I know that every woodworker would dream of a good but still affordable table saw. There are a lot of table saws out there in the market. You have to be careful before you buying one because even the cheapest one is not really cheap so of course you want to make a good investment on it.
Table saw is quite an important addition to your workshop because it could do mostly any hard work, make them easier, and came out with great results. Although it’s not really cheap but if you buy the right table saw, it’s performance would blow your mind away.
There are four types of table saw that has their own target market so it won’t suit everyone. Besides knowing the characteristic of each type, there are also other things that you should know before buying one.
First thing is the board or the tabletopitself. It has to be straight and flat. If it’s not then don’t buy it. This is very important because if it’s not flat then the cutting that you were about to produced won’t be in a straight line, it will get along with the not flat table.
Second is the drive configuration. A table saw would use one or both of these drive configuration. There are direct-drive motors and belt-drive motors. Direct-drive motor means that the motor transfers all of its power directly to the blade. Meanwhile, the belt-drive motor means that it has a belt that transfers the power from the motor to the blade.
Third is the basic component. Usually all table saws would have basic components such as the motor, rip fence, miter gauge, and bevel system. The more expensive a table saw is the more it would be able to do a lot of hard work so it would need a lot of power. Note in mind that a dust collection is also an important part of the table saw.
Rip fence is a bar that works as a fence for the woods when it’s moving past the saw blade. Miter gauge is a guide for your woods when you want to make a precise cut or a cut at a special angle. And bevel system is a mechanism that will allow you to move around the blade so you could do a bevel cut. Bevel cut is also known as a miter cut so it’s just a cutting at a special angle.
Fourth is the blade. There are a couple types of blades that have their own function; rip blades which for cutting along the woods’ grain, crosscut blades which for cutting across the wood’s grains, combination blades which for ripping, crosscutting, and mitering, hollow ground blades which for cutting material like acrylic, and carbide-tipped blades which for producing a hardened finish on the cutting tips so it will have a longer cutting life.
Fifth is the accessory.There are also a couple of accessories and of course the right one will make your life even easier. An extension table will always become handy because it will give you more space to work with. Dado sets, with table saws you are able to make a couple of them in one cut which is very handy when you are making a cabinet or shelves that needs a lot of joinery. You could also make a tenon with table saw which some people might say that it takes time to get used to it but it worked pretty well.
Mobile stands will allow you to make your table saw go mobile but not all types of the table saw are able to use it because the cabinet table saw is very heavy so it’s a mission impossible to make it portable. The accessory does not stopped here because the list is still going on.Micro-adjust rip fences which will give you super fine control on your project while extendable rip fences will fold or slide out for expanded rip cutting.
Lastly is the price. As I said before that even the cheapest table saw is not really cheap. Each type of the table saw has its own price ranges. The portable table saw is the cheapest and probably suits who are new to woodworking. While the cabinet portable is the most expensive one and I think only a really professional woodworker that would spend that much money on a table saw. But a price really can’t lie because the cabinet table saw is the best table saw in terms of performance.
Knowing everything before you buy a table saw is very important. When you already have a good table saw you could add any accessories based on your needs. Or even when you already mastered everything in woodworking you could even build a table saw that would even be more personal because it would really fulfill all your needs in woodworking.