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What To Bear In Mind Before You Get Your Table Saw

If you’re frustrated with the clumsiness and deficiency of precision of a circular saw in ripping material (cutting it to width alongside the board’s length) along with trimming small pieces, you might want to look for a portable/jobsite table saw.

These small tools can rip, crosscut, miter, and bevel everything from 1x materials to 4x4s accurately, and they stow away effortlessly once you are done. The very best part is you’ll be able to view what you’re doing because the tool sits still while you feed the stock in.

You cannot really expect the portable table saw, to be as precise as the bigger and undoubtedly more expensive contractor’s saw or cabinet shop saw. It likewise struggles a bit more with the heavier pieces of workpieces. However a lot of models are tough and precise enough to handle normal home repairs or remodeling work, most especially when you get into the pricier machines. In this article you will become aware of what to consider in a table saw and which saw is suitable for you.

The Essentials:

Rip fence:

The size of your rip is controlled by this component. Needs to lock parallel to your blade at every setting. Look for a fence that attaches onto and rides on front and back rails and which can be adjusted.


Most saws come typically having a 10 inch carbide-tipped blade which could crosscut a 4×4. Changing it with a better, 40-tooth combination blade dramatically increases the quality of cuts. Specialty blades deal with particleboard and different workpieces.

Splitter (riving knife):

Straight metal piece directly at the rear of the blade which keeps the blade from binding in the workpiece if the saw kerf starts to close up. An essential anti-kickback tool, it must mount on the motor assembly so it rises and falls along with the saw blade. Some splitters also adjust to match the width of the kerf.

Anti-kickback pawls:

Two sharp-toothed arms that prevent the workpiece from shifting backwards. You should use a smooth-cut file to sharpen them and make them perform even better.

Table size:

Bigger table size means a lot more work-support surface, so larger is definitely better. An optional right-side extension can improve the saw’s capability to reach the center of a 4×8 sheet. Most saws come with a rear bar which helps support the workpiece while it exits, but you must still rig up out-feed support (a stand, sawhorses, or a table) that is ¼ inch lower than the saw itself.

Table insert (throat plate):

The plate that fits around the blade. It must be even with the table surface (in some instances it needs to be shimmed) and fit closely all around the blade or else small sections will fall through.

Support at the proper height:

To build your saw as sturdy as you can, screw it through the holes provided (or at least clamp it) to a wooden table with wide-spaced legs that’s tall enough to set the worktop at 36 inches. This height is the most comfortable for the average user as elevating it any further will make the saw very high to be comfortable and secure to use unless you’re a tall person.

On/Off switch:

Should be front-mounted and convenient to swat or knee to “off” position without looking. Many saws have either a plastic safety key, which must be inserted before you could switch the power on, or a way to padlock the switch.

Collapsible stand:

A number of saws come with a folding stand, or they are offered as an option. Even while it is handy, not many stands are as stable as a sturdy wood bench.

Elevation wheel:

Controls height of blade and depth of cut. On a 10″ saw, the blade should be around 3 5/8 inches high when completely raised to allow you to saw 4x material.

Blade tilt handle:

Angles the blade for bevel cuts up to 45 degrees left (away from the rip fence). Search for an adjusting screw or bolt that allows you to set the 90 and forty five degree cease factors precisely.

Total weight:

The heavier the saw, the more stable however the less portable. Most portable/jobsite table saws weigh between 40 and 90lbs.

Miter gauge:

Removable fixture for square and mitered crosscuts . Should fit snugly and move freely on the saw’s table slots. Look for one that can be calibrated at 45 and 90 degrees.

Blade guard:

Protects the user from the spinning blade, and must never be detached. The best blade guard is the one which rises up parallel to the table so that it will stay right on the topmost part of the workpiece.

Exhaust duct:

Exit spot for debris on back of saw. It would be best to find one that can attach into a wet/dry vac or allow you to use a trash can beneath the duct to catch the debris so your work space will always be dirt free.

Selecting a Table Saw

The different table saws available in the market have similar features however price likewise will determine its performance, stability, precision and safety. A lot of these machines fall into one of three selling price categories.

Below $200

An occasional use saw that is ideal for quick rips on 2x10s or smaller. Able to rip or cut 1x materials but struggles a little with 2x (especially if wet or cold) and can’t exactly deal with 4x because it vibrates a lot.


A midsize saw which can deal with a lot of jobs in a renovation, together with ripping trim precisely. These saws have a better rip fence and a lot more stable blade-elevation mechanism compared with cheaper saws. They are able to rip or cut 1x and 2x materials but have trouble with 4x. A lot of saws in this class include table extensions that permit a 25-inch rip capacity – enough to reach the middle of a 4×8 sheet of plywood.

Over $400

All-purpose table saw perfect for both challenging and finish carpentry and even cabinet-making. Includes midsize or large table, precise rip fence, tight blade-elevation mechanism, no-jolt soft start, and a powerful motor with enhanced bearings. This can deal with 1x, 2x and 4x materials and can rip right to the center of a 4×8 plywood.

You can find out more info along with customer reviews, comments and feedback if you’re thinking of buying a table saw.

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