The table saw is the single most important item you will purchase for your shop. The quality and size of your projects will be determined by the precision and capacity of your saw. There are many factors to consider before you decide to invest your hard-earned money. Consider what your needs are and then determine which machine will best fit those needs. Rushing into purchasing this machine without first doing all your reading of table saw reviews will likely cause you to purchase a machine that won’t fit your needs. There are plenty of features to think about before you can make your ultimate decision. A few of these features are: Blade size, Arbor size, motor horsepower, and ease of operation, tilt of the blade, fence operation, rip fence, and safety features. We’ll discuss some of these features in this discussion today, however we will not be able to talk about everything within this one article.
Arbor dimensions are 5/8″ for a 10″ blade and 1″ or larger for blades larger than 10″. The precision and smoothness of all your cuts will certainly be determined by the strength and alignment of the Arbor. The Arbor is part of the trunnion which is what you will use to create 45° cuts. Be careful to always tilt away from the safety fence so the work piece doesn’t get pinched between the blade and also the fence and cause a kickback. Always remember when operating a table saw to think about safety first.
It should be standard practice to stand to the side while you cut and never directly behind the work piece to avoid injury. There are many kickback devices available on the market to help you avoid accidents. Be aware that some kickback devices might be just as dangerous as a kickback itself. If you don’t want metal flying at your face then you definitely should be careful and buy a wood or plastic kickback device. Simply be careful when you choose the type of kickback device you are likely to use. Always use a push stick or similar device when cutting to avoid loss of fingers.
The blade size and horsepower are related to each other. Larger blades will require more horsepower to generate those deep cuts or rips required to cut those larger pieces. Not enough horsepower may cause the blade to bind and in many cases get stuck in the middle of your cut, and that is never a very good or safe situation. For blades which are 10″ then you need to have at least 5 hp, 12″ to 14″ should be a minimum of 5 hp, and 14″ to 16″ should be a minimum of 7 ½ hp.
Like I stated previously these are only some of the factors to consider before you decide to purchase your table saw. Table saw reviews are an excellent way to gather all of the information you need to make a smart purchase. Make sure you purchase the right size saw you will need to complete all your future projects.
Written by Jack Donaldson
I have spent most of my life working with wood and on construction sites. A very good site to review is Portable Saw reviews