletop. However, selecting a table saw from a trusted manufacturer reduces the chances of you buying a crocked table.

Cabinet table saws are durable but are made of cast iron, which is very heavy. On the other hand, Jobsite saws tables are from aluminum, which is very strong but light in weight for easy transportation from one point to another.

The Rip Fence

Your table saw fence need to be reliable and accurate and should remain parallel to the saw blade at all times. However, it should be easy for you to adjust the saw fence when need arise. An unstable fence that flexes may slide when in use, causing the blade to bind with the wood resulting in a kickback.

It should be easy for you to adjust the fence along the front and the back edges of the table. Failure to easily adjust the fence can result in accidents and can be very frustrating, too, for the person working on the wood.

When buying a saw, test it to make sure that the fence is easily movable, locks into place correctly, and remains in the same position at all times. Otherwise, you may end up being frustrated by the saw while doing woodwork cutting.

Elevation Wheels and Tilt Wheels

The blade elevation wheel makes it easy for you to adjust the height of the saw blade hence controlling the cutting depth in the process. Ideally, a blade should be exposed around 3/8 to 5/8 inches as its maximum height, which is enough to cut through a 4-inch material in a single pass.

The blade tilt wheel, which is located at the side of the saw makes it easy for you to tilt the blade to a maximum of 45 degrees from the rip fence. The ability of a saw blade to tilt either to the left or the right is very crucial as it helps you cut angles. In the past, most saws except for the costly ones used to tilt to the right. Nowadays, however, that has changed, and we have saws that slope to the left too. Yet, no saw can tilt to the right and left at the same time.

It’s important to note that some woodworkers prefer a right tilted saw so they can comfortably measure the long side of an angled cut. Others consider left tilt saws as it leans away from the fence, making it safer to cut narrow angled pieces.

Miter Gauge

A saw miter gauge is one of the most important features on a table saw. It’s T-shaped and fits into one of the two miter slots attached to the tabletop, and its work is to guide wood that is feed to the saw. Most contractor saws come with stock miter gauges that you can adjust for making cuts at the desired angles on the material you are cutting. You may, however, purchase a miter gauge that is tailor-made for your work.

A good miter gauge should be strong and firm. It should be easy for you to adjust angles, but it should remain in the same position for cutting accuracy. When buying a saw, ensure to check if the miter gauge fits perfectly into the miter slots by trying to wiggle it sideways. If it does not fit well, try another saw that fits perfectly.

How to Use a Meter Gauge

A miter gauge is crucial when you are making crosscuts, miter cuts, bevel cuts compound miter cuts, and when making rabbets. To use a miter gauge, you need to clear the table everything on top of it, including a rip fence and any other debris on the table. The go-ahead and set it to your desired angle. I have an article dedicated to how to use a miter gauge.

Arbor or Shaft Locks

The arbor, otherwise known as the shaft lock together with the trunnions, holds your saw blade in place and makes it easy for you to adjust the edge to make perfect cuts. It also allows you to move the blades either up or down and tilt it to make angle cuts. High-quality arbors don’t come cheap ad will require a powerful motor to run it.

It’s always essential to choose the right arbor as it will dictate the quality of cuts you will experience. Compromising on quality can lead to not only financial loss but also the production of low-quality cuts.

Dust Collection/Blowers

Keeping your workshop clean is crucial as it not only makes the place look tidy and organized but also makes it easier for you to work on your projects. It’s, therefore, essential to have a dust collection chute to direct sawdust to a collection point. Most saws have a collection port attached to a vacuum or a cloth pouch to assist in sawdust collection.

Extension Table

Table extensions make it easy for you to cut more significant materials like plywoods. While many table saws don’t come with stock extension tables, it’s crucial to check if they come with slots for attaching the extension tables. Even if your table saw is small, an extension table will increase its top size, making it easy for you to cut larger pieces of wood and boards. After finishing the task, you can detach the extension to save on your workshop space.

Many stationary table saws have table extension to the right of the saw and make it easy for you to work on large materials comfortably. It’s therefore very crucial to buy a table saw with an extension table since you dot know if you will need them in the future.

Table Safety Features

safety measures when using a table saw
safety measures when using a table saw

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Table saw manufacturers are working hard to reduce the number of accidents that occur annually from table saw use. Statistics show that table saws cause the most dangerous workshop accidents compared to other tools. As a precaution, they are producing more secure features to reduce accident numbers.

Below are some of the safety features that have been incorporated into most table saws. They include:

  1. Humongous Paddle-Style On/Switch

It should be easy for you to power the saw on and off depending on the situation at hand. The switch is usually located at the front end of the saw for ease inaccessibility. The off button should be huge enough for you to use with your entire hand or use any other body part like the elbow, the knee, or even the foot. This way, it’s easier to stop the blade and avert a potential accident in a workshop.

The on button should be sunken or concealed by a plastic material. A sunken switch ensures that no one accidentally switches it on. This is especially important if you have children running around in the workshop. It’s also better this way as you won’t randomly switch the saw on unless you need to power it on. More and more people are adopting the on-off switch that is secured with a padlock. That way, you will be guaranteed that no one will power it on without any authorization.

  1. Riving Knife

This is a piece of metal that is situated behind the saw blade in the same width as the blade but moves with it when cutting a piece of wood. The riving knife keeps the two pieces of wood being cut by the saw blade apart. Therefore there is no chance of a blade getting pinched by the two pieces of the wood gliding into the blade. As a result, the riving knife prevents kicking back caused when the blade is pinched by the two wood pieces.

Keep in mind that a good riving knife should be easy to lower or raise automatically. Further, it should be easy to remove whenever you want to use a dado blade.

  1. Blade Brake Sensors

Many saw blades accidents occur daily worldwide, something that prompted SawStop to come up with a mechanism that stops a saw blade when it comes into contact with the human skin. The braking mechanism works in such a way that if the saw senses the presence of human skin, it stops suddenly. The resulting jerk is so sharp that both the brake mechanism and the blade has to be replaced. Human life is invaluable, and you’d instead replace those tools than have a person’s hand amputated.

  1. Splitters Anti-Kickback Pawls

Kickback injuries occur all the time in workshops where precautions to have the splitters, and anti-kickback mechanism is not in place. Kickbacks occur when a piece of material being cut ejects violently to the direction of the operator, causing them bodily injury. Kickbacks happen when wood gets caught up between the rip fence and the blade. The situation gets worse when the wood gets caught by the teeth on the back of the blade, which results in the ejection of the forest, causing injury to the operator.

To prevent the kickback from happening, many saws are fitted with a splitter and Anti-kickback pawls. A splitter is a vertical blade that keeps the kerf open behind the saw blade during the splitting of the wood.

Anti-kickback pawls work in tandem with the splitters and are located on each side of the riving knife. Anti-kickbacks are metals pieces with a latch that protrudes downwards towards the top of the table and prevents movement in case of a kickback. They look like two tiny saws with teeth that hook on the wood blocking the flow of timber back words. When you are pushing wood towards the blade, the paws also glide along the top side of the lumber. The anti-kickback teeth are responsible for holding the wood in place should it kickback during the cutting process.

You should note that although the anti-kickback help prevents kickbacks, they could also be responsible for top surface damage on the material you are cutting, especially plywood.

  1. Blade Guards

The blade guard is one of the essential safety features for a table saw. It’s instrumental in keeping your fingers safe when working with a saw. It’s also effective in keeping sawdust from your eyes. However, many woodworkers don’t like using it, especially if it’s not made of Plexiglas. The reason is they are unable to measure the piece of wood accurately and cut to see the wood better.

It’s very crucial for every woodworker to keep the blade guard as it will keep your fingers safe. Manufacturers are also working hard to ensure that the products they present to the client are not only safe but also comfortable to use.

  1. Push Stick

A push stick is a tool that is used to push the material being cut to keep your hands and fingers away from the saw blade. Driving the content being reduced to the blade using your hands can be dangerous. It’s therefore recommended to use a push stick or a push block to prevent injury to your hands.

  1. Magnetic Switch

A switch is an essential tool as it shifts the power to the off position, which in turn prevents from overloading in case of a power outage. This is important as when the power gets back; the blade does not automatically start.

Buyers Guide to Buying a Perfect Table Saw

Purchasing the ideal saw for your daily needs can be tricky, primarily due to the many factors that you have to consider. Do not be deceived by the price of a saw as an expensive saw does not guarantee quality work.

Below are some of the important things to consider when buying a saw. They include:

  1. Voltage Requirements

Cabinet saws are heavy commercial saws and use 220-volt of electricity, whether on a single-phase or three-phase. On the other hand, most contractor’s saws use 110-volts since they are the commonest saws. Hybrid saws take the best of both worlds from the cabinet saws, and the contractors saw. They are ordinarily set up on 110-volts but can switch to 220 volts on a need basis.

Using 220 volts on a saw gives it more power meaning it won’t struggle to handle robust hardwood. The downside of it is not readily available to many users, especially those in the home setting. Restricting the use of power is exceptionally hard-hitting on saws like the portable saws since 220-volts is mainly available at workshop premise.

  1. Cost of the Saw

The cost of the saw is not dependent entirely on the value of the cast-iron tabletop. The saw has blades, wings made of various materials like cast iron, molten steel, wood, or plastic. The price of the saw depends on the cost of the other saw parts like the fences, miter gauge, etc. all the pieces have the expensive versions and budget versions. You must start with a basic table that can get upgraded in the future by adding more sophisticated components to it.

  1. Table Type

When it comes to buying saws, striking a balance between efficiency, power, and ease in movement is crucial. If you are going to use the saw from your workshop without the need for change, you will need a different saw from a person who is always on the move to various sites. Therefore, you have to consider different types for that as different saws handle different materials and come with different sizes too.

We have discussed in detail in this article about different types of saws and their benefits. Feel free to revisit the same here.

  1. Size of Your Workshop

If you have ample space in your studio, you may consider taking a cabinet saw. It occupies more space compared to the Jobsite and hybrid saws. However, it’s more accurate and can handle the hardest material. If you have a small space, consider taking a smaller table saw so long as it meets your cutting needs.

  1. Extension Table Slots

Most table saws don’t come with extension tables. However, for those that come with the stock extension table, the tables are usually very fragile and can’t handle heavy-duty work. It’s recommended to buy a table with an extension capability while planning for future expansion, especially if you will use the table for commercial purposes.

Extension tables are mostly found on the stationary table saws. Many portable saws lack extension tables as they are designed to be light and compact for ease of transport from one site to another.

  1. Rip Capacity

Ripping is cutting along the grain of the wood. Rip capacity is the distance between the saw blade and the fence, and the higher the range, the bigger the board the saw will comfortably cut.

It’s crucial to know the type of material you will be using. If you will be working with large boards. It’s advisable to purchase a saw with a large rip capacity of 24 inches or more. Although most manufacturers will give information about a saw having two rip capacities, the truth of the matter is the rip capacity that matters is on the right of the saw. Most stationary table saws come with an extension table, which helps increase the rip capacity of a saw.

  1. The Size of a Blade

Saws of different sizes require saw blades of different sizes too. The most common blade size is that of 10 inches. However, saws mainly have blades of sizes 8″, 10″, 12″ and larger blades of 14inches. While you can use a smaller blade compared to the size recommended, you can never use a saw blade larger than the recommended saw blade size.

You should also note that miter saw blades and table saw blades are very similar and can get used interchangeably. You don’t have to purchase another set of blades for the table saw if you already have a miter saw. Their blades are of similar size as the saw you are purchasing. You can use the money to buy another useful accessory for the saw.

  1. Cutting Depth

A table saw’s cutting depth is determined by the size of the blade it uses. Generally, a 10-inch blade will comfortably cut 3 inches of wood while a 12-inch blade will dissect a 4 inches wood. The design of the table saw also plays a role in the determining cutting depth of a saw.

The blades rising mechanism for the saw influence the maximum depth it can cut. However, most manufacturers ensure that they get the maximum depth of each when designing it. Cleaning your saw and clearing accumulated dust could also ensure you get the maximum cutting depth from your blade.

  1. The Proper Dust Collection Mechanism

A study has shown that exposure to sawdust for a long time can cause cancer. When dust is inhaled and deposited in the nose or throat, it could cause cancer to these areas of the nasal cavity. It is, therefore, essential that you buy a saw that has a suitable saw dust collection mechanism.

Many newer saw models have features that allow you to connect your saw to a hose or a vacuum cleaner for ease in disposing of sawdust. However, if you are looking for an older model that doesn’t come with dust collection features, the saw can be quickly modified to overcome the issue.

  1. Dado Blades Capability 

If you will be cutting groves to your wood a lot, it’s crucial to consider a saw that will handle dado cuts. You need to know the size of the grooves you will make to choose a saw that will accommodate several blades when making dado cuts. Although most of the saws that can accommodate dado blades cut at least a half-inch width, the size varies from saw to saw.

  1. Saw Fence

You will be surprised at how the saw fence makes your work easy and accurate. Therefore, when buying a table saw its crucial for you to choose one that will work best for you. The fence will determine how reliable you cut, depending on how properly it is aligned to your saw blade.

Most table saws come with a stoke fence, which is usually attached at the front and the rear end of the saw. While a user can easily clump the wall to the saw using a handle and a knob, the problem arises when aligning it to the table saw blade. You can solve this by purchasing an aftermarket upgrade.

Instead of going for an upgrade, why not purchase a table saw with the right fence from the start? The T slot fences would be the perfect option for you. The walls slide along the T slot rails on the front of the table saw aligning themselves to the blades correctly. They are easy to use as all you need to do clamp them up, align them quickly, and start your project. They are much easy to use ad often give you quality, accurate cuts.

  1. Blade Guard

A blade guard is a cover placed over a saw blade to protect you from hurting your hands or fingers from a spinning blade. While you may remove the blade guard when working with large pieces of wood, it’s highly recommended it remains on. With many older saw models, it was hard to attach ad detach blade guards. Consequently, many people who grew up using those models still finds it hard to use the blade guard and completely ignore it.

Newer models have come up with ways of attaching and detaching the blade guard to a saw easy and quicker. When looking for a saw with the best safety features, make sure it has a blade guard that is easy to use.

  1. Ease of Use and Maintenance

Most saws, especially the modern model, have seen many complicated features that may be hard to use. Look for a saw that is easy to assemble and disassemble, especially if it’s a Jobsite saw. It should be easy to start and operate. Also, ensure that it’s easy to maintain it through cleaning or sharpening the blades.

  1. Availability of Spare Parts

While it is easy to find saw parts for new saw models, it will not be the case for older models. Saws which manufacturer have stopped producing are the most affected. If you are planning to purchase a second-hand table saw, enquire about its parts availability online. Otherwise, you may end up buying a useless saw.

  1. Weight of the Table and Fence 

If you were using your saw primarily from your workshop, a stationery saw would be the best for you. It’s heavy-duty and accurate, and you won’t have to worry about the weight of its table and fence as you won’t have to move it. However, if you need something that you will walk around with quickly, then get a saw table and fence made from aluminium materials. In most cases, the quality saw is robust, accurate, and easy to carry from one site to another.

Other Related Questions on a Table Saw Guide

What Safety Precautions Should I Consider When Using A Table Saw? 

In this table saw guide, we will discuss all the safety precautions that you need to take when working with a table saw.

safety measures when using a table saw
safety measures when using a table saw
  1. Dress Appropriately In a Workshop

It’s advisable to put on an overall as it’s not loose. Avoid jewelry as it may be caught up in the moving parts of the saw leading to injuries. Wear protective sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from sawdust and wood debris. You should opt for workshop boots for feet protection. Also, wear ear protection to prevent hearing loss.

Sourced from https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/chart-carpenters.html

  1. Always Unplug the Saw after Use

Disconnecting the saw from its power source prevents accidents that may occur is one accidentally start the saw. When you are changing the blade or servicing the saw keep it unplugged at all time.

  1. Have Blade Guards

Always ensure the saw you are working with has blade guards for protection against accidents during the cutting process. You should ensure they are in good working condition and have been correctly aligned.

  1. Choose the Right Tool for a Job

Never use a table saw for cutting a tree log as it’s not designed for such materials. Cutting a wood could spoil the blade, and the saw too. Worst case scenario you could end up injured.

Conclusion on Table Saw Guide

Now that you have read the table saw guide, it’s my wish that you now know the different classification of saws depending on whether they are stationary or portable or their motor type. You will now also make a better decision when it comes to purchasing different parts of the saw. It’s my sincere hope that you now know how to prevent yourself from having blade accidents by applying the various safety measures when operating your table saw. Finally, you need to visit your local table saw dealership and get hands-on with multiple saws before making your decision to purchase the saw that you need.

 

 

 

 

 

Tom

I am a woodwork enthusiast who is in the Financial Industry. I come from a woodworking family and started handling woodwork tools from a young age. For me, it's not a hobby. its a way of life.

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