Finding the best table saw can be difficult either you are just beginning its use or are replacing your old one. Naturally, as with any type of tool, you want one that will not only do the job but be long lasting as well. It was in 1777 that the first table saw was patented in the United States. From that simple beginning we have a number of models designed for specific purposes.
Types of Table Saws
The Benchtop Table Saw (also called job-site saw)
Lightweight and designed to be placed on a support for operation. This saw weighs from 60 to 100 pounds and is made of lightweight materials.
The Contractor Table Saw
Attached to a stand or base. Larger and heavier than the Benchtop model (weighs between 150 to 350 pounds). Can be used with a standard electrical unit. Costs between $800 and $2,000.
The Cabinet Table Saw
Heavy and attached to a cabinet. This saw is used by professional woodworkers and has a powerful induction motor. Price for this saw starts at about $2,300 and can go to more than $5,000 for industrial models.
This saw is lighter than a contractor saw, has a powerful motor and a stronger construction than the cabinet saw. They weigh under 300 pounds and are priced at around $1,200.
Mini and Micro Table Saws
These saws are favorites of model builders and hobbyists. They are sometimes used by contractors who need to cut small pieces. A 4” Mini Electric Table Saw weighing 8.4 pounds is advertised for less than $50.00.
Best Table Saws
There are a number of excellent table saws on today’s market. These include:
Borsch 4100-09 10-inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand
This highly recommended saw offers 3,650 rpm with a 25” wide cutting table. It is situated on a gravity-rise stand and weighs 124.2 pounds. It has 4 horsepower and includes a 10” 40-tooth carbide-tipped saw blade, a miter gauge and other feature.
SKIL 3410-02 10-Inch Table Saw with Folding Stand
This saw offers a cast aluminum 20” x 26” table which can be extended to 20” x 32” long if needed. Its 3-1/2 inch cut height can cut through 4x materials. A self-aligning Rip Fence (guide) is included for accurate measurement.
DEWALT D7480 10-Inch Compact Jobsite Table Saw
This saw has a Site-Pro Modular Guarding System as well as 24-1/2” rip, which makes it an excellent choice for those who need to cut shelving materials. Its 15 Amp, 4800 rpm motor makes it especially effective when used for things like woodworking. It has rack and pinion telescoping fence rails which allow fast and accurate adjustments.
Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser
Its exclusive laser indicator allows adjustment of the saw blade tilt and is lightweight. This combines power, portability and precision. Advertising boasts of four time the cutting capacity of comparable 10-inch table saws. It has a convenient trolley stand for easy transport and can easily cut through a 4X4 piece of lumber.
For years people have been aware of the danger of working with table saws. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that there are approximately 67,000 table saw related accidents every year with 4000 amputations. Fortunately, new technology has been developed to reduce this risk and make sure the saw user is safe.
This new technology includes Automatic Braking, a Magnetic Feather Board and a Dust Extractor. Automatic Braking automatically stops the saw if there is a touch to the blade. The Magnetic Feather Board is composed of high strength magnets which prevent kickback. The Dust Extractor controls dust and reduces the possibility of a dust explosion.
Today’s market makes it possible to obtain a table saw that will fit any specific needs. Whether you are a contractor, a DIY hobbyist, an occasional user or a model maker, there is a saw that fits the bill.