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Choosing a Table Saw

February 18th, 2011

table-saw-cutting-buying.jpgA table saw is an important tool to have in any woodshop. Choosing the right one to fit all of your woodworking needs ensures that you will not need to make more than one purchase. Think about all of the projects you will be doing and choose the table saw that will be able to accomplish the most difficult project. In order to choose the right one, steps must be taken to determine what you are looking for in your table saw.

Set your price limit at how much you can afford. Be prepared to be flexible if necessary. The price of a table saw often reflects the quality of the product. You do not want to buy a cheap one just because of the price. However, some projects may easily be completed with a cheaper table saw.

Read reviews on the table saws you are considering. Reviews show you the experiences of others with each product. However, just because a table saw may have a bad review or two does not mean that it is not a relatively high quality product. Keep an open mind and read as many reviews as you can find to develop a bigger picture.

Check the voltage of the outlets in the area you will be using your table saw. A typical wall outlet is 110 volts. This outlet can only handle a 1-1/2 or 2 horsepower saw. A 220 volt outlet can handle the larger table saws. If you will be using your table saw in your home, a smaller saw will be more appropriate. If you are buying for a workshop, you will need a larger saw.

Compare sizes of the models you are considering. The larger the table, the more workspace you will have. Measure the area where you will store and use the table saw to ensure that it fits. Many saws are between 18 and 22 inches deep. The width of the table will vary more extensively. Some saws allow you to add on extension pieces to make the table wider when necessary.

Compare safety features. Some table saws have a feature to prevent the board from kicking back. A splitter mounts with the blade and keeps the blade from binding. All table saws require a blade guard. All blade guards are removable. However, some of them are more difficult to replace than others.

Visit hardware stores to see the table saws in person. Inspect the models you are considering in the store and go through the motions of using them. Sometimes the most comfortable choice is the best one. Ask a salesperson for a demonstration.

Check the rotations per minute, or RPMs, of the table saws. For softer woods, the RPMs do not matter. However, if you will be cutting through tougher hardwoods, you will need higher RPMs and a larger engine. Buy a table saw that meets the standards of all your projects so think ahead about the types of projects you hope to complete.


This article on buying a good table saw was supplied by Kim Finnigan from Constant Content.


One Response to “Choosing a Table Saw”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ireland5

    Good succinct article- particularly recommend checking reviews on the product as well as electrical requirements.

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