uying a table saw depends on your needs and budget for the equipment. Often the type of woodworking projects will determine the type of table saws you need. Here are some factors that you may want to consider to help you buy the ideal table saw:
The first thing to consider when buying a table saw is portability. Portable table saws are easy to carry around. They make long, straight rip cuts and repeated crosscuts much more quickly and accurately than ordinary circular saws. Portable table saws have many of the merits and uses of larger stationary table saws but also have an advantage in their portability. High portability makes them the perfect choice for deck building. They are also perfect for offices with limited space to work with.
The only problem with portable table saws is they are not strong enough to handle large wood blocks, so you may want to consider when purchasing the table saw.Stationary table saws are setup in one permanent location as fixture and are used because they have more power than portable saws. So bear in mind when buying the table saw, bigger power enables the saw to run knives and cutters designed to mill and remove large amounts of wood stock. Another benefit of using stationary saws is they usually accept more accessories than portable saws.
For example, extension tables and out feed extensions makes the table saw more useful and more functional than the original sawing purpose.
The next thing to consider before buying a table saw is the drive configuration of the table saws. Table saws are available in two drive configurations. Either they have direct drive motors which are linked directly to the blade and transfer all of the motor’s power to the blade, or belt drive motors which has a belt that transfers power from the motor to the blade. In belt drive systems, the motor can be offset away from sawdust generated during operation, causing the motor last longer. Belt drive systems require slightly more preventive maintenance than direct drive systems. So you may need to inspect the belts for wear and proper tension periodically.
The more accessories that a table saw accepts, the more applications it can be used for. Typical features include extension tables mount to the side of the table saw and provide a larger more stable work surface when cutting wide stock. Out feed extensions would give extra support during long rip cuts. Accessory tables increase the versatility of your table saw and can turn your table saw into a router table, shaper, or a scroll saw. Sliding miter tables slide in the miter slot, square with the blade and provide very accurate miter cuts. Dado heads cut wide, straight slots in a single pass. Dados are especially useful in joinery and shelving applications. Mobile bases give stationary saw mobility. Most mobile bases have casters that lock to keep the saw stationary when it is in use. Mobile bases are good options for small shops or shops in shared spaces so you can roll the saw out of the way when not in use.
In summary, consider the portability, the drive configurations and the amount of accessories it support. So you just to have these few considerations in mind when looking for that ideal table saw.