How To Choose Table Saw

The saw table is one of the most desired tools by DIY lovers as it allows you to easily make quality cuts on original materials such as wood, metals, plastic, and others.

Without a doubt, therefore, the purchase of a best table saw under 1000 is an important step in the growth path of every hobbyist, also in consideration of the fact that this machine represents a sort of border between the amateur and professional sectors.

Usually the saw table also makes up the transition from the use of the manual circular saw which stands out for its larger size and the ability to make high-precision cuts.

Therefore, the purchase of this machine is one of the most important investments a passionate hobbyist can make.

If you are looking around for your first saw table, or are planning to upgrade to a superior model, read on.

We will try to provide you with a series of elements on which to focus in order to choose the model that best meets your needs within the budget.

I want to clarify that any company has not paid me to write this article or to recommend a particular saw table.

My every consideration comes after having seen and tried the object in question.

Our editors Choice's

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Item Name

Key Features

Price

  • 15.0A high torque motor 

  • Rack & Pinion Telescoping Fence System

  • 10" 24-tooth carbide blade

  • Have Heavy-duty steel

  • Have Self-aligning rip fence

  • EZ view measurement system

  • Constant Response circuitry

  • Constant Response circuitry

  • Large cast aluminum top

  • 24 tooth SERIES 30 saw blade

  • Powerful 1850 Watt motor 

  • Dust port reducer

  • Heavy Duty Fence Constructio

  • Powerful 15 Amp Contractor Grade motor

  • Professional Grade 5-Year

Value for money of a good table saw

Of course it is wrong to choose professional machines if their use will be rare or if your plans only involve the execution of hobby-level jobs.

In these cases it is advisable to look at a cheaper range model, but still of a well-known brand and that allows you to perform various types of cuts including those with an oblique or transverse angle.

If you intend to operate at a slightly higher level, then don’t expect magic from machinery belonging to the lower price range.

To ensure superior performance, shoulder the burden of facing a more important expense.

The costs of the materials used to build quality, and reliable tools over time affect their last price.

Although the saying that the more spends less spends is always valid , targeting models belonging to the intermediate range may be the solution that saves goat and cabbage.

In fact, in this category it is possible to find tools able to guarantee performances that are close to those of professional models but with a more affordable cost.

We can say that the most convenient saw table for you is the one that allows you to safely carry out all the work you need without having to spend a considerable sum.

There are many proposals on the market that make the choice of the saw table not always a simple operation.

Besides the price, what should I check?

Beyond the price, there are several aspects on which to focus in order to identify the most suitable models to meet your needs.

For example, it will be helpful to ask yourself questions like:

  • Do I plan to do big jobs for which I will need a lot of power or are there smaller projects in my programs?

  • Perhaps more than power, the most desired element could be the precision of the machinery?

  • Is the space in my laboratory sufficient to accommodate a saw table, also considering the work area in which I will have to move?

Among the different elements that influence the choice we remember : the level of performance you want to get, the depth of the cut, the type of materials to be cut, the quality of the workmanship and of course the price that can fluctuate a lot depending on whether you choose.

A machine produced by a famous company rather than a little-known brand.

After having answered the questions and identified the range of models in which to move, buying a saw table today is really easy and they spoil you for choice.

Besides the large DIY centers spread throughout the territory, you can prefer the more “human” contact offered by the managers of the classic and immortal hardware stores, often passionate hobbyists, from whom you can receive advice and information based on direct experiences.

Finally, there is the internet that with its infinite ecommerce sites expands the offer, also ensuring home delivery the next day.

Let’s now analyze one by one the different technical parameters and the characteristics that must be evaluated before purchasing a saw table suitable to meet your needs.

Table saw function

It is the classic working mode and also the most used in circular saw tables.

It allows to get perfect results in the straight cuts of the pieces aligned with the lateral guide.

Radial cut-off function

I designed almost all saw tables to also offer the function of a radial miter saw.

Using this method, I can get fast and repetitive cross cuts .

Indispensable when you have to make pieces, even small ones, of the same size. In fact, it will push the piece to be cut perpendicular to the blade.

Zero clearances

When making thin cuts, the residual material falls into the space between the blade and the support surface .

Make sure that this space is as small as possible to avoid cut parts ending up in the lower part of the machine.

Availability of spare parts

The easy availability of spare parts is a factor to keep in mind.

In particular, regarding consumables such as blades, belts and other parts subject to wear, make sure they are readily available to avoid being left on foot on the most beautiful …

Having at least some spare pieces in the laboratory is never a bad idea.

Table size

Choosing the size of the saw table also requires some common sense.

If you think the bigger the better, you are on the wrong track. An oversized table in fact, besides taking away space in the laboratory, will have a high cost.

Conversely, if you buy one that is too small you cannot cut larger pieces of wood.

Ergo… in medio state virtus which roughly translated means that the best is in the middle! Try to choose wisely based on the space available and the type of use.

Additional extension

Some models offer this important function thanks to which it is possible to expand, when necessary, the size of the table.

Being able to operate on an expanded floor is a very interesting condition but before proceeding with the purchase, carefully check the overall dimensions, including the extension, and make sure that they are compatible with the spaces available in your laboratory.

Cutting capacity

The cutting capacity of a saw table both in height and in width is one of the most relevant characteristics to consider.

Look for the relative data on the product sheet which is usually shown with the length and height of the cut (without and with any thickness).

Lama

Here we are at one of the most important elements that make up a saw table.

In fact, mostly, the quality of the cuts got depends on the blade.

Therefore, it can be easily understood that even the best saw table will give inadequate results if they do not equip it with an excellent quality blade specific for the type of cut to be made.

Let’s see some simple tips to choose the most suitable blade for your work.

  • If you need to make cuts along the grain, it is preferable to use a blade with several teeth between 12 and 24.

Although the cut quality will be lower than a multi-toothed blade, it does not overheat, it can advance better through the wood and dump the sawdust more easily.

  • For transversal cuts, those of laminates and panels, the blade with a greater number of teeth(from 48 to 80) ensures more precise cuts with greater precision.

Remember that by purchasing a prestigious brand saw table you will find a high quality blade already mounted, while if your choice falls on a cheaper machine you can always replace the blade supplied with a better one, perhaps after using it for a while.

You will surely notice the difference by getting better and safe results.

Also know that you can sharpen the blades either manually or, even better, at a service center.
The diameter of the blade is also an important element in the choice of the new saw table.

The blade, which as we have mentioned comprises a notched disc, can have different dimensions.

Of course, the diameter of the blade is directly proportional to the power it will handle.

Power

Since these tools are powered by electricity, the power they can supply is directly proportional to that of the electric motor with which it equipped them.

Motors drive the most efficient saw tables with powers higher than KW , so that checking the motor power is always an operation not to be forgotten.

However, keep in mind that moral power is not enough to define the goodness of a machine, other mechanical characteristics can raise or reduce its overall quality level.

If your field of action is limited to processing soft materials, you can easily choose powers on the order of KW.

If you plan to cut hardwoods or other hard materials, narrow down your field of choice to higher power models that will simplify your work without making you tired.

Blade inclination

Having the possibility of making miter cuts extends the range of action of your table saw.

For a few euros more, it will always be worth choosing a model that can allow the inclination of the blade to the right and to the left.

Before moving on, I’d like to ask you a favor.

Writing this long and detailed article took me quite a few days.

Type of workable materials

In the high-end models, the equipment includes the supply of different blades that can be mounted on the table according to the type of material to be processed.

Protractor

As long as you work on longitudinal or perpendicular cuts, it will position the piece to be cut and the guide at 90 °, but when you try to cut at an angle, you find you need a tool that allows you to do it accurately and this tool is called a protractor .

It equips some models of saw table and ensures a perfect change of the cutting angle even for the less experienced.

Laser

Thanks to a laser beam your work will be facilitated allowing you to get a more precise and safe cut .

This function, present on the best saw tables, allows you to check the correspondence of the cutting line even before starting the operation.

Although it represents the indispensable choice for professionals, there are more and more hobbyists who, particularly attentive to the precision of their work, do not give up on laser guidance.

Smoothing function

Eventually you may have to make blunt cuts so consider this function in the saw table you are about to buy.

This option will allow you to perfectly adjust the inclination , easily getting professional bevels.

Separating knife

Thanks to this device, the two parts of wood that the blade has cut are kept spaced and separated; by preventing them from closing, I made the rest of the cutting operation safer and easier.

The separating knife comprises a steel sheet which is vertically fixed to the saw table just below the blade.

It is important to take care of this device to avoid damaging it, and it must never be disassembled.

Dust extraction

If you do not remove them manually from time to time, the residues generated during the cutting operations, besides hindering the work, could end up depositing on the internal parts of the saw table .

To avoid finding yourself with the table cluttered with chips and other debris, make sure there is an adequate suction system capable of collecting and discharging the cutting residues in a suitable container.

Working with a minimum of comfort is cheap and helps to get better results.

Safety

Someone usually sells complete saw tables with useful accessories to increase the level of safety.

In budget models some of these devices may be optional, given the importance of having them. Here are a few:

  • Stop button
    In an emergency, an oversized stop button, for example, a mushroom-head one, one, allows you to stop the motor using your thigh or knee.

  • Splitting Knife
    Positioned just behind the blade, this half-moon shaped steel element serves as a safety measure to keep the piece of wood aligned once it has been cut.
    In fact, it can happen that it can tighten to the left, going to hook to the blade and be thrown violently towards the user.
    Of course it also contributes to improving the quality of the cut.

  • Blade protection
    This device completely covers the blade thus avoiding accidental contact between it and the operator. I usually make it of clear or opaque plastic.
    Besides its primary function, it also helps to significantly improve dust extraction by supporting the connection of a hose.

  • Dust extraction
    If you do not remove them manually from time to time, the residues generated during the cutting operations, besides hindering the work, could end up invading the work environment, compromising the health of those who work there.
    To avoid finding yourself with the laboratory invaded by dust, make sure that there is an adequate suction system able to collect and discharge the residues of the cuts in a special container.

Let’s now pass to the review of two saw tables which, as usual, concern an economic model and a professional one.

This time the choice fell on the professional Metabo model 6.00668.00 and on the purely hobbyist model Scheppach HS105.

Table saw. Here are the ones I suggest.

Metabo TS254 saw table

After talking about my Makita MLT100 , in this review we report our impressions following a test carried out on the Metabo TS254 saw table .

The first impression we got was that we had a compact and well-designed machine in our hands .

The trolley function makes it ideal not only for the professional who needs a light and easily transportable machine on site but also for the large group of DIY enthusiasts who aspire to reserve an important place in their laboratory.

In the Metabo TS254 saw table,  the robustness of the materials used stands out , such as the die-cast aluminum used for the integrated base which ensures a secure support and the sturdy tubular frame of the structure capable of withstanding the heavy use typical of construction sites.

The solution of containing the power cable and all the accessories inside the machine body is useful, which makes transport operations quicker and safer.

The technical characteristics

Among the most important features the motor certainly stands out which, thanks to the power of 2000W and the high torque that it can generate, guarantees a fluid and powerful movement to all the mechanics.

An electronic protection circuit is present to safeguard its integrity from overloads.

As far as safety is concerned, I highlighted the lockout protection which prevents the automatic restarting of the engine after a power failure and the stopping of the blade in less than 3 seconds thanks to the electronic engine brake.

Thanks to the use of soft-start technology, instead of making the motor reach the nominal number of revolutions in a few seconds, this time is extended by creating an efficient feeding ramp.
In this way, the engine it does not subject it and the transmission gears to stress, increasing their longevity.

The details that make the difference

The Metabo TS254 saw table  hasguide with quick fixing and double locking which is essential for making precise parallel cuts.

No special tools are required to use the dividing knife and therefore it can be lowered easily for grooved cuts and during transport.

2-point suction system conveys the collection of dust (shavings and sawdust) ensuring a clean work and safeguarding the operator’s health.

I can set the inclination of the blade with the utmost precision using the goniometer guide placed on the toothed crown to the left of the corresponding change handwheel.

There is the automatic function of returning to 0-45 ° after an undercut cut.

It is possible to increase the support surface thanks to the two extensions available, one on the tabletop and the other on the side.

The 254mm blade of the Metabo TS254 saw table allows a high cutting height at all angles.

Of course, it is possible to replace the one supplied with others that are more specific and with a different number of teeth such as precision ones, those for laminates and panels or those for long- grain cuts .

We simplify the replacement operation thanks to the shaft locking device.

In the video made by Stefano il Falegname you can see the saw table.

Data sheet

  • Dimensions740 x 750 x 355 mm

  • Support surface max. 970 x 995 mm

  • Working height 850/355 mm

  • Max height cutting 90 ° / 45 ° 87/50 mm

  • Cutting width max. on the parallel cutting guide 630 mm

  • Cutting height 0 – 87 mm

  • Max width of the material on the guide for cross and miter cuts 200 mm

  • revs max. empty 4200 / min

  • Cutting speed 56 m / s

  • Blade 254 x 30 mm

  • Blade inclination -1.5 – 46.5 °

  • Nominal absorbed power 2000 W

  • Power output 1270 W

  • Weight 33.4 kg

  • Cable length 3.1 m

  • Sound pressure level 99 dB (A)

  • Sound power level (LwA) 112 dB (A)

  • Uncertainty of measurement K3 dB (A)

Accessories supplied 

  • Blade with 40 alternating hard metal teeth

  • Stand stand

  • Hard rubber support pads

  • Guide for parallel cuts

  • Angular stop guide

  • Table top extension

  • Lateral extension

  • Housing for blades

  • Chip suction device,

  • 3m power cable

  • Push rod

We liked it

  • Ease of assembly

  • Robustness

  • Transportability

  • Safety

  • Price

We didn’t like it

  • Engine a little noisy

  • Protractor team that can be improved

  • Lack of knee emergency switch

Scheppach HS105 saw table

The Scheppach HS105 saw table is one of the top models in its class and represents a suitable solution for the novice hobbyist.

The worktop, comprising a table measuring 640mm x 640mm, can be expanded up to 920mm through a sliding guide that also acts as a handle to be pulled easily thanks to the lateral grooves that appear to be reasonably perpendicular to the blade.

The guides , made of excellent aluminum, slide easily and settings are facilitated by a millimeter line.

The guide block-protractor slides without delay and has good precision even in angled cuts.

The dividing knife is quite essential and thanks to a knob on the back it allows you to adjust the tension of the mechanism which, once locked, prevents any movement to guarantee the operator’s safety even for shallow or angular cuts.

The blade is 255mm 30mm.

Someone can quickly remove the plastic blade guard through an “L” slot in the upper part of the knife.

A handwheel on the front of the machine allows the height change of the blade which can produce deep cuts up to 80mm at 90 ° and 50mm at 45 °.

Always with the same handwheel, by acting on a release lever, you act on the inclination of the blade to make oblique cuts.
In both functions, the handwheel responds without play.

The quality of the cut appeared to us to be more than acceptable even on particularly hard materials.

I power the brush motor at 230V and offer a power of 2000W.

Beyond the features of this saw table

I achieved starting and locking through the use of two electrical switches placed on the front of the chassis.

We would also have preferred a mushroom stop to be activated with the knee in case of emergency.

The creation of a slide for horizontal cuts would also transform this saw table into a super precise machine, improving its use.

Efficient connection of the pipes for the suction of sawdust at the top and bottom of the cutting area.

The weight of the machine is about 30kg and is quite stable in its support.

Features: 

  • Dimensions: 920 x 720 x 1080 mm

  • Blade Ø: 255 mm

  • Hole: 30mm

  • Thickness: 2.8 – 3.0 mm

  • Dimensions of the table with extension: 640 x 870 mm

  • Cutting depth at 90 °: 80 mm

  • Cutting depth at 45 °: 50 mm

  • Motor Power: 2000 W

  • Weight: 30.6 kg

We liked it

  • Well designed and smooth squaring guide

  • Solid board

  • Extension of the work surface

  • Fairly aligned blade and clean cut

  • Good quality / price ratio

  • 2 in 1 flyer

  • T-slot gauge

We didn’t like it

  • Not very resistant paint

  • Slightly inaccurate blade-divider knife alignment

  • Excessive gap between blade and dividing knife

Conclusions

Even if, as we have seen, the purchase of the first saw table raises a series of questions and doubts, we are sure that starting from a correct analysis of your current and future needs you will identify the right direction in which to look.

The investment, somewhat demanding for the average enthusiast, is another reason that should push you to make the right choice.

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