Which Type of Table Saw Do You Want

Which Type of Table Saw Do You Want?

There are several different price ranges when it comes to table saws, however, there are really only three different types of saw. You have the contractor style saw, the cabinet saw, and a hybrid saw that combines the best of both worlds. To give you an idea of what that means for you, and your pocket, we have done the work and compared the saws so that you can get an idea of what you may be looking for.

Cabinet Style Saws are great for most people who enjoy taking their skills to a bit higher tech level. They are equipped with large motors and their table base is fully enclosed to keep the dust down. They also have quality parts that move easily, no matter what you are attempting to do with it. Most owners say that they are easy to use and extremely accurate. However, they are more expensive than the other two saw types and they are extremely heavy. They are designed to be put into a shop and left there.

The contractors saw is more affordable and lightweight, but it is louder when running than the other two saw types. They are designed to be carried from one job to the next. The downside is, you lose the fully enclosed table area, so dust is able to fly everywhere, and they are generally not as well built or easy to control. You may think that it should be the other way around, but the idea seems to be that contractors have a better understanding of the cut that they want and can set it to cut the way they want it to be, because they are more skilled. The truth is; most hobbyists will end up using a contractor’s style saw because it is more affordable for them and can still help them get the job done. Within the contractor’s style saws, you will find the words “portable saws” a lot. Often, these saws will have wheels to help them be more portable and therefore some people say “contractor’s saw” while others say “portable”.

The Hybrid saw is one of the newest types of table saws available. It is more powerful than the contractor style saw, but not as powerful as the cabinet saw. It is also lighter than the cabinet saw, but not as light as the contractor style. All features of it are somewhere between one and the other, even the price. It is ideal for both professionals and hobbyists. These saws may also have a base that is fully enclosed to keep the dust down, but some of them have shorter legs and less of an enclosure.

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