The table saw is without a doubt the beating heart of any workshop. If used well, it can provide you with so many possibilities. It is versatile enough to earn a premium spot in a work space. With this, a new breed of table saws emerging are now more accurate, more capable and tougher, making it quite difficult to choose the one that will be best for you.
When it is time to choose your table saw, there are definitely a few things you will have to consider. Do not just buy the first one you fall in love with! Probably the best way to see what table saw works best for you is to compare what is available on the market today. Here are some things you may want to consider:
One of the main things you need to consider when comparing table saws is, of course, what type of table saw you want. There are generally three kinds – contractor, cabinet, and hybrid.
The contractor saw was originally designed to be portable enough to move from one space to the next. It is an open-based saw that is relatively lightweight.
The cabinet table saw, on the other hand, is fully-enclosed and designed to meet the performance and durability needs of a professional worker. Because of this, the prices of one can be quite up there. It is definitely an investment if you buy one of these.
A combination of the contractor and cabinet table saws is a hybrid. It has some of the durability and performance of a cabinet table saw with the weight. Nowadays, this is the go-to table saw of many home woodworkers. It looks like a scaled-down version of the cabinet saw but is lighter in weight.
The higher the horsepower, the thicker hardwood you can cut. If you plan on working on hardwoods that are 3 inches thick or more then you may want to consider a table saw that has a higher horsepower.
However, it is important to note that a table saw with high motor horsepower also has higher voltage requirements. Typically, a 3 to 5 horsepower motor requires about 240 volts. They are also prone to strong kickbacks. These are some things you need to consider when doing your table saw comparisons.
Regardless of what type of table saw you ultimately select, there are several features you need to look into. The table must be flat and extensions must fit well.
Trivial it may be but keeping a workshop clean and free of sawdust is a nice feature to have. When comparing table saws, check to see which one will provide you with this extra, nice feature. It is important to note, though, that having a dust collection system on your table saw does not mean it will totally eliminate sawdust residue, but it can help control the amount of sawdust it spits out.
Yes, the type of your table saw will depend on how much space you have in your potential workshop. Measuring your intended space lets you determine which design is more efficient for you. With a few table designs available, it is not just a matter of choosing the one you like. A large table saw is pretty much of no use if it will not fit well in your work space.
Choosing the right type is just half of the decision, since you also have to consider the features that come with it that will be most useful to you. Buying a table saw, no matter what type it is, is a big investment. It is definitely worth careful consideration, a little bit of research, and some time to compare which one will truly serve you well in the coming years.
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