Choosing the right table saw

There are three types of stationary power saws : the table saw , the panel saw, and the panel saw .

 The table saw is a stationary circular saw for professional use only.

 The choice of a circular saw and, incidentally, suitable blades, requires taking into account the level and frequency of the use for which it is intended.


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Definition of a table saw

Concretely, a table saw is a stationary circular saw installed under a table.

 It essentially consists of a blade adjustable in height, more or less exceeding the table by the light.

 To this end, it must allow its user to cut a large quantity of trays , boards or other wooden materials , by pushing them along the blade using pushers or manually.

A table saw can cut pieces of wood from multiple sections and from various angles, depending on its size, power and the accessories it comes with.

 It can also be fixed or mobile depending on its weight and structure.


The components of a table saw

The criteria for choosing a table saw

The criteria for choosing a table saw are essentially:

  • Frequency of use.
  • The possibilities of guiding and orienting the sole.
  • The power.
  • The blade change system.
  • The depth of cut.

As with all cutting tools, a table saw must have a suitable, good quality blade to ensure the quality of the cut, but also the life of the table saw.


The different types of table saws depending on the use

There are several types of saws belonging to the table saw category:

There are also different multifunction tables, depending on the saw module to be placed on it.

The choice of a table saw depends on the work to be done and the frequency of use of the tool. 

  • For occasional use,

A small entry-level table saw model is ideal for laying parquet in a room of the house. It will be easier to handle, especially to carry out precision work quickly and comfortably. For this type of use, a low power and a cutting height are recommended.

  • For regular use,

To regularly trim panels or to make transverse or even miter cuts, a larger model combining optional accessories and slant cutting up to 45 ° is necessary.

 For this type of work, it is necessary to consider the power of the saw which must be determined by the sections to be cut as well as the cutting height.

 Of course, the weight and size of the tool are also to be considered, especially when it will occasionally be necessary to move the table saw on construction sites or in a narrow place.


Choosing the right location for a table saw

To support the weight of the machine, the floor must be powerful enough.

 To ensure the proper functioning of a table saw, we must set it up in a covered place, protected from humidity and with enough space around to allow the user to work in safety.

 Current standards require a space of approximately 80 cm around a table saw to ensure user safety.

The Best Portable Table Saw For Fine Woodworking must be leveled and possibly sealed.

 It must also benefit from a very important lighting, according to the standards on the improvement of working conditions.

 It can be artificial or natural lighting, but it must be accessible from the passage area.


The characteristics of a table saw

  • The blade

It must be chosen according to the type of material to be cut .

 Its height can also be adjusted according to the thickness of the latter.

Usually, the blade diameter of a table saw varies between 190 and 315 mm, with carbide teeth.

 This is often surrounded by protective covers ensuring the safety of the user.

  • Table

Made of aluminum or cast steel, the saw table should not be too bulky in size.

 Depending on the use of the machine, it is possible to choose a small model with a dimension of 60 x 30 cm or a larger model of 80 x 70 cm for one meter in height.

In any case, it is always possible to have various accessories such as table extensions to improve user comfort.

  • The power

The power of a table saw generally varies between 1000 and 3800 W and depends on the capacity of the machine to cut pieces of wood.

 For example, you need more power to cut hardwood than to cut a small 40mm pine batten. You can thus find a single or three-phase table saw.

  • The weight

The weight of a table saw will vary depending on its power, size, construction material and table.

There are also other optional elements that can make up some saw models

  • A suction mouth to prevent the formation of wood dust clouds.
  • A cart or feet equipped with wheels to move the machine.
  • An illuminating laser for greater visibility of the cutting line.
  • An angular stop for making perfect angle cuts.
  • Improved cast iron flywheel height adjustment stops .
  • A current limitation at start-up to allow progressive slenderness of the blade.
  • A push handle to avoid any risk of getting your hands too close to the blade.
  • A cutting speed variator for precise cutting of other materials such as soft metals or plastics.
  • A parallel guide for straight edging.
  • 45 ° tilting of the blade to cut through.

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