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A Basic Portable Table Saw Guide

A Basic Portable Table Saw Guide


A Basic Portable Table Saw Guide

by Tom Miller

There are four kinds of tables saws you can use though most amateurs will only want to use the less expensive table saws. The types of table saws available are cabinet saws, contractors saws, hybrid saws and portable saws. There comes a time in every amateur handyman's life when he realizes that a table saw would make a specific job much easier.

A portable table saw can often be moved from one spot to another and is often placed on a bench of some sort. The "benchtop" or "portable" table saw is often the most approachable table saw for the beginner woodworker who doesn't have a large area to work and will only use the portable table saw for small projects. Many benchtop table saws have extra bases available for added flexibility.

You can easily move benchtop them in and out of storage as needed. Portable table saws usually weigh anywhere from forty to 80, so you can't really carry them around as you would a hammer. Some portable table saws can use standard sized saw blades like other table saws, but there are still some drawbacks to portable table saws that you should be aware of.

In recent years manufacturers have begun making more durable portable table saws for the professional market. Because portable table saws are less heavy than normal saws they are not usually as stable as contractor table saws. Portable table saws often have some restrictions on how large a piece of wood they can cut. Many benchtop table saws also lack complex measurement tools that more professional saws have.

If money is a consideration then you might want to get most of your on the web. When looking at specifications you will want to compare weight, base configuration, and portability. You will want to consider what kinds of blades you think you will use, whether you'll need to adjust the blade height and whether you'll need to take apart the unit and upgrade the rail system. You might how easy it is to change blades and remove accessories.

If you're just starting out then a benchtop saw is a good choice because they are the most affordable of all the table saws and they can be stored fairly quickly. There are many pluses to starting out with a portable table saw. Benchtop table saws can easily handle common ripping and cutting but may be more difficult to use for more trickier cutting. Benchtop table saws might not have the ability to utilize dado blades or advanced fence and rail systems.

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