What Is A Table Saw Used For?

The table mini table saw for miniatures is part of the family of stationary power saws. It is, alongside sliding table saws and panel saws, a saw capable of cutting a large quantity of wooden elements. 

A machine designed for intensive use without sacrificing precision.

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What Is A Table Saw Used For?

Reserved for professional use, the table saw comprises a circular blade adjustable. 

This is a stationary circular saw that you have to push the workpiece towards (by hand or using a pusher). 

Depending on the height of cut, the blade installed but also the power available, you can perform a wide variety of jobs with your table saw

For example, it allows you to trim planks, cut panels or even make fine cuts to install your parquet.

There are models with a light structure that are mobile or, on the contrary, heavier and fixed versions, to be sealed in a workshop.

How to choose a table saw?

To choose the table saw that suits you, we must review several criteria. You must first define the use you are going to reserve for this device. 

Depending on whether your need is occasional or more intense, it is not the same type of table saw that will suit you. 

Likewise, besides the intensity of your use, it is also the nature of the work you wish to undertake that will guide your choice. 

Therefore you should be interested in the height of cut, the power of the machine or even the available work surface.

Frequency of use of the table saw

How are you going to use your table saw

We can differentiate two needs. On the one hand, occasional use for a precise and unique job or almost, and on the other, a recurring need for frequent and varied jobs.

Occasional use of a table saw

Are you interested in the purchase of a table saw only for a one-off need such as for example the installation of a parquet or the realization of a piece of furniture? 

Here, we recommend you orient yourself towards a compact and entry-level model. 

This means that the power will be limited and that the cutting variety will be less than with a professional machine. 

However, classic cuts will be possible: hollowing out rebates, cutting off a series of parts or even straight sawing, or even bevel cutting is possible, even with a modest machine.

Occasional use will motivate the choice of a compact table saw

Regular use of a table saw

If your need is regular, it is necessary to choose a table saw complete with accessories. 

This applies to you in particular if you want to regularly trim wood panels or make cuts on parts of different length and thickness. 

To move from one task to another quickly and to have a versatile machine , it must be equipped with accessories (read our advice below to choose them well). 

It is also the power and the cutting height that are to be watched. Choose high values!

In both cases, whether you have occasional or regular use of your table saw, consider its bulk.

 If your workshop is large and allows you to have large machines, no problem. 

If space is limited, or if you need to use your table saw nomadically on sites, choose a compact and light model.

With more regular use, we advise you to invest in a more professional model

Power of the table saw

The power of a table saw directly determines its performance. Table saws are available on the market with a power ranging from 1000 to over 3500 W. 

There are single-phase or three-phase machines.

To make your choice, the principle is simple: cutting pieces of wood with a large section requires more power than for a thin piece.

 In addition, hardwood also requires more effort than softwood to be worked. 

Clearly, if you plan to work on thick pieces of wood, and if you want to have real comfort in use for thinner and softer pieces, opt for a powerful machine. 

If your work is limited to cutting a parquet, no need to look for performance. An entry-level machine with a power of 1000 W will suffice.

Power required in W for a table saw depending on the material to be cut

Blades of a table saw

As with other saws – whether stationary or portable – you must choose the blades according to the materials to be worked and the desired cutting style. 

The height of the blade is adjustable according to the thickness of the workpiece. 

There are blades with a diameter that varies between 190 and 315 millimeters. The teeth of the blades are variable depending on whether the wood is soft or hard.

It is possible to have several blades from the purchase of your machine on the most complete models.

 Failing that, try to buy several blades to meet all your needs.

There is a large choice of table saw blade depending on the type of cut chosen and the material to be worked.

It is important to choose a cutting table suitable for the jobs you want to do. I can make this of aluminum or cast steel.

Table saw cutting tables are classified into two categories.

  • With a dimension of 60 x 30 cm, they consider the table a small model.

  • By reaching a dimension of 80 x 70 cm, the table becomes large enough to work with longer wooden elements. 

Note that the cutting area is never very large. Almost impossible to find a larger table unless you switch to professional machines. 

But there is a solution: you can add an extension! Even on a compact machine with a small plate, an extension will make it easier to handle long pieces of wood.

Compact cutting table vs large cutting table

Blade change system

There are systems for quick blade change without tools. We recommend that you go for this solution as changing the blade should be easy for you, especially if you are working on a wide variety of wood types. 

Losing time with each blade change means precious minutes of work that fly away.

What if your table saw doesn’t have a tool-less quick blade change system? So you have to unlock the saw shaft and turn the blade until the locking mechanism engages. 

Then, with the wrench provided, remove the nut that holds the blade in position. Finally, simply remove the upper guard from the saw blade and extract the old blade.

On professional machines, I fastened the blade using even more complex elements. 

For example, remove the protective plates, then play with the locking bar and finally intervene on the branch shaft of the saw blade

This step is done with a wrench to remove the collar from the outer blade and the blade from the branch of the saw. Complex. Really prefer models with tool-less blade change …

Accessories for table saws

Make your table saw a complete machine with the wide variety of accessories you can add to it. 

Below, I summarize the options that can complement your table saw from the moment of purchase or later, to make it an ever more versatile machine.

A suction mouth: this is an option that we strongly recommend in order to limit dust emissions.

 Practical both to have an always clean cutting area and to limit wood chips in the workshop. 

It is enough to connect a vacuum cleaner to this mouth.

Feet: to move your machine, it is possible to install feet under the frame.

Lighting: it is possible to have a lighting system for the cutting area but also to have a laser to better visualize the cutting line.

Angular stops: these are specially designed stops for making angle cuts. There are also improved stops that help optimize blade height change.

The speed variator: practical, a speed variator makes it possible, as its name suggests, to manage the transmitted power, and in particular to adapt the rotation speed according to the wood or the material to be cut. 

Ideal if you want to use your table saw for cutting plastic or soft metals. 

Soft start: another solution that allows power management, soft start. 

This is an option that limits the starting current to allow progressive slenderness of the blade.

A push handle: to cut the pieces using your table saw, push the various elements yourself towards the blade. 

Unless you have a push handle. It is very practical to reduce the risk of accident by avoiding contact between your hands and the blade.

Blade guides: you can equip your machine with a parallel guide for straight edging. 

Another very useful option for making an angled and bevel cut is the indexable guide. It can allow you to tilt the blade 45 ° to cut at an angle. 

There are guides indexable from 0 to 60 °, in both directions.

Price of a table saw

You can buy a table saw with a reduced budget, less than €100. Here, you will have a machine with reduced possibilities with low power. 

This is the case, for example, with the 800 W TH-TS 820 table saw. EINHELL , which has an adjustable stop with two levels, a swiveling saw blade and a push system. 

It even has a protective cover with a dust extraction system.

Then, with a price higher than €200, we find much more complete machines and whose power is suitable for cutting many wood. 

The power of the machines varies from 1,200 to 1,800 or even 2,000 W. 

On these models, it is common to find table extensions, a parallel guide with quick locking and a very high working height.

These mid-range machines are also equipped with all the essential safety elements such as the push-handle, the punch stopper or even thermal protection (automatic stop in the event of overheating), not to mention the extraction systems. Dust to maintain a clean cut area.

The top of the range comprises table saws whose price exceeds € 1,000 and can reach several thousand euros. 

Here, of course, both the power and the variety of accessories make these machines professional tools. Example with the 3 100W table saw – TS250F1600 HOLZMANN.

 Despite its compact dimensions, it has a table with extension to work with enormous parts. 

I made all the elements that make up the table of aluminum with cutting capacities impossible to match with a conventional machine (80 mm at 90 ° and 60 mm at 45 °).

Using a table saw

In order to use a table saw safely, you need to equip yourself with some basic protective equipment. In particular, we recommend the use of protective glasses and gloves.

Having a push handle and blade guides securely in place is also essential to avoid moving parts unevenly and to avoid any risk of accidents.

Finally, a protector mounted on a pole with an automatic raising and lowering system can complete your installation.

 Whether we equipped your table saw with a scoring device or a postforming device, it is possible to find protective covers that will cover the blade.

This cover can be removed if necessary to make certain cuts of height less than the thickness of the part, or to make grooves and rebates.

Here, be extra vigilant and follow all the instructions.

Don’t neglect the choice of location. The weight of a table saw can quickly become significant and exceed 100 kg.

 So you need to have a solid enough floor to support everything. 

Likewise, for optimal operating comfort, your table saw must be placed on a regular surface and be level. You can use a sealing in the ground if necessary.

You need a relatively large space to move around it, and have a room with good lighting as well. 

The recommendation of most builders is to have 80cm of space around a table saw so that you can work safely.

Summary of the guide -Which table saw to choose?

Designed for cutting many pieces of wood, a table saw can provide you with finesse and speed of execution to cut effortlessly! 

There are models suitable for all needs. For occasional use and a particular site or on the contrary for daily use with various jobs, a table saw meets your needs. 

Besides the power, which directly determines the performance of the machine, you must pay attention to all the criteria of comfort and in particular the possibility of accessorizing your table saw

Anything that can help you guide the parts to be cut better will save you time. 

Above all, a push handle, a blade guide and an indexable guide or even good lighting and a suction system will simplify your work!

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