How To Choose Your Table Saw

The ultimate stationary circular saw, Best Table Saw For Cabinet Making allows you to edge planks, panels or cut your parquet.

 Its power, size, table and cutting height are all characteristics to consider when making your selection! Light on the saws!

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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

Important features

  • Blade

  • Table

  • Power

  • Cutting height

  • Work surface

Choosing the best table saw for its use

It depends on the work you have to do and how often you use it . The three major criteria to remember are:

  • cutting height ;

  • power;

  • work surface.

Occasional use

If you just need to lay parquet in your living room, a small entry-level table saw will do the trick. 

You’ll be able to cut the ends of your blades with precision and get your job done quickly, working comfortably and safely .


A low power and cutting height are required.

Sustained use 

If you regularly have panels to trim and cross or even miter cuts to make , opt instead for a larger model that combines optional accessories and bias cutting up to 45 ° . Horsepower, determined by the sections you have to cut , should be a prime criterion like cutting height . 
Weight and size are not to be neglected, especially if you are short of space or if you want to move your table saw on construction sites  !

Description of a table saw

The table saw is a stationary circular saw; it’s basically a circular saw installed under a table. 

I adjusted the blade in height to more or less protrude from the table by the light. 

Thus, we can cut a quantity of trays, boards and other pieces of wood , by pushing them along the blade by hand or via pushers. 

Depending on its size ,  power and accessories, you can cut pieces of wood of different sections and from different angles.

 Relative to its weight and structure , the table saw can be mobile or stationary in the workshop .

Detailed view of a table saw

The characteristics of a table saw

Installed under the table, the circular saw allows the edging of panels (wood, particles), or even the cutting of soft metals depending on the type of blade.

Blade: chief characteristics 

I chose the blade to accord to the type of material to be cut and its height is adjustable according to the thickness of the latter. 


The diameter of the blade varies roughly between  190 and 315 mm, with carbide teeth.
Protective covers which ensure the safety of the user surround the blade: you!  

Table material and dimensions

The table, in aluminum or cast steel , of the saw is not very large:

The work surface is not huge; therefore, there are many accessories, such as table extensions , which improve user comfort by increasing the useful surface .

Power and weight of the table saw

Power 

The power varies between 1000 and 3800 W and is relative to the ability of the saw to cut pieces of wood

Large section hardwood requires more power than a 30mm pine batten. Therefore, the machine can single or three phase .

Weight

The weight is variable and relative to the power , size and material of the structure and the table. 
Table saws rarely weigh less than 30 kg, however, and for ease of handling, it can fit them with a frame with wheels .

Miter saw function

The miter saw function remains quite marginal. The principle is to reverse the position of the saw to use it from above the table. We use this saw to make miter cuts cuts between 0 and 90 °  relative to the piece of wood.
To do this, we equip the table with a graduated turntable and the saw with an articulated arm allowing you to descend on the piece of wood to be cut.
We can also make miter cuts with an angular stop .

Table saw options

There are also several optional elements depending on the table saws:

  • a suction mouth so as not to get lost in a cloud of wood dust; 

  • an illuminating laser for better visualization of the cutting line;

  • improved stops for better blade height change (cast iron handwheels);

  • a push handle to avoid putting your hands too close to the blade;

  • a parallel guide for straight edging;

  • the inclination of the blade on 45 ° offering angled cuts;

  • a speed variant or cutting for cutting materials other than wood (plastics and soft metals);

  • a gradual start or a current limitation at the start for a progressive slenderness of the blade;

  • an angular stop for angle cuts;

  • a cart or legs fitted with wheels to be moved.

So many accessories to make your job easier!

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