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Choosing a Good Table Saw Extension

Choosing a Good Table Saw Extension

Have you ever been using a table saw, but just did not have enough support or space to accommodate larger workpieces? Well, there is a good solution to your problem, and that comes in the form of a nifty table saw extension.

Why A Table Saw Extension?

A table saw extension can help you out in a few different ways, and they serve several different purposes. Here are some of the most beneficial aspects of getting yourself a table saw extension.

Extra Space & Support

An extension table can extend either the width or the length of your table saw table top.

A width extension is very useful for making cross cuts on longer pieces and for working on wider pieces such as pieces of plywood. A length extension, which can come in the form of an in feed or out feed extension, is useful for working on long pieces and ripping long boards.

The extra support provided helps to keep the wood upright and horizontal, thus preventing it from tipping downwards due to a lack of support. This helps to increase the ease and accuracy at which you can make cuts.

Added Weight

The next beneficial part about a table saw extension is that they help add some weight to your table saw, something that is particularly good if you have a smaller portable table saw. Some extra weight helps to add stability to your table saw, it can help reduce wobble, and it can help reduce excess noise and vibration too.

Safety

A lack of support can cause the wood to slump down once it leaves the table space, causing the wood close to you, the part that has not been fed through the blade yet, to tip up.

Instead of using one hand to hold the workpiece in the air, you can use that hand to hold the wood down on the table and feed it through the blade. It helps increase safety by minimizing the need to hold the wood in place, thus keeping your fingers at a safe distance from the blade.

Portability

Instead of getting a huge stationary table saw, you can get a smaller table saw and combine that with an extension.

Many table saw extensions can be added or removed in just minutes, thus making your initial table saw much smaller and easier to store and transport.

Moreover, many table saw extensions can slide under the table saw to form a compact package, as well, some of them fold down into a small package, and in both cases this greatly increases the versatility and portability of your table saw.

What To Look For When Buying A Table Saw Extension

Table saw extensions are not all that expensive, but before you go out any buy one you will want to keep a few things in mind. Here are a few things to consider before you make your purchase so that you get a table saw that fits your exact needs.

Your Needs

Of course there are different types of table saw extensions, some of which add to the width of your table, some which increase out feed or in space, as well as those which do multiple of those things. It is up to you to decide where you need the extension to determine what type of extension that you need.

Table Or Simple Extension

Another thing to consider before making your purchase is what type of table saw extension you want. What we mean here is that there are a variety of sizes and attachment methods.

Simple Add On Extensions

There are simple extensions which use sliding bars and a set of bolts or screws to attach to the table top. These are usually lighter in weight, they don’t contain a full table top (only support rails), and they don’t require support legs.

This type is usually the easiest to install, the most compact, is very convenient, and also the least expensive, but they do only provide limited support. This type is quite versatile and ideal for portability’s sake.

Full Table Top Extension

Another choice to go with is an extension that actually has a full table top. This type of extension will generally be a little more expensive due to having more material on it. As well, this type of extension provides a whole lot of support thanks to having a solid table top.

This type of extension needs a more comprehensive attachment system than the previous option, and often needs to be bolted straight onto the table, thus requiring slightly more effort, materials, and tools to attach.

Also, this type of extension tends to be a lot heavier than the previous choice, thus requiring support legs. A full table extension is less portable than the previous choice, is harder to install and remove, and is ideal for more stationary saws, but they do provide a lot of much needed support.

Fully Comprehensive Stand & Extension Combo

The final option you can go with is like a combination between a stand and an extension. This type of extension is usually the most versatile regarding being compatible with a wide array of table saws.

Moreover, this type gives you a whole lot of space extension, and is usually compatible with multiple other extensions, thus allowing you to add both width and length to your table saw, which is in fact the type of extension we have chosen as the number one choice of table saw extension.

This type of extension tends to be a little heavier and bulkier, plus less portable than other extensions. However they add the most support and stability by far. On a side note, this type of extensions also tends to be the most expensive.

Portability Or Support

This is going off of the last section about the different kinds of extensions. The trick here is to decide whether you want a more comprehensive table saw extension that will provide the ultimate in support, but will be a little less portable, or if you want a less comprehensive support system that is going to be a little less supportive, but much more portable. The ideal is to get a nice combination of support, portability, and a decent price too.

Table Saw Compatibility

Yet another thing to keep in mind is that most table saw extensions are built for one specific or a specific set of table saws. You need to buy the right model of table saw extension that will fit your table saw. You can’t but just any extension and hope that it fits the table saw you have.

The Material

Generally speaking, as a good rule of thumb, the more metal your table saw extension is made of the better it is. You want to minimize plastic or rubber components, and ideally there shouldn’t be any of those things. The support legs and rails should definitely be made of metal.

As well, if you get an extension with a full table top, it should also be made of metal, or at least a very durable professional grade laminate. The support system needs to be strong to prevent it from bending or breaking, and in the case that you have a table top, it needs to be as smooth as can be to facilitate a smooth, safe, and accurate cut.

Table Saw Extensions: Reviews

Rousseau 2780 Table Saw Stand for Smaller Portable Saws Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Rousseau 2780 Table Saw Stand for Smaller Portable Saws Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Adds several feet of width to your table saw
  • Compatible without feed and router extensions.
  • ​Works with many different portable table saws.
  • ​Very strong and durable builds.
  • ​Folds down for easy storage and portability.
  • ​Includes a T-Square fence.
  • ​Easily attach most portable table saws.
  • ​Easy to set up.
  • Provides extra support and stability for various projects.
  • Slightly heavy and bulky.

This is probably one of the very best table saw extensions that we have ever seen. One of the best parts about this item is that it is compatible with a wide variety of smaller portable table saws. Portable table saws such as the DEWALT DWE 7480 and DW 745, the Bosch GTS 1031, the SKIL SPT 70WT-22, and the Makita 2703 will all be able to fit this extension with minimal effort.

All you need to do is place your portable table saw in the frame and then use the micro adjust assembly to quickly, securely, and firmly attach your table saw to the frame of the extension. This is one of the most versatile extensions for a portable table saw that we have ever seen.

A series of easy to adjust clamps and bolts help you attach your portable table saw with minimal effort so you can quickly set it up on the go, plus you can switch the saws that you use with it without too much trouble.

We really like the fact that the frame of this extension table is made out of solid metal so you know that it will last for ages, plus the table tops of the extension are very smooth and facilitate an easy glide for accurate and quick cuts.

This is a very convenient table saw extension, because while it is a full table set up and is fairly large, it is also fairly lightweight, not to mention that it can fold down into a neat little compact package for quick storage and easy transportation.

This thing also includes a fully adjustable T-square fence that clamps down securely on the surface of the table for accurate and fully supported cuts. The fence can be easily adjusted to various positions and enables you to rip bigger pieces with ease.

The Rousseau 2780 Extension provides you with close to four feet of extra width, something that is great for ripping larger pieces, making cross cuts on extra-long pieces, and working on wide pieces such as plywood sheets.

Moreover you can also buy some extra accessories with this table extension. This extension table is compatible with the Model 2720 Out Feed Table, which helps to extend your table saws out feed length by a few feet, something that is great for adding extra support and stability when working on long pieces. This enables you to rip extra-long pieces with ease.

This table extension is also compatible with the Model 2780 Extension table, which extends the width of the table to the left, plus it is also compatible with the Model 2780 – RXT Router Extension Table. The Rousseau 2780 is by far the strongest, most versatile, and simple to use table saw extension that we have ever seen.

It extends the width of your table on the right by a few feet, it folds for easy storage, it works with a vast number of portable table saws, it has a very durable build, and it can even support various other extensions too. This is a comprehensive table saw extension system that will provide you with a portable and versatile work space without a doubt.

DEWALT DW7441 Side and Outfeed Support Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

DEWALT DW7441 Side and Outfeed Support Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Rugged metal construction.
  • Works as an out feed table and side extension.
  • ​Adds over 2 feet of length and width to your table saw.
  • ​Provides support and stability for long and wide pieces.
  • ​Extends and retracts on demand.
  • ​Easy to attach and detach.
  • Helps to reduce kickback.
  • Only works with the DEWALT DW744 Table Saw.
  • Does not add quite as much support as a proper extension table.

If you have a DEWALT DW744 10 – inch table saw, then this table saw extension is definitely something for you to consider. The specific table saw that this extension is made for is not all that large and does not have much room to accommodate very long or extra-wide pieces, but this extension wing helps to solve that problem with ease.

Perhaps the best part about the DEWALT DW7441 Side and Out Feed Support is that it is very versatile. This extension wing can be attached to both the back end of your table saw to provide you with over two feet of out feed space. This is great to reduce kickback, plus it also adds a support and stability for any workpiece to increase the accuracy and ease at which you can make cuts, something that is useful for ripping extra-long pieces.

This extension table can also be attached to the side of your table saw to provide over two feet of width, which is useful for making cross cuts on long pieces or for working on particularly wide pieces such as sheets of plywood. Either way, the added support and stability provided by this extension wing will definitely make life much easier.

Another thing that is very convenient about this particular extension system is that the attaching rods can easily slide under the table saw, thus allowing you to extend or retract it at a moment’s notice. This is great because it helps add support, weight, and stability to your table, while at the same time allowing for a compact package that remains highly versatile and portable.

Yet another great part about this DEWALT extension wing is that it features a very robust all metal construction, something that everyone can appreciate because it helps make this thing an item that will be able to hand large amounts of weight and will definitely serve you for years to come.

Rousseau 2720 PortaMax 18-Inch by 48-Inch Folding Outfeed Table Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Rousseau 2720 PortaMax 18-Inch by 48-Inch Folding Outfeed Table Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Made of durable steel.
  • Powder coated build.
  • ​Professional grade laminate table top.
  • ​Aids in kickback prevention.
  • ​Extends your workspace by 45 inches.
  • Folding legs for easy storage and portability.
  • Only compatible with certain Rousseau table saw stands.

One really great option to go with if you are looking for a table saw extension is the Rousseau PortaMax Folding Outfeed Table. If you want to work on longer pieces of wood or other big workpieces, the Rousseau PortaMax definitely makes for a good choice because it will extend the out feed capabilities of your Rousseau table saw by 45 inches, thus giving you the extra stability and support you need to keep the wood straight, level, and to help prevent kickback too.

This particular table saw stand is compatible with several Rousseau table saw stand models including the Rousseau 2790, 2780, 2745, 2775, and 2700-XL table saw stands. Something that we really like about this extension table is that it is made out of high grade materials, most notably it has a solid steel construction that is durable and will last for ages to come.

The steel is powder coated for scratch resistance and extra durability, plus the table top is made of HPL professional grade laminate to ensure a smooth glide.

Furthermore, the leading edge of this table saw extension is just slightly lower than the back end, something which helps to further prevent kickback, something that can be quite dangerous and also decrease the accuracy of your cuts.

Another thing that you will be able to appreciate about this model of table saw extension is that it has folding legs to form a compact package for easy storage and transportation. Simply fold out the legs when you need the extension and fold them back in when it’s time to move.

This is an out feed extension that will let you work on extra-long pieces with increased ease, precision, and safety.

Bosch TS1008 Left Side Support for Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Bosch TS1008 Left Side Support for Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Solid aluminium construction.
  • Extends the width of your Bosch saw by one foot.
  • ​Adds support, safety, and stability to your table saw.
  • ​Allows you to work on wider and longer pieces.
  • ​Easily mounted.
  • Retracts for portability.
  • Only works for certain Bosch table saw models.
  • Slightly lower than the table saw surface.

If you have a Bosch 4000, 4100, or GTS1041 table saw, you will definitely want to consider the Bosch TS1008 Left Side Support, especially if you use your table saw a lot and tend to work on fairly large pieces.

This table saw extension wing is a good choice because it works to extend the width of your table saw on the left side by over one foot. This is a very useful thing because it allows you to work on very wide workpieces without having them hanging off of the side of your table saw top.

The extra space, support, and stability provided by this extension wing will help to increase the safety, accuracy, and ease at which you can make cuts. This lets you work on wider pieces such as plywood sheets with increased ease, plus it also helps you make cross cuts on very long pieces without having to worry about precision or safety.

Another thing that makes this extension wing a very convenient choice is because it is very easy to install. All you need is a hex wrench and needle nose pliers to attach this extension to your saw table in mere seconds.

Even better is that the extension bars can be retracted under the table saw top for the ultimate in versatility. When you need the extension, simply pull it out, and when you are done with it, just push it back under the table to form a neat little package which is ideal for storage or transportation.

Furthermore, the aluminum construction of this table saw extension is lightweight and yet still very durable. It’s an extension that you don’t have to worry about regarding bending or breaking under the weight of any piece of wood. If you need a reliable, strong, and useful extension for your Bosch table saw, this is definitely the way to go.

SawStop CNS-07-017 Contractor Saw Cast Iron Extension Wing Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

SawStop CNS-07-017 Contractor Saw Cast Iron Extension Wing Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Cast iron build.
  • Very smooth table top.
  • ​Easily attaches to the CNS Contractor Saw.
  • ​Increases weight of your saw for stability.
  • ​Extends left of right of your saw by 1 foot.
  • ​Precision ground.
  • Increases the ease of making cross cuts.
  • Requires tools to attach.
  • Only made for the SawStop CNS Contractor Saw.
  • ​Needs modifications to attach to other models.
  • Heavy and fairly immobile.

Another great option for extending the work surface of your table saw is the SawStop Contractor Saw Cast Iron Extension Wing. Now this is not an in feed or out feed extension to help extend the length of your table saw top, but is in fact a side extension to extend the width of your table saw, either to the left or right of your saw table, or even on both sides.

This table saw width extension table is specifically designed for the SawStop CNS Contractor Saw and provides you with lots of space. While this model is only designed for the SawStop Contractor Saw, with a few extra holes drilled, it can also be mounted to several other table saw tops and tables, plus it can also be modified to fit either the left or right side of your saw.

If you need extra support and space for things like plywood and other wider materials, this extension wing is a good choice because it extends the witch of your saw by a whole foot, which means that doing things like cutting wide plywood sheets is made much easier and safer.

Moreover, this extension table is also very convenient for helping you make cross cuts on extra-long pieces as well, because it helps support the underside of the wood so it moves around less and also helps to reduce kickback.

Something that we really like about this model is that it is made of solid cast iron, so you know that it isn’t going to crack or break down after just a short period of time. This thing has also been precision ground to .0001 inches, and the whole top is extra smooth to facilitate and easy glide so you can feed wood through the blade without issue.

This is a useful thing to have, not only because it increases the size of your workspace, but also because it weighs 35 pounds, and thus adds some weight to your overall table saw setup, thus adding stability and reducing noise and vibration through the virtue of making your saw heavier.

This extension does need to be attached directly to the table saw top, thus eliminating the need for support legs, but that also means that it makes for a less portable table saw, because moving the saw means having to detach the extension every time, which can only be done with the use of tools.

Choosing A Good Table Saw Extension – Conclusion

As you can see, there are many different types and models of table saw extensions to choose from, each of which have their own purposes and benefits. The trick is to identify what your problems are and what your needs are. If you have done that you will be able to choose the extension that is right for you, one that is as portable, strong, and supportive as you need it to be.

scroll saw techniques

Scroll Saw Techniques

You may have learned the basics of using a scroll saw, from turning on the unit to using it in cutting various patterns. But there are still a lot of scroll saw techniques that you need to learn if you want to make projects easier and of course, more successful.

The following are some of the scroll saw techniques that you should keep in mind the next time you use this powerful working tool:

There should be enough lighting in your workplace

There’s really no reason why you would want to work in a low lighting area. Not only does lack of light put you at risk of getting into an accident, but it can also make it a lot more difficult to use a scroll saw.

Simply put, there should be enough light in your workplace when you are using a scroll saw. This would let you see the pattern line properly, so you can get a clean cut.

Poor lighting can also make it difficult for you to see the black blade and black lines visually merging. You may find it hard to tell the exact position of the saw blade along the line. It is thus recommended that you get lights which you can mount onto the scroll saw. An alternative would be to work in an area where there’s a lamp next to the saw.

Cut dry wood

Cut dry wood only. Cutting wet wood with a scroll saw can have an effect on the blade of your scroll saw. It can specifically wear down the blade and shorten its lift.

How to quickly change blades

One of the things you will have to learn if you want to make successful scroll saw projects in the shortest time possible is efficient blade changes. You should know that blades either become dull or broken after 30 minutes or so of use. Thus you will need a good supply of blades.

The best way to quickly retrieve blades is to place one on a magnetic strip which is then attached to the scroll saw stand.

How to prevent warping

Warping pertains to the deviation from flatness in wood due to stress and uneven shrinkage. It is very common in thin plywood.

The best way to prevent warping when using scroll saw is to store the wood in a dry and flat surface. Then put a heavier piece of wood on top of it.

Warped plywood, however, should not be thrown away. You can remedy it by dampening its surface and then putting it on a flat surface. Then place another heavy wood on it before leaving it for a week or more.

Scroll Saw Techniques

How to achieve a successful drill pressing

One of the more common sources of frustration among novice scroll saw users is splitting, especially when drilling a hole through a thin piece of wood. You can avoid this by putting a scrap piece below the work piece.

If you are drilling through a thicker piece of wood, the key is to drill down until you are about to break through the bottom surface. Then stop drilling the wood and turn it over. Finish the job, so to speak, by drilling from the other side of the wood.

Avoid throwing away cutouts

Many novice woodworkers throw away their cutouts prematurely. But you shouldn’t do this especially if you are working on a detailed fretwork project with large cutout areas.

There’s still use for pieces of wood that have been cut out. For one, you can save the pieces you have cut out and then put them back in the work area. Just don’t glue them down. This way, you can provide extra support to the fragile pieces as you work on the rest of the piece.

How to prevent burning

Even the most experienced scroll saw users say that there are wood types such as cherry that are impossible to cut without burning the edges. The problem worsens when the blade of the saw starts to get dull.

So how do you prevent this typical problem? Simply put a clear packaging tape on top of the pattern. This will prevent the sawdust from gathering beneath the scroll saw. It also helps in lubricating the blade.

You can also set the scroll saw at a higher speed when you are working on a thicker and harder piece of wood. When you are dealing with soft and thin woods, then set the speed to low setting.

Taking care of the blades

The blades of scroll saws are very likely to rust if you don’t use the tool for a long time. You can prevent this by oiling them.

You must also check on the blade first before using the saw. It must be properly secured as well. Dull or bent blades can lead to uneven cuts which can ruin your project.

Ideal position when operating a scroll saw

You can stand or sit while operating a scroll saw. But since you’re an amateur, it is recommended that you stand in front of the tool so you can easily feed the work into the blade. It would also let you operate the saw without much effort.

Whether you stand or sit when operating a scroll saw, you should make yourself comfortable. Keep in mind that working on a project could go on for hours so there’s always the possibility of fatigue and stiff neck creeping in.

If you want to keep seated when operating a scroll saw, you may want to use a swivel chair. This would let you adjust the piece of wood comfortably without leaning over, or straining your muscles.

Let the scroll saw work for you

This means less pushing on your part, as it can lead to easier cutting. Pushing the wood too much into the blade can lead to broken blades.

Conclusion

Now that you know 10 techniques in using a scroll saw, you should be on your way to getting your projects done accurately and quickly.

hybrid table saw

Hybrid Table Saw

If you don’t know what a hybrid table saw is, you are about to find out. A hybrid table saw is a great mix of Portability and capacity, which has made the hybrid table saw one of the most sought after table saw options out there.

This article is going to cover what a hybrid table saw is, what to look for when buying one, what the benefits are, and we’ll also share with you what we think the best hybrid table saws are.

What Is A Hybrid Table Saw?

A hybrid table saw is a great middle ground mix of the contractor table saw, and the cabinet style table saw. A hybrid table saw a similar motor as a highly portable contractor table saw, but also contains many of the different features of a higher end cabinet style contractor saw.

The hybrid table saw has an internally mounted motor like a cabinet saw and also have lighter trunnions. They tend to come in a medium size with a medium cutting and ripping capacity, and many different safety and precision features such as an advanced fence, miter gauge, and dust collection ports.

A hybrid table saw is a great option to go with if you need a good table saw for your shop that can handle almost any job except for the very largest.

Things To Consider When Buying A Hybrid Table

These are big power tools, and that usually means a pretty hefty price. So to ensure that you spend your money wisely, there are a few key aspects that you should keep in mind. Here are the most important considerations to make before you buy any hybrid table saw.

The Size & Weight

If you need a more portable table saw, then you should find one that weighs under 350 pounds. Finding one that has wheels is a bonus if you want to be able to move the table saw around.

Keep in mind that hybrid table saws can weigh up to 500 pounds. These tend to have some additional features and are made of more solid materials and usually, have some extra power.

The weight of the saw will also determine its size to a certain degree. If you need a hybrid table saw for very large projects that have a high ripping capacity, you will want a model that has around 50 inches of ripping capacity to the right of the blade, you’ll most likely want a model that has an extension table.

If you need a hybrid table saw for smaller jobs, one with a 30-inch ripping capacity will probably do.

The Power

Another important thing to keep in mind when buying a hybrid table saw is how much power it has. A 120-volt table saw with a 1.75 horsepower motor that can deliver at least 3,400 rounds per minute which are ideal for smaller and less power-intensive jobs.

However, if you need a saw for those bigger jobs, then you will want a model that can also function with 240 volts, has at least a 2 horsepower motor, or ideally 3 horsepower, which provides at least 3,800 to 4,300 rounds per minute of blade spin. How fast the blade spins and how powerful the motor is will determine what kind of materials you can cut through.

Blade Elevation & Cutting Capacity

Another thing that you need to think about before buying a table saw is its cutting capacity.

A cutting capacity of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at a vertical 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches with the blade at 45 degrees should be the minimal cutting depth of any table saw you get. Also, the blade should obviously be able to bevel anywhere from 90 degrees (vertical) to 45 degrees to the left.

The Fence & Miter

A decent hybrid table saw will have a fence on a good rail system that making it easy to move, it should be easy to measure the distance between the blade and the fence, and the fence should be made of a material that makes it easy to push the wood along it. Finally, the fence needs to have a good clamping or securing system so you can rest assured that it won’t move while you work.

On that same note, any hybrid table saw you get should also have a good miter gauge. Some miter gauges can go from being at 0 degrees all the way to 45 degrees to the right, which is ideal for basic straight and cross-cutting jobs.

However, there are also more advanced versions where the miter gauge can move up to 60 degrees to the right or left, which is ideal for professionals making many different kinds of cross cuts. Finally, the miter gauge should ideally rest in a standard T-slot. This will ensure that you can remove it and replace it with various after-market add-ons such as a cross cut sled.

The Cabinet

The final thing to consider before you buy a hybrid table saw is the cabinet which houses all of the main components. You should make sure to get a fully enclosed cabinet. This may make it harder to get to the saw if something breaks, but it also helps protect the saw better. Moreover, the cabinet should also include a dust collection feature, or at least a dust collection port to hook up an external dust collector. A closed base is also ideal because it helps to reduce noise and vibration that all table saws make.

The Benefits Of A Hybrid Table Saw

A hybrid table saw usually has a decent amount of power, it will have the features of a cabinet saw (T-slot miter gauge, telescopic fence, tool-less blade guard, riving knife, and more). In essence, the benefit of having a hybrid table saw is that it is a good middle ground option between the smaller and less powerful contractor saw, and the larger more powerful cabinets saw.

The Best Hybrid Table Saws

If you are on the market for a brand new hybrid table saw, you may want to look at some of the following options. They are by far the best hybrid table saws that your money can buy and are definitely working keeping in consideration.

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife, 10-Inch Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife, 10-Inch Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to adjust.
  • Decent power level – 3,850 RPM.
  • High cutting capacity.​
  • ​Good ripping capacity – over 30 inches.
  • ​Ideal for medium sized jobs.
  • ​Can do normal and dado cuts.
  • ​Camlock T Fence and Miter gauge for precision.
  • ​Anti-kickback pawls and blade guard for safety.
  • ​4-inch dust collection port.
  • ​High-quality materials – cast iron table.
  • ​Riving knife for ease of cutting.
  • Very affordable price.
  • Blade elevation system could use improvement.
  • Weighs over 400 pounds.

A great option if you are looking for a good middle ground between a high-end contractor saw and a table saw, The Grizzly Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is a good option to keep in mind. It has a lot of power, it is not too heavy, it’s highly versatile, and will get the job done every time.

Features

One of the things that we really like about this hybrid table saw is that even though it is a hybrid saw, it still manages to provide quite a bit of power and capacity. The Grizzly has a 2 horsepower 220 volt motor with a blade speed of 3,850 rounds per minute. This means that it has more than enough power to get through the toughest of materials. The serpentine belt and pulley system that this hybrid table saw utilizes provides for a very quiet and smooth cutting experience, not to mention maximum power transfer too.

The adjustable blade elevation lets you choose to cut materials as thick as 3 - 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees. The adjustable blade bevel also allows you to cut materials at a 45-degree angle, and the cutting depth at 45 degrees is 2 -3/16 inches.

We also like this hybrid table saw because it has been built with quality in mind. The high-grade materials serve to provide you with a very durable table saw. This is in large thanks to the precision ground cast iron table that allows for a smooth glide and will last for years to come.

The table itself provides you with 30 inches of rip capacity to the right of the blade and 12 inches to the left. Plus the cabinet also features a powder coat paint finish to ensure its longevity even further, not to mention that it also has cast iron trunnions too.

Another convenient feature of this hybrid table saw is that it features a telescopic fence. This fence helps to increase the rip capacity by several feet, plus the fence itself is very easy to adjust, it’s easy to measure the distance between the blade and fence, and it can be securely locked down to the table as well.

Moreover, this thing also comes with an easy to adjust T-slot miter gauge for making cross cuts. The knurled knobs make adjusting the fence easy, and the large spindle wheel controls make adjusting the miter easier than ever.

Something else to appreciate about this saw is that it has some good safety features too. This thing has an easy glide fence system that provides for a smooth glide and keeps the wood in place. That is complemented by the included riving knife that prevents both kick back and wood rotation.

Moreover, this table saw also has an advanced blade guard system that can be adjusted to suit your needs, a guard that keeps your fingers safe. Furthermore, the anti-kickback pawls help to prevent kickback for your safety, plus the pawls can also be retracted. Finally, for your added convenience this hybrid table saw also comes with a 4-inch dust collection port for easy cleanup.

Shop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Shop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Lots of space – even more with the extension – large rip capacity.
  • Cast iron table and wings.
  • ​Lots of cutting power – 4,300 RPM.
  • ​Medium cutting capacity.
  • ​Various safety features.
  • ​Easy to adjust in various aspects – guard, anti-kickback pawls, spreader/riving knife.
  • ​Tool-less blade guard assembly.
  • ​Highly adjustable fence and miter gauge.
  • ​Magnetic, thermal overload protection.
  • 4-inch dust collection port.
  • Very heavy.
  • Not very portable – no wheels.
  • Dust collection system not included.

This is a very highly advanced hybrid table saw option to consider. The Shop Fox W1819 Table Saw has a lot of room to work with, it is quite powerful, it has a number of precision features, and a variety of safety aspects too. This is definitely one of the best choices that you could go with.

Features

One of the best features of this hybrid table saw is the large amount of power that it provides you with. The 3 horsepower motor delivers you with over 4,300 of blade spin to get through some very tough materials.

Moreover, the Shop Fox has a large cutting capacity of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches with the blade at 45 degrees. As you can see, this saw has the ability to handle some fairly thick and tough materials without question.

This table saw also has a decent ripping capacity of 29 inches to the right of the blade, which is great for smaller jobs. However, to work on bigger pieces, for a slightly increased price, you can get the right extension table that extends the ripping capacity to 54 inches to the right of the blade, thus allowing you to work on very large and wide pieces with ease.

To make it even more versatile than ever, this thing can also accommodate dado and stacked dado blades.

Yet another thing that makes this an awesome hybrid table saw is that it has a cast iron table and wings, extremely durable and large trunnions, and it has a triple belt drive system, all to ensure a very long lifespan. The table itself is precision ground and built of cast iron to provide a smooth and steady work surface.

The next thing that makes this such an ideal choice for all is that it has a variety of nifty safety features. This thing has a replaceable spreader and riving knife, making your sawing experience safe, free of wood rotation, and free of kickback too. Moreover, this saw also has advanced anti-kickback pawls to stop the wood from moving backward, plus it also has a quick release blade guard with independently moving wings.

Something that makes this saw convenient to use is the sloped inside cabinet combined with an efficient 4-inch dust collection port, which works together to remove sawdust as quickly as possible. Even better is the wide span gliding T-Fence system that moves back and forth with easy, is simple to adjust precisely, and also locks down securely for easy ripping.

Moreover this table saw also has a great miter gauge that can be replaced with other accessories, and of course is great for cross cuts too. Everything about this hybrid table saw screams power, convenience, and ultimate versatility. We can’t forget to mention that it also has a magnetic switch with thermal overload protection to even further ensure its longevity.

LAGUNA TOOLS Fusion 36in. Rip 110 V Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

LAGUNA TOOLS Fusion 36in. Rip 110 V Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Very large work space and ripping capacity.
  • Extremely high powered motor.
  • ​Enclosed cabinet, high-quality materials, and cast table for durability.
  • ​Adjustable blade guard, riving knife, and anti-kickback pawls for safety.
  • ​Highly adjustable miter gauge, fence, and blade elevation.
  • ​Designed for precision cuts.
  • ​Good cutting capacity.
  • Quite lightweight.
  • Does not work well without a dust collector connected.
  • Does not run well in 110V – needs 220.

This is another great hybrid table saw option to go with. It has an extremely powerful motor, a large ripping capacity, a solid table top, and has a number of safety features too. This is a really reliable table saw option to keep in mind.

Features

One of the best features of the Laguna Tools Fusion Table Saw is that it has a very high power level. The motor produces you with over 4 horsepower of cutting action. That is more than most other hybrid table saws out there.

Thus this thing can cut through even the strongest of materials with ease. Moreover, this saw also has a fairly high cutting capacity with the blade fully elevated at either 0 or 45 degrees.

Even better is that this hybrid table saw has a full 36-inch ripping capacity, plus you can get the extended fence to increase the ripping capacity to 52 inches. If you need to work on some very large projects or rip wide planks, this is an option to keep in mind without a doubt. There is also the fact that the highly adjustable fence can be easily locked down for security, the face of it is very smooth to ensure easy glide, and adjustments can be made easily.

Not only does the fence help to ensure precision, but the miter gauge does that as well. The spindle wheels let you adjust the blade elevation plus the miter gauge too, a miter gauge that can go from 0 to 45 degrees for straight and angled crosscuts.

To keep you as safe as can be, the see-through blade guard keeps your fingers away from the blade, it lets you see what is going on as you cut, and it is fully adjustable to account for various cutting projects. The included riving knife helps to reduce workpiece rotation, and top reduce kickback, something which the included anti-kickback pawls also assist with.

This thing has been built with durability in mind, and that is partially thanks to the enclosed cabinet to protect the inner workings of the saw, plus the precision ground cast table that is both tough and easy to maneuver wood over.

This whole thing is made of high-quality metal from top to bottom to ensure its longevity. On a side note, the dust port that is included ensures a fast and easy cleanup time as well.

Powermatic PM1000 1791000K Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Powermatic PM1000 1791000K Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Durable high grade build with enclosed housing.
  • Decent power level and cutting capacity.
  • ​Ripping capacity ideal for medium sized jobs.
  • ​Included dust collection system.
  • ​Safety features – anti-kickback features and tool-less blade guard.
  • ​Versatile rip fence and miter gauge.
  • Very easy to assemble.
  • Very heavy.
  • No wheels for portability.
  • ​Not ideal for very large jobs.
  • Not the most powerful around.

This is definitely a great hybrid table saw option to go with. It provides you with all of the convenient features of a full sized cabinet saw, yet also has some of the beneficial aspects of a smaller contractor saw. This thing has a few really neat features that we just have to mention. It’s a good option for medium sized woodworking jobs no doubt.

Features

One of the things that we really like about this saw is that it only needs 115 volts of power to be fully operational. The Powermatic runs off of a 1.75 horsepower motor that provides it with several thousand rounds per minute of blade spin.

Moreover, the blade length is a total of 10 inches, giving it a fairly high cutting capacity, making it able to penetrate several inches of material with the blade at either 90 or 45 degrees.

Something that is quite impressive about this particular hybrid table saw is that it features a highly versatile miter gauge that can pivot up to 60 degrees in either direction for the ultimate in cross-cutting action. Moreover, the whole thing rests in a t-slot, which means that adding after-market accessories is easier than ever.

This thing also comes with an easy to use, securely locking, and highly adjustable fence. Not only is the fence easy to use and adjust, but it also provides you with over 30 inches of ripping capacity. This table saw also has a decent ripping capacity to the left of the blade. This saw does not have the most space of all hybrid saws, but it also does not have the least.

The Powermatic Table Saw has a great dust collection feature. This saw comes with the dust collection feature included, and it sucks sawdust away from the blade as soon as it is created, not to mention that it also has a included dust collection bag.

What we also like about this model is that it has secure cabinet mounted trunnions, it has a cast table top and a completely enclosed housing for the ultimate in durability.

Yet another beneficial aspect of this table saw is that it has a tool-less blade guard assembly. The blade guard is see through for maximal vision, it has dual left and right wings which can be separately adjusted, and you don’t even need tools to do so.

Moreover, this item also has an included riving knife to increase precision and reduce kickback, plus it also has anti-kickback pawls for more safety than ever.

Jet 708493K JPS-10TS, 10-inch Proshop Tablesaw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Jet 708493K JPS-10TS, 10-inch Proshop Tablesaw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Very large workspace.
  • Extremely high ripping capacity.
  • ​Easily adjustable fence and miter gauge.
  • ​Various safety features.
  • ​Enclosed cabinet and cast iron table for durability.
  • ​Extension wings for convenience.
  • ​Quick release blade guard and riving knife.
  • ​Dust collection port for easy cleanup.
  • ​Comparatively lightweight.
  • Extra legs for stability.
  • Extension wings are hard to get level with the table.
  • Assembly is quite difficult.
  • Motor is weaker than some other options.

If you need a good hybrid table saw with a whole lot of room to work with and a ton or ripping capacity, you should definitely keep the Jet Proshop Table Saw in mind. This is a fairly lightweight, yet powerful saw that gives you more than enough room to work on some very large projects.

Features

Perhaps the best feature of this saw is the ridiculous amount of cutting capacity that the Jet comes with. Even without the extension table, the fence allows for a 30-inch rip capacity, but with the extension wing, you can extend the ripping capacity up to 12 inches to the left of the blade and 12 inches to the right.

The insane ripping capacity of this saw allows you to work on some very large projects with ease, plus for the extension wings, you can choose between stamped steel or cast iron.

Even though this saw is very large and works great for big projects, it only weighs around 280 pounds, making it one of the more lightweight options out there, something that everyone can definitely appreciate. This is not one of the strongest saws out there, but the 1.75 horsepower engine does still deliver 4,000 rounds per minute.

The table itself is made of heavy duty cast iron to ensure its longevity and to provide you with a smooth glide. Moreover, the T-Fence is easily adjusted and paralleled with the blade, it’s very secure and easy to lock down, and it provides you with safety and precision as well.

Even better is the easy to adjust miter gauge that rests on a classic T-slot and can go from 0 to 45 degrees for crosscuts and angled crosscuts. Not only is this a very easy to adjust and precise saw, but it also is a very heavy duty saw, with one of the best parts being the enclosed cabinet that keeps the motor and all other vital components safe and sound.

This hybrid table saw also has a number of good safety features, with one of those being the transparent blade guard with independent leaves. This guard helps keep your fingers safe, it helps keep the wood on track, and it can be adjusted to suit your needs exactly.

Moreover, this thing also has a quick release riving knife to reduce kickback and stop workpiece rotation. Anti-kickback pawls also serve to make the Jet Proshop Table Saw safer than ever.

Woodtek 159665, Machinery, Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Woodtek 159665, Machinery, Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Lightweight and fairly portable.
  • Ideal for medium size jobs.
  • ​Very high ripping capacity.
  • ​Solid build with a cast iron table and cabinet mounted trunnions.
  • ​Castor tripod wing adjustment system.
  • ​Decent power and cutting capacity.
  • ​Good safety features.
  • ​Built for precision and durability.
  • ​Telescopic fence.
  • ​Precise and easy to adjust fence and miter gauge.
  • ​T-slot miter gauge can fit after-market add-ons.
  • ​Extension wing for increased room.
  • Features a digital blade angle gauge.
  • Powerful, but not as powerful as some other options.
  • Extension wing has minimal leg support.
  • No instructions on converting from 120 to 240.

The Woodtek Hybrid Table Saw makes for a good option to go with no doubt. It’s a lightweight model that has a good cutting capacity, a lot of room to work with, a few safety features, and even more. This is a great middle ground between a contractor saw and a cabinet style saw.

Features

One of the things that we really like about this table saw is that it provides you with a whole lot of room and ripping capacity. The table itself is quite large, not to mention that it is made of cast iron, which can also be said for the included extension wings. The wings combined with the telescopic fence provide you with over 1 foot of ripping capacity to the left of the blade and over 52 inches to the right of the blade, making this model ideal for some fairly large jobs.

The T-square fence is telescopic in nature, features a secure mount and locking system, and is easily adjustable to be parallel with the blade, plus it also includes a ruler for quick visual adjustments. Moreover, the same can be said for the T-slot miter gauge that allows for easy cross cuts, plus the T-slot can fit several different after-market add-ons such as miter sleds and more.

The Woodtek Hybrid Table Saw also comes with a 2 horse power motor that is powerful enough for a variety of jobs. Moreover, the cutting capacity of this saw is 3 – ¼ inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 inches at 45 degrees. It doesn’t have the most power or capacity of all the options, but still more than enough for medium cutting jobs.

On that same note, the blade is 10 inches in diameter, the elevation can be easily adjusted, and it can tilt from 0 to 45 degrees with ease. Everything that can be adjusted on this saw is easily done with spindle wheels or other simple to manipulate adjustment methods. The digital blade angle gauge allows for easy and precise blade angle adjustments.

To make things safe, this model also features an advanced blade guard system that is easy to move around for your convenience, it keeps the workpiece firmly against the table, and it keeps your fingers safe too.

To make things even safer, this model also includes a removable riving knife for anti-kickback features and to stop workpiece rotation, plus it even comes with anti-kickback pawls too. What is also quite convenient is the shrouded dust collection system that sucks sawdust directly away from the blade as soon as it is created.

The Woodtek also has cabinet mounted trunnions, a solid build, and an enclosed cabinet for ultimate longevity, not to mention it helps keep sawing quiet and vibration free. There is also the fact that the castor tripod system lets you adjust the height of the wings with increased ease. Also, the fairly light weight of this hybrid table saw also makes it quite easy to move around your shop.

Shop Fox W1837 Open-Stand Hybrid Table saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Shop Fox W1837 Open-Stand Hybrid Table saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Enclosed cabinet with durable cabinet mounted trunnions.
  • Low noise and vibration.
  • Fairly lightweight and portable – foot operate kickstand/wheel system.
  • Ideal for medium sized projects – high cutting and ripping capacity.
  • Decent power level and RPM.
  • Riving knife, versatile blade guard, and anti-kickback pawls for safety.
  • Blade guard is quick release.
  • Riving knife is interchangeable.
  • Dust collection port for cleanup.
  • Great price.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Very smooth and durable cast table.
  • Less power than some other options.
  • Table is not perfectly flat.

This is a durable and powerful, yet lightweight hybrid table saw that will definitely suit your needs. It has a lot of room to work with, it has a lot of power, it’s made of strong materials, plus it has a few good safety and convenience features too. You get the size of a high-end contractor saw with the function of a cabinet saw.

Features

Perhaps the feature that we like the most about the Shop Fox Open Stand Hybrid Table Saw is that it only weighs 260 pounds, which is quite light for a hybrid saw. Moreover, this thing also comes with retractable wheels that makes it easy to move around the shop, a convenient feature no doubt.

The wheels can be operated with your feet, so you don’t even have to bend over to use the wheels. Simply push down the kickstand to keep it stable, and push it up to elevate the saw to move it around.

Something else that makes the Shop Fox Open Stand Hybrid Table Saw is that it can be operated at both 120 and 240 volts that provide 2 horsepower of cutting power. The motor provides you with 3,450 rounds per minute of blade spin. In other words, this thing has a good motor and lots of power, and while it is not the most powerful out there, it still has more than enough juice for a variety of jobs.

Moreover, this thing has a blade that can tilt from 90 degrees up to 45 degrees to the left. Plus the cutting depth at 90 degrees is 3 – ¼ inches, and at 45 degrees the depth is 2 - 1/4 inches. Once again, this is not the highest cutting capacity of all hybrid saws, but it also is not the worst.

Another thing that makes this an ideal hybrid table saw option is because it has a precision ground cast table. It’s a very strong table that provides you with a smooth glide, plus it provides you with 30 inches of cutting capacity to the right of the blade and 15 inches to the left.

The highly adjustable, precise, and secure locking fence only serves to increase the rip capacity even more. The fence is a lift – off fence with both front and rear locking abilities, plus it sits on an easy glide system to make movement smooth.

The fence is easy to adjust and very precise, and the same thing can also be said for the convenient t-slot miter gauge that is included. The miter gauge can go from 0 to 45 degrees for a variety of cross cuts, plus the T-slot allows for different after-market add-ons such as a miter sled.

Something else that you might like about this table saw is that it has a quick-change blade guard that can be easily adjusted for position, it can be taken off, plus it is see through, so you know exactly what is happening as it happens, not to mention that it helps keep the wood firmly on the table.

Moreover, this thing also comes with an interchangeable true riving knife for ultimate precision and increased safety. Also, the anti-kickback pawls that are included make this saw safer than ever.

We also like the fact that the enclosed cabinet keeps the inner workings of the saw as safe as can be, plus the robust cabinet mounted trunnions provide you with longevity, they help absorb noise and vibration, and they help ensure proper blade to fence alignment too.

This is also a good option to choose thanks to the highly capable dust collection port, thus making clean up time virtually non-existent.

Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw with Extension Table Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw with Extension Table Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Various safety features – moving blade guard, anti-kickback pawls.
  • Fairly powerful.
  • ​Extension wing for high ripping capacity.
  • ​Easy to adjust T-fence and miter gauge.
  • ​Precision ground table top.
  • ​10 inch 40 tooth carbide blade included.
  • ​4-inch dust port for easy cleanup.
  • ​Easily adjustable in all manners.
  • ​High cutting capacity.
  • ​Features an interchangeable true riving knife.
  • Fairly portable.
  • Quite difficult to assemble.
  • Aligning the blade is a laborious process.

If you are looking for a good combination of a cabinet style saw and a contractor saw, the Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw makes for a fairly light yet powerful option for all.

Features

One of the things that you will be able to appreciate about this particular hybrid table saw is that it features a lot of safety features. The Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw features a true riving knife, which helps to stop the cut workpiece from pinching against the backside of the blade, thus preventing kickback from occurring.

On that same note, the Shop Fox also features anti-kickback pawls to further help prevent dangerous kickback. Even better is that this hybrid table saw also has a quick release polycarbonate blade guard that covers the workpiece during use.

It’s a clear guard that lets you see what is going on, but also keeps your fingers away from the spinning blade and reduces the chances of something flying up in your face. The blade guard also has independent lifting sides, plus the anti-kickback pawls are also retractable. If you want a safe hybrid table saw, this is definitely an option to consider.

Something else that you will like about this model is that it is a fairly large and durable table saw. First off, the table top is made of precision ground cast iron to provide or a smooth slide and a strong table top. Moreover, it also features a low friction composite extension wing that increased rip capacity from 30 to a full 55 inches. This table saw gives you a whole lot of room to work with.

Furthermore, the Shop Fox has cast iron trunnions, a Poly-V serpentine belt drive, and pulley system, and powder coated paint on the cabinet, all of which make this a powerful and durable option. The Shop Fox also has a 2 horse power 220-volt motor that powers the blade to spin at 3,850 rounds per minute.

This hybrid table saw has a maximum cutting depth of 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees and 2 – 3/16 inches at 45 degrees, which also means that this saw has a blade tilt between 0 and 45 degrees.

This hybrid table saw also comes with a Camlock T-fence with an HDPE face. It also has knurled knobs for easy and precise fence adjustments. The fence rests on an easy glide system to make moving it around very easy.

Moreover, this item also comes with a T-slot miter gauge for cross and angled crosscuts. Even better is that all adjustments can be made with heavy duty, yet precise hand wheels. The fact that this thing also comes with a 4-inch dust port is just an added bonus.

The Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw, while still weighing 380 pounds, is a pretty good combination of a smaller sized saw that is quite portable like a contractor saw, a strong motor with high RPM, cutting depth, and ripping capacity, and full dust collection features of a cabinet saw. It’s a great middle of the line option to go with that will serve everyone very well.

RIDGID R4512 10 in. 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

RIDGID R4512 10 in. 13-Amp Cast IronTable Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Very durable – enclosed housing, cast iron table, high-grade materials.
  • Various safety features – anti-kickback pawls, riving knife, see-through blade guard.
  • ​All adjustments are easily made.
  • ​Decent power level, cutting capacity, and ripping capacity.
  • ​Light weight and has wheels for portability.
  • ​Extension wing for increased work space.
  • ​Telescopic fence and removable miter gauge.
  • Comes with a lifetime service agreement.
  • Not ideal for very large jobs or extremely thick materials.
  • Back wheels cannot pivot.
  • ​Lateral adjustment of trunnions makes blade adjustment slightly tricky.
  • Not as powerful as some other options.

This is a decent option to go with if you need a middle ground saw that is ideal for smaller and medium size jobs. It has a medium power level, medium ripping capacity, it’s fairly lightweight, and gives you a decent amount of room to work with. This is not the biggest and baddest saw on the block, but it’s quite reliable and will do well with most shop jobs.

Features

The RIDGID features a fairly powerful 13 amp motor that delivers you with 3,450 rounds per minute of cutting power. While this is not the most powerful saw around, it still has more than enough juice for small and medium sized jobs.

The same can be said for the blade elevation and cutting capacity. Once again, this saw is ideal for smaller and medium sized jobs but unfortunately, lacks the cutting capacity to get through very thick materials.

Something that we do like about The RIDGID Table Saw is that it has a fairly large ripping capacity. It has a maximum ripping capacity of 30 inches, which is thanks to the neat telescopic fence. With the addition of left and right extension wings, you can also increase the ripping capacity of this saw by a substantial amount.

The telescopic fence is easy to adjust, rests on easy glide rails for quick movement, and it can be securely locked down with the mounting mechanism. Furthermore, the miter gauge that comes included can be adjusted from 0 to 45 degrees, and it can also be replaced with several different attachments such as a sled.

Another thing that makes this a convenient option to go with is the cast iron table that provides for a smooth glide and also minimizes noise and vibration. Moreover, the solid metal design combined with cabinet mounted cast iron trunnions and an enclosed motor help to ensure the longevity and durability of this saw even more.

Yet another great thing about this hybrid table saw is the variety of safety features that it comes with. It has anti-kickback pawls to stop wood pinching and to reduce kickback, it has a riving knife to decrease kick back even more, plus to stop blade rotation, and the advanced blade guard helps to improve safety even more.

The blade guard is see through for maximum visibility, it is easily adjusted for various purposes, and it helps secure the wood to the table as well.

Finally, The RIDGID Hybrid Table Saw also has a convenient kickstand wheel system which lets you elevate the saw off of its legs onto a set of wheels, thus making it very easy to move around your shop. Moreover, this saw is also fairly lightweight, thus increasing its portability even more.

Hybrid Table Saws: Conclusion

There are a ton of different hybrid table saw options out there, and many of them can meet your needs without question. The trick is to weigh your needs against the specifics of the saw in question. We would definitely recommend keeping the main considerations in mind which we talked about in the beginning.

That way you can be sure that you get the hybrid table saw of your dreams. These are great tools with the versatility of a contractor saw, and the power and features of a good cabinet style table saw. If you have any questions about finding the right hybrid table saw, just shoot us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible,

Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw With Stand Review

Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw With Stand Review

A good table saw is without a doubt one of the most useful tools for anybody that works with wood on a daily basis. Whether you are a hobbyist, a carpenter, or a general contractor, a good table saw will provide you with the results you need and the quality your clients deserve.

However, there are so many different table saws out there that picking a certain one can be a bit of a challenge.

Today we are here to talk about one specific table saw, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw, which is a portable and convenient option.

The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is more than ideal for anybody who is always on the go and needs a reliable tool to get the job done. Let’s talk about everything there is to know about the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw!

What To Look Out For When Buying A Portable Table Saw

No matter how much money you plan to spend, you should always plant to get the most bang for your buck. Therefore, there are a few prime considerations you should keep in mind before purchasing any portable table saw.

The Table Top Size – One important thing to consider is how big the table top is. The size of the table top on your saw will essentially determine how big of workpieces can be cut with it.

A good rip capacity for any table saw is around 24 inches (at least for a portable on), so you should look for a minimum of 24 inches of room to the right of the blade.

Keep in mind that some table saws to come with extension wings and rear/front extensions to increase cutting capacity. In other words, you need to consider how big the workpieces are that you will be cutting with your table saw.

On a side note, a good aluminum or steel table top is preferable as they are usually very well manufactured, flat, smooth, and rust and scratch resistant too.

Overall Size & Portability – Another thing to keep in mind before making your purchase is how big the whole saw is. Now, this is kind of similar to our first consideration, but that first one was all about the table top.

This is about the whole saw. This really depends on your needs, we are talking about a portable table saw meant for convenience, so you will want to look for a model that keeps things under 100 pounds (at the very most), and is fairly compact too.

Many table saws do come with a stand, cart, or a combination of both.

Coming with any of the above does make the table saw in question more maneuverable, easier to set up, and convenient for transportation, and therefore does offset the size and weight issue a little bit.

Simply put, just make sure that the table saw you get is not too heavy or big for you to take from one jobsite to another. One thing to remember is that a heavier saw will do a better job at minimizing vibration, so that is a bonus.

Rip Fence & Miter Gauge - Some of the most important things that your table saw will, or at least should come with, are the miter gauge and the rip fence. We already talked about rip capacity above, but here we mean the fence itself.

You need to get a fence that is easy to align, preferably self-aligning, is fairly solid, glides along its rails easily, and securely locks into place. The rip fence is your best friend for ripping sheets and making straight cuts.

You also need a good miter gauge for making accurate crosscuts and angled crosscuts, one that can be easily adjusted for position, and can be easily removed and attached too.

Both of these items should be as high a quality as you can manage to afford as they go a long way in determining how good your cuts are.

The Power & Depth Of Cut – Perhaps one of the most important considerations to make is how much power your saw has. Keep in mind, we are talking about smaller and more portable table saws here, so the power will usually be a little lower than with big models.

However, that being said, a good portable table saw can still muster anywhere from 3,800 to 5,800 blade rotations per minute with a 15 amp motor. Just keep in mind what you will be using the saw for.

The thicker, heavier, denser, and harder the pieces are, the more power you will need to make cuts. Also, you should pay attention to the maximum cutting depth of the table saw in question.

For small and medium projects, you should look for a minimal cutting depth of 2.5 inches, preferably 3 inches.

Safety –The final thing to consider is how safe to use the table saw in question is. Simply put, you want as many safety features to come with your table saw as humanly possible.

Rocker switches, safety overloads, kick switches, splitters, riving knives, and anti-kickback pawls are all great safety features to look for. Keep in mind that most table saws will not come with all of these, but the more they have the better.

After all, the result of your project is important, but nothing is more important than your own safety and physical wellbeing.

Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw Review

Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw Review

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If you need a high-powered, handy, portable, and very reliable table saw, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is definitely a prime option to consider. This is true for a whole plethora of reasons. A big table saw can be a real pain in the butt in terms of setting it up and transporting it. So, if you are a contractor or handyman, you are not going to want a giant piece of equipment. You are going to want something a little smaller and more portable to suit your hectic life.

For this reason, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is a good way to go. It’s small and compact, and therefore easy to take from one jobsite to another without having to lug around hundreds of pounds of metal. Don’t worry though, this may be a smaller saw, but it is still fairly powerful, so you don’t have to be concerned about it not being able to cut through thicker materials.

No, you are not going to be cutting apart whole trees with the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw, but for general contractor and woodworking purposes, it is more than enough to get the job done. The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw comes with a fairly powerful motor, features to improve your cutting accuracy, various safety measures, and it even comes with its own portable stand as well. When it comes to working jobsites, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is without a doubt a really nice option to keep in mind.

Pros

Cons

  • Very powerful motor (considering its small size)
  • Features a self-aligning rip fence
  • Large die cast aluminum table
  • Comes with a rocker ON/OFF switch
  • Has a 40 tooth carbide tip blade
  • Tool free blade guard and anti-kickback pawls
  • Low weight & compact – comes with a stand
  • 3 inch cutting depth
  • Making adjustments can be a little difficult (blade height crank could be a little easier to maneuver).
  • The low weight of the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw does not do wonders in terms of controlling vibrations.

Features & Benefits Of TheGenesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw

The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw does have a great number of features which makes it more than ideal for use in your garage or on a jobsite too.

No, it is not meant for giant projects and huge workpieces, but for any small or medium size job, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw will do just fine.

Big Cutting Power – By far one of the best aspects of the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is that it features a powerful 15 amp motor. This powerful 15 amp motor provides the blade with over 4,800 rotations per minute, which is quite impressive.

For a saw that barely weighs over 50 pounds, having such a powerful motor and fast spinning blade is quite noteworthy.

You do not have to worry about your blade slowing down or getting stuck in that thick and knotty piece of hardwood when you have the powerful Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw on your side.

This high RPM and big power is combined with a 40 tooth carbide tip blade. In other words, you get a very sharp, durable, and damage resistant blade with the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw. For all intents and purposes, you should be able to cut through nearly any workpiece with this particular table saw.

What is also quite impressive about this model is that it has a full 3 inch cutting depth when the blade is raised to its maximum elevation.

It Is Safe To Use – Another thing that we really like about the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is that it does come with a fair number of useful safety features.

Remember people, it does not take much for one of these table saws to remove some digits from your hands, so having some reliable safety features is always an important factor.

The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw comes with a rocker switch, which is designed to allow you to turn it off in a heartbeat in case anything goes wrong.

Furthermore, this particular table saw also comes with overload shut off protection and a safety reset switch. Both of these things are vital aspects of any table saw, something which the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw has gotten right.

Moreover, the fact that the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw also comes with a see-through blade guard is nice as well. The blade guard will allow you to be safe and still see your workpiece while cutting.

The same can be said for the anti-kickback pawls which the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw comes with. These are very useful for stopping workpieces from lifting off the table and injuring you.

What we are really getting at is that the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is very safe to use. Did we forget to mention that both the blade guard and the anti-kickback pawls do not require any tools to attach and remove?

On a side note, you also get a convenient little push stick when you purchase the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw.

The Table Top – Yet another feature of the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw that we really like is the extra-large die cast aluminum table top.

Aluminum may not sound like the best material, especially because you might think of a can of pop, but when it comes to table saws, a nice thick and well worked piece of aluminum is one of the best things you can have.

For one, the aluminum used for the table of the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is very lightweight, which means that it doesn’t add too much to the overall weight of the saw.

Moreover, this particular table top is also rust and scratch resistant, plus easy to clean as well, all bonuses in our books. Finally, the table top is 24 by 20 inches, which is not huge, but for a table saw of this size, it also is not small.

In other words, you do get a decent amount of space to work with when using the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw.

No, you won’t be cutting huge pieces of plywood and massive boards, but for any smaller or medium purpose the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw will work just fine. 24 inches of rip capacity is nothing to shake your head at, especially when you consider the generally small size, low weight, and great price which the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw comes in at.

Convenient Portability – Something else that stands out about the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is that it is indeed very convenient for anyone who is always on the go or just has a limited amount of space.

For one, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw only weight 57 pounds, which is about as light as a table saw can get no matter what. This will definitely make it easy to carry around and move from one jobsite to another.

Moreover, the overall size of the saw is very compact, so setting it up in a small workspace or fitting it into your pickup truck is never going to be a real issues.

Even more convenient is the stand which it comes with. Now, keep in mind that this is not a folding stand. Once you have it put together, you would have to unscrew everything to break it back down.

This may not seem all that convenient, but not needing to find a level, flat, and smooth surface every time you bust out the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is definitely useful.

When you buy the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw, you always have a great surface to rest it on thanks to the stand that it comes with, which is by the way a strong, durable, and very heavy duty stand.

Great Accuracy – Another thing that makes the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw a great choice to go with is that it comes with a few features that help you make really accurate cuts. One of these features is the self-aligning rip fence.

Now, having a self-aligning rip fence is definitely convenient because you don’t have to waste time aligning it with the blade every time you change its position.

Moreover, the rip fence moves along sliding rails which are easy to navigate, and it locks down securely into place with the clamp locks. In other words, you will be hard pressed to find an easier to use and more accurate rip fence.

Furthermore, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw also comes with an extra large miter gauge, one that is easily adjustable in terms of position, and is large enough for a wide variety of miter cuts.

Whatever the cut you need to make, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw will provide you with the accuracy that you need for the best possible results.

Some Extras – An extra which the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw is a dust port. No, it does not come with a whole dust collection unit, but it does give you the ability to attach your own dust collection system for quick cleanup.

The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw also comes with tons of onboard storage to hold the blade, miter gauge, and push stick too.

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Alternatives To The Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw Review

Not everybody has the same tastes or the same needs, so let’s talk about a few alternatives to the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw which also make for good portable table saws.

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 Portable Table Saw Review

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 Portable Table Saw Review

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This is a fairly similar model of table saw to go with. One thing that does need to be said is that this Delta Power Tools model is a little bigger and heavier than the Genesis Table Saw.

On one hand, the Delta Power Tools Model does have a little more room to work with, especially thanks to the extra rear extension table that you get with it, plus the blade spins at a couple hundred rotations per minute more than the Genesis model.

On the other hand, the Genesis is lighter, more compact, and therefore a little easier to maneuver. That being said, the Delta Power Tools model does come with a folding stand that has integrated wheels for convenience.

In terms of safety features, the Delta Power Tools model is a little more advanced, but not by much. The Delta Power Tools Portable Table Saw is a great option to consider, but beware that it does also cost a couple hundred bucks more.

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SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Portable Worm Drive Table Saw Review

SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Portable Worm Drive Table Saw Review

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Yet another good choice to go with, this model of portable table saw by SKILSAW is definitely reliable.

Right off the bat it should be noted that the SKILSAW model is a little more expensive than the Genesis Table saw, by around 150 bucks. However, the SKILSAW model does also have a slightly higher rip capacity, by a couple of inches. It is not a huge difference, but it is there nonetheless.

Both of these table saws do have a 15 amp motor, but the SKILSAW model has around 500 more blade rotations per minute, which means that it does make quick work out of various pieces.

On one hand, this SKILSAW model is almost a full 20 pounds lighter than the Genesis Table Saw, but it also does not come with any kind of stand, making this kind of a two-way street.

If you need a highly portable and powerful table saw, both the Genesis and SKILSAW make for great choices, with the SKILSAW being a little more powerful, lighter, and having more rip capacity too, but also coming in at a higher price.

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DEWALT DCS7485T1 FLEXVOLT 60V Table Saw Review

DEWALT DCS7485T1 FLEXVOLT 60V Table Saw Review

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This third alternative is also a good portable table saw to consider. While it does not come with any kind of stand or cart, and is a few hundred dollars more expensive than the Genesis Table Saw model listed above, it does have a few awesome features that make it a fantastic alternative.

To be fair, both of these models have a 24 inch rip capacity. Something that does stand out about this DEWALT model is that it has a metal roll cage, something that makes it very durable, which is quite important for a high traffic jobsite.

What is impressive about this DEWALT table saw is that it has an RPM speed of 5,800, which by all means should be able to eat through pretty much anything you feed it.

This DEWALT model is also almost 20 pounds lighter than the Genesis, which makes up for the fact that it doesn’t come with a stand or cart. By any means, they both make for great portable table saw options.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, the Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw definitely makes for a fantastic piece of equipment.

It is fairly light and compact, it comes with a stand, it has a whole lot of power, it is extremely accurate, and it comes with a whole bunch of safety features too. Anybody looking for a table saw with a good mix of power, accuracy, and portability, would do well to consider this as the option to go with.

Scroll Saw Safety Rules

Scroll Saw Safety Rules

It is hard to argue the contention that the scroll saw is the safest tool in a typical shop. In fact, the worst injury that you could get into when using a scroll saw can be dealt with a Band-Aid. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should get careless when using a scroll saw.

After all, getting a cut in your finger is still painful. It can also cause a temporary delay in your project, something you obviously don’t want to happen.

There are many safety rules that you should remember when operating a scroll saw. This article will enumerate some of these rules.

Wear proper clothing

As with operating other power tools, you should be mindful of the clothes you wear. Many experts suggest wearing tight fitting clothes.

Long sleeve shirts should also be avoided. Loose cuff on this type of shirt, for example can be easily caught on the moving arm of a scroll saw.

If you can’t avoid wearing long sleeve shirts, then you should roll it up first before using the scroll saw.

You must also be conscious of your hair. If you have long hair, tie it back with a ponytail to prevent it from getting entangled with the power tool.

Avoid wearing jewelry too as these can easily become caught in the scroll saw and cause an injury.

Scroll Saw Safety Rules

Wear safety glasses and dust mask

You should also make it a habit to wear safety glasses when operating a scroll saw. You may also wear a face shield. Both would protect your eyes against sharp blades, which can be very dangerous if they break off.

You’d also want to wear a dust mask especially if you are prone to asthma attacks. The very fine dust generated by the scroll saw can affect your health. While your scroll saw may have a dust blower, but it only blows the dust into the air and doesn’t really prevent you from inhaling those microscopic elements.

Ensure good lighting

Good lighting lets you see the marked lines well, resulting to accurate cuts. You should always work in a well-lit area. It also doesn’t hurt if you purchase lights separately that you can mount on the scroll saw. Or better yet, buy a scroll saw that has work lights.

Choose a spacious work area

The work area should be kept clean and uncluttered. You should also choose an area that is spacious enough to give you a two foot perimeter around the scroll saw. You must also place the scroll saw in a fixed and stable surface.

The work area should also have enough lighting. And the area should have no objects that can make you distracted or lose your focus, such as TV.

How to make blade changes

You should always make sure that the scroll saw is unplugged before you try to change the blade.

You should also replace the blade with the teeth facing down. You must also install the right blade for the job. Putting one with too few teeth in relation to the thickness of the wood will offer poor control, aside from the risk of it jumping around.

Turn off machine when making changes

Whether you are changing blades or making adjustments to the tool itself, you should always turn off the machine first. For example, you want to remove scraps. Before you do so, you should turn off the scroll saw first. The same goes for making adjustments to the scroll saw such as changing its speed settings.

Inspect the workpiece first

Before cutting the workpiece, you should inspect it first. For one, there should be no nails or foreign object in the part where you want to cut it. This could cause a small projectile to launch and hurt you or other people.

You must also make sure that it isn’t too small for you to cut it through the scroll saw.

Follow the three inch rule

The three inch rule is simple—your fingers should be at least three inches away from the path of the blade. Since you are cutting intricate cuts with turns and angles unavoidable, there is always a chance that the wood will ‘jump’ if you are not careful.

This is one of the most important scroll safety rules you should remember as it can prevent you from getting nasty cuts.If the work piece is so small that you can’t follow the three inch rule, then you should use a push stick instead. This would help you cut the work piece without putting your fingers in harm’s way.

Plan your cuts

Plan your cuts well as making sudden twists can cause the blade to bind or brake. It is advisable that you saw curve gradually.

It is also recommended that you make a short cut first. You must also ensure that the blade is running at full speed before you start a cut. Moreover, you should avoid backing out of cuts with the scroll saw on as this can cause the blade to bind.

Use the hold down clamp

It is not uncommon for users of scroll saw to remove the hold down clamp. The usual reason is that it can get in the way especially when working on small pieces. But it should be left in place as it plays a very important role. The hold down clamp helps ensure that you won’t slip the fingers into the blade.

If you still find it a hindrance, simply lower it down as close to the wood as possible.

Conclusion

These are 10 of the basic scroll saw safety rules that you should keep in mind when you operate the said power tool. While scroll saw is generally considered a safe power tool, that doesn’t mean that you can be reckless in operating it. Be conscious of your safety as well as those of others around you so that you can finish your project without any hassles.

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw Review

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10″ Portable Table Saw with Stand Review

A table saw is a contractor and a handyman’s best friend, especially because they are very convenient and have many different purposes. Of course there are many different types of table saws, each of which have their own specific uses.

When it comes to being on the go and working on various jobsites, a good portable table saw is the way to go.

This is why we are here today, to talk about the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10" Portable Table Saw with Stand. It is a great option to go with for a variety of reasons. Let’s not waste anymore time and get right to it!

Things To Consider Before Buying A Portable Table Saw

Before you go out and buy a brand new portable table saw, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind.

Size & Weight – Since you are on the lookout for a portable table saw, you do want to look for one that is not too big or heavy. Being smaller is a bit of an advantage when it comes to saws for the jobsite. However, do keep in mind that the smaller and lighter the saw is, the less space you will have to work with, such as the rip capacity. Also, lighter parts do usually equate to less quality, but not always.

The Stand – An important thing for any portable table saw to come with is a good rolling stand. If you are on the go and setting up the table saw at various jobsites, you don’t want to have to look for a stable and flat surface every time. It is very convenient to have a folding stand that is stable, plus one that has wheels for transportation too.

Power, Depth, & Capacity – Yet another important thing to keep in mind before making your purchase is how much it can cut. First off, for example, the model we are discussing below is a 15 amp model with a blade speed of 5,000 rounds per minute.

That is fairly powerful, or at least about as powerful as a small portable table saw is going to get. Moreover, you will need to consider the size of the materials you will be working with.

If you are going to be working with really thick pieces, the blade elevation needs to be quite high in order to make it through those big pieces. Moreover, you will need a decent rip capacity if you are going to be cutting things like plywood.

Safety Features – Finally, you are going to want to consider what safety features the table saw in question comes with. Things like a transparent blade guard, an easy to reach ON/OFF switch, a kick switch, a riving knife, and anti-kickback pawls are all things that you want to look for.

Your fingers will never grow back once they have been cut off, so make sure that your table saw has adequate safety features!

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10In Portable Table Saw With Stand Review

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10In Portable Table Saw With Stand Review

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The Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is definitely a very convenient option to go with for anyone looking for a good portable table saw. This particular models comes with everything you need to get started such as a blade, blade guard, rip fence, miter gauge, and more.

You might think that this saw is not very powerful due to its limited size, but that is not true in the least.

The 15 amp motor of the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is extremely powerful and makes the blade spin at a whopping 5,000 rounds per minute. In other words, you are not going to have trouble cutting through thicker materials when working with this saw.

Of course, the limited size of this saw is a bonus for many people. The Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw does not weigh all that much, coming in at under 100 pounds, it is easy to maneuver and place.

There is also the fact that this model comes with an integrated folding stand and cart, which makes it easy to move and set up. Any contractor on the go would be wise to look into this model as it is a high-quality table saw no doubt.

Pros

Cons

  • Convenient and user-friendly
  • Easy to move around and set up
  • Powerful motor
  • Very durable and jobsite appropriate
  • Good cutting depth
  • Lots of safety features
  • Saw is attached to the stand
  • Included blade only has 28 teeth
  • Assembly is a bit of a pain

Features and benefits

The Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw does indeed come with a wide variety of features that makes it worth the investment, so let’s spend a hot minute going over those.

Power & Cutting Depth – It is quite impressive that a small table saw like this one still comes with a 15 amp motor. That is some pretty high power stuff, especially when you consider that it allows the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw blade to spin at 5,000 rounds per minute.

It is a powerful saw that is going to let you cut through the hardest of woods like a hot knife cutting through butter.

The cutting depth of the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is also quite good. With the blade at its maximum elevation, this particular table saw can cut through items up to 3.5 inches at 90 degrees and 2.5 inches at 45 degrees.

Cutting through thicker pieces on the job is definitely not an issue with this particular table saw. Once again, for a small saw, this is quite impressive.

Capacity – Another thing that stands out about the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is that it does have a fairly decent ripping capacity. Of course, just like with most modern table saws, this one does come with a rip fence.

This rip fence will allow you to cut or rip pieces up to 30 inches wide on the right side of the blade.

Now, keep in mind that this is a portable table saw, so the space you have to work with is going to be limited, but for a portable saw, 30 inches is not too bad at all. What we do really appreciate about the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is that it does have a rear extension table for working with longer pieces.

If you are cutting really long 2 x 4s or other longer materials, you can simply take out the extension table to give you the added support that you need to keep cutting safely.

Safety – Something else that we do really like about the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is that it is fairly safe to use, mainly thanks to the plethora of safety features that it comes with.

First off, this model features an easy to reach ON/OFF switch, one that can be easily pushed from virtually any position to stop the saw blade in a split second.

Moreover, just like with all good modern table saws, this model does come with a good blade guard.

The blade guard on the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is a see-through guard, which is great because it keeps you safe while still allowing you to see what exactly you are doing.

Furthermore, the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw also comes with a riving knife and anti-kickback pawls, both of which can be removed or added on as you see fit.

Both of these items are vital for your safety and will keep debris and whole workpieces from lifting off of the table and injuring you. This model even comes with an integrated push stick to keep your fingers as safe as can be.

Miter & Fence – This is a table so, so you can expect it to come with a nice miter gauge as well as a rip fence. Keep in mind that the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is a more affordable and smaller table saw, so neither the fence or miter gauge are anything particularly fancy, but they definitely do their jobs.

As we mentioned before, the fence can extend up to 30 inches for a decent ripping capacity. It is located on easy glide rails and is very secure once locked into place.

Also, the included miter gauge is not necessarily going to win any competitions, but it is a durable and accurate gauge that will do its job just fine. Making accurate cuts is easy when you have features like these on your side.

Durable Portability – One thing that we can say about the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is that it is a very durable piece of equipment. The table top is made of solid scratch resistant and rust resistant metal, which is a big bonus.

Simply put, all of the materials used to build this particular saw are very high quality and meant to take some punishment while on the job. Even though this saw is very durable, it is not actually all that heavy, which is great for any contractor who is on the go.

Furthermore, the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw does come with an integrated stand that doubles as a cart. The stand is extremely stable and features a tubular one piece design to keeps things wobble free at all times.

Even better is the fact that it comes with very durable jobsite wheels that are built for stability and made to last for years to come. Once you are done with the saw, simply fold down the stand and use the pulling handle to wheel it back to your truck.

Other – There are a couple of other neat features which the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw comes with. One of those features is a 2.5-inch dust port, where you can connect a dust collection unit to keep your workplace clean and clear of sawdust.

The Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw also comes with onboard storage for the blade, push stick, miter gauge, and most of the other accessories too. The blade of this model even retracts below the surface of the table for an easy cleanup job.

Did we forget to mention that the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw is also compatible with an 8-inch dado stack set?

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Some Alternatives To Consider

Not everybody likes the same things or have the same tastes, so let us take a look at some great alternatives to the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw.

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand Review

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand Review

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This is a fairly good alternative to go with. This SKIL model is a little bit cheaper, which may be what you are looking for, but it also has a few less features.

What is convenient about this model is that it is very lightweight, coming in at under 70 pounds, which makes transportation easy. It does also come with a folding stand that is quite stable. A big difference is that unlike with the Delta Power Tools model, this SKIL model does not have integrated transportation wheels.

This model also has a slightly lower rip capacity and a little less power, but it does have the same cutting depth, it comes with a fence and miter gauge, plus a couple of safety features too.

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SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 10 Portable Worm Drive Table Saw with 25 Rip Capacity Review

SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 10 Portable Worm Drive Table Saw with 25 Rip Capacity Review

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This SKILSAW model does not come with any kind of stand for stability or set up, nor does it come with any kind of transportation cart.

The price difference between this and the delta is also due to the fact that this model only has a 25-inch rip capacity, as opposed to the 30 inch capacity of the Delta Power Tools model.

On the other hand, this SKILSAW model does have about the same power output and cutting depth as the Delta Power Tools model, plus it has many of the same safety features and onboard storage as well.

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Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review

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This Rockwell table saw is also a good option to consider. Now, it is not quite as small, light, or portable as the other options we have discussed, but it is still a really good piece of equipment.

It has an extending table and a large rip capacity, the blade spins at a full 4,800 rounds per minute, and it comes with an abundance of features. You will really like the full dust collection system that this model comes with.

We do also like the fact that this model comes with a stand and a carting system for easy setup and transportation.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw gives you a great combination of quality, portability, power, and an affordable price too.

Various safety features, a fairly good rip capacity, a high powered motor and fast spinning blade, and being extremely portable are all things which make the Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10” Portable Table Saw a prime choice to consider.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

A table saw is a carpenter’s best friend if the saw is not well maintained, that table saw can quickly turn from being your best friend to your worst enemy.

A table saw, if not well maintained is not going to work too well, it’s going to make a lot of noise, it can create bad smells, and potentially smoke. The bottom line is that a table saw with parts that are not taken care of can end up being quite dangerous. Luckily for you, we are here to discuss how you can take care of the various parts of your table saw, so it will remain your best friend for years to come.

Keeping A Steady Maintenance Schedule

Before we get into the ins and outs of maintaining the various parts of your table saw, it is important to note how often you should be performing these maintenance checks.

The more you use the table saw, the more you will need to maintain it. If you use the saw for at least 1 hour on a daily basis, you should perform these quick maintenance checks every week, or every 2 weeks at most.

Some things, like making sure that the miter gauges and fences are aligned properly is something you may want to do every time you start up your table saw.

It is better to do too much maintenance than too little, and if you notice any problems occurring, never hesitate to do maintenance.

Cleaning Sawdust & Lubing

Sawdust can end up being fairly dangerous for your table saw, it can clog electrical circuits, clog the electric starter, it can obstruct moving parts such as your belt drive, the pulley, and various parts in the motor, and an excessive buildup of it may even cause smoke and fires. Therefore it is extremely important to clean away any and all sawdust that you can find.

On a side note, other debris such as chunks of wood, ceramic, metal, and anything else that you cut with your table saw may also invade the various nooks and crannies that make up your table saw.

Before you do anything, make sure that the table saw is unplugged and has no power flowing through it.

You want to take apart anything that sawdust may be able to get into. This includes things like the fence, the miter gauge, the sawdust collector vacuum and the collector tube, the housing on the saw, the various parts of the motor, and the saw guard.

An important thing to note is that an effective sawdust collection system will drastically reduce the amount of time that you need to spend cleaning away sawdust. When you do sawdust cleaning, don’t forget the collection system itself.

You should use a shop vacuum to suck up as much of the debris as you can, and then follow that up with a damp cloth to wipe up the rest of the sawdust.

On a side note, you should not use compressed air to blow away sawdust because the strong air may damage electrical components, it may even blow sawdust further into the cracks as opposed to removing it.

After you have removed sawdust from as many places as is humanly possible, you want to lubricate all of the moving parts of your table saw. A high-grade lubricant will ensure that things continue to run smoothly and will keep them from wearing down too quickly.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

Maintaining The Miter Gauge

The miter gauge is, of course, the tool that you use to make a cross cut with table saws and to keep making cross cuts accurately you will need to keep it in working condition. You need to check that the miter bar fits snugly against your table, but is also loose enough to slide back and forth properly.

If the bar is too snug, it won’t move right and will cause you problems when doing cross cuts. On the other hand, a bar that is too loose will move back and forth to quickly, and may also cause your wood to move in unwanted directions when making cuts.

To get this right, you can use a small Allen wrench to adjust the insert to the right snugness. Some miter bars may not have this feature, in which case you can always replace the original miter bar with a steel bar that does have this adjustment feature.

The second check that you need to do is making sure the miter gauge slots and the saw blade are parallel. If the two items are not parallel, you can cut as you will, and you will never get the accurate results that you are looking for.

The simplest way to check this aspect is by using a special table saw parallelism checking tool. This is a tool that fits into the miter slots and then gives you readings of the parallel against the saw blade. If the reading is different from the front of the slot to the back of the slot, your blade and miter slot are not parallel.

Another option regarding checking the blade and miter slot parallelism is to clamp a piece of square cut wood down over the slot, with the front touching the saw blade slightly. Now move the piece of wood from the front of the slot to the back, and thus from the front of the blade to the back.

If there are any differences in spacing in between the wood and blade from front to back, your miter slot and saw blade are not parallel to each other. On a side note, to make sure that any discrepancies in parallelism are not caused by a warped blade, turn the blade 180 degrees and take measurements again.

If the measurements are different when the blade has been turned, the miter slot and blade may actually be parallel, and the differences in measurement are actually due to a bent blade.If this testing shows you that there is more than a 0.003 inch discrepancy between the front and back of the blade when compared to the miter slot, you will want to realign the miter and the blade.

You can reset the parallel on your table saw by shifting the position of the table saw’s rear trunnion on the underside of the table saw. You can move the trunnion left or right to make the necessary adjustments.

Make sure to tighten the bolts of the trunnions securely once you have made adjustments. Once you have done this, redo the test to see if the blade and miter slot are now parallel to each other. Remember to add some lubricant to keep the miter gauge moving properly.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

Checking The Belt & Pulley

One very important part of your table saw is the belt, which is the item that connects the belt drive on the motor to the pulley on the saw blade. The belt is one of the parts that can wear away quickly.

If the belt shows any sign of wear and tear, you will probably want to replace it because it may snap after prolonged use.

The place where the belt is connected to form a loop is fairly susceptible to forming lumps, something which will make the belt not run smoothly and will make a lot of noise, it may even cause the belt to fall off the drive or pulley.

If your belt has lumps or dents, you will also want to replace it, as fixing it is nearly impossible and replacing it is not all that expensive.

Since the belt is connected to the drive on one side and the pulley on the other, you will also want to make sure that the two are well aligned. If the belt is crooked or bent when attached to both the motor’s belt drive and the pulley, you will need to do some realigning.

This can be a fairly difficult process, one which will require you to read the user’s manual on your table saw to figure out which tools you will need and what process you will need to follow to complete the realignment.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

Maintaining The Fence

Something that you really don’t want is a fence that is closer to the blade in the back than it is to the front because this may cause the wood or other material you are cutting to pinch against the blade, and that will cause inaccuracies when cutting and can also cause the wood to fly up into your face.

The easiest way to check if the fence is parallel to the blade is by putting two pieces of wood which have been squared and are identical in length at the miter slots closest to the fence, both at the front and back of the miter slots.

Now lock the fence down with the pieces of wood just a little bit away from it. Check the distance from each piece of wood to the fence to discover any discrepancies in distance. Ideally speaking, the back of the fence should be something like 0.001 inches further away from the wood piece than at the front of the fence, something that will allow you some clearance when making cuts.

You can use a plain old measuring stick, a measuring tape, or a feeler gauge to accurately measure the distance between the wood chunks and the fence. If the gaps aren’t ideal, you can loosen the fence by loosening the screws or bolts which hold the fence down, reposition the fence as needed, and re-tighten the bolts or screws.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

Maintaining The Blade

One thing that you should always check on your table saw is the blade. After all, without a good blade, you aren’t going to get accurate and smooth cuts. Make sure that it is sharp, and if it isn’t, your best bet is to bring it to a professional for sharpening.

If any teeth are chipped or even broken off, your table saw blade will definitely need replacement. When the teeth of your table saw are not in good condition it can cause kickback and rough cuts, things you definitely do not want.

You should also make sure that the various components, such as the nuts and bolts, which hold the blade in place are in one piece and firmly secured.

Loose nuts and bolts will cause your blade to wobble when you make cuts, which is, of course, something else that you don’t want. Just make sure that everything holding the blade in place is attached securely.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

Checking Wiring

Another important aspect of maintaining your table saw is to do with the various wires which pass the electrical current from the outlet to and through the motor. This may require you to look at the user’s manual, but checking the wiring is a pretty important thing to do.

You will want to take the housing off of the motor as well as the electrical box to ensure that all wires are firmly connected and that there are no rips, tears, or any kind of damage to the wires. Any type of damage to the wiring should be immediately fixed, probably with the help of a professional.

Keep in mind that wires aren’t too expensive, so if they are damaged, replacement is most likely your best option to go with. The thing about maintaining the wiring is that most people only do it when something goes wrong or the table saw won’t function anymore, but if you really want to stay on top of things you should check the wiring every few months at a minimum.

How to Care for Table Saw Parts

The Out Feed & Table Top

Your table top and outfeed should be as smooth as can be. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to put anything on the table top that may scratch the surface, as this will make smoothly passing the wood through the blade a challenge.

If there are any scratches, you may want to gently polish them away, while also remembering not to compromise the overall quality and form of the table top. Also, use some warm water and a polishing agent to remove and residue or sticky debris which may be getting in your way.

Another problem that you may encounter with your table saw’s top is rust. If you notice any rust building up, you can use some wax, de-rusting agent, and a piece of fine sandpaper to remove it.

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How To Take Care For Table Saw Parts: Conclusion

Maintaining your table saw is the best way to keep it operational for as long as can be, and maintenance should often be performed to keep more serious issues from arising.

All of the major components which we discussed above should be checked and maintained on a fairly regular basis to keep your table saw from turning from your best friend into your worst enemy.

Grizzly G0715P Hybrid Table Saw Review

Grizzly G0715P Hybrid Table Saw Review

A good hybrid table saw can do a whole lot for you. In case you are unsure of what a hybrid table saw is, it is like a hybrid between a cabinet table saw, and contractor table saw.

They tend to be portable and fairly mobile like a contractor table saw, while at the same time featuring the power and performance of a cabinet table saw. Most people who work with wood from home prefer hybrid table saws because they are a good middle ground.

These are really great table saw options to consider because they come with everything you need for an effective home woodworking tool.

Things To Look Out For Before Buying A Hybrid Table Saw

There are a few specific things that you will want to keep an eye on before you purchase a hybrid table saw. They are great tools used primarily for woodworking and cutting apart boards or planks of wood and can definitely be one of your best friends in your wood shop.

Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to.

Kick Switch – You can’t always take your hands off of the piece of wood you are cutting to turn the table saw off. For this reason, it is a good idea to get one which you can turn off with a switch that you can hit with your foot, leg, or knee.

Flesh Sensor – To avoid injuries, it is always a good idea to get yourself a hybrid table saw with a flesh sensor. As soon as the flesh sensor senses flesh on the blade, it will turn on off and stop spinning in a matter of milliseconds.

Power – The power factor is largely decided by what you need the hybrid table saw for. One with a 2 horsepower motor, which needs at least a 20 amp circuit, can easily cut through wood up to 2 inches thick. If you are cutting pieces thicker than that, you will want to look for a hybrid table saw with anywhere from 3 to 5 horsepower. This will be able to cut through hardwood up to 4 inches thick without issue.

User-Friendly – The hybrid table saw in question should be easy to use. This means having a fence and miter gauge that can easily be adjusted, easy to change blades, easy to turn hand wheels, and being able to make adjustments and calibrations in a matter of minutes.

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw Review

Grizzly G0715P Review

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Of course, we are here to do a little review of the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw. This really is a great hybrid table saw that comes with everything you need for a great wood cutting and woodworking experience.

This thing is easy to transport thanks to its limited size and comes with all of the convenience of a contractor table saw.

At the same time, it also has many of the high-quality features that come with your average cabinet table saw.

Things like dust control, a fairly large working surface, high power, easy to make adjustments, and a variety of extras and nifty features make the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw one of the best hybrid table saws around. This thing is powerful, convenient, easy to transport, and will cut through virtually anything that you put in front of it.

It’s a great choice for any home woodworker looking for a mix of power and convenience.

Pros

Cons

  • Quite powerful – 2HP
  • Very accurate
  • Easy to make adjustments
  • Decent amount of table top space
  • Easy to set up and transport
  • Very durable
  • Safe
  • Lots of features
  • Can get rusty
  • Takes a while to assemble
  • Weighs over 400 pounds

Features Of The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw

Now let’s talk about the most important features of the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw and what they can do for you.

The Power – The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is a 2 horsepower table saw, which means that it can easily cut through most things you throw at it. Anything 2 inches thick or thinner will not be a problem for this table saw.

It can actually operate at 16 Amps at 110 volts or 8 Amps and 220 volts, which is great for working at the shop or in your home garage.

The arbor speed on this saw is at around 3,850 rounds per minute, which means that it makes quick work out of wood. Moreover, the serpentine belt and pulley system is extremely solid, reliable, and also helps to reduce vibration and noise.

The Space – The space provided for you by this table saw is also pretty decent. The cast iron table top is very solid, durable, resistant to rust and scratching, and will definitely last for a long time to come.

The table top is 27 inches deep by 40 inches wide, thus giving you quite a bit of room for medium and larger projects. It has a rip capacity of 12 inches to the left and 30 inches to the right, thus allowing you to work on some pretty big projects without the need for a large cabinet saw.

Dust Collection – The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw comes complete with a dust port and collection system. You don’t have to worry about sawdust getting in your way because the port removes all of it with ease.

Safety – The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is also a very safe hybrid table saw to use. It comes with a reliable and high-quality riving knife to make cutting safer than ever before.

It also comes with anti-kickback pawls to keep wood from being flung into your face. Plus, the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw comes with a state of the art adjustable blade guard system too.

Accuracy & Adjustments – You will also love the fact that the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is very accurate to use as well as easy to adjust. This thing comes complete with a T-slot miter gauge for those straight and angled crosscuts.

It also comes with a Camlock T-shaped fence which can be extended out onto the wings for accurate cutting and ripping (with an HDPE face). The table itself is precision ground for a smooth ride and the cast-iron trunnions are as solid and accurate as ever before.

The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw even comes with complete dado blade inserts for specific jobs.

The bottom line is that everything that can be adjusted on this saw is done quickly and easily, plus it has many features as discussed here, all of which make it a very accurate hybrid table saw for you to use.

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Some Alternatives To The Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw

​You might not be a fan of the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw, maybe because of the price, the features, or any perceived limitations it may have. So, let’s look at a few alternative hybrid table saws that you might also like.

Shop Fox W1837 Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw Review

Shop Fox W1837 Open-Stand Hybrid Table Saw Review

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This model of hybrid table saw by Shop Fox is a pretty decent option to go with. It is actually several hundred dollars cheaper than the Grizzly we reviewed above.

It has an open cabinet stand with a 4-inch dust port, a cast iron table with steel wings, it has a 2 horsepower motor, a lift off fence, and even more. It also has a riving knife and a lift off precision fence.

It does have a little less arbor speed than the grizzly, but it also weighs more than 100 pounds less.

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Woodtek 159665 Hybrid Table Saw Review

Woodtek 159665 Hybrid Table Saw Review

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If going big is your thing, then this is the model to go with. The Woodtek has a big precision ground cast iron table with a fence that can extend up to 52 inches using the telescopic feature.

This makes it perfect for working on large projects. It is a 2 horsepower table saw with a fast arbor speed. It has a dust shroud and dust collection system, a good miter gauge, many safety feature, and virtually everything else that you would expect a good table saw to have.

It is however a little more expensive than the grizzly.

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Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw Review

Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw Review

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The main feature of this table saw is that it comes with an extension table for working on bigger projects. It features a T-slot miter gauge, a Camlock T-shaped fence, cast iron trunnions, and a cast iron table.

It has a 2 horsepower motor for big cutting power. It also comes with anti-kickback pawls and a riving knife for safety.

The dust port, easy glide fence system, deluxe quick-release blade guard, and a powder coated cabinet make this a good find no doubt.

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Conclusion

If you don’t want a huge cabinet saw, but you also want something a little more powerful than a contractor table saw, a hybrid table saw like the Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series Hybrid Table Saw is definitely a good option to keep in mind.

It comes with everything you need for a great woodworking experience, plus a whole lot more.

Scroll Saw Projects for Beginners

Scroll Saw Projects for Beginners

Investing in a scroll saw can be one of the best decisions you’ll make if you are interested in woodworking. The possibilities are endless as far as scroll saw projects for beginners are concerned.

From small puzzles that can amaze your kids to bird houses to home decors, there are lots of projects that you can complete with a scroll saw.

Plus there are lots of wood that you can use for scroll sawing such as plywood, red cedar, Spanish cedar, black walnut, American Holly, ebony, tulip wood, bird’s eye maple, mahogany, rosewood, cherry olive, and oak.

Learning on Your Own

Most people think that they need to enroll in a scroll saw class to be able to operate their tool. While that’s always welcome, the truth is that you don’t need to enroll in one. There are lots of people who were able to learn the craft on their own. Of course, you need lots of practice and patience if you want to learn scroll sawing on your own.

There are three types scroll saw work that you can learn on your own. These are:

  • Fretwork--- cutting small pieces of wood to produce a pattern
  • Marquetry--- wood inlays in which various shapes and varieties of wood are cut out and glued together to form a picture
  • Intarsia—wooden mosaic pattern wherein various pieces are glue together in a wooden support

Finding Scroll Saw Projects Online

The internet is the best venue to look for scroll saw projects for beginners. There are lots of websites that offer free scroll saw patterns. These patterns can be legally used by anyone for their scroll saw projects.

The patterns vary in design, from simple picture frames to plaques to clocks and handy items. These patterns also vary in cuts, from tight radius, sweeping curves, to long straight lines. Others have jagged edges and sharp corners.

If you’re a beginner, you should look for and use practice patterns first. Doing so will help you get acquainted with your scroll saw. It can also build your skills and confidence.

As mentioned earlier, you should be persistent in practicing your scroll sawing skills. This is the only way for you to improve your skills.

Patience is also important. Don’t get too frustrated if you are not able to follow the marked lines well. Correctly follow a pattern as best as you can. Once you have built up confidence, you can move on to a bigger project.

It’s up to you to choose a scroll saw pattern. You may simply choose a pattern depending on the design. Others choose a pattern that they feel is complicated enough to challenge them and consequently improve their skills.

You don’t even have to follow the pattern that you downloaded online. You can also add or remove elements. Like in any craft pattern, you can use your imagination to make a scroll saw pattern look like your own.

Regardless of the scroll saw pattern you find online, you can download the file onto your computer. Then print the file on a piece of paper.

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Tips in Using Scroll Saw Patterns

Once you have it printed, apply the pattern to the wood piece. Spray adhesive or put glue to attach the pattern into the piece of wood that you will be cutting.

Rubber cement could also be an option as it can come off easily. It also doesn’t leave any marks on the surface of the wood. Others use a double sided masking tape to affix the pattern into the wood piece.

It is not recommended, though, that you hand-trace the pattern into the wood with a pencil or tracing paper. The reason is that the slightest movement of the pattern could be enough to weaken an area, or make it hard to cut. Even the act of tracing the pattern on the wood itself could move the line, which make it hard for you to get an accurate cut.

After attaching the pattern to the wood, you can then drill pilot holes at the start of each line as well as starting point for the shapes.

Sitting Down or Standing Up When Scrolling

Once you have started to cut the pattern, you may wonder if you are supposed to sit or remain standing throughout the entire scroll sawing process.

The rule of thumb is to stand directly in front of the scroll saw during the initial stages. Don’t avoid standing off at the sides as it would make it hard for you to feed the work piece into the blade.

If the project drags on for hours, you could get a high stool so you can work longer. This would enable you to sit down and continue working on your project.

Using the Right Blade

One of the most important tips when making scroll saw projects for beginners is to use the right blade for the design. The best blade can make or break the quality of design to be made.

Remember that when working with thin woods, you should use a number 3 double tooth blade. It can produce fewer chips on woods aside from lasting longer than other blade types.

And when you install the blade, make sure that the teeth are facing down. If the blade is installed with the teeth facing upward, it won’t be able cut the wood.

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Finding Correct Blade Tension

Once you have inserted the blade, fasten the tension knob. It should be turned three quarters beyond the resistance point.

You don’t want the blade to be very tightly fastened as it would likely break and damage your scroll saw. A loose blade on the other hand won’t be able to cut a straight line.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that there are lots of scroll saw projects for beginners that you can find online. You can follow the patterns you find online to improve your skills, or get a better feel of your tool. You can then progress with scroll sawing after completing several projects or patterns.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review

If you work with wood for any reason, you know that a good table saw can make the difference between success and failure. This is especially important if you are a professional that makes a living building things out of wood.

The problem is that choosing a good table saw, preferably a portable one, is pretty hard. There are so many options out there. Which one do you choose? Well, we have a pretty good option here today, and it is the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw.

Let’s not waste any more time and talk about why this definitely a good option to keep in mind.

What To Consider Before Buying A Portable Table Saw

Portable table saws, while not the most expensive power tool out there, is still going to cost you a pretty penny. So, there are definitely a few vital aspects and features to keep in mind before you make your purchase. You want the most bang for your buck, and we are here to help you get that bang.

Power

The primary and really the only use for a table saw is cutting, which is probably a little obvious. However, beginners sometimes don’t look at things like RPM and amps, both which are quite important.

You need to look for a table saw that has enough power to handle the projects and jobs you will be working on. For example, big and thick pieces of hardwood are going to be difficult to cut with a 10 amp 3,800 RPM table saw, but a 15 amp table saw with closer to 5,000 blade rotations per minute will not have any issue with it.

You need to keep in mind what you are going to be doing with the saw when deciding how much power it needs to be able to provide you with.

Cutting Depth

Another aspect to keep in mind is how deep the table saw in question can cut. If you are a hobbyist working from home, something like a 3-inch cutting depth might do you just fine.

However, if you are a big time contractor, you might want to get yourself a table saw that has closer to a 3.5 or even 4-inch cutting depth. The bigger the materials are, the deeper your table saw must be able to cut, something which once again only you can really decide.

Ripping Capacity/Space

The space and ripping capacity that a table saw provide you with is also very important. Just like with the power and cutting depth, the saw you get, will depend on your personal needs.

If you are only going to be working on smaller projects, a table saw with a 25-inch ripping capacity will probably do just fine. However, bigger projects require more room so you might want to look for a table saw that has a ripping capacity of 30 inches or more.

Some portable table saws do come with telescoping fences and extension wings which can help extend the ripping capacity, but that also means a higher price point.

The Fence & Miter

You are definitely going to want to buy a table saw that has both a nice miter gauge and a reliable fence.

Chances are that you are going to be using the table saw for making all sorts of cross cuts, which are cuts that require a good miter. When looking at miter gauges, you want one that has a wide range of motion in both directions, is fairly solid, easy to adjust, and can be removed or replaced with something else when the time calls for it.

You also need a good fence for ripping pieces of wood down to size. Things like a telescopic or rack and pinion fences are good options to consider.

The main things to look out for here are that you get a fence that is straight, that can easily be adjusted, that is quick to align with the blade, and locks down securely into place.

Safety Features

Table saws are dangerous tools, so you want to make sure to have a few safety features on the one you get.

Things like anti-kickback pawls, splitters, and riving knives are all great safety feature’s that will prevent injuries. Also, a nice blade guard, a safety ON/OFF switch, a rocker switch, and even a basic push stick are all good additions for any table saw.

Portability

We are talking about portable table saws here, so you want to look for one that is compact, lightweight, and easy to move around.

Keep in mind that a smaller and lighter saw does usually mean less durability, less room to work with, and less power too. Your best option is to find a good mix of both. Of course, a good folding stand that also has wheels and a handle for pulling is ideal.

A nice table saw that comes with a folding transportation cart/stand is definitely the ideal. There is always a bit of a tradeoff between size and other functions, so just keep that in mind.

Dust Collection

A good thing to have with any table saw is a dust collection port. Now, many portable table saws will not come with a full dust collection system, but they do come with a dust port where one can be connected.

This is a good thing to look out for, especially when it comes time to clean up X pounds of sawdust.

Storage

Some onboard storage on any table saw is always nice too. It just makes it a lot easier when you can store accessories on the saw itself instead of having to carry those around separately from the table saw.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review

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If you need a highly portable, convenient, accurate, and powerful table saw for use when you are on the go, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw definitely makes for a great choice to consider.

One of the main points that you will love about this thing is that it is extremely convenient and portable. The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is a lightweight saw that is compact, comes with a stand, and features a rolling cart as well.

Moving from one jobsite to another in quick fashion is something that this table saw allows you to do very well.

Pros

Cons

  • Cart and stand for mobility
  • Fairly lightweight and compact
  • Rack and pinion fence
  • Dust collection port
  • Quite durable
  • Has a nice blade guard
  • High power 15 amp motor
  • Lots of ripping capacity
  • Aligning the fence and blade can be a little difficult
  • Fence is not 100% flat
  • Not the best table top (may scratch and rust with use)

Features and benefits

That is not all though, because the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw also has a fairly powerful 15 amp motor that is more than powerful enough to make quick work out of most materials. Accuracy is also something that you get with the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw, which is thanks to the decent miter gauge and awesome rack and pinion fence system that it comes with.

This fence system, combined with the decently sized table top is perfect for ripping fairly large items, plus the fence does flip around for narrower rips. For your convenience, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw also comes with a dust collection port so you can easily attach a sawdust collection unit. Any person who does small and medium sized projects at home, is a hobby carpenter, or works on various jobsites would be more than happy with this particular jobsite table saw.

the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw has a great number of features which everybody can appreciate. So, let’s take a little time to talk about these features in greater detail.

Portability – One of the biggest benefits that you are going to get out of the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is that it is very portable. The fact that this particular saw is not too heavy (slightly over 90 pounds) and does not take up too much space is great for anyone who is always on the go, needs to fit it in a packed truck, or needs to store it in a small space.

Its low weight and fairly small size make it quite maneuverable, which is also thanks to the fence system which can be compacted easily. Moreover, the fact that the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw comes with a very stable folding stand is yet another bonus. This completely removes then need for you to find a strong, stable, and flat surface every time you set it up at a new site. Simply unfold the cart/stand and you are good to go.

The reason why we really like this stand is not only because it is very durable, stable, and convenient, but also because it comes with wheels and a pulling handle. The wheels are jobsite friendly, large, they roll well, and when combined with the handle, they provide for a really easy way to haul the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw around and opposed to having to carry it.

The Rip Fence & Rip Capacity

– Something that you will like about the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is that it has a pretty decent ripping capacity. It may not have more capacity than all table saws out there, especially larger stationary ones, but for a compact jobsite table saw, having 32.5 inches of ripping capacity is definitely useful.

The table itself is fairly large and can accommodate some pretty big planks, boards, and pieces of plywood, which does make it a good option for jobsites. This is beside the fact that the table is not the best quality and prone to scratching. Anyway, the fence is a rack and pinion fence, which means that it is very easy to adjust on the fly, plus it locks down securely into place with barely any issue at all. It really does help provide you with an extremely accurate cut and rip.

There is also the fact that the fence can be flipped around and used for very narrow rips, which is something that most saws just can’t do. What you will also like is the solid extension feature, which makes cutting really wide pieces much easier and safer. This solid piece is designed to offer you optimal bottom-up support while working on those large pieces.

The Cut – Power & Depth – Yet another thing that is quite impressive about the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is that while it may be small, it still provides you with a whole lot of power. The 15 amp motor that the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is more than powerful enough to get through some really thick and hard materials with ease, like a hot knife through butter.

With a blade rotation speed of 4,800 rounds per minute, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw will make quick work out of hardwood. In terms of the cutting depth, for a portable jobsite saw, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is also fairly impressive. At a 90 degree angle, this saw can cut through materials as thick as 3 – 1/8 inches, and at 45 degrees it can cut through 2 -1/4 inches. This is a better cutting depth than most other portable jobsite table saws.

Dust Collection Capabilities – We also like the fact that the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw has a 2-inch dust port. No, it does not come with a full dust collection unit, but the whole does allow you to attach a 2-inch sawdust vacuum hose. This is beneficial because it makes cleanup time a lot simpler and faster.

Onboard Storage – Yet another feature that you will appreciate about the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is that it comes with a good amount of onboard storage. On this particular table saw, you can store the blade, miter gauge, push stick, and various other items too. It makes it really convenient because you don’t need something like an extra toolbox or duffle bag to carry around the accessories for the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw.

Some Safety Features – The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw does not come with the most safety features, but some are included none the less. With the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw, you get a nice transparent blade guard. The blade guard can be easily attached and removed, plus the see-through build of it makes it easy to see what you are doing while you are cutting.

Moreover, the easy ON/OFF rocker switch lets you switch the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw off in a fraction of a second, plus it comes with a plastic cover for some extra safety.

The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw also comes with a push stick to make cutting those small pieces just a little bit safer.

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Alternatives To The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

Since you might not have the same needs or the same preferences as everybody else out there, we have a few other great portable jobsite saws that you can take a look at, each of which makes for a pretty good alternative to the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw.

Keep in mind that while all of the alternatives below are quite a bit less expensive than the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw, many people are willing to pay an extra few bucks because everybody knows that DEWALT makes some really high-quality tools.

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10 Portable Table Saw with Stand Review

Delta Power Tools 36-6020 10 Portable Table Saw with Stand Review

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This is a good alternative to go with, one that is fairly similar to the DEWALT Jobsite Table Saw.

This model by Delta Power Tools is a little cheaper than the DEWALT, which is because it does have some less features and functionality, but overall it is still a great piece of equipment.

Surprisingly the Delta Power Tools Portable Table saw does have about the same RPM and power output as the DEWALT model, which is quite impressive considering its price.

Both of these models also come with a folding stand and cart for portability. However, this Delta Power Tools model does have a couple less safety features, and it does not have the rack and pinion fence either. The DEWALT model also has a slightly better table top.

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Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw Review

Genesis GTS10SB 10-inch Table Saw Review

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This portable table saw option by Genesis is going to cost you several hundred dollars less than the DEWALT model that we talked about above. Keep in mind that while the Genesis 10 inch Table Saw is still a great option to go with, it does have some drawbacks when compared to the DEWALT model.

For one, the Genesis Table Saw has much less ripping capacity, plus it cannot cut into materials as deep as the DEWALT can.

Furthermore, this Genesis Table Saw model only has a stand, one that cannot fold down, as opposed to the DEWALT Table Saw model which comes with a convenient folding stand that has wheels and a handle for easy transportation.

Surprisingly enough, however, this Genesis Table Saw delivers just as much RPM as the DEWALT model we reviewed above.

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SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand Review

SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand Review

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This portable table saw model by SKIL is also a few hundred bucks cheaper than the DEWALT model we talked about above.

This SKIL Table Saw does come with its own heavy duty stand, but it does not fold down nearly as compact as the DEWALT stand, nor does it have wheels and a handle for easy transportation.

Both of these table saws have a nice aluminum table, but the DEWALT does have more ripping capacity. This is offset somewhat by the extension wing the SKIL Table Saw comes with, which does extend the ripping capacity of it.

Both of these machines have about the same power output and cutting depth, but there is a bit of a quality difference. There is just no denying that DEWALT is a synonym for quality.

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In Closing

As you can see, the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw is an all-around great portable table saw.

It is not too big and heavy, which makes it portable, plus it also has a great folding stand/cart, yet it is also big enough to handle some pretty sizable jobs.

Great accuracy, durability, and much more are all things you get when you purchase the DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw.

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