How to Choose The Best Sliding Table Saw

If you are planning on remodeling or building your home or any structure that built with woodworking, making furniture, cabinets or maybe just planning on starting a small woodworking workstation, you have to get or make a good table saw first, that will enable you to cut any wood-based product really smooth and straight.

They can be modified as per your choice and they are also good at cutting plastic material as well. so you don’t have to be worried when you have some plastic work to complete the wood project.

But, when you are shopping a table saw, there are some things that have to be considered if you want to get the best sliding table saw. 

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What type of table saw you need?

Depending on what type of woodworking you are going to do, your choice for table saw should be accordingly. Most of the time, the issue arises with the size and weight.

If you are going to do some stationary wood-working stuff, you should go for a lightweight table saw that weighs about 100 to 150 pounds. it will also be convenient to move around for both indoor and outdoor work.

Now, the latest contractor saws are doing a great job when it comes to home tested fine woodworking. or you can go for a cabinet maker table saw if you are planning on setting it up in the workshop permanently. 

Performance is the key feature

When you are using a saw that cuts through the wood and makes furniture for you, you definitely need a good performance in order to have a fine cut and good furniture.

Now, big sized table saws don’t make sure the performance. Even a small-sized table saw can serve you better than a low quality saw with a gigantic frame around it. Don’t hesitate to invest in a good table saw. or the performance will disappoint you for sure.

Buy a table saw that has a motor that runs at 12 to 15 amps or current. should have a 10-inch diameter blade that can cut through a 48 inches wide plywood sheet and cut through a 2 inches thick hardwood sheet. and it can do it without any problem like freezing or any other miss cut. 

Safety precautions:

When you are buying a table saw, make sure the setup has it’s safety management well organized. if you get a saw that cuts through your fingers along with your wood sheet, that won’t be a good choice.

Make sure the saw structure has safety barriers and it has some handles to hold the wood sheets so that you can keep your distance of hand out of the blade while cutting wood.

Another safety precaution can be a sensor or emergency kill switch that will be activated if your hand comes in contact with the spinning blade. and also make sure the saw has a filter for the sawdust it is producing while cutting your board. 

Portability

If you are a person who does woodworks for hobbies, or if you have plans to move your table saw around from here to there, you must think about the portability of your table saw.

It is important to be able to utilize your money for the best. you don’t want to buy another table saw for outdoor woodworks! or if you are planning on taking it with you while having fun doing some woodwork in your friend’s place! So, make sure you get the right fit for your needs.

A 500 pound giant Table saw is not going to be your choice if you want to move it often. 

Build it or buy it

People live their lives according to their interests. If you are the type of person who loves to make their things with their hands, you are probably thinking that why don’t I make my table saw myself!

Well, you can for sure! If you have the expertise, you should make your own table saw with your own design and interest. 

That will make the setup way more convenient while working with it. You will be able to do any kind of modification and any sort of customization as per your style of doing woodworking.

The only thing you should look for is the quality of the motor you are buying, the size and quality of the blades you are going to use, belts (if any) you are going to attach, and the frame you are going to use.

The wooden frame is my personal favorite instead of steel. Wood is more lightweight and has more feel to it.

But if you are a person who is not very professional in the sector, you might want to go for a factory build table saw that has everything prebuilt in it. You should not go through a hand made fancy building process.

You can probably end up ruining the purpose of the build and not getting the desired service. 

Conclusion:

Having a clear view of all the aspects of a sliding table saw that makes them different from each other, you will be able to determine what model or brand you exactly need.

If you are a pro in the field, go for a permanent set up. If your goal is to do the job to fulfil the hobby, go for a lightweight portable one. 

E. Emmanuel

Emmanuel doesn't want a lot for Christmas, he just wants people to have beautiful and hazard free homes. He loves to write about beautiful things, he also loves to create beauty out of a combination of oddities.

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