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How To Cut Lap Joints - Lap joints are awesome, and in this guide we show you how to cut yours with your table saw.

How To Cut Lap Joints

Woodworking is a really great hobby and an even better professional. Wood looks nice in the home, it is fun to work with, and the possibilities are endless regarding what you can create.

That being said, there are many different things that you need to know before you start trying to build anything out of wood. One of those things that you need to know about before you start is wood joints, which is how pieces of wood are joined together. Today we are going to teach you everything there is to know about lap joints.

What Is A Half Lap Joint?

A lap joint is a way of quickly joining two pieces of wood together. It is characterized by halving the thickness of both pieces of wood at the joint and then fitting those cut halves together, hence why they are sometimes referred to as half lap joints.

These can then be attached to each other with glue or screws if necessary. Ideally, the joints should be long grain on long grain for the best quality and highest strength. This kind of joint is most often used in cabinetry and when making frames.

There are several different kinds of lap joints including the end lap joint, a corner lap, and a cross lap, a mitered half lap, and dovetail crossed lap, among a few others, some of which are more prevalent than others. Keep in mind, some of these, such as the mitered and dovetail lap are going to be a little stronger, but they are also harder to make. For the purposes of this article we will be focusing on some of the more basic half lap joints.

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What You Will Need To Make A Lap Joint

This is a pretty basic tutorial so you are not going to need a whole lot of material here. There are only a few things required to make a basic lap joint.

  • Table saw
  • Dado blade set
  • 2 pieces of wood (preferable a 1 or 2 x 4)
  • Wood glue

Step By Step – How To Make An End Half Lap Joint

The first kind of half lap joint we are going to help you make is the classic half lap joint, also known as the end half lap joint. This is very easy to and can be done in a few short steps.

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  1. Choosing The Wood – Choose the pieces of wood that you want to use. Ideally, they should be of the same width and height.
  1. Measuring The Depth – On each piece of wood, measure, and mark half way down the depth. This will be the depth of your half lap joint.
  1. Measure The Tongue – On each piece of wood, measure how far you want the length of the half lap to extend into each piece of wood. Remember that this needs to be the same on both pieces.
  1. Adjusting The Dado – On your table saw, expand the dado blade set to be as wide as possible, which is generally around 13/16 of an inch (or install a wide set). This will make it much faster and easier when cutting away the wood to form the half lap.
  1. Height Of The Dado – Raise the dado blade set to the appropriate height. For instance, if you are cutting a half lap joint into a piece of wood 2 inches in height, your dado blade set needs to be raised up 1 inch off of the table.
  1. The Fence – Adjust the fence so that the end of the piece of wood is firmly against it, while the outside edge of the dado blade set does not extend past the length of the half lap joint you are cutting. This will prevent you from cutting too far into the wood along its length.
  1. A Test Run – You should test it out first with 2 scrap pieces of wood which are the same size as the wood you will be using for the finished product. When you have cut the scrap pieces, make sure they fit together so that the faces are flush with one another.

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  1. Making The Cut – Now you can use your table saw, with all settings in place, and the wood already measured and marked, in order to cut the half lap.

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  1. Attaching – You can now use some wood glue along with clamps in order to attach them to each other. If you want you can also follow that up with some screws or pegs for added joint integrity.

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Step By Step – How To Make A Corner Half Lap Joint

The steps for making a corner lap joint are going to be about the same as for the end lap joint, with some minor adjustments. Follow these simple steps to get the job done in no time at all.

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  1. Adjusting The Fence & Dado – Do the same thing with the fence and dado set as in the above example on how to make an end half lap joint. Simply set the fence so that the outside edge of the dado blade set does not protrude past the length of the joint you are looking to make. Also set the blades to the appropriate height, which is going to be half of the height of the pieces of wood in question. You are cutting half way into the wood, so a 3 inch piece will require a cutting depth of 1.5 inches.
  1. Make The Measurements – The important thing to keep in mind here is that it is a corner joint, not an end joint. With an end half lap joint you can technically cut as far into the lengths of the pieces as you want, which is not the case with the corner half lap. The length of the cut in each piece can only be as long as the width of the other piece of wood. For example, if you are using pieces of wood that are 4 inches wide, you need to make the length of the joint in each piece 4 inches. Any longer or shorter and your corner joint is not going to be much of a corner at all.

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  1. Cut, Clamp, & Glue – Make the cut, just as described in the steps for the end lap joint (you can once again use scrap pieces of the same dimensions as your project pieces to make sure that everything will go according to plan). Use clamps and glue to attach them and then follow up with pegs or screws if you require the extra integrity.

Half Lap Joints – Conclusion

When it comes to making half lap joints, they are probably the easiest of all to make. As long as you measure the depth and length of each tongue appropriately, you aren’t going to have any real problems. Also, unless it is an end half lap joint, such as a cross or corner joint, the length of the cut you make (the tongue) cannot be longer than the width of the corresponding piece. As long as you keep that in mind you should be just fine.

 

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap_joint

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/techniques/joinery/half-lap-joints​

https://www.thespruce.com/basic-joinery-half-lap-joints-3536621​

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/cutting-lap-joints-with-a-table-saw/​

Table Saw Safety Features - Table saw's can be very dangerous, so here are the most common table saw safety features make sure you use them!

7 Table Saw Safety Features

A table saw really is a very amazing tool, one that every carpenter, wood worker, and home hobbyist should have. From creating wood joints and ripping planks to making fine cross cuts, the table saw can do it all. That being said, a table saw is also a fairly dangerous tool. After all, it involves a big old blade spinning at several thousand rounds per minute. Get your hands anywhere near that and you can be sure that you are going to be taking a little vacation at your local emergency room.

People get cuts, people lose fingers, and even whole extremities too, and in extreme cases a really bad table saw injury can potentially be fatal. There are tens of thousands of table saw injuries, serious ones, in the United States alone every single year. However, over the years, table saws have become a lot safer. This is thanks to various safety features which modern table saws now come with. So, what are the various safety features which any good table saw should have?

1. A Safety Sensor

One of the biggest, best, and most modern safety features that any good table saw needs to come with is a safety sensor. These safety sensor are perhaps your best line of defense against losing a finger or even worse. These sensors are built to shut off the table saw in a moments’ notice. They can actually stop the blade from spinning in just a fraction of a second in order to prevent all kinds of injuries. Sensors on table saws function through the miracle of conductive electricity.

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They are built to recognize when something that conducts electricity, like your skin and flesh, contacts the blade. You see, wood is not very conductive, so the sensor knows to let the blade keep spinning. However, your fingers are a very good conductor of electricity. So, when the say feels a conductive element coming in contact with the blade, it automatically shuts off in a few milliseconds. On a side note, many table saws are built to cut through metal, which is of course conductive. This means that you will have to disable this sensor when cutting metals and other conductive materials, which can be quite a problem.

Now, to be clear, injuries can happen very fast, so these sensors may not prevent all injuries. It takes more time for the sensor to shut down the saw than it does to sustain an injury. However, the point of these sensors is to cut off power to the blade as quickly as possible, thus turning a situation of lost fingers or hands into one of a simple little cut. You might still get injured if you slip and come into contact with the blade, but thanks to these sensors, your injuries will be much less severe than they otherwise would be. Here is a video of one of these sensors in action, where a guy actually touches his finger to a moving blade to demonstrate how fast and how well these sensors work.

2. The Blade Guard

What most people see as the first line of defense in terms of preventing severe table saw injuries is the blade guard. The blade guard is a device which covers the blade, both when in use and not in use. It consists of a (usually) plastic housing which goes down over each side of the blade, down to the table top. This is a great feature because it helps to create a barrier between your fingers and a table saw blade spinning upwards of 3,800 rounds per minute.

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The blade guard can tilt up or down, with the point being to move upwards and expose the blade just enough to make the cut. The guard should move upwards just enough to fit the material under it, thus allowing you to feed the piece into the blade without exposing your fingers to certain injury.

The problem with blade guards is that they do limit your sight. It is hard to see markings and it is hard to see exactly where you are cutting when the blade guard is attached. This is why many people will remove the blade guard when trying to make precision cuts, which is obviously something that you should not do.

The blade guard may occasionally get in your way, but it is indeed a very important safety feature which can save fingers, hands, and even lives. However, many newer table saws are making their blade guards thinner and totally see-through, which allows you to make precision cuts, see what is going on, all while keeping the blade guard in place to protect your own safety.

3. Anti-Kickback Pawls & Splitters

Your next line of defense when it comes to table saw safety features is the anti-kickback pawl, which is usually combined with a splitter. If you did not know, kickback is one of the biggest causes of table saw injuries. Kickback occurs when the wood gets stuck or jammed in between the blade and the fence, followed by the wood getting caught on the back end (or back teeth) of the blade.

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This in turn causes the wood or other material you are attempting to cut to be ejected off the table, fly off of it at high speeds, and launch directly towards you. This can definitely cause serious injuries and has been known to take out eyes, cause concussions, break bones, and yes, cause death too. Having a big piece of wood or metal hit you in the head travelling at a high velocity is definitely not something that you want to experience at any point in your life.

This is where the splitter comes into play, which is a vertical blade, usually made of plastic or metal, and it keeps the kerf open in order to prevent the wood from getting snagged on the blade and being flung at your face. This is then combined with anti-kickback pawls. Anti-kickback pawls are little metal devices equipped with front facing teeth.

These teeth will catch a piece of wood and stop it in its tracks before it has the chance to fly off of the table. The anti-kickback pawls are kind of like the second line of defense in case the splitter fails to do its job. Anti-kickback pawls will generally be located on either side of the blade in order to hook onto the left and right side of the wood in the event that it begins to fly back at you.

4. A Kick Switch

Another crucial safety feature that many modern table saws come with is the kick switch. Usually when you turn a table saw on or off, you use a switch that is operated with your hands. The problem is that you can’t always use your hands to turn the saw off.

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In the event that something goes wrong in the middle of your cut, you can’t very well just let go of the wood in order to hit the off switch with your hands. That can end up causing serious injury in itself because you should never let go of a piece mid-cut while the blade is still running. That can cause it to be ejected towards you and cause serious injury.

This is where the oh so important kick switch comes into play. The kick switch is like an emergency off button that you can kick with your foot or hit with your knee, usually located on the underside or the front face of the saw, near the bottom. If you do need to turn the saw off mid-cut, simply kick the switch with your foot to instantly stop the blade from turning.

5. The Magnetic Switch

Another switch that many table saws nowadays come with is the magnetic switch, yet another very important safety feature. The magnetic switch is something which will hit the power switch and disable power to the saw blade in the event of a power outage. To explain this clearly, power outages can happen, which will of course cause your saw to turn off when in use.

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The problem is that the power can potentially come back on in a moments’ notice, which means that the saw blade will start spinning again. This can be very dangerous if you have decided to start poking around with your fingers. The magnetic switch automatically puts the saw in the off position when a power outage happens, so that when the power does come back on, the saw will not automatically start back up without you knowing it.

6. The Riving Knife

The riving knife is actually a pretty similar safety feature to the splitter. It more or less does the same job, but many people find that riving knives are a little more convenient. The point of a riving knife is to make sure that wood stays separated and does not get caught on the blade once cut. When the blade cuts distorted wood, or if you are not pushing the wood through the blade in a straight manner, there is always a chance of the wood getting caught on the teeth, being kicked back, and launching straight at you.

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The riving knife sits on the back end of the blade (or just behind it) and makes sure that the 2 cut pieces stay separated and don’t hit the back end of the blade, thus preventing dangerous kickback. The reason why many people prefer riving knives is because they are actually attached to the same mechanism which holds the blade in place.

A splitter is fixed into place, which makes performing dado cuts, cross cuts, and other cuts a real pain. A riving knife on the other hand is not fixed and can be moved out of place when it is not needed; the riving knife can move with the blade. On the other hand, the splitter needs time and effort to be disconnected when making certain cuts, with the big problem here being that many people simply forget to reattach the splitter after taking it off.

Most professionals also consider riving knives to be safer than splitter because the riving knife sits close to the back of the blade, thus making the gap between the blade and kerf even smaller, plus it also prevents the back of the blade from being too exposed to your fingers. The bottom line is that riving knives are great safety mechanisms for preventing kickback.

7. Push Sticks & Stop Blocks

Now, these things are not really safety features of a table saw, but they are both things which can make your woodworking experience much safer. Push sticks are pieces of wood or specialized plastic sticks which you can use to push short or thin stock through the blade. In essence, it makes sure that you can make precise cuts without getting your fingers too close to the blade.

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The same can be said for a stop block, which is pretty much a push stick for making cross cuts. A stop block sits between the miter gauge and the piece of wood you are cross cutting, thus increasing the space between your fingers and that deadly blade.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day, there have been many innovations in terms of table saw safety. If you are on the market for a new table saw, you should look for one that has as many of these safety features as possible. Table saws are great tools, but you need to be aware that they are dangerous and they certainly are not toys. The safety features discussed above can save fingers, hands, and even lives, so you definitely want them in your arsenal.

 

Sources

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/table-saw-safety-why-the-british-think-were-crazy

http://www.thesharpcut.com/safety-features/​

http://www.toolerant.com/like-your-fingers-table-saw-blade-guards-safety/​

https://www.wwgoa.com/article/table-saw-safety-guards-splitters/?nabc=0&nabe=5597362638815232:2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ca%2F​

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart

Today we have an excellent model which we are looking at, which is the SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw that comes with a mobile cart. This is a great option to go with for various different reasons including safety, ease of adjustment, portability, power, performance, and much more, all of which we will discuss below.

Things To Consider Before Buying A Table Saw

Table saws are one of the best tools that any handyman or carpenter can have hands down, Due to their fairly high price, you want to make sure that you are getting the table saw which suits your needs the best. Here are a few things that you should definitely keep in mind before making your purchase.

The Size & Weight

If you are a handyman that is always on the go, moving from one job site to another, you should consider the size of the saw that you are getting. I suggest you get a medium sized table saw to have a tool that is compact enough to fit in smaller spaces, but also big enough to still be an effective woodworking tool.

Moreover, the weight of the table saw is also important, for portability’s sake it should not weigh more than 100 pounds.

Making Adjustments

The next thing to look out for when buying a table saw is how easy it is to make adjustments. Adjusting the height of the table, the blade elevation, the fence, and the angle of the blade should all be easy. There should be a simple to use dial or lever, sometimes multiple dials or levers, to make the adjustments with ease.

Portability

The portability of your table saw is important if you are going to be moving it around a lot, is how portable it is. Now this will most likely be determined by the table saw stand that you have.

Some stands also double as mobile carts that can be easily folded up and moved around with wheels, something that every carpenter can definitely appreciate. If you are going to be using the saw in just one place, this portability feature might not be quite as important to you.

Safety Features

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when buying a table saw is if it has various safety features. The table saw that you get should definitely have a blade guard that covers as much of the blade as possible while in use. Modern table saws will have some kind of anti-conduction feature.

What this means is that if a conductive material, such as your fingers, hit the saw blade, it will instantly stop with the emergency brake. Furthermore, the table saw that you get should also have an emergency bypass switch that will allow you to turn it off with the quick click of a button.

Power

A good level of power for any table saw motor is around 3-6 horsepower with between 12 and 20 Amps. This will ensure that your table saw can cut through virtually any material with ease.

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart Review

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart Review

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If you are looking for a powerful table saw, you are definitely looking at the right machine. The SawStop JSS-MCA has a variety of awesome features such as enhanced portability, extreme cutting power, several safety features, and great versatility regarding adjustment.

You cannot go wrong with a table saw that is so easy to use and is very portable too, not to mention that it only weighs 79 pounds, making it one of the lightest table saws out there. If you are looking for a table saw that is user-friendly, safe, easy to adjust, lightweight and portable, plus very powerful too, considering the SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw With Mobile Cart is definitely one of your best choices.

Pros

Cons

  • Very powerful & long lasting motor.
  • Enhanced safety features.
  • Cuts wood, metal, and other materials.
  • Convenience lightweight and portability features.
  • Ergo-Lock T-Style Fence.
  • Quick Change Blade Elevation & Angle.
  • Extendable Shelf.
  • Large Storage Capabilities.
  • Moisture may activate the blade brake because moisture is conductive.

Features and benefits

Size

Accessories

Power

Safety

The SawStop JSS-MCA Table Saw has a variety of features that make it a prime choice, and each of these features comes with their own benefits which help to make woodworking and carpentry as easy as can be.

Lightweight & Portable

One of the things that you will definitely be able to appreciate about this particular table saw is that it is very lightweight and portable. First off, the whole thing only weighs 79 pounds, so moving it from your truck to the jobsite is simple and quick.

If you include the mobile cart, the whole thing weighs a little over 100 pounds. There is also the fact that the mobile cart provides this saw with a solid base that can be easily moved from one area to another thanks to the integrated wheels.

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart

Furthermore, the wheels can be folded in so that the base is solid and wobble free while you are using the saw. The mobile cart can also be extended for use on the go, or it can be retracted to enhance its portability.

Quick Change Blade Elevation & Angle

Another feature that makes this table saw a prime choice is that it has a simple one turn elevation feature. No matter what height you need the saw blade to be at, you can simply adjust it with the quick turn of the dial.

Moving the saw blade up and down only requires you to turn a dial, something that makes changing your cutting parameters on the go quick and simple.

The same knob/dial also allows you to easily change the angle of the blade by increments of 1 degree so you can make precise angled cuts just by turning a lever. It really could not be any easier and much of this simplistic use is thanks to the quick tilt feature.

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart

ErgoLock T-Style Fence

The SawStop Table Saw a prime choice for you is that it has a T-Style Fence with ErgoLock Technology. What this means is that this table saw allows you to easy adjust the position of the fence so you can feed your wood through the blade virtually any way that you want, not to mention that adjusting it is easier than ever.

ErgoLock T-Style Fence The SawStop Table Saw a prime choice for you is that it has a T-Style Fence with ErgoLock Technology. What this means is that this table saw allows you to easy adjust the position of the fence so you can feed your wood through the blade virtually any way that you want, not to mention that adjusting it is easier than ever.

The ErgoLock features serves to hold the fence securely in place while you are using the fence and table saw, plus the fence can be moved or unlocked with the simple click of a button. The T-Style fence provides you with the accuracy you need to make precise cuts thanks to being able to drastically reduce deflection.

Enhanced Safety Features

Something that everybody should be able to appreciate about this particular table saw is that it is one of the safest models that you could possibly use. This is thanks to the fact that the blade comes with a small electrical signal.

What this means is that if there is something conductive that comes into contact with the blade, such as your fingers or arms, the blade’s emergency brake will be triggered and the saw will stop turning in just a fraction of a second. This braking system is perhaps the most reliable around and up until now has not had 1 failure reported, making it a very user friendly tool to use.

Even more convenient is the fact that this table saw cannot only cut wood. If you need to cut conductive materials such as metal, you can turn the conduction sensitive electric brake off to cut these materials without issue. There is also the fact that this table saw comes with a simple to maneuver bypass switch that lets you turn the whole machine on or off with the click of a button.

This table saw even has a lighting system which accurately displays to you the status of the saw. What this means is that if there is anything wrong with the saw, the system will tell what is going on.

When it comes to your safety, the SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw is definitely one of the very best options to go with, something that is also thanks to the micro blade guard that keeps your digits away from the blade and also keeps cut off materials from flying into your face.

Other Features

Of course something that cannot be ignored about this particular table saw is that it features a 5 HP 15 AMP universal motor. In other words, the motor of this table saw is extremely powerful and reliable, it will be able to cut through virtually anything, and it will definitely last for a very long time.

Another extra feature that this table saw contains is that it has an extendable shelf, something that makes cutting longer pieces of wood as easy as can be. And speaking of convenience, the SawStop also features storage spaces so you can keep cords, the fence, the micro guard, the riveting knife, and other accessories safely out of the way when the saw is not in use.

The SawStop JSS-MCA is definitely one of the most powerful, safe, portable, and user friendly table saws on the market today.

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Conclusion

There is no doubt that the JSS-MCA is a fantastic table saw to have in your arsenal and to illustrate this point we have found some customers who have had so great things to say about it. As you can see from all of the stellar reviews, anyone who has purchased this table saw has been more than happy with it.

Gary says that “I am pleased with the precision of the JSS as well as the safety.” Another satisfied SawStop JSS user had this to say; “The folks at SawStop really went all-out to engineer a stellar tool. They succeeded. And they’re already talking about improvements”.

Yet another ecstatic customer said that “The ability to raise the blade so quickly and precisely saves a lot of time during the course of the day as the old saw took 25 turns to fully raise the blade. Then there is the way you adjust the bevel of the saw, squeeze the bevel handle and place the saw to the desired angle let go and you’re done.”

Alternatives

You may not be a huge fan of this particular table saw, which is why we also have a few other table saw options for you to look at.

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw Review

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw Review

The Rockwell table top saw is a good choice to go with if you are always on a the go. It is a great tool to have because it is fairly small, light, compact, and very portable, making it easy to bring from one place to another.

This thing may not be as powerful as our number one choice, but that is what you sacrifice due to the lightweight build of this model, not to mention that it can still cut wood, tile, ceramic, metals, and other materials with ease. There is also the fact that the Rockwell is very safe to use and is also fairly user friendly.

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

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

Yet another good option to go with in terms of table saws is the SKIL Table Saw. This table saw is just as powerful as our number one choice so cutting through various materials can be done with ease. This is a very durable saw thanks to being built out of high grade materials. It is not the lightest model around, coming in at 67 pounds, but it could also be heavier.

In terms of portability this saw is decent, especially considering that it comes with its own folding stand. This table saw also comes with an easy view measuring system and is easy to make adjustments with too.

Craftsman 10 Table Saw with Laser Trac 21807 Review

Craftsman 10 Table Saw with Laser Trac 21807 Review

The final alternative to our number one choice is the Craftsman Table Saw and boy is it ever a good choice. In terms of size, this saw is fairly moderate. It is small and light enough to be portable, but also heavy enough so that you know it’s a solid piece of equipment, not to mention that it has more than enough power to get through a wide variety of materials that need cutting.

This thing also comes with a very solid base so you can set it up anywhere, plus the base also has integrated folding wheels to make it more portable than ever. The craftsman also comes with several features such as a laser track that makes cutting easier than ever, and it has a bunch of neat safety features too.

Conclusion

​If you are looking for a powerful table saw, that has not sacrificed any performance even though it is fairly lightweight and portable, the SawStop JSS should definitely be one of your first choices.

This thing is very portable and easy to maneuver, not to mention that making various adjustments on it is as easy as can be. This is a very safe saw to use, it is convenient to handle, and it will definitely let you cut virtually any material with ease.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

When it comes to buying a good table saw for whatever purpose, may that be wood working, carpentry, cabinetry, flooring, or other odd jobs, you need the right table saw that will suit your needs and requirements. One table saw that may just tickle your fancy is the Makita 2705 10 Inch Contractor Table Saw.

This is a very high powered table saw that is easy to use, versatile, easy to adjust, huge cutting capacity, and so much more. If you are looking for a safe, powerful, and user-friendly tool, you are definitely looking at the right item.

There are several things which make a good table saw, all of which will be discussed below, and all of which are more or less true for this Makita table saw model. Let’s talk about the various things a good table saw should include as well as why the Makita 2705 makes for such a solid table saw choice.

What Makes A Good Table Saw?

Here are just some of the things you should keep in mind before buying a table saw, things that will ensure that you have bought a great table saw.

Space Requirements

A good table saw is one that suits your own space requirements. A good table saw for you is one that fits in the spaces you need it to fit into, yet large enough to get the job done without question.

Portability

The portability factor ultimately comes down to 2 things, these being the weight of the table saw and the addition of a moving base. For people that need a portable table saw, it is recommended that you stick with one that is 65 pounds or less, such as the Makita which we will discuss further below.

A good portable table saw should also have a base with wheels to make for easy transporting. Keep in mind that while not all table saws come with portable bases, there are many options regarding extra portable bases that you can buy yourself.

The Table

The table should be as smooth and flat as possible to facilitate accurate cuts and allow you to easily feed the wood or other materials through the blade with minimal bumps and resistance.

Ideally, the table should be machine manufactured, be polished, and be rust resistant too. The table should be made out of high-grade materials such as aluminum die cast or steel to be scratch, rust, and dent resistant.

The Fence & Miter

The table saw should have a solid, effective, and easy to use miter slots and a fence. The fence should be perfectly straight, it should not flex in the slightest, and it needs to have the ability to lock down firmly into place while in use, all to facilitate accurate cuts.

The table saw should also have a standard miter slot that fits various miter gauges. It should also include a miter slot that is easy to adjust and locks firmly into place to give you the best cross cuts that you could hope for.

Storage Capabilities

Something that makes a table saw a good purchase also depends on its storage capabilities. A good table saw should be able to store things like the blade, the fence, some tools, and various other accessories to contribute to a convenient and space friendly tool.

Power & Capacity

Perhaps one of the most important aspects that make a good table saw is its cutting power and capacity. It should have the ability to cut through thick wood. For instance, the Makita below has a cutting capacity of 3 – 5/8 inches, meaning that it can cut through some pretty thick wood.

When looking to purchase a table saw, a cutting capacity of at least 3 inches is definitely recommended. Any good table saw should also be able to accommodate a dado blade set to create dados and rabbets as necessary.

The table saw should have at least 15 AMPs of power and should produce somewhere around 4,000 rounds per minute at the minimum.

Extending Table

An important feature of any table saw is an extending table. This is something that will help increase the accuracy of cuts, make cutting easier, and make it much safer too.

Guards & Safety Features

One of the most important things by far is that the table saw you get, has a good blade guard. Some models may not come with one included, in which case you definitely need to buy one. A blade guard is necessary to keep your fingers away from a moving blade as well as to stop debris from shooting up into your eyes.

A good table saw needs to have an emergency brake that can be easily pushed to stop the saw from moving in a split second. A decent table saw should also come with some preventative features to stop kickback from occurring.

Adjustability

With a decent table saw you should be able to adjust the blade elevation, blade angle, miter, fence, and table elevation with ease, all things that will make using the saw as simple and time efficient as can be.

The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review

The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review

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The Makita 2705 Table Saw is a really versatile choice to go with when it comes to table saws. This was designed for use by general contractors, floor contractors, remodelers, cabinet makers, carpenters, furniture makers, and for virtually anyone else that needs to cut wood or other materials at home or on the go.

This is an extremely powerful table saw, especially when considering its limited size which makes it a good choice. The Makita 2705 is both powerful and small, as well it has several specific features that all contribute to a very accurate cut every single time, not to mention that it also has a number of safety features that make this saw very user-friendly.

Besides all of those things, the Makita 2705 also has a few other features and extra that we are going to discuss in detail below so you know exactly what this table saw is all about.

Pros

Cons

  • Effective emergency brake.
  • See through guard.
  • Kickback prevention.
  • Very large cutting capacity.
  • High amount of power.
  • Easy to adjust miter gauge and fence.
  • Stowable pawls.
  • High storage capacity.
  • Extremely durable build.
  • Easy measurement and high accuracy.
  • Fairly portable.
  • May be a little heavy for some.
  • Fence could be a little more secure.

Features and benefits

Power

Accessories

Size

Safety

The Makita has several great features which makes it stand out from the rest of the pack, features which each have their own benefits for you. Let’s talk about all of these benefits in some greater detail.

High Power

One of the very best parts about the Makita 2705 Table Saw is that it can deliver a whole lot of power without every breaking a sweat.

This thing has a 15 AMP motor that can deliver you with a whole lot of horsepower, power that spins the blade at upwards of 4,800 rounds per minute, something that is very impressive because it has more than enough power to cut through even the toughest of materials. Not being able to get through a solid piece of hardwood is definitely not a problem with the Makita 2705.

Large Capacity

Even better is that the Makita 2705 has a whole lot of cutting capacity. At 90 degrees you can get through items as thick as 3 - 5/8 inches, and at 45 degrees it can get through materials as thick as 2 - ½, which means that this saw can elevate its blade enough to get through some very large work pieces.

The 10 inch blade diameter, the high blade elevation, and the large amount of horsepower that this table saw delivers will have you cutting through virtually any material with ease. Another thing that helps add to the cutting capacity of this table saw is the extendable table which allows you to cut some very long pieces of wood with ease.

Portability

Something else that is quite convenient about the Makita 2705 is that the whole thing weighs only 65 pounds. Now, that is not the lightest table saw out there, or for that matter the smallest, but it is still compact and light enough to make transporting it pretty simple.

The light design of it makes it easy to move from one spot in your shop to another or even for taking with you when you’re going to job sites.

Accuracy

This table saw is that it was built with total accuracy in mind. One thing that contributes to the high degree of accuracy that this table saw provides you with is the T-miter slot gauge that allows you to perform a variety of cross-cutting jobs with precision accuracy.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

Even better is the rip fence that can be adjusted any way you need, plus it slides across the flat table with ease for even more accuracy. Any and all adjustments with the Makita can be precisely made to suit any job at hand.

There is also the fact that this table saw contains dual adjustable side guards so you can easily measure from the blade to the rip fence to suit any job that requires a high degree of accuracy. To help make things easier for you, all measurement scales are made very easy to read so you can get the right cut the first time around.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

Versatility

Something else that makes this model a top table saw choice is because it is very versatile in the sense that the angle of the blade can be adjusted for making angular cuts. Not to mention that it also features two on-board independent stowable anti-kickback pawls and riving knife/spreader to allow for through cuts with ease and safety.

What is even more convenient is that the riving knife/spreader can be adjusted to 3 different positions to account for through cuts, not through cuts, and dado cuts too. Yes, that is right, the Makita 2705 can, of course, be modified to use a dado blade set so you can make dados and rabbets with ease.

Durability

The Makita 2705 is that it is an extremely durable piece of equipment. The whole thing is made with aluminum die cast, plus other high-quality materials, making this a very rugged saw that will last you for years to come.

Every single last piece that went into building the Makita as a whole was tested for durability and safety, to provide you with a saw that is strong, durable, and very safe too. It may not be the lightest saw around, but it is without a doubt one of the strongest ones.

Ease Of Use & Convenience

This has a precision machine manufactured table that is perfectly straight and smooth, making it easy for you to accurately and smoothly slide wood right into the blade without any problems.

Another thing that makes this table saw more than easy to use is that the blade guard assembly is tool free, meaning that installing and adjusting it does not require you to have any special tools at your disposal.

There is also the fact that the clear guard provides you with peace of mind, because it protects you while also allowing you to see the blade as it hits the material, thus allowing you to make quick judgement calls and accurate cuts.

This also features large on and off switches so you can quickly turn the Makita 2705 on or off with the click of a button. Plus, the fact that the pawls are stowable only serves to add to the convenience factor even more. We also can’t ignore the effective release lever that adds to the ease of use of this machine even more.

This final feature that makes the Makita 2705 very convenient is that it has ample storage space for all of your saw accessories such as the dado blade, safety guard, push sticks, power cord, wrenches, the rip fence, the miter gauge, and even the blade too. You can store literally everything you need for a given job within the saw itself.

Safety

Something else that we can’t ignore when it comes to the Makita 2705 is that it is a very safe table saw to use. It features a high-quality emergency brake that allows you to shut the table saw off in just a split second, plus the switch is very big, making it easy to press even when you are wearing gloves.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

This saw also contains a high-grade blade guard that keeps the blade away from your fingers even in the middle of cutting, not to mention that the guard is see through so you can keep track of exactly what is going on.

To help keep you safe even further, the Makita also features several kickback prevention features to stop wood from flying up into your face as you try to make through cuts and other cuts too.

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Alternatives

We know that not everybody likes the same things or has the same needs, which is why we have a few different alternatives to the Makita 2705 that you could also consider if you are looking for a great table saw.

SawStop JSS Jobsite Saw With Mobile Cart Review

SawStop JSS Jobsite Saw With Mobile Cart Review

This is definitely a good alternative to the Makita and a large reason for that is because of the enhanced portability of it. Unlike the Makita, the SawStop comes with a portable base that has wheels, something that makes it great for you if you are always on the go and moving the saw around.

Another great feature is that it has an enhanced emergency braking system that is more advanced than the Makita’s. Not to say that the Makita is not safe, but the SawStop provides an unparalleled level of safety that is simply hard to match. The 2 saws are fairly similar, with virtually the same cutting power, accessories, and ease of use. 

Makita 2703 15 Amp 10-Inch Benchtop Table Saw Review

Makita 2703 15 Amp 10-Inch Benchtop Table Saw Review

This is another Makita model that you will probably like. One of the things that makes the Makita 2703 a good choice when compared to the Makita 2705 is that it is slightly more portable. The 2703 weighs somewhere around 25 pounds less than the 2705, making it a good choice for people who need increased portability.

While the 2703 is much lighter than the 2705, it has also sacrificed some power and cutting capacity due to that smaller size. It’s not a weak saw by any means, but it is more oriented towards smaller jobsite jobs. This thing still has some great safety features, convenience factors, and it is easy to use as well. It is a good saw choice for small time contractors and odd jobs around the home.

Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw Review

Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw Review

The final alternative to the Makita 2705 we want to mention quickly is the Bosch GTS1031. This is a great model to go with because it does have some good portability factors. This thing weighs somewhere around 50 pounds, making it a little lighter than the Makita 2705, but a little heavier than some of the other alternatives discussed above.

Even though this is a medium sized table saw, it still manages to provide a whole lot of power and can deliver up to 5,000 round per minute, which is slightly more than the 2705. This thing has a unique and durable steel design that makes it extremely rugged, it has some good safety features to keep your fingers free from harm, the fence and miter can be tightly secured, and everything is more than easy to adjust.

If you aren’t a big fan of the Makita 2705, the Bosch GTS1031 is definitely a good alternative.

Conclusion

The Makita 2705 is definitely one of the best options to go with if you need a reliable table saw. This thing is very powerful and has a large cutting capacity, it has various safety features, everything is easy to adjust, the saw is fairly portable, it has ample storage space, and it’s very durable too.

The Makita 2705 makes for a good choice. Just remember what we talked about regarding finding a good table saw, and you can’t possibly go wrong.

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job site Table Saw with Scissor Stand

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job site Table Saw with Scissor Stand

In case you were having trouble finding the right table saw for you, we do have a great one to look at right here. The DEWALT DWE7490X Job Site Table Saw. Let’s get right into it and talk about everything table saws including this doozy right here.

The Features Of A Good Table Saw

Any table saw that you get should have a few different features that make it worth the money. Here are just a few of the most important things that you should pay attention to before making a purchase.

Size & Weight

One of the things to consider before buying a table saw is how big and heavy it is. The size and weight of the table saw in question will determine its portability. A bigger and heavier saw will be less portable, but it will most likely also have more power.

Something to consider is getting a table saw that is fairly compact in size, but also features an extending table to counteract the small size of it.

Power & Capacity

If you are going to be using the saw all day long and are going to be cutting tough materials or even just hardwood, you are going to want a saw with a lot of power, at least 4,400 RPM.

On that same note, if you are going to be cutting thicker materials, you will want a saw with a high cutting capacity of at least 3 inches when the blade is set at a 90-degree angle.

Safety Features

The table saw you get should at the very least have a blade guard, ideally one that can be adjusted for convenience’s sake. The table saw may also have an emergency braking feature, as well as a lever to turn the saw off in a fraction of a second in case anything goes wrong.

Fence & Miter

Any table saw that you get should also have good guidance and accuracy features. A fence is a very important thing to have on any table saw because it lets you guide the wood through the blade when making longer cuts.

Moreover, the fence should be easily adjusted, may be telescopic, and should hold firmly on the table. Next, a good table saw absolutely needs to have a miter, which is the item used to guide your wood when making straight cross cuts or angled crosscuts. The miter should be able to go anywhere from 90 degrees to 45 degrees to account for angles cuts.

Adjustability

To keep it short and simple, anything that can be adjusted on the table saw, should be able to adjust with minimal effort. Simple to turn levers or dials are the most ideal form of adjustment that any table saw can have.

Storage Space

A good table saw will also have some on board storage space so you can safely store things like the blade guard, the fence, miter gauge, push stick, wrenches, and various other accessories that you need while using a table saw.

Extras

Something else to look out for when buying a table saw is that it has something like a dust collection port so you can hook up a vacuum or dust collection system to minimize mess. Something else to consider is a table saw that features a laser guidance system for ultimate accuracy. Moreover, a table saw that comes with its own stand is always a bonus, especially if the stand folds for compactness and also has wheels for ease of portability.

DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw Review

DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw Review

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If you are on the market for a brand new table saw, but don’t know what to get, you should probably take a look at the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw. This is a great option to go with, it has a very high powered motor that is combined with a large cutting capacity, both things that any carpenter can appreciate.

The DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw, while not being the lightest model around regarding weight, does have some features which make it a very compact table saw, thus making storage and transportation fairly easy. It also has an excellent rack and pinion telescopic fence, plus a very useful miter gauge too.

To top things off, there is a hole which can accommodate a sawdust collection system, plus the folding stand are just added bonuses that make the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw a worthwhile investment no doubt. This item is ideal for an extremely large variety of tasks and any woodworker, carpenter, or handyman would be more than pleased with it.

Pros

Cons

  • Extra storage space.
  • Telescopic fence for extra cutting room and guidance.
  • Accurate miter gauge for cross cuts.
  • High powered motor – 4,800 RPM.
  • High cutting capacity.
  • Can accommodate a sawdust collection system.
  • Quality blade guard.
  • Comes with a heavy duty stand.
  • Forms a fairly compact package.
  • Quite heavy.
  • Plastic clamps hold the blade bevel.
  • Finicky fence locking system.

Features and benefits

Power

Size

Safety

The DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw has some really neat features that are definitely worth mentioning, all of which will make your carpentry much easier, not to mention your final project a total success.

Ample Power

One of the things that makes the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw such a reliable saw is the fact that it has a 120 Volt motor.

Those volts translate into 4,800 rounds per minute of cutting power. This may be a fairly small table saw, but the high powered motor gives it the ability to cut through hardwood with ease, not to mention metals, ceramic, and other tough materials too.The power of this saw makes it ideal for both smaller and larger projects.

Large Cutting Capacity

Another feature of the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw that makes it an option to be reckoned with is that it has a very large cutting capacity.

When the blade is at a vertical 90 degrees this saw can cut wood as thick as 3 – 1/8 inches and when the saw blade is set at a 45-degree angle it can still cut pieces as thick as 2 – ¼ inch, making it a very versatile saw.

There is also the fact that this thing has a full 28 inch rip cut capacity. The large cutting capacity is definitely a feature that is necessary for carpenters and handymen doing big jobs.

Lots Of Space

The DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw offers plenty of space for cutting extra wide pieces of wood.

While the whole table saw is not necessarily that large, it does have a telescoping fence that can extend very far to accommodate large workpieces, thus reducing the need for an extra jig or in feed/out feed table.

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job site Table Saw with Scissor Stand

There is also the fact that the table itself is of a decent size, thus allowing you to work on bigger projects with ease, which is also thanks to the added support from the telescopic fence.

The Miter & Fence

Yet another great feature that the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw has is a rack and pinion telescoping fence which we briefly mentioned before. Not only can the fence extend outwards far to fit big pieces, but it can also be contracted inwards to support very narrow cuts, not to mention that it forms a fairly compact package which is ideal for transportation.

The fence on the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw can be easily adjusted with just a few turns of the lever for those times when you just don’t have much time to make adjustments.

Speaking of adjustments, the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw also has a great miter gauge which can be easily adjusted with the same type of lever or dial as the fence. The miter lets you make accurate crosscuts and angled crosscuts with increased ease.

The miter can be set anywhere from 90 degrees for straight cuts all the way to 45 degrees, which is useful for things like making joints.

DEWALT DWE7490X 10-Inch Job site Table Saw with Scissor Stand

Safety First

The DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw has an awesome blade guard that protects your fingers and your face from harm, plus the guard can be easily adjusted without the use of tools for various cutting purposes, thus adding to the versatility of this table saw. This table saw also features an easy to press stop button that lets you stop the blade from turning at a moment’s notice, potentially saving your fingers from harm.

A Dust Collection Port

The DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw also features a specialized 2-inch dust collection port which allows you to attach a sawdust collection system, something that no well-organized woodworker should go without. This makes cleaning up your mess afterwards much easier, mainly because it helps to get rid of the mess before it ever occurs.

A Folding Stand

This thing also comes with a heavy duty folding scissor stand. While the whole saw may not be that light, the folding scissor stand is very useful because it eliminates the need for a work bench or work table, allowing you to set up the DEWALT DWE7490X Table Saw wherever you go. When you are done with it, the stand can be folded into a neat little package for easy storage.

Extra Storage

The Final thing that makes this table saw a good option to consider is the onboard storage space it contains, something that makes it ideal for storing various table saw accessories when they are not in use. This is a neat feature because it will keep everything where you need it to be and it stops workplace clutter too.

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Alternatives

We are well aware that not everybody has the same tastes or same requirements when it comes to table saws. So, in case you aren’t a big fan of the DEWALT DWE7490X, here are a few other options that you can check out.

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

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

A good option to consider is the SKIL 3410 Table saw. This is of a medium weight and size, making it fairly portable. This thing also has more than enough power and cutting capacity to get through some big, thick, and tough materials, which is thanks to the 5,000 RPM it produces.

Plus it even comes with a folding stand for your convenience. This table saw also has a self-aligning rip fence, has an EZ view measurement system, is easy to adjust, and very durable too.

BOSCH GTS1031 Table Saw Review

BOSCH GTS1031 Table Saw Review

Yet another good option to consider is the BOSCH GTS1031 and one of the reasons is due to the fantastic amount of onboard storage space that it has. We also like this option because it delivers a full 5,000 RPM for cutting through some very tough objects, plus it has a 3 – 1/8 inch cutting capacity too.

This saw is of a medium weight, coming in at around 65 pounds, making it fairly portable, but also heavy enough to be very durable. This thing is made out of very solid materials and has a solid steel base, has a compact design for portability, optimized capacity for a wide range of applications, and has a square lock rip fence too.

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

The final alternative to the DEWALT that we want to mention quickly is this one. The SKILSAW features an extremely powerful motor that can deliver a blade speed of up to 5,300 RPM, which is more than enough to get through even the toughest of materials.

This table saw weighs only 49 pounds, making it one of the lighter ones out there, this making it fairly portable. This thing has a great cutting capacity, has on tool storage, a self-aligning fence, has an anti-kickback feature, and is a very durable tool without a doubt.

Conclusion

If you are on the market for a good table saw, one that is fairly portable, one that has a lot of power and a ton of cutting capacity, the DEWALT is definitely a prime choice. It’s a reliable saw that will help you achieve quality cuts day in and day out. Of course, you can always check out some of the other options we talked about, because they are all decent choices too.

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand

Have you ever been on the lookout for a new table saw but weren’t sure which one is best for you? It’s a problem that most of us experience, especially when it comes to choosing between different saws that all have slightly different features and capabilities. Well, today we’re here to talk about a great table saw option, one that is ideal for contractors who are always on the go.

The WEN 3720 is a good option to consider thanks to its high power output, great capacity, portable nature, and various other features too. Whether at home or on the go, the WEN Table Saw is definitely a table saw to keep in the back of your mind.

Considerations To Make Before Buying A Table Saw

Of course, you want to put careful consideration into any purchase that you make, and that includes table saws. Before you go out any make your final purchase, there are just a few key aspects which you should keep in mind.

Portability

This may not factor into your equation quite as much if you only need the saw for at home use, but if you want a table saw for various jobsites, portability is definitely an issue. One thing to keep in mind here is the size and weight of the saw.The smaller and lighter it is the more portable it will be, but it will likely sacrifice some power and capacity.

The Right Accessories

Another thing to consider before purchasing any table saw is if it comes with all of the necessary accessories that you need to finish virtually any job. Some things that any good table saw should come with a miter slot and miter gauge, a fence, a dust collection system, and maybe even a laser guiding system for accurate cuts. All of these items will definitely make like easier, most of which you would have to buy anyway if the saw you get does not come with them.

Extension

Something that is fairly important to consider does have to do with the size of the saw. While the saw you get may be fairly small and compact, it should ideally have an extension table, something which will make it much easier to work on longer work pieces. An extension table is convenient because it lets you enlarge your workspace while also keeping the overall design of the table saw as compact as can be.

Making Adjustments

Yet another thing to look out for before buying any table saw is the adjustability of it. Things like the miter gauge, the fence, the blade elevation, and the angle of the blade should all be able to adjust to various positions or angles to accommodate the job at hand. Moreover, all adjustments should be easy to make with the simple turn of a dial or lever. The more your table saw can adjust in various manners the more you will be able to do with it.

Power & Capacity

Now this does depend on what kind of jobs you need the table saw for. A saw with a lower cutting capacity and a lower power (or RPM) level will do just for smaller around the house jobs. However, if you are a contractor and need the saw for various purposes, you should consider a table saw with a high power output as well as a high cutting capacity.

Safety

The final thing to consider when buying a table saw is how safe it is to use. Things like a blade guard, a push stick, an emergency shut off, and an emergency brake all things you should look for in a table saw.

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand Review

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand Review

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If you are looking for a great jobsite table saw that will serve all of your needs without question, you would be wise to consider the WEN 3720 Jobsite Table Saw.

This particular model is great for people who are on the go because it features a cart that doubles as both a ready to go stand and a mobile moving device with wheels. It also makes for a worthwhile investment thanks to the extra powerful motor as well as the really large cutting capacity.

The WEN also comes with a number of accessories such as miter slot/gauge, a fence, push stick, and a dust collection system, all of which are beneficial in their own right. This thing even has a dual extending table, so it can be a compact device, yet it can also be extended to be substantially larger when need be.

Pros

Cons

  • Comes with a portable stand.
  • Locking fence.
  • Accurate miter gauge.
  • Dust collection system.
  • Beveling blade.
  • Dual extending tables.
  • High power & cutting capacity.
  • Slightly heavy.
  • Blade angle changes slightly when changing elevation.

Features and benefits

Size

Power

Accessories

Safety

The WEN 3720 Table Saw has many different features that make it an excellent jobsite table saw, so let’s talk about all of them in a little more detail.

High Capacity

One of the things that make the WEN Table Saw stand out from the rest of the pack is that it has a very high cutting capacity. When the blade is facing straight up at a 90-degree angle, the WEN can cut through pieces as thick as 3 – 9/16 inches, and when the blade is at a 45-degree angle it can cut through pieces as thick as 2 – 1/2 inches. This particular table saw also has a 26-inch ripping capacity. All of these things mean that this saw is very versatile regarding being able to cut thin and thick workpieces.

A Good Motor

The WEN 3720 features a fantastic 15 AMP motor that delivers a whole lot of power for whatever job is at hand. This motor makes the 10 inch carbide tipped blade spin at an excess on 4,400 rounds per minute.

Lots Of Space

Another feature that makes this table saw a great find is that it features a dual extending table. Working on large pieces or long boards can be fairly difficult with a small or medium sized table saw, especially because not having enough room can end up causing kick back and be quite dangerous.

Well, the WEN solves that problem by having two extending tables, one on each side of the table. One of the tables is on the front of the saw to make cross cutting large pieces easier, and one of the tables extends the out feed to make doing long cuts much safer and simpler.

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand

A Versatile Blade

Yet another thing that is so neat about the WEN 3720 is that it has a beveling blade. The blade can be beveled anywhere from a vertical 90 degrees to 45 degrees, making this saw ideal for doing angled cuts.

Plus beveling the blade is done with the simply turn of the knob to make this tool very user friendly. Moreover, in case you need to make dados and rabbets, the single saw blade can be replaced with a dado blade set so you can create dado joints and grooves with ease.

Extra Storage Space

The next thing that might make you consider theWEN 3720 is all of the extra onboard storage space that it comes with. This table saw lets you store accessories such as your rip stick, miter gauge, wrenches, and a few other things by mounting them in various specially designed spots. It’s a great innovation because the onboard storage means that you don’t need to bring along an extra tool box just to operate the table saw.

A Ton Of Accessories

Something else that makes the WEN 3720 a great table saw is how it comes with a variety of useful accessories. One of these accessories is a much needed fence that can be easily moved and locked down without issue, something that will let you guide your wood through the blade when making long cuts.

The WEN also comes with a sliding miter so you can accurately make cross cuts, plus it can be moved to various angles to accommodate angled crosscuts. This table saw also comes with a dust collection port so you can hook up a sawdust collection system to reduce mess, something that you and your clients will definitely appreciate.

In fact, the saw actually comes with a dust collection system to reduce mess. This thing even comes with a push stick so that you can keep your fingers safe and free from harm at all times. The WEN also features a nifty blade guard to keep your fingers away from the blade as much as possible.

WEN 3720 15A Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand

Portability

Perhaps one of the best features of this saw has to do with its portability. This saw is not the lightest around, coming it at over 70 pounds, but it does have one crucial feature that increases its portability drastically, that being the rolling stand.

The rolling stand actually has two great uses, one being that it serves as a ready to go stand so you can set up the table saw in any location, and the other being that it can easily fold up in just a few seconds. The table can be folded up with the saw still on it, and the wheels it includes lets you easily move it from one spot to another without having to lift up the whole saw.

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Alternatives

Not everybody likes the same things and not everybody has the same needs, which is why you might not be too pleased with the WEN 3720, but fear not because we have some great alternatives for you to look at.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review

This table saw model does indeed make a good alternative to the WEN. The Makita features a high powered motor with a blade that spins at up to 4,800 rounds per minute, plus it has a capacity of 3 – 5/8 of an inch when the blade is at a 90 degree angle.

Moreover, this particular saw is slightly lighter than the WEN, but on the other hand it does not come with a moveable cart. The Makita also has several safety features which the WEN lacks, yet when it comes to portability and versatility, The Makita does not match the WEN.

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart Review

SawStop JSS-MCA Jobsite Saw with Mobile Cart Review

Yet another good alternative to the WEN Table saw is the SawStop JSS-MCA. This thing has about the same power level as the WEN, but has a slightly lower cutting capacity. Moreover, the SawStop weighs about the same amount as the WEN, plus it also comes with a mobile cart, just like the WEN Table Saw.

The SawStop does not have the same extension capabilities as the SawStop, but the SawStop has some advanced safety features as well as highly versatile accessories which the WEN does not have.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review

The Rockwell RK7241S is the final alternative to the WEN that we want to mention, and it is a decent one indeed. The Rockwell has slightly more power and a higher RPM blade speed than the WEN, and it also has virtually the same cutting capacity.

The Rockwell Table Saw is about 10 pounds heavier than the WEN, but it does come with its own stand. However, the stand does not feature any wheels for portability. The Rockwell does feature an extendable table, a great fence and miter guard, a dust collection system, and even a laser for precision cutting too.

Conclusion

If you haven’t already taken a peek at the WEN 3720 Jobsite Table Saw, we would recommend doing so. Maybe go to your local hardware store and give it a once over or even look at any of the other alternatives that we discussed.

A good table saw such as this one will serve you for years to come, especially thanks to the fact that it is a highly portable saw with a high power level and a few other features too, all of which make the WEN a prime choice for any contractor or at home handyman.

best contractor table saws for the money

Best Contractor Table Saws For The Money

A good contractor table saw is an amazing tool for anybody who works with wood to have. They’re very versatile tools that can perform many tasks with ease, safety, and precision.

The trick is of course to find a good model that will suit your needs, which is why we are here, to help you find some of the best contractor table saws for the money. We’ve got a few good options of affordable contractor table saws for you to look at, and we also have some tips on how to select the right one for your needs.

What To Look Out For When Buying A Table Saw

You don’t want to rush into buying any one table saw without making a few considerations. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind before you buy a contractor table saw.

Space & Ripping Capacity

One of the first things that you want to pay attention to before buying a table saw is how much ripping capacity and cutting space it has. Generally speaking, you want to choose a saw that has a good mix of cutting space and portability.

If you want to work on fairly large and wide pieces, you will want to get a table saw with a fairly large table top, you can get one with extension tables as well as a telescopic fence to increase ripping capacity and cutting space.

Power & Cutting Capacity

Any table saw you get, even the smaller and more portable ones, should have at least a 15 amp motor with 3,800 rounds per minute of blade spin.

The cutting capacity should be at least 3 inches, reaching around 4000 rpm with the blade at 90 degrees and 2.5 inches at 45 degrees. The cutting capacity that you require does depend on how big your projects are.

Accuracy Tools

Any good table saw you consider should have a reliable rip fence, one which can easily be adjusted, lets you easily measure the distance from the fence to the blade, can be straightened through simple means, and also locks down securely to the table when in use.

Moreover, the saw you get should also have a decent miter gauge, one which can provide you with optimal precision when trying to make straight cross cuts or angular cross cuts. Some table saws even come with a laser guiding system to make life as easy as can be.

Safety Features

Many table saws now come equipped with a special emergency brake that can detect human contact on the blade and thus have the ability to stop in just a fraction of a second. This is a new kind of technology that has not been around for too long, and it will cost you a little extra, but keeping your fingers is definitely worth a few extra bucks.

Most, if not all, table saws come with a blade guard, but it is wise to get a model with a see through guard so you can see exactly what is going on as you feed the wood through the blade. Moreover, the blade guard should be able to be adjusted without the use of tools, and it should be able to adjust to various positions to account for different jobs.

Finally, anti-kickback pawls are another feature which you will want to consider when buying a table saw.

Storage & Dust

A table saw with a dust collection port, or even a full-blown sawdust collection system, makes clean up time much simpler.

Something else that helps make life easier is some onboard storage. Things like the blade guard, miter gauge, push stick, and other small accessories should be able to be stored on the saw or stand in its own special place, thus reducing or eliminating the need for separate storage.

Portability

The final thing to look out for before making a purchase is how portable the table saw in question is. This is something that does depend on your own needs. If you need a more portable table saw for jobsite applications, you should get one that is lightweight, forms a compact package, comes with its own stand or table, and also has a cart with wheels.

The Best Contractor Table Saws For The Money

Let’s talk about some of the very best contractor saws for the money and why exactly they make such good choices

Sawstop CNS175 Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

A truly awesome table saw to go with is the Sawstop CNS175. It’s a fairly affordable table saw that comes with a wide array of features that make it one of the very best contractor table saws that you can get for the amount of money that is being spent. This is a good heavy duty stationary table saw that any contractor would be happy with.

Sawstop CNS175 Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • High-quality table top for a smooth glide.
  • Extension wing to add to the workspace.
  • Telescopic fence for accuracy and increased work space.
  • Highly accurate and adjustable miter gauge.
  • Emergency brake safety feature.
  • Heavy duty table saw stand included.
  • Can connect to a dust collection system.
  • Adjustable table legs.Highly adjustable in every aspect.
  • Very heavy.
  • Wet wood or metal may activate the emergency brake.

Features

Perhaps one of the best features about this particular table saw is that it comes with a very advanced safety system. The Sawstop CNS175 features a special emergency braking system that can register human contact with the blade. When the blade registers the conductive electricity coming from a human hand, it automatically stops spinning in just a fraction of a second.

Another safety feature that is included in this saw is a 2 mm riving knife which helps to reduce kickback, plus it helps increase accuracy by reducing wood rotation once it has passed through the blade. If you are looking for a very safe table saw, this is definitely an option to consider.

Something else that you are going to like about the Sawstop CNS175 is that it comes with a telescopic fence. This is great because it allows you to accurately rip wood and make straight cuts with ultimate precision, plus it also extends outwards to a large degree to allow you to work on some very wide pieces with ease.

Not only that, but the fence is also very easily adjusted and locks down to the table with ultimate security. To increase accuracy, even more, this table saw also comes with a highly accurate and fully adjustable miter gauge so you can do crosscuts and angled crosscuts with ease.

Furthermore, to give you more space to work with the Sawstop CNS175 also comes with an extension table, something that lets you work on much larger pieces than you are generally used to. The whole saw table top is 69 inches wide, thus providing you with a very large space to work on, which is something that every professional contractor needs.

The extension table also features two adjustable legs to give your table the stability you need to work on pieces with safety and accuracy. Speaking of the table top, it has been made with very high-grade materials and has been precision machined to be smooth to allow for an easy glide.

This whole table saw is highly versatile, and everything can be adjusted with the simple movement of a lever or switch, it is a very safe saw to use thanks to various safety features, it is very durable thanks to the solid metal machine manufactured frame, and it is quite convenient too. The maximum cut depth of this particular model is 3 – 1/8 inches, and it can even accommodate special dado blade sets as well.

The Sawstop CNS175 even comes with its own heavy-duty base to eliminate the need to get your own table. Furthermore, the dust collection port is yet another capability that makes this table saw a prime choice for any contractor.

DEWALT DWE7491RS Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This is a highly affordable and very versatile table saw. It is quite powerful, highly adjustable, and has a few different features that provide for a high level of portability. If you need a convenient and durable table saw that won’t cost you a fortune, the DEWALT DWE74921RS should be one of your first considerations.

DEWALT DWE7491RS Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Lightweight and highly portable.
  • Features a folding stand with wheels.
  • Quite a powerful motor.
  • Ample onboard storage space.
  • Can connect to a dust collection system.
  • Rack and pinion telescopic fence for accuracy and increased room.
  • Highly adjustable.
  • Can be difficult to assemble.
  • Not ideal for very large jobs.

Features

One of the things that makes the DEWALT DWE74921RS a prime choice is that it is highly portable. It has a fairly low weight, making it easy to lift around the jobsite for quick use. Moreover, it also features a folding stand. The stand makes this saw a great choice because it eliminates the need to get a separate table or stand, and even better it folds down into a compact package to increase its portability even more.

Even better is the fact that once it is folded up, you can engage the wheels to pull the saw around just like a little wagon. If you are looking for a table saw for portability’s sake, this model is one of the best choices to go with, especially because the wheels are large and heavy duty which means that they can roll over a variety of jobsite debris without any trouble.

Something else that you will be able to appreciate when it comes to this table saw is that it has a rack and pinion telescopic fence. This allows you to work on larger pieces with ease thanks to the fact that it extends outwards quite far.

Not only does this thing increase your workspace, but it also helps to make accurate cuts every time, especially because the fence can be easily adjusted to various positions to suit your needs. The telescopic fence allows for a 32 – ½ inch rip capacity. When considering the fairly small size of this saw, that kind of capacity is not bad at all.

Another thing that is very convenient as well as highly adjustable is the versatile miter gauge which allows for easy cross and angled crosscuts to be made with extreme accuracy. To make this saw as accurate and effective as ever, it also features a powerful 15 amp motor that can cut through most materials like a hot knife through butter.

Finally, the DEWALT DWE74921RS also comes with a dust collection port to make cleanup time much easier, plus it also has ample onboard storage for various accessories. This saw also has a highly adjustable blade guard as well as a versatile blade. All of these features make the DEWALT DWE74921RS a very convenient, highly portable, and fairly powerful table saw to use.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

If you are looking for an affordable table saw that gives you a great mix of value, power, and versatility, not to mention safety, then the Makita 2705 is definitely a model to keep in mind. For the price that you are paying, you are getting an extremely powerful saw that will be able to take care of all your needs without a doubt.

Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Tool-less blade guard adjustment.
  • Emergency brake, riving knife, and other safety features.
  • High powered motor to cut through tough materials.
  • Large cutting capacity.
  • Fairly lightweight and portable.
  • Extension table for added room.
  • Compatible with various after-market accessories.
  • Telescopic fence for versatility.
  • No stand or cart included.
  • Rip fence does not lock very tight.

Features

Perhaps one of the best features of the Makita 2705 is that it has a very powerful motor, especially for such a small saw. It has a 15 amp motor that delivers the blade with 4,800 rounds per minute of wood cutting action.

This is combined with a large cutting capacity of 3 – 9/16 inches with the blade at 90 degrees, and 2 – ½ inches with the blade at 45 degrees. The high power output, as well as the large cutting capacity of this saw, make it a choice to consider no doubt.

Something else that makes this saw an ideal choice of contractors and handymen everywhere is that it is highly adjustable in many different respects. The Makita 2705 has a riving knife and spreader combination which allows for various types of cuts, plus it makes cutting a lot more accurate and safe too. The riving knife and spreader can be adjusted to different positions, they help to increase the accuracy of cuts, and they help to make things much safer too.

Another feature that we really like about the Makita 2705 is that it features a versatile telescopic fence as well as adjustable dual side guards. This means that measuring the distance from the blade to the rip fence is quick and accurate, the telescopic fence allows for a large ripping capacity, and the fence is easy to adjust and secure to the table as well.

This saw has a ripping capacity of 25 inches, plus it also has a machine manufactured table top which is made of cast aluminum and is flat and smooth to facilitate easy cutting.

To give you, even more, room than expected, this saw also comes with an extension table so you can work on some pretty wide materials with the required support. Other than the table top space, another thing that can be easily adjusted is the blade height and angle, things which make working on any project a joy.

Furthermore, the Makita 2705 also features a versatile T-Slot Miter gauge which allows for easy cross cuts as well as angled cross cuts. Choosing and setting the angle with the miter gauge is extremely easy, plus the groove which it sits in is compatible for various after-market accessories.

Finally, we are also big fans of this particular table saw because it is a very safe option to go with. It features an electric braking system that can register the contact of human flesh, something that can help save countless fingers thanks to being able to stop in a fraction of a second.

There is also the fact that this thing has a tool-less modular blade guard that keeps your fingers safe from harm, plus you can easily adjust it for various purposes without the need of tools.

This thing also features various anti-kickback pawls as well as a riving knife, both things which help to increase accuracy and safety. On a side note, this saw is also fairly small and lightweight, making it quite portable too.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This is a very good table saw choice to go with when various factors are considered. This thing is quite lightweight and portable, it is extremely durable and built to last, and it still offers a whole lot of cutting power, all for a very affordable price.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Telescopic fence for large cutting capacity.
  • Easy to adjust fence and miter gauge.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Modular tool-free blade guard.
  • Cast table top for smooth glide.
  • Steel roll cage for durability.
  • Dust collection port for easy cleanup.
  • Fairly high cutting capacity.
  • Powerful motor with overload protection.
  • Very affordable.
  • Not ideal for very large projects.
  • Does not come with a cart or stand.
  • Blade elevation mechanism can be finicky.

Features

One of the things that we really like about this table saw is that it is a very durable and powerful option to go with. The DEWALT DW745 features a steel roll cage that protects it from damage in the case of a fall. There is also the fact that the whole thing is made of high-quality materials in general, and that includes the table top.

The cast table top provides you with a flat, level, and very smooth surface which facilitates fast, easy, and safe cuts, something that is absolutely necessary when working with a table saw. Something else that makes this a safe option to go with is the modular guarding system that keeps your fingers away from the blade and can be adjusted to various positions without the use of tools.

Something else that you will definitely be able to appreciate about this particular model is that it has a powerful 1850 watt motor, which is more than strong enough to cut through even the toughest of materials. This thing also has a high cutting capacity. It can get through materials as thick as 3 – 1/8 inches with the blade at 90 degrees and materials as thick as 2 – ¼ inches with the blade at 45 degrees. Of course, this means that the blade can also be adjusted to various heights, not to mention different angles as well.

This saw also has a full 20-inch rip capacity, which means that you can work on fairly large workpieces with the stability and support you need. This is in large thanks to the telescopic fence that can extend quite a ways to the right of the blade.

Not only that, but the fence can be easily adjusted regarding position, and it features a secure locking mechanism to provide you with the accuracy you need to make precise cuts every time. There is also the fact that this model includes a state of the art miter gauge that lets you do crosscuts and angled crosscuts with the precision that you need.

The DEWALT DW745 also features an overload protection system to give you powerful performance when cutting wet or frozen woods. It also features a dust collection port so you can hook up a sawdust collection system for easy cleanup.

Finally, this thing only weighs 45 pounds, making it one of the lighter and more portable options out there, something that every contractor can definitely appreciate.

Makita 2705X1 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw with Stand Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

When you consider all of the great features and accessories that this table saw comes with, the few hundred bucks that you are spending is well worth the price. This table has ample room to cut larger pieces on, it’s easy to adjust, very portable, and quite powerful too.

Makita 2705X1 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw with Stand Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Lots of storage space.
  • Various safety features – riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, emergency braking system.
  • High powered motor with 4,800 RPM.
  • Fairly high cutting capacity.
  • Telescopic fence and extension table for increased room.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Comes with a mobile cart.
  • Dust collection port for easy cleanup.
  • Bullet Point 2
  • Still not ideal for very large projects.
  • The emergency brake may engage when wood is wet.

Features

Perhaps one of the best parts of this particular table saw is that it is built for portability. This thing does not weight very much, making it easy to move around. To make things even easier, the Makita 2705X1 also comes with a mobile stand.

The stand can be easily set up and taken down for worksite versatility, plus it also comes with wheels, so you can fold up the saw and stand into one neat package and pull it around just like a cart. For convenience’s sake, this is definitely a great option that you should consider.

Something else that everybody can appreciate about the Makita 2705X1 is that it has a powerful 15 amp motor that delivers 4,800 rounds per minute of cutting power. With a motor like this, you will have no problems getting through tough materials.

This thing also has a high cutting capacity thanks to the high elevation of the blade. It can cut through items as thick as 3 – 9/6 inches at 90 degrees and 2 – ½ inches and 45 degrees. Both the high power and large cutting capacity of this table saw makes it a powerful ally for any contractor.

Yet another thing that makes this saw an ideal choice is the highly adjustable nature of it, plus the high ripping capacity. The Makita 2705X1 has an extending table that increases the amount of space you have to work with, which lets you work on some pretty wide items. That is combined with a telescopic fence that can extend out past the extending table.

The fence keeps your wood on track, lets you rip pieces with ease, and provides you with a whole lot of accuracy, not to mention that making adjustments is very simple, and locking it into place is more secure than ever. On that same note, this thing also features a versatile miter gauge for cross cuts, and the slot it sits in is compatible with various after-market add-ons such as a miter sled.

The Makita 2705X1 also comes with various safety features that make it great for any beginner and expert to use without risking their life or limbs. It features a highly advanced braking system that can register contact with human skin. The second that the blade registers electric conduction, something that our fingers produce, it only takes a couple milliseconds for the blade to stop spinning.

This thing also comes with a riving knife, something that helps reduce kickback and stop wood rotation too, not to mention that it also comes with anti-kickback pawls. There is also the point that the blade guard can be installed and adjusted without the use of tools. All of these features help to keep your fingers as safe as can be.

Finally, the Makita 2705X1 also features a dust collection port to make clean up time much faster, plus it also has ample onboard storage space to store all of your accessories when they are not in use.

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This is yet another great contractor table saw option to consider, especially for the low price. It is a high-performance option to go with, one with a ton of special features that makes it stand out from the rest of the pack without question.

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Very safe – tool-less blade guard and riving knife.
  • Anti-kickback pawls.
  • Versatile and portable – gravity rise cart.
  • Compatible with many after-market add-ons.
  • Versatile miter gauge.
  • Telescopic fence for increased cutting capacity.
  • Extending table to increase room and rip capacity.
  • Fairly high cutting capacity.
  • Quite heavy.
  • Not as much power as some other models.

Features

One of the best features of this particular table saw is that it is a high performance saw with lots of power and cutting capacity. The powerful 4 horsepower motor delivers you with 3,650 rounds per minute of cutting power. Sure, it may not be as high as some other saws, but considering the facts, it’s more than could be expected for such a low price, and also more than enough for various smaller projects.

The Bosch 4100-09 can cut through some very thick materials as well, which is in large thanks to the height of the blade which can be chosen. It can cut through 3 – 1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 2 – ½ inches at 45 degrees. Plus the blade can bevel anywhere from -2 to 47 degrees to make angled cuts.

There is also the fact that this thing has a 25-inch ripping capacity, which is thanks to the extending table which allows you to work on items as wide as 40 inches. This is combined with the telescopic fence which provides for a lot of cutting room, it helps keep things straight, and it provides you with a whole lot of accuracy, not to mention that it is very easy to adjust and also locks down securely without question.

Something else that makes this a convenient table saw to use is that it comes with a highly versatile miter gauge. It can be adjusted to various angles for either straight or angles cross cuts, plus the slot it sits in is compatible with a wide variety of sleds and other after-market add-ons. Everything including the fence, miter, blade elevation and angle, and the extendable table are easy to adjust without question.

Something else that we really like about this model of table saw is that it is quite portable. The saw does weigh around 125 pounds, which means that it is not the lightest around, but it does come with a gravity rise cart, something that helps make life much easier.

The cart removes the need to have a separate table or workbench, and when you are done using the saw, you can fold the cart down into a compact little package, one that has wheels and is easy to move from one point to another. It also has special handles that make it easy to pull along behind you.

The final reason as to why we really like this table saw is because it has various safety features to keep all of your digits where they are supposed to be. First off, the riving knife stops wood from rotating and also helps to prevent wood pinching and kickback too.

Next, this saw also features anti-kickback pawls to increase the safety even more. That is followed up by an easily adjusted tool-less blade guard system that keeps your fingers away from the blade and also moves for different tasks. Control and safety is definitely not an issue when it comes to the Bosch 4100-09.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This is the final option on our list of the best contractor table saws for the money you are spending, but it definitely is not the least valuable. This is a very powerful saw with a very large cutting and ripping capacity, it’s safe to use, and quite portable as well.

Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser Review - 20 In. Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Pros

Cons

  • Lots of cutting power.
  • Very high cutting capacity.
  • Extending tables for more room and increased rip capacity.
  • Folding telescopic fence is easily adjusted and locks down securely.
  • Built-in dust collection system for easy cleanup.
  • Riving knife for safety and accuracy.
  • Laser guide for increased precision.
  • Folding cart with wheels and handle for easy transportation.
  • Adjusting the blade bevel could be easier.
  • Fence needs to be aligned fairly often.

Features

Something that we really like about the Rockwell RK7241S is that it is highly portable and great for jobsite use. The bottom of the saw has folding legs, which let you set it up anywhere you go, and once you are done with it, you can fold the legs back in for easy transportation. And to make life even easier, this saw also comes with wheels and a pulling handle so you can easily move it from one spot to another.

Another thing that makes the Rockwell a great table saw is that it has more cutting room than any of the other saws on this list. It features dual extending tables, both to the left and right, something that provides you with more than enough room to work on some very large pieces, plus it provides you with more than 30 inches of ripping capacity to the right of the blade and 11 inches to the left.

Both of the extending tables also have their own adjustable support legs to provide you with one of the most versatile and well-supported saws out there.

On that same note, the Rockwell Table Saw also has a great power level with over 4,800 rounds per minute of blade spin, which is more than enough to get through some very tough pieces. We can’t forget that this thing can cut through items as thick as 3 – 9/16 inches at 90 degrees and 2 – 9/16 inches at 45 degrees.

Plus of course the blade can be beveled to various angles to make angular cuts. Speaking of angles, this table saw also comes with a miter gauge which can be adjusted to make both straight and angled crosscuts, plus the slot it sits in is compatible with various after-market accessories and add-ons.

Another fact worth mentioning is that the fence of this table saw folds and extends to give you as much capacity as you need to get the job done. The fence is also easily adjusted and can be locked down to the table very securely. The fence is not the only thing that provides for accurate cuts, because this model also features a laser guide to give you a visual guide to get the precision that you need to make any job successful.

For safety’s sake, this table saw also comes with anti-kickback pawls as well as a riving knife, both of which help to prevent dangerous kickback. The riving knife also helps prevent the rotation of the wood you are working on, thus increasing both safety and accuracy.

Also for convenience’s sake, the Rockwell also features a dust collection system, not just the port, but the whole system. Moreover, the cart and saw both have a lot of onboard storage so you can keep everything in one place.

Conclusion

If you have not already made your choice regarding the best contractor table saws for the money that you are looking to spend, we would highly recommend giving the above options another look at. They are all fantastic table saws in their own right because each of them is safe to use, they are all powerful, they have the excellent capacity, and most of them are quite portable too.

The most important thing to do when choosing the right table saw for you is to keep all of the considerations in mind, factors which comprise a good table saw. If you have any questions or comments about this topic, just let us know, and we will get back to you at the first possible opportunity.

What Is Table Saw Kickback? A dangerous side effect of using a table saw, so read this guide on what it is and how to prevent it.

What Is Table Saw Kickback?

Table saws are obviously some very useful tools. After all, any carpenter or woodworker would probably be lost without one of them. They are used for making joints, crosscuts, ripping, and making all kinds of other cuts.

The thing is that a table saw is a high powered tool with a very sharp and very fast spinning blade. This means that there is obviously a certain amount of danger involved. One of these dangerous aspects is something called kickback. So, what is kickback and how can it be prevented?

What Is Kickback?

Kick back on a table saw occurs when a piece of wood or other material gets caught in the saw blade and gets launched backwards at you. This happens when the teeth of blade get caught in the wood, thus digging into it slightly and causing it to fly up off of the table and right at you.

Tablesaw kickback can occur due to a number of reasons. One thing that can cause kickback is if you are not using a push stick or holding the wood down properly. You need to have a firm grip on the wood and apply a decent amount of downward pressure to the work piece.

The saw blade can easily cut through wood, but there needs to be pressure applied. Kickback can also be caused by warped or bent wood. The warped wood won’t be straight after the cut, which can result in the wood closing behind the blade and pinching it, thus causing kickback.

Moreover, table saw kickback can also be caused by a dull or warped blade. This is because if the blade is not straight or sharp enough, it won’t have the smooth cutting power to make it through the piece. Instead of cutting a piece of wood, a dull or warped saw blade will get caught in it, thus launching it up off of the table. Also, a piece of hardwood with a really bad knot in it can also get caught on a slower moving saw blade, thus causing it to lift up off of the table top.

Kickback can also occur when the rip fence is not aligned perfectly parallel to the blade. The fence is what you rest one side of the work piece on while you feed it through the blade.

However, a crooked or misaligned fence will cause the wood to be fed through the blade crookedly instead of straight. When the teeth then hit the wood at an angle, it can cause kickback. As you can see, kickback can be caused by a variety of things. Luckily there are some easy fixes and preventative measures you can use to ensure that this does not happen.

Here we actually have a video of kickback in progress. As you can clearly see, it’s pretty dangerous!

How To Prevent Table Saw Kickback

Here are some good tips you can follow in order to help prevent table saw kickback. Remember, the difference between following these tips and ignoring them could very well mean a lost eye, a broken facial bone, or your fingers or hands being pulled into the blade.

  • Make sure that you have properly aligned the rip fence with the blade. The blade and rip fence absolutely need to be perfectly parallel in order to prevent kickback.
  • When cutting small pieces, make sure to use a push stick or stop block. This is so you can apply adequate pressure to the workpiece in order to keep it down on the table. Kickback often occurs when working on small pieces because people use their hands to hold the piece, but don’t want to apply much pressure or get their fingers too close to the blade, thus resulting in inadequate pressure, and thus kickback.

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  • Make sure to have either a riving knife or splitter combined with anti-kickback pawls. Most table saws will come with anti-kickback pawls. These are like little teeth which sit to the left and right of the blade. If wood does start to kick back for any reason, these teeth will dig into the wood as it starts to lift off of the table, thus forcing it to stay on the table instead of flying at your face. At the same time, your table saw should for all intents and purpose have either a riving knife or a splitter.

We aren’t going to go into too much detail here, but a riving knife and splitter are very similar thins which more or less have the same purpose. The riving knife or splitter is designed to keep the cut open once the blade has passed through it.

Kickback can be caused when the freshly cut piece of wood does not split properly, thus closing on the blade, getting caught on it, and ultimately causing kickback. The riving knife or splitter will ensure that the cut stays wide open and that the two resulting cut pieces don’t close on the blade. The splitter will also be able to take care of bent or warped wood which can close on the blade.

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  • If you are making an angled or beveled cut, make sure that the blade is angled away from the rip fence as opposed to towards it. If something does happen, the board will most likely lift up and away from the blade instead of into the blade, which can cause kickback.

Here we actually have a little video on how to prevent table saw kickback!

Conclusion

Remember that kickback is not just a myth. It is something very real and it can be extremely dangerous. So, always use caution, make sure your table saw is set up properly, use the necessary tools, and always be safe. It only takes one slip or one stray piece of wood to turn a creative day into a trip to the hospital!

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Is it Time to Replace Your Table Saw Motor?

Is it Time to Replace Your Table Saw Motor?

The motor of your table saw is one of the most important components. Sure, the blade does the cutting, but without the motor nothing happens.

Table saw motors, just like any other piece of equipment, can get old and break down. Perhaps your table saw is producing some funny smells, making some odd noises, or maybe it working.

There are a few different things which may be causing problems with your table saw motor, some of which can be fixed and some which cannot. Let’s go over the different problems you may be experiencing and see if they warrant a quick fix or replacement.

Before we get started, the most important thing to keep in mind is that if it is easier to replace the motor or the whole table saw all together, rather than replacing various parts or maintaining it.

Some Basic Troubleshooting

One of the very first things that you need to check is the power supply. Yes, this is an obvious point to make, and yet it seems to be a problem that many people encounter. If the motor is not working, make sure that the table saw is plugged in, that the wiring is good, and that the outlet in question is supplying your table saw with electricity.

The problem could be as simple as having forgotten to plug the saw in. Maybe the circuit breaker is in the off position, or maybe a fuse has blown, in which case you need to trip the circuit or replace the fuse. If the wiring in the power cord has gone bad, you will need to replace the cord, something which is probably best done by a professional.

Something else you will want to check regarding the power supply is if the overload switch on your saw has been tripped. The overload switch will turn the motor on your table saw off if it has been struggling with a job, getting too hot, or receiving too much power from an overloaded outlet, all to stop the motor from burning up. The easy solution to this is to switch the overload switch back so the motor can receive power once again.

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Keep in mind that if your overload switch has been triggered, it is because the saw is struggling with a job. Your table saw motor may be struggling because you have been using it for too long, or maybe the material you are trying to cut is putting up a fight. Either way, turning the saw off to let it rest might be all that you need to do to get it running again.

If your table saw motor continues to struggle when you turn it back on, or with other jobs, especially easy jobs, then it might be due to other deeper issues, some of which may be fixed, and some of which may require the replacement of the motor.

If your motor is struggling because of something as simple as cutting a few pieces of wood for 10 minutes, then there is definitely a more serious problem which will not be fixed simply by letting the saw rest for a while. If your motor is still making a bunch of weird noises, producing odd smells, or just not turning the blade, you will need to refer to the next sections in this guide, and it may actually be time to replace it all together.

Read The User’s Manual

Using the model of your table saw as a guide, you can find the appropriate user manual for your specific make. If you don’t have a detailed owner’s manual for your table saw handy, you can always go to the manufacturer’s website.

The manual should give you a parts list with diagrams of each part, or it should even give you an exploded view of the whole motor and saw with all individual parts pointed out.

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You should absolutely know the ins and outs of your table saw and the motor, including ever single part, for you to be able to fix the motor yourself.

A Dirty Motor

One of the reasons as to why the motor on your table saw may be smelling funny, making weird noises, creating smoke may be due to a buildup of sawdust and other grit. This sawdust and grime can collect on the housing of the motor, on the air intake, on the gears, and other mechanisms.

This happens naturally because when you cut wood, it creates sawdust that floats around in the air. Not all of the sawdust that is created will be collected by your shop-vac or by the collection mechanism, and that excess sawdust can end up invading the various parts of your table saw motor. The solution to this problem is fairly simple.

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First of all, take off the housing that surrounds the motor. When doing this make sure that the table saw is unplugged. Use a damp cloth or a stiff bristle brush to clean out any gunk and sawdust that has accumulated in the motor.

When you are doing this make sure that you get all grit off of the blade, in the blade arbor, around the motor, the fan, and the shaft. If you have seen sparks and smoke, make sure that you check all electrical wiring and junction boxes to make sure that you have cleaned all of the sawdust away from any electrical parts, as electricity plus sawdust will result in smoke, smell, and a potential fire. This should get rid of any smoke, funny smells, or sparks.

Also, a starter switch may be plugged by grit, which may be a reason for your table saw not working, in which case cleaning the grit out of the starter should do the trick.

Checking Electrical Components

Since you already have the table saw open and taken apart, it is a good opportunity to check that no wiring has melted or ripped. If the problem is that your table saw just won’t work, a broken or melted wire may be the cause.

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If wires are not connected, the simplest solution is to make sure that they are connected properly. However, if the wires are damaged, if you know how to solder, wires are pretty easy to replace, but we would recommend having a professional do this.

On a side note, if the electrical components are severely damaged, it may warrant a complete overhaul or even the replacement of the motor.

Dented Or Broken Components

Another cause of motor troubles may be that there are loose components, broken parts, or loose screws. If your table saw motor makes a loud clunking or ticking noise, it could be due to a dented fan or a misaligned shaft. If the fan is dented, it can be replaced with a new fan.

If the shaft is misaligned, you can try to align it yourself or get professional help to get it aligned properly. The bottom line is that dented, torn, or simply broken components can cause your motor to not run properly.

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The thing to remember here is that while it may be cost effective to replace one or two smaller parts, there are some parts that are going to be very expensive to replace. The bottom line is that it may be more cost-effective to get a new table saw or table saw motor than it is to pay for the labour and various replacement parts.

The Belt, Belt Drive, & Pulley – Belt Drive Motor

Technically this is not a problem with the motor itself, but the motor connects to the belt drive, which connects to the belt, which drives the pulley and ultimately turns the blade.

If the blade is not turning or making excessive noise, it could be due to a worn belt drive, a worn out or broken belt, a damaged pulley, or loose connections between any of those things. When you open up your saw, check that all of those parts are in working order, and if they aren’t you will need to replace them.

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These parts are usually pretty cheap to replace, that is except for the belt drive. If the belt drive is worn, a part that is directly connected to the motor, you will probably need professional help to get it fixed or replaced.

In some cases, the belt drive is so intricately linked to the table saw motor that replacing or fixing it can be nearly impossible and therefore will require you to spring for a new motor all together.

The Brushes – Direct Drive Motor

Not all table saw motors use belts and these are called direct drive motors. In this case, you need to make sure that the brushes are not getting in the way of the motor. This is one of the most common things that can go wrongs with smaller hand held saws and table saws.

These brushes are fairly small, and their function is to pass on electrical current, but they can’t interfere with the motor, which they will do when they are worn out or broken. Some models will tell you when the brushes need to be replaced.

If the problem with your motor has to do with the brushes of the direct drive motor, you can replace them, or have them replaced fairly easily, which means that you don’t need to buy a new motor. Once again, just refer to your user’s manual for the exact type of brush that you need to get, and if you don’t know how to do it yourself, you can always get it done at a shop.

The Capacitor

If the capacitor is not working, your table saw will probably get really hot, start producing smoke. When the capacitor isn’t working, you will generally be able to tell right away thanks to the humming or choking noise it makes, along with the smoke and heat.

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To make sure that the capacitor is indeed a problem you can use a volt-ohm meter to measure the electricity levels. Set the meter at RX100 to measure the connections in your motor. If there is a reading of 0, it means that there is a short circuit, and if the reading jumps right from 0 to really high numbers, or changes frequently, there is probably an open circuit.

In either case, this means that you will need to replace the capacitor. Referring to the user’s manual, identify where in the motor the capacitor is, identify the exact model, and go buy one. If you are having trouble swapping it out by yourself, simply seek professional assistance.

Conclusion

If you aren’t too up to speed with the inner workings of your table saw , or with electrical things in general, you can always have it looked at by a specialist.

Keep in mind that if parts are dented or broken, they can be replaced, if parts are clogged with grit and sawdust, they can be cleaned out, and if there is an electrical failure, you may be able to swap out variable parts to get the electricity flowing again.

The key rule to keep in mind here is that if some issues can’t be fixed or replaced, or replacing various parts of your motor comes in at a higher price than buying a new motor would cost, it’s probably better to buy a new motor. That goes on to say that if buying a new motor is more expensive than the whole table saw cost in the first place, you’re probably better off just buying a new table saw .

Table Saw Wheels – Things You Need to Know

Table Saw Wheels – Things You Need to Know

A table saw is definitely a great tool to have around the home, both as a professional handyman and as someone who just wants to do some work around the home. Of course one of the most important parts of any table saw is the blade, but that is not the only important part.

That being said, have you ever considered a table saw with wheels, or maybe just installing wheels on your current table saw?

Maybe you should because table saw wheels definitely add a certain degree of versatility to this fantastic tool and they can make things a whole lot easier for you. There are a few different things that you need to know about table saw wheels and we are going to tell you all about them.

The Benefits Of Table Saw Wheels

Of course we aren’t recommending that you get wheels for your table saw just for the sleek look of it, but because they can end up being very useful. Now don’t get us wrong, putting wheels on your table saw is not the most advanced innovation in whole world, and building your own portable base isn’t either, but it can definitely help save you a whole lot of trouble.

Mobility

The biggest benefit that comes with adding a base with wheels to your table saw is that it greatly increases the mobility of your saw. Table saws can be pretty big and bulky  and moving it from one space to another in your work place can be pretty difficult. A nice set of wheels can definitely help you move your table saw around with ease without the need to lift it up to move it from one spot to another.

Better Cuts

One problem that many table saws can experience is that of wobbling and instability. A wobbly table saw is going to cause you to make crooked cuts, something that is going to throw a wrench into your wood working plans no doubt. A good homemade base with wheels can add a certain degree of stability to your table saw in order to help you make better cuts.

Some Problems

While adding a portable base to your table saw is a great way to make it more portable, it may cause you some problems. The problem that we are talking about is that of stability, as well as the problem of vibration.

In order for a portable base to help you out more than it causes problems, it needs to be well built. You need to make sure that the base and all of the fasteners, including those that attach the wheels to the base, as well as those which attach the base to the bottom of your table saw, are tight. If any of the fasteners are not tight it can cause your table saw to vibrate excessively, something which you definitely don’t want.

Furthermore, you need to make sure that you have used a level in the construction of your base because if the base and portable frame are not level it will surely cause you more problems than it solves.

Another problem which you may face when it comes to a homemade portable base and wheels on your table saw is that of dirty wheels. Of course when you use a table saw there is going to be a lot of debris and sawdust that fly around in the air, grit which can stop the wheels from turning properly and ultimately defeats the purpose of said portable base.

However an easy solution to this problem is to clean the base and the wheels on a regular basis. On a side note, the wheels may get rusty from moisture, but an easy way to avoid that problem is to use rust proof metals, or just some anti-rusting spray too.

Building Your Own Portable Table Saw Base

There are some good options in terms of portable table saw bases that you can buy, but that is not what we are really here for. Being a handyman means building your own tools and contraptions, so we’re going to show you how you can build your own base with wheels, something which will give you the satisfaction of knowing your built it yourself, plus you can build it just the way you want.

There is also the fact that building your own portable table saw base will help you save a bunch of money too. Follow these simple steps in order to build your own mobile base.

What You Need

There are just a few different things that you will need to build your own portable table saw base. These items include the following.

  • Four 2 by 4 pieces of wood.
  • 2 sets of magnets.
  • Hinges.
  • Wheels.
  • Screws, bolts, and nuts as needed.

How To Build Your Own Portable Table Saw Base

Building your own table saw base is not very difficult, and with these short and simple steps you can build your own in no time at all. The following image is the base which we will be building here.

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Step 1: The first thing you need to do is to measure and cut the 2 by 4’s to be just a little bit longer than the length of the space between the legs of your table saw (about 1 inch extra should protrude out from each side past the legs). Do this for all 4 of your 2 by 4’s.

Step 2: Screw, or preferably bolt, 2 of the 2 by 4’s to the bottom of the legs of your table saw stand so that they run along the width of the base. When the portable base is complete, your feet should be perpendicular to the 2 by 4’s when you are using the saw.

Step 3: Attach 4 wheels to the bottom of the 2 by 4’s which you have attached to the base of your table saw. Make sure that the spacing between the wheels is even, that there is one at each end of the boards, and that they are very tightly secured to the wood boards.

Step 4: Attach the second set of 2 by 4’s to the first set which you have already attached to the base. Attach them to each other using the hinges which we talked about earlier. When you do this make sure that the 2 sets of 2 by 4’s form an L shape and are perpendicular to each other. make sure that the hinges face outwards or else you will run into some problems for sure.

This will from the folding base which will allow you to keep the table saw stable, a base which you can fold up to expose the wheels for easy mobility. When you fold these 2 x 2 by 4’s down, they should go down just slightly lower than the wheels in order to form a stable base.

Step 5: Now it is time to attach a set of magnets to the second set of 2 by 4’s, the set which folds up and down to create the stable base. Doing so will allow you to easily keep the folding base in its upward position while moving the table saw because the magnets will keep the base attached to the metal legs of your table saw.

Just in case you don’t like this particular do it yourself portable table saw base with wheels, you can always click on this link or on this link in order to get some other build it yourself ideas.

Conclusion

As you can see, a portable base for your table saw is a really convenient thing to have because it can increase the stability of your saw, plus of course it makes your saw much more mobile as well.

With our simple to follow steps above you can build your own mobile table saw base in just a few minutes and you don’t need to spend too much money on the required items either. You should definitely consider building your own portable base because it will make your life much easier in both the short and long run.

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