How to choose a table saw: Quick guide
As a stationary circular saw, the table saw allows you to cut planks, panels or cut your floor. Its power, its size, its height of cut are some of many characteristics to consider during your selection! Lets get started.
What is a table saw?
The table saw is a stationary circular saw: It is roughly a circular saw installed on a table.
The blade is adjustable in height to exceed the table by a bit. Thus, a number of trays, boards and other pieces of wood can be trimmed by pushing them along the blade by hand or by pushers.
Depending on its size, power and accessories, you can cut pieces of wood from different sections and angles.
What to look for in a table saw?
Installed under the table, the circular saw allows the edging of panels – wood, particles, even the cutting of soft metals according to the type of blade.
The blade is chosen according to the type of material to be cut and its height is adjustable according to the thickness of the wood.
The diameter of the blade varies, roughly, between 200 and 300 mm, with carbide teeth. The blade is surrounded by protective covers that ensure the safety of the user: you!
The table, made of aluminum or cast iron, of the saw is not very large; A small model has dimensions 60 x 30 cm while a larger 80 x 70 cm for a good meter of height. In any case, the work surface is not immense; This is why there are many accessories, such as extensions, that improve the comfort of use by increasing the useful area.
The power varies between 1,000 and 4000 W and relates to the ability of the saw to cut pieces of wood. Hardwood with a large section requires more power than this. Therefore, the machine can be mono or three-phase.
The weight is variable and relative to the power, the size and the material of the structure and the product.
Options for table saws
Several optional elements are also available on the table saws:
A tube for ventilation to not get lost in a cloud of wood dust
An illuminating laser for better visualization of the cutting line
Improved blade height adjusters – cast iron flywheels
A pusher handle to avoid putting your hands too close to the blade
A parallel guide for straight travel
Inclination of the blade over 45 degrees for bias cuts
A speed variation for the cutting of materials other than wood – plastics and soft metals
A current limitation at start-up for progressive slenderness of the blade
An angular stop for corner cuts
A trolley or feet equipped with wheels to be moved.
What table saw for what use?
It depends on the job to be performed and the frequency of use of course!
The three main criteria to be considered are:
Height of cut