Hobbyists and professional carpenters need a table saw in their workshop. It’s an indispensable piece of equipment that has many uses, and once you work with one of these machines, you’ll wonder how you managed to do without it for so long.
Table saws cut wood accurately and efficiently, with little effort from you. Table saws feature a design that lets the machine do the work for you, reducing operator effort and fatigue. Table saws are powerful machines, and they can cut through the thickest stock wood effortlessly. Adding one of these machines to your workshop is what you need to increase your productivity, and help you tackle those large carpentry jobs.
Table saws come in two categories; DIY and professional-level equipment. There’s a significant difference in the performance of these two types of table saws. If you’re a professional carpenter, then you’ll need a semi-industrial machine to ensure that you get the longest service life out of your saw.
However, while there is a significant difference in performance between a DIY and semi-industrial professional machine, the price tag is where you’ll notice the real difference between the two. Professional-grade machines from top power tool manufacturers are expensive, and they’re an investment into your workshop that requires careful consideration on your part.
Fortunately, we have you covered. We put together this review of the best DIY and semi-industrial table saws to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your new machine.
Our Top Picks
- 1 Our Top Picks
- 2 Table Saw Reviews
- 3 Craftsman Evolv 10 Inch Table Saw
- 4 Other Best Selling Options
- 5 Table Saw Buyers Guide
- 6 DIY or Semi-Industrial?
- 7 How Do You Use a Table Saw?
- 8 What Are the Safety Requirements When Using Table Saws?
- 9 What Personal Protective Equipment Do I Need?
- 10 How Do You Change the Table Saw Blade?
- 11 Which Table Saw Suits Your Application?
- 12 Conclusion
If you are in a hurry, here are our top 3 picks:
Best Pick: DEWALT DW745S 10-Inch
- Portability: Compact size for ease of transportation and storage
- Easy adjustments: Rack and pinion telescoping fence rails make fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate
- Variety of cuts: 24.5 inches of rip capacity for ripping 4x8 plywood or OSB sheets
- Power: 15 Amp, 5800 rpm motor
- Onboard storage: Onboard storage provides easy access to the site pro guarding components and push stick when not in use
After testing all ten of these table saws, we have to say that the clear winner for the best overall machine is the DEWALT DW745S. This 10-inch table saw has plenty of cutting depth, and excellent cutting performance from its high-power motor. If you’re a contractor or a serious DIY enthusiast, then this is your top choice for the best table saw you can buy. However, DeWalt is not cheap, and you can expect to pay more for this model that some of the other machines in this review. Still, if you find yourself frequently needing to use a table saw in your workshop, then the DeWalt will make an excellent addition to your power tool collection. We cut enough boards to make a double cupboard using the DeWalt, and the motor barely felt warm to the touch after we finished.
Premium Pick: SawStop PCS31230
- 52-INCH T-GLIDE FENCE ASSEMBLY: The 52-inch T-Glide Fence & Rail are made of heavy-gauge steel for sure lockdown and reliably square cutting for years without deflection.
- SAWSTOP PATENTED SAFETY SYSTEM: Stops a spinning blade on contact with skin. The blade stops in less than 5 milliseconds, and drops below the table, minimizing a potentially life-altering injury to a mere scratch.
- UNMATCHED QUALITY: The trunnion and arbor are built for precision, strength and stability. The gas piston elevation delivers smooth and easy adjustability. Table flatness is measured diagonally at 0. 010” maximum gap.
- DUST COLLECTION: 99% dust collection is delivered above the table with the included dust collection blade guard, and below the table with advanced shrouding around the blade. Available Overarm Dust Collection (Model # TSA-ODC, sold separately) routes dust away from the blade and into the 4” port.
- RELIABILITY: The Control Box houses the on-off switch, power paddle, and on-board computer, and constantly checks that all systems are working to reliably keep you safe.
For those contractors that demand the best performance and service life from their power tools, we recommend you look at investing in the SawStop PCS31230. The motor on this machine can make short work of the most robust materials, including hardwoods and even plastics. We like the dust port that connects to your shop vacuum, and the performance from this unit is unreal. Contractors will get the best performance, along with industry-leading safety features built into the machine to protect your employees during use. The SawStop might be overkill for a DIY user, but if you’re a tool collector that likes to invest in premium equipment, then give this table saw a look. The power and efficiency of this machine make it the best quality table saw we could find, with a price tag to match.
Budget Pick: SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saws
- 20-inch x 26-inch cast aluminum table extends to 20-inch x 32-inch for longer work pieces
- 3-1/2-Inch cut height capacity for cutting through 4x materials
- Heavy-duty steel stand for fast setup and easy transport. Bevel angle range:0° to 47°
- Self-aligning rip fence for accurate measurements
- EZ view measurement system for accurate settings. Cord length: 6 feet
When considering the needs of DIY enthusiasts, we looked for the most affordable saw that still offers excellent user performance. After using all of the table saws in this review, we have to say that the SKIL table saw offers exceptional performance and value for money. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, and you need a table saw for your next project, but you doubt you’ll be using it again anytime soon, then the SKIL is your ideal choice. This tool doesn’t break the bank account, and it suits occasional use around the workshop. The tool offers accurate and effortless cuts of most grades of material. If you’re cutting some chipboard for a cupboard, then this saw effortlessly glides through the material. The easy-mount system of the SKIL makes it a snap to set up and operate, and the first-time table saw users would find it easy to operate the machine.
Table Saw Reviews
We put together this list of the ten best table saws available. There are both DIY and semi-industrial machines in this review to suit both the hobbyist and professional carpenter. Choose the tool that matches up with your carpentry needs.
DEWALT DW745SThis compact job-site table saw belongs in the workshops of both DIT enthusiasts and carpentry contractors. Its 15-Amp motor produces a powerful ripping action to depths of up to 20-inches. The lightweight design makes it easy to load it into your truck, with the unit only weighing a total of 53-lbs.
DeWalt is well-known in the power tool industry for producing top-quality machinery. Unfortunately, they are not the most cost-effective brand. However, you’ll understand why you had to pay the extra money when your machine is still giving you hassle-free service years from now.
The powerful 15-Amp motor steals the show in this review, offering outstanding performance and rip depth. This table saw has plenty of power considering its compact size, and you get continuous loads speeds of 4,800-rpm with this machine
The bevel action of the cutting table allows you to cut at depths of 2-¼-inches when working at a 45-degree angle. The machine also reaches depths of up to 3-⅛-inches at a 90-degree angle. We think that the accuracy and control of the DeWalt DW745S are outstanding.
You also get adjustable feet to let you level out the saw on an uneven surface at your job site. The steel roll cage also provides the system with durability and a rugged look that shows it a machine that ready to move around with you wherever you go.
DeWalt offers this semi-industrial style DIY machine for use with contractors or enthusiasts. The motor is strong enough to allow the unit to run continuously under load, without damaging the internal components and burning it out.
If budget is a concern for you, then you may want to look at other options in this review that are affordable but still offer a decent level of performance. The Dewalt DW7480 is a machine for the serious hobbyist or contractor that demands the best from their power tools.
- The machine comes with a push stick and miter gauge.
- Rear feet and telescoping rails.
- 15-Amp motor operates at 4,800-rpm.
- Excellent design and build quality.
- Safety features included.
- 20-inch rip.
- Friction-free cutting table.
SKIL 3410-02 10 Inch Table Saw
For those DIY enthusiasts looking for an affordable deal offering incredible value, consider the SKIL 3410. This 10-inch table saw has the power you need to finish any woodworking project, without the worry of the machine packing up on your halfway through the job.
The SKIL has a DIY design, meaning that it’s not suitable for heavy use on contracting sites like the DeWalt. However, that’s not to say that the SKIL does not have what it takes to help you finish your carpentry projects without any hassles.
The SKIL also comes with a 15-Amp motor, with an outstanding 32-inch rip capacity. You can take on some heavy-duty projects with this saw, but we wouldn’t recommend running it all day every day unless you plan on replacing the saw in the first year.
The SKIL still offers outstanding performance, and the kit comes with blade wrenches, a miter gauge, the EZ-mount system, and the EZ-view measurement system included in the deal. We have to say that the level of value on offer here from SKIL for the price tag, makes this machine a serious consideration for any DIY enthusiast.
You also get a steel folding stand, and the EZ-view system allows you better control over your cut during use.
- Featuring cast-iron construction.
- Features a carbide blade and miter gauge.
- 15-Amp motor with 32-inch rip capacity.
- Self-aligning rip-fence.
- EZ-view measurement system.
- Easy mounting to the folding steel stand.
- Blade wrenches included.
The SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 Professional Table Cabinet Saw
The SawStop PCS31230 is our top choice for contractors looking for a robust machine to take to any job site. The 13-Amp motor performs like a 15-Amp motor, and we could barely notice any difference in saw speeds or power when using this machine compared to the SKIL or the DeWalt.
SawStop built this machine with the professional in mind. They understand that as a contractor, you might have your employees working on the machine – and accidents happen in the workplace. SawStop uses a specialized safety system that detects the presence of your finger or wrist near the blade.
As soon as your finger moves close enough, the saw automatically shuts down to a dead stop in less than a millisecond. It’s an incredible technology to behold, and we’re sure it’s saved many contractor’s fingers in the past.
This professional model table saw also features a blade guard and a dust collector that hooks up to your shop vacuum. Professional carpenters will get years of hassle-free service out of this machine, even with daily use.
- Features miter gauge and blade wrenches.
- Blade guard dust collector.
- Adjustable legs.
- Excellent safety systems.
- Left blade tilt and 3-HP motor.
- Suitable for semi-industrial use.
The Bosch 4100-09 10 Inch Table Saw
If you find yourself needing to wheel your table saw around your workshop or job site, then we recommend the Bosch 4100-09 as the best mobile option in this review.
Bosch calls the cart supporting the table saw the “Gravity-Rise” system, allowing you to pull the saw around your site. The automatic rising system levels to your table saw to the right height when you’re ready to cut your material.
Bosch is a well-known brand in the DIY industry, with some of its power tool range offering robust performance that’s on-par with some of the semi-industrial models. The powder-coated finish on the steel frame looks professional, and the folding design is excellent for contractors that need a compact table saw on site.
The performance from the Bosch saw is fantastic, with the motor spinning the saw disc at speeds of up to 3,550-rpm under consistent load.
- Motor spins saw at 3,650-rpm.
- Featuring a gravity-rise design.
- Powder-coated finish.
- Collapsible frame.
- 8-inch tread wheels for easy movement around the workshop.
DEWALT DWE749RS 10 Inch Table Saw
For those contractors looking for the best semi-industrial table saw, the DeWalt DWE749RS offers you the best portable option in this review. This professional-grade machine features a 15-Amp motor that provides you with a 32.5-inch rip capacity. This table saw is not for the faint-hearted, and the powerful motor keeps cutting throughout the working day, project after project.
Similar to the Bosch unit, this DeWalt model comes with a steel frame and casters that let you wheel it around the job site with ease. The machine has a 2-inch dust port that you can hook up to your shop vacuum for easy cleaning, and the retractable legs that form the stand give you a reliable and stable base.
If you’re a professional carpenter or contractor in need of a portable table saw that lasts for years, the DeWalt DWE749RS is your best choice, and possibly the most robust table saw in this review. However, this kind of performance and reliability comes at a cost, and you can expect to make a hefty investment into this piece of quality machinery.
- Features a 15-Amp motor with 32.5-inch rip capacity.
- Comes mounted to a rolling stand for easy portability around the workshop.
- A good option for job sites.
- Suitable for semi-industrial use.
- High Price
Bosch GTS1031 Portable Table Saw
This table saw is ideal for the DIY enthusiast or contractor that needs a portable table saw they can move between job sites. The compact design of this saw allows you to pack it up and put it in the back of your truck with ease. The entire unit only weighs 50-lbs, and it comes with an integrated carry handle for easy movement around the job site.The Bosch GTS1031 portable table saw comes with the Bosch Smart Guard system that prevents the machine from cutting your fingers or hands during operation. If the machine senses your fingers, it stops the blade from spinning in milliseconds, preventing an injury.
The measuring system and rip fence included with the Bosch allow you to improve your accuracy on cuts at the job site, minimizing material waste.
- Ergonomic design.
- Carry handle and side handles for easy unloading and loading.
- Motor spins the saw blade at 5,000-rpm.
- Rip fence increases your accuracy during cutting.
- Built-in measuring system and miter gauge.
- Smart guard system for safety.
- Quite Noisy
Craftsman Evolv 10 Inch Table Saw
The Craftsman Evolv table saw is one of the best entry-level machines available. This saw is an excellent choice for the first-time table saw users, and it has everything you need to get your carpentry project to completion.
The portable nature of this saw makes it easy to move around the job site, weighing only 50-lbs. You get a complete tool kit with blade wrenches, a push stick, a miter gauge, a riving knife, and a blade guard fence. Craftsman also includes the stand with the machine, which is something most other brands charge you for separately.
The 24-tooth carbide blade makes short work of most wood materials, and the performance of this machine is excellent when we consider the affordable price tag. This model was a serious contender for the best value deal in this review.
- 15-Amp motor with a 10-inch saw blade.
- Includes push stick, miter gauge, stand and riving knife.
- Blade guard fence for additional safety.
- Stand included.
- Only for thinner materials
- Not for professional use
DEWALT DWE7490x 10 Inch Table Saw
Rounding out the DeWalt range of table saws in this review is the DWE7490x. This machine has all the bells and whistles you would expect with a DeWalt product, along with the same robust motor and high-performance.
This machine is suitable for semi-industrial use, but we think that it’s more of an in-between product for the DIY enthusiast. The other two DeWalt machines in this review offer you a compact version and a full professional semi-industrial machine.
The DWE7490x is the mid-point of these two machines, and we think that it suits a DIY enthusiast that demands the best power tools in their workshop.
This model comes with a powerful 15-Amp motor for peak performance when cutting a variety of materials. The saw blade moves like a knife through hot butter, even when cutting hardwoods. The machine also features a dust port you can connect to your shop vacuum for easy cleaning.
- Features a push stick, miter gauge, and a scissor stand.
- Powerful 15-Amp motor.
- Excellent cutting depth.
- Lightweight and easy to transport to job sites.
- Features a table vacuum port.
- Temperamental fence lock
SawStop SNS175-TGP36 HP SawThis SawStop model is another high-powered table saw that worth considering for any contractor or DIY enthusiast. The machine allows you to fit larger dado blades to increase your cut depth., and the powerful motor rips through the sturdiest woods in seconds.
With this model, you get the left-blade tilt, you get a fast and efficient cut, preventing your material from catching on the fence as you pass it through the saw blade. The SawStop also features the same innovate emergency stop function as expensive models in this review.
The machine detects the presence of your hand or finger, and automatically shuts down the blade, bringing it to a dead stop in less than 1/200th of a second. We recommend this saw for contractors looking for an affordable alternative to a premium brand.
- Left blade tilt.
- Excellent cutting depth.
- Suits semi-industrial use.
- Durable and sturdy design.
- Impressive table safety features.
- Not for professionals
Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw
Makita makes some of the world’s finest power tools. This machine has a semi-industrial design, and its best for serious DIY enthusiasts looking to invest in a quality machine. Contractors will also benefit from the long service life of the Makita, as well as its powerful performance.The Makita features a 15-Amp motor that rips through any material with ease. You get the Makita Superior Safety System with the machine, along with all the tools you need to change the blades. This compact machine will fit in the back of your truck, and it’s an ideal portable table saw for contractors that need a reliable power tool.
The powerful motor spins the saw blade at speeds of up to 4,800-rpm, and maintains consistent speed under load, making it one of the more powerful machines in this review.
- Makita tools are synonymous with quality.
- Suitable for semi-industrial use.
- Blade guard system, and blade wrenches included.
- Push stick, miter gauge, and table socket wrench included.
- Rip fence.
- 15-Amp motor spinning the blade at 4,800-rpm.
- Rips boards up to 25-inches in thickness.
- Fits longer dado blades.
- Poor dust collection
- No wheeled base
Other Best Selling Options
- Your purchase includes one Dewalt table saw, 10" 24-tooth carbide blade, rolling stand, push stick, miter gauge, rip fence, 2x blade wrenches, blade guard assembly manual
- Other Specs: Max rip to left of blade – 22” | Max rip to right of blade – 32-1/2” | Max width of Dado – 13/16” | Arbor size – 5/8” | Amps – 15 | Depth of cut at 45° – 2-1/4” | Depth of cut at 90° – 3-1/8” | No Load Speed: 4800 RPM
- Rolling stand designed for easy set up and breakdown with excellent stability
- Rack & Pinion Telescoping Fence System Make fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate
- Features a 15.0A high torque motor with the power to cut pressure treated lumber and hardwoods
- 【Powerful Motor】15A 2000W pure copper motor can generate 4800RPM cutting power to rip through various materials such as wood, hardboard, plywood, blockboard and chipboard
- 【45ºBevel Cutting】 Bevel tilt angle handle allows a left bevel cutting from 0-45°. Max cut depth is 2-4/5'' at 90°and 2'' at 45°. The table saw is equipped with 10'' 24T carbide-tipped blade for wood and compatible with most of the 10'' blades
- 【Aluminum Extension Tabletop】 Aluminum table surface features excellent antioxidant and anti-deformation, coated to reduce friction for more smooth sliding. The dimension of tabletop is 25.3''x 28.3'' and extension length is up to 3.9'' on both sides, providing more stability when cutting long wood
- 【Miter Gauge & Rip Fence】 Cross cutting requires the use of the miter gauge to position and guide the work. Miter angle can be adjusted from -45°to +45°according to your demand. Rip fence helps you make stable and accurate cuts, max rip capacity is 16.5 in.(42cm) in the left and 12.6 in.(32cm) in the right
- 【More Convenient Design】 On-board storage provides easy access to push stick and Allen wrench for extra convenience. Transparent blade guard ensures a clear vision and forbids careless touching hurt. 2-1/4" dust collection port can be connected with vacuum cleaner for more effective dust cleaning
- RACK AND PINION FENCE RAILS – Ensures fence stays parallel to blade for fast, smooth, and accurate cuts
- INTEGRATED FOLDING STAND – Legs quickly fold in to provide portability and convenient storage
- PARALLEL BLADE ALIGNMENT – Available micro-adjustment of blade so that it is parallel to rip fence and miter slot
- 4x4 CUTTING CAPACITY – Cuts material up to 4x4 at 90 degrees
- 2-47° BEVEL CAPACITY – Cuts between 2 positive stops at 0 and 45 degrees with quick release lever
- ☘【Aluminum & Extension Table】- 25 -1/3'' x 28 -1/3'' aluminum table extends to 25 -1/3'' x 36 - 1/5'' for longer work pieces. Aluminum table provides excellent resistance to oxidation and the best sliding properties. Can be stored and expanded at any time, more durable and convenient
- ☘【Powerful 15A Motor】- The TACKLIFE table saw features a 15A high torque Motor with the power , it provides speed of 4800 rpm, makes the cut faster and more powerful. Cutting works on the different pieces of work can be accomplished quickly and easily, bottom frame provides more excellent stability
- ☘【Humanized Design】- Improved safety and comfort by including push stick; triangular base feet provide secure support; Two external hex keys are included to help you easily change the saw blade; The transparent blade protection prevents accidental cuts, the dust blower makes it possible to connect your vacuum cleaner, to vacuum and collect sawdust while working
- ☘【45 ° Bevel Cut】- 0 ° to 45 ° bevel range allows you to make bevel cuts. Height and tilt can be easily adjusted with an adjusting wheel. At a 45° angle, a cutting depth of up to 2'' can be achieved, and for a 90° angle of up to 2-4/5'' . The saw is equipped with a 24T 10'' blade for cutting wood and is compatible with other saw blades on the market
- ☘【Miter Gauge & Rip Fence】- Miter Gauge allows miter cutting between +/- 45°, can meet different job needs; Adjustable Rip fence provides a more precise cut, and makes the cut smoother, 31 - 1/2'' Rip capacity allow for cut large sheet materials to size
- Power and durability: 15 amp, 4,000 Rpm motor
- Miter detent plate improves productivity and ensures cutting accuracy: Adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 14 positive stops
- Miter dentent override that allows you to override the miter stops and adjust to the desired setting without the saw slipping into the Miter detents. Arbor size is 5/8 inches
- Tall sliding fences that support crown molding up to 5 1/4 inch nested and base molding up to 6 1/2 inch vertically against the fence while easily sliding out of the way for bevel cuts
- Cross cut capacity up to 2x8 inch dimensional lumber at 90° and a 2x6 inch dimensional lumber at 45°
Table Saw Buyers Guide
The 10-table saws in this review are the best available, and any of them would make a great addition to your workshop. However, if you’re new to table saws, and need more information about how they operate, then this buyers guide is for you.
We’ll look at the characteristics of tables saws, how to use them safely, and what kind of table saw would suit your carpentry and woodworking needs.
Our buyers guide to table saws will give you more information to help you select the table saw that’s right for your application.
DIY or Semi-Industrial?
Your carpentry needs are the crucial first consideration you need to take into account when looking into purchasing a table saw. How often will you be using this saw? Do you intend to use it every day? Are you a hobbyist DIY enthusiast looking for a saw for a few projects a year? Or are you a contractor that uses a saw every day?
Table saws vary in design and construction. Some suit a heavy-duty operation, while others are best for DIY use. Professional equipment trusted by contractors typically has a higher price tag than DIY machines. Semi-industrial table saws have higher-quality internal components, making them suitable for extended use throughout the working day.
However, if you try to put a DIY machine to use in a professional carpentry workshop, you’re likely to burn out the motor with regular use. Therefore, you need to decide whether you need a DIY or semi-industrial machine. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, purchasing an expensive semi-industrial model is overkill for your workshop, and you can save a significant amount on the machine by selecting a DIY model.
All the DIY machines in this review have an outstanding build quality and design. Don’t think that because you’re paying less than a semi-industrial saw that your DIY table saw is any less effective and efficient when working on projects. The key difference is the run time.
If you only want to run the saw a few times during the day for a couple of minutes at a time, a DIY table saw is your ideal choice.
How Do You Use a Table Saw?
Both professional and DIY woodworkers can benefit from having a table saw in the workshop. Table saws are powerful tools that let you cut wood fast and efficiently, reducing setup time while improving your cutting accuracy.
With a table saw, you make a perfectly straight cut every time, allowing you to shape wood for use in various carpentry projects. If you have to build a set of cupboards, a table saw ensures you get a professional-quality finish.
Table saws have various unique features that you won’t find in other types of saws. The log splitter and blade guard are examples of specialized safety functions unique to these power tools. The log splitter reduces kickback from the machine when the wood makes contact with the blade. The blade guard keeps your hands away from the saw blade, reducing accident risk.
Other safety precautions to protect your hands from the saw blade include a push stick to guide the material and an automatic shut-off function that stops in milliseconds if it detects your finger or hand.
Table saws allow you to adjust the blade height for an optimal cutting surface. Set the blade a couple of millimeters above the height of your material for the best cutting results. The fence helps you keep your board or plank stable while cutting, preventing it from moving around. Properly setting up your fence ensures that you reduce kickback, as well.
Your table saw will come with a beveling table that allows you to cut wood at various angles. However, the table is usually pretty short and not suitable for resting long wooden boards while cutting. If you’re going to be cutting lengthy boards, then you’ll need to ensure you purchase some saw horses to rest the material on while you cut.
Always keep your mind focused on the task at hand when working with a table saw. These high-power tools can cause severe lacerations or injuries if you aren’t paying attention to the machine during operation.
What Are the Safety Requirements When Using Table Saws?
Table saw blades spin at speeds of up to 4,000-rpm. Ripping apart material at these speeds can result in nasty injuries if you don’t take the necessary safety precautions. Most table saws feature built-in safety features in the design of the machine to prevent devastating accidents from occurring in the workshop.
However, with properly pre-use checklists and safety habits, you can significantly reduce the risk of anything going wrong while using your table saw. When you set up the saw, make sure you unplug the power cable from the electrical outlet first.
Next, look at the miter slot, and see if the blade is parallel to the sides of the slot. Ensure that the blade is parallel, as the slightest change in angle can result in damage to your material and the machine.
After assessing the miter slot and saw blade, inspect the fencing. Your machine’s fencing also needs to be precisely parallel to the saw blade for the best results with your cut. Next, turn your attention to the saw blade, and measure that it’s sitting at a 90-degree angle to the cut line.
After finishing the set-up of your machine, it’s time to inspect your material. Table saws require you to use wood that’s straight and flat. Trying to use a table saw to cut random pieces of wood will end up damaging the machine, and put you at risk of sustaining an injury.
It’s important to note that the table saw blade spins towards you, and you make the cut by pushing the wood toward the blade and away from you. The use of improper technique during cutting will result in the possibility of injury and poor results with your cut.
You mitigate the kickback the machine makes when contacting the wood by using the fence to guide it along. You’ll need to ensure that the fence is adjusted to keep your board tight against the blade to reduce movement during the first contact of the cut and during the cut itself.
The height of the blade also plays a significant role in the efficiency and efficacy of the cut. Make sure that half of the tooth blade is above the top of the material for the best cutting results.
What Personal Protective Equipment Do I Need?
However, there is only so much a machine can offer to safeguard you from making a mistake, and accidents can happen at any time. Therefore, it makes sense to take responsibility for the situation. You can mitigate the risk of injury through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) that meets industry safety standards.
When watching the saw blade cut through the material, you have to keep your focus on the cut at all times. While most saws have some form of blade guard to stop debris flying toward your face, you’ll still need to wear eye protection.
Goggles that form a seal around your eyes are the best choice, as some debris may get under the lens rim of safety glasses, and into your eye. Hearing protection is necessary if you’re cutting a decent amount of wood, and we recommend noise-canceling earphones, or soft sponge earplugs to dampen noise levels.
Your arms have exposure to receiving debris blast from the machine while you work. Therefore, the use of pull-on spandex sleeves to guard your arms is a good idea. Avoid wearing a dust jacket while operating the machine. The loose cuffs on the jacket might get caught in the saw blades, pulling your wrist toward the blade.
Cutting wood in a closed environment is hazardous to your health if you fail to wear the right respiratory safety gear. It’s best to use a respirator mask if you spend plenty of time cutting boards throughout the day. If you only have to cut one or two boards, then a slip-on dust mask will suffice to protect you from breathing in the dust in the air.
How Do You Change the Table Saw Blade?
For first-timers, changing a table saw blade might seem like a daunting task. However, it’s a reasonably straightforward process, and you shouldn’t have any trouble changing the blade. However, before you start, it’s important that you have respect for your tools.
Table saw blades have incredibly sharp teeth, and handling the blade with your bare hands could result in a severe laceration if you lose control. Therefore, we always recommend you wear leather gloves when changing the blade.
Avoid using large workshop gloves, as they might not allow you to accurately grasp the tools and hold the blade in the correct position. Thinner workshop gloves give you all the protection you need while leaving your fingers free for intricate work on the machine, like positioning bolts on threads.
It’s also critical to ensure that the machine is switched off, and the plug is out of the electrical socket. Your table saw will come with a spanner set and screwdriver in the box in most cases. Some table saws come with specialized wrenches for changing the saw blade.
Locate the locking plate in the middle of the saw blade, and undo the two screws holding it in place – some models might have four screws. Set the plate and screws aside for later reassembly. Wind the blade up to its full height, and Use the table saw spanner to loosen the nut locking the blade to the driveshaft.
Most table saws come with a two-spanner set, and you’ll need to put one spanner on either side of the nut to loosen the saw blade. Pull the spanner in the opposite direction from each other, and the nut will come loose. Remove the nut using your fingers, set it to the side, and pull out the blade.
After removing the old blade, take the new one out of the packaging. Don’t remove the new blade from the packaging until you are ready to install it on the machine. As mentioned, the teeth are sharp, and if you accidentally bump it over while trying to remove the old blade, it could injure you, or fall on the floor and damage the blade’s teeth.
Make sure you install the blade with the teeth facing the correct direction. After connecting the blade to the driveshaft, screw the locking nut back onto the machine, and fit the rest of the parts. Your table saw is now ready for use.
We recommend you test the saw before calling your job a success. One of the more common errors newbies make when fitting a new blade, is installing it with the teeth facing the wrong direction. If you do this, the saw won’t start, or it might start, and shut down when it comes in contact with your cutting material.
Always ensure that the saw is in working order before hanging up your gloves for the day. If someone else tries to use the saw after you fit the blade, and you failed to tighten the nuts or fit the screws properly, it could result in their injury. The last thing you want is to be responsible for your colleague’s or friend’s injury and medical bills.
Which Table Saw Suits Your Application?
When selecting the right table saw from our list, you’ll need to take into consideration your use, as mentioned previously. If you need a table saw for your contracting work, then it’s advisable to go with a premium semi-industrial model. These professional tools have long service lives, and they can work for hours on end without the motor burning out.
If you’re in the market for a DIY machine, look at something compact and powerful, but doesn’t have the same professional-level fittings and components as a semi-industrial machine. That’s not to say that these saws don’t have great design and construction., but they do not have the design to function for hours on end.
Still, these DIY machines are more than suitable for helping you with general woodworking tasks, like cutting a set of bards to make some cupboards. DIY tools also tend to be lighter than semi-industrial machines, and they offer a user-friendly experience to the first-time table saw user.
The most significant difference you’ll notice between a DIY machine, and a semi-industrial model, is in the price tag. Semi-industrial machines can cost up to 505 more than DIY tools due to their construction with durable components.
However, if you’re a contractor looking for a table saw, then a semi-industrial machine is a better buy, and it will last for three or four times longer than a DIY table saw.
We spent some time with each of the machines in this review. We put them through a rigorous test before reserving judgment on the performance and value of each saw. All of these saws are great pieces of machinery, but we feel like there are three standouts from the pack.