A table saw is also sometimes called the heart of a woodworking workshop.
Simply because it can usually be found in the middle of the workshop, and a table saw is for most of the time the starting point for new projects.
If you are into woodworking for a long time or are a woodworking beginner, you can ask yourself:
Do I need a table saw?
Are there no alternatives?
What table saw should I buy?
How the hell am I supposed to compare all the table saws on offer?
And, which is the best saw table for a starting woodworker or a woodworker with a small workshop?
On this blog, you will undoubtedly find an answer to all these questions, so you can find the table saw YOU need.
This blog only discusses the affordable and smaller table saws that you can use as a hobby woodworker or self-employed person in your workshop for the projects you want to work on.
Let’s find you that perfect tool now!
PS if you haven’t read my article, is a table saw worth it, then I suggest you read it first and then come back to this article.
- Table saw top picks in this article
- What is a table saw?
- Do you need a table saw for woodworking?
- Do I need a table saw if I have a circular saw?
- How to choose a table saw for woodworking? A handy Checklist.
- What table saw should I buy?
- What you need to know once you bought a table saw
Table saw top picks in this article
What is a table saw?
A table saw is a power tool used for woodworking.
Other names for this power tool are sawbench or bench saw (in England)
A table saw consists of a circular saw blade mounted on an arbor.
The saw blade is driven by an electric motor, sometimes directly or sometimes through a belt or gears.
The saw blade protrudes through the top of a table and the cutting depth can be adjusted by moving the blade up and down.
The higher the blade is set above the table, the deeper the cut will be.
Some saw tables, especially older types, use the reverse system. The table will move up and down while the top is fixed.
In addition to moving up and down to adjust the cutting depth, the cutting angle can also be controlled. By tilting the saw blade, a cutting angle of up to 45 degrees can be obtained.
Table saws can be divided into portable table saws and stationary table saws. In my article, Can You Use a Portable Table Saw for Woodworking, I take a closer look at these differences and help you find out which one is the best choice for you.
Do you need a table saw for woodworking?
To cut wood you can choose between a variety of power tools. In the range of these tools you will find a group of tools with a circular saw blade, such as a table saw, a circular saw or a miter saw.
Each has its own uses and benefits.
So you need to determine what kind of cutting tool you need for your workshop.
If you want to know if you need a table saw for your workshop, ask yourself the following question:
For the projects I’m working on, do I have to cut pieces to exact dimensions, cut the same sizes repeatedly, or do I have to make dados?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a table saw is the power tool you need in your woodworking workshop.
PS. A table saw can take up some space in the workshop. If you have a small workshop and you need to save some space, check out the alternatives to a table saw here.
Do I need a table saw if I have a circular saw?
Ok, maybe you already have a circular saw, and you are wondering whether it is necessary to invest in a table saw.
The advantage of a circular saw is that it is smaller and easier to store. That will come in handy if you have a very small space to do woodworking.
However, the table saws in this blog are very compact, so they can compete on that point.
With a circular saw, you can perfectly cut large sheets of plywood, just like with a saw table.
A handy tool for cutting larger pieces is a circular saw guide. You can easily make this yourself. Check out this blog that I wrote earlier, where you can see how I made my circular saw guide step by step and where you can download the free plans to make this guide yourself.
So if you compare a circular saw and a table saw, you will notice that you can do about the same with a circular saw as with a table saw.
However, the difference between the circular saw and the table saw is and the accuracy and speed with which you can work.
With a table saw you can work very accurately, saw at an angle, or make repetitive cuts very quickly once the fence has been set. Smaller pieces can also be cut more easily with a table saw.
So you can use a circular saw instead of a table saw, but remember that there will be limitations.
If you have the possibility to invest in a table saw, I can encourage you to do so, talking from my own experience.
I have not regretted it for a single minute. In fact, by purchasing mine, I have greatly increased the possibilities in woodworking.
How to choose a table saw for woodworking? A handy Checklist.
If you want to choose a table saw, you better pick the one that suits your needs best.
Everybody will have different needs, so it is impossible to suggest one model. What you can do is compare the saws that are offered on a few features. Start making a comparison with the feature that is most important for your projects or your workshop.
Below I give you a checklist that can help you make your choice.
- What material is the tabletop surface made of?
- What is the rip distance on the left and right side of the saw blade?
- How long is the warranty period?
- What is the cost?
- What accessories does it come with?
- What is the weight?
- Does it have a dust collection?
What table saw should I buy?
Below you can find 5 of the best table saws for this moment.
These models are perfect for a woodworking beginner, a small workshop, or even professionals.
They are compact and affordable, and all have a good reputation for quality.
With each model, you will find a brief description, as well as the most important pros and cons.
If you want to see a particular saw more in detail, click through the buttons below.
Bosch Power Tools 4100-10
This portable and compact Bosch 4100-10 have a powerful 4 hp and 15 amps motor.
If you want to saw a lot of hardwood, take into account that this power tool have a lower blade speed of only 3650 revolutions per minute.
However, if you feed in the wood slowly, this machine will certainly get the job done.
This DeWALT DWE 7485 has a powerful 1,850-watt motor that creates a maximum speed of 3,850 RPM.
Thanks to the metal roll cage, this power tool is strong and light. Next to these advantages, this saw is also very compact. Ideal when you have to move this tool a lot.
The metal roll cage makes this power tool stable and feels solid without dramatically increasing the weight.
SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw – TS6307-00
This table saw has a slightly weaker motor but, on the other hand, a higher saw blade speed of 4600 RPM.
What distinguishes this table saw from other table saws is that it is much more compact and lighter than most table saws. This table saw is an inexpensive option, but the downside is that this table saw only has a rip capacity of 65 cm – 25 ½ ” and a cutting depth of just 6.4 cm – 2 ½”.
So if you are on a tight budget, this is the one for you!
SKILSAW SPT99-11 10
The skillsaw is a qualitative and stable tool with a powerful 4⅖ horsepower that pushes 15 amps. The densest hardwoods can be cut thanks to the high blade speed of 5000 rpm.
The maximum tearing capacity is 77.5 cm – 30 ½ inches, and a cutting depth of 9.2 cm – 3 ⅝ ”. on the other hand, there is a more expensive price.
MILWAUKEE M18 FUEL 8-1/4
The Milwaukee M18 FUEL 8-1 / 4 ” is a cordless table saw that generates the power of a 15A corded saw. The brushless motor delivers 6,300 rpm saw blade speeds. The REDLINK PLUS intelligence ensures maximum performance and protection against overload, overheating, and over-discharge.
Thanks to the Rack and pinion rail fence, you will always have perfectly straight cuts.
This Table saw is of high quality, but comes with a price.
What you need to know once you bought a table saw
Just buying a table saw still doesn’t guarantee perfect cuts.
Most table saws come with a table saw blade, but this is more of a standard saw blade.
If you want the perfect cut, you will need to use custom saw blades.
To understand what saw blades are out there and which blade is best for your needs, see the article Understanding saw blades tab | always find the right one.
If you want to use dado blades on your table saw, it might be a good idea to look at the other article I wrote — can I use dado blades on my table saw. In this article you will find answers to questions like, is it allowed to use dado blades, is my table saw designed to install dado blades, and how and when to use them.
Be sure to check out this in-depth article.
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