The Benefits of a Table Saw

There are many reasons that a person will enjoy using a table saw. They make cutting easier. It is a good replacement for a skill saw which you must hold up while you are cutting. Usually, the skill saw uses a set of saw horses as the table. They are more useful for straight cuts or angled cuts that you measure out before picking up the saw, but there are some people who say that with practice the circular saw can do anything that a table saw can do and then some. The table of the saw supports the saw blade and enables it to cut as deep or as shallow as you want it to. It can also angle the blade to give you bevels without you having to hold the saw at odd angles using your hand, although some say that you can do it easily with a skill saw. This often means that it is much easier for a novice to cut delicate cuts with a table attached to the saw. That is why many say that circular or skill saws are best used in the hands of higher-level woodworkers.

Table saws are useful for creating shelving units from scrap pieces of wood. They can make picture frames with ease and you will always know that you have the same angles on each end of the wooden piece you are cutting so that everything will fit together the way you want it to, the first time you give it a try. These saws can do a huge variety of things and help you build anything that you have your mind set on building and in most cases, they are a lot safer to deal with than a skill saw, especially when you are cutting smaller pieces of wood that may not be held properly by sawhorses. To use a table saw, you only have to set it up and then guide the wood along while the saw cuts it. The wood will be held by braces and other things to help minimize the risk of kickbacks.

If you have a small workshop, a saw that comes with its own table may also be beneficial because it can serve multiple purposes when not being used as a saw. There are some people who use it as a table to assemble their woodworking projects by simply lowering the blade and getting to work. Combine that with the fact that it can take the place of several other saws that normal woodworking projects can require and you have definitely can see how it is able to save space so that you have more room to work within your small workshop.

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.

Whether you are a DIY weekend warrior or a full-time hobbyist, you know that having the right tool within easy reach can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter whether you are tackling your “Honey-Do” list, trying to build a shelf, or remodeling your home; a carpenter’s job is never done. For that reason, one of the most popular tools available, and the most recommended for projects both large and small; is the table saw. It is with good reason because these saws can do so many things. They can make quick work of all projects and make armature hobbyists feel like true, professional, carpenters.

What Is a Table Saw?

A table saw is a woodworking tool that has a circular saw blade and it is mounted to the underside of a table. The blade itself is mounted on what is called an arbor and the arbor gains power from a motor. The motor may be belt driven or it could be a direct drive motor. Belt Driven saws require you to check the belts occasionally to ensure that they work properly. To be an effective cutting machine, the saw blade will adjust from the bottom and comes up through slots in the table. When you turn on the blade, it will spin rapidly. From there, you lay a piece of wood on the table, slowly working it toward the cutting blade. The table will support the wood that you are working with and as long as you push and move the board around, your cuts will always be where you want them to be.

By using this type of saw, you have control over the depth of the cut. You can create grooves within a piece of wood or cut it straight across and all the way through. Some blades are fixed blades, which means that the table will raise and lower over the blade. This is an older style table saw. The newer tables allow the blade to raise and lower. Some may also tilt so that you can cut angles, which is ideal for creating bevels. Miter cuts are also an option if you choose the right saw and table.