How to pick a table saw: A quick guide
Almost like a stationary circular saw, the table saw allows you to cut panels, lumber or even to cut your floor for home renovations. The power, size, and height of the cuts are some of the many characteristics to research during your quest to find a good one! Let’s get started with this article.
Important saw features to consider
What’s a table saw?
A table saw is a stationary circular saw basically: It is a circular saw installed on a table top that can be very big or on the smaller size.
The blade is adjustable in height to be higher than the table. Thus, a number of trays, boards and other pieces of wood can be cut by pushing them through the blade, either by hand or with a push stick.
Depending on its power, size, and accessories, you can cut pieces of lumber of different types and angles.
What to look for in a table saw?
Installed over a table, the table saw allows the cutting and edging of panels – wood, particles, even the cutting of soft metals can be done with specific blades.
The table should be made of either aluminum or cast iron if the saw isn’t very big. A small model has dimensions of around 50 x 20 cm while a larger one might come in at 70 x 60 cm.
The blade is chosen according to the type of material to be cut and its height is adjustable according to the thickness of the wood.
The diameter of the blade varies, roughly, between 200 and 300 mm, with carbide teeth. The blade is surrounded by protective covers that ensure your personal safety at all times.
The power for these varies between 1,000 and 4000 watts and relates directly to the capability of the saw to slice through pieces of wood/lumber. Hardwood pieces require more power than this to get completely through. Therefore, the ideal machine can be various.
The weight depends on the power, the size and the material of the wood and product.
Table saw options
Several optional and additional elements are available on some table saws:
- A tube for ventilation to help collect wood dust and save your lungs
- An illuminating laser for making very sharp cuts
- Improved blade height adjusters made of cast iron
- A pusher stick to help stop your hands getting too close to the blade
- A parallel guide for straight cuts
- Increased height of the blade of over 45 degrees for sharp cuts
- A speed change for the cutting of materials other than wood – like plastics and even metals
- An angular stop for cuts
- A trolley or stand equipped with wheels for portability
In conclusion, you want to carefully consider all of these things in order to get the option that suits your needs.