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Table Saw Buyer’s Guide

Know what to look for in a table saw with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

When it comes to woodworking tools, you need versatility–the ability to make a variety of cuts with one tool. That’s where a table saw comes in. A table saw is great for making joint cuts, groove cuts, straight cuts and more. You can tackle a lot of different projects with a reliable table saw. Whether you’re replacing your old table saw, or just want to learn more, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help.

Table Saw Buyer's Guide
You need power and versatility in your work shop and at the job site. Learn more about table saws with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Types of Table Saws

Portable Table Saw – Portable or “job site” table saws are perfect for when you need to take your table saw to the job site. They’re smaller and more lightweight, making them easier to transport. They can sit on a work bench or a stand. With the smaller size, however, comes less torque. Portable table saws have a direct-drive motor, which links directly to the blade, transferring all of the motor’s power to the blade. The cost is lower than that of a contractor’s or stationary table saw. When you need to do carpentry work outside the shop, a portable table saw is a great fit.

Contractor’s Table Saw – For more heavy duty tasks, a contractor’s table saw is next in line. Weighing between 200 – 300 pounds, they’re still relatively lightweight and can be portable. A contractor’s table saw has a belt-drive motor, where a belt transfers power from the motor to the blade. While more expensive than a portable table saw, a contractor’s table saw is still affordable for your home shop or for the hobbyist. The saw works well for projects like trim work, basic furniture making and cabinetry.

Stationary Table Saw – Stationary or cabinet saws are meant for the heaviest of woodworking projects. These big table saws can easily cut through hardwood without putting much wear and tear on the saw alignment and blade. The powerful motor ( more than doubling in horse power when compared to a contractor’s saw) is encased in a cabinet, which makes the saw quieter when it’s operating. Stationary table saws are meant to stay in one place, and are preferred by professional woodworkers for their shop.

Specifications to Keep In Mind

With every table saw there are some features and specifications to keep in mind. Here are some of the basics:

Saw Blades  – Most table saws come with a 10″ blade. However, there are different blades for different uses. Rip blades, crosscut blades and combination blades are just a few you can add to your table saw.

Rip Fence – The bar that works as a guide for your work piece as it moves past the blade.

Miter Gauge – Used for accurate and quick miter cuts and crosscuts.

Bevel System – It allows you to tilt the blade to make bevel cuts on your work piece.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the tools and equipment you need for woodworking. From table saw to saw blades, you can trust your home improvement experts to help you get the job done. For more tips and buyer’s guides, visit our Power Tools blog.


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