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A table saw is a major purchase and will be the backbone of your workshop for years to come. There are three main categories of table saws — cabinet saws, contractor saws and hybrid saws. Cabinet saws are designed to be beasts, with more than adequate power, maximum durability, large size and weight. Contractor saws are designed to be somewhat portable, so that a contractor could use one at a jobsite. As the name implies, hybrid saws have features of both the cabinet saw and the contractor saw. If space is an issue in your shop (as it is in my basement shop), then some saws can be knocked off the list immediately because they just won’t fit. There are actually 6 categories of table saws that the consumer can get their hands on, however one, the very cheapest small superlight benchtop saw, really isn’t suitable for woodworking, and the other (European sliders) tends to be so expensive and hefty that usually only dedicated and well heeled hobbyists and pros will even consider them. That said, the woodworking magazines (Wood, Fine Woodworking, Woodworker’s Journal, and others) tend to do a comparison of at least on category every year. My current Ridgid R4512 hybrid is OK but I want to go to the next level of accuracy for my woodworking, so it’s time to consider an upgrade.

Let’s break down the main categories of table saws and think through other considerations to narrow down the choices into a few options. These saws usually have a 1 3 – 4 horsepower motor, lighter weight construction for portability, a lighter duty fence and no cabinet. Saws meant to break down plywood have a wide rip capacity, which means a long table to the right of the saw and a long fence rail to go with it.
Every SawStop saw has flesh detection technology that stops a fully spinning table saw blade so quickly (I’m talking milliseconds) that the user escapes with barely a scratch. High-end machines have perfectly flat tables, will run forever and cut with incredible accuracy, and you pay for that quality. Because of the expense involved and the importance to the quality and enjoyment of your woodworking, it is worth your time to shop around. The saw has to do what you want it to do, be dependable, be affordable, last a long time and have all the necessary safety features. They have durable cast iron parts, a large table, a heavy-duty fence and a full cabinet that totally contains the motor. Contractor saws can be difficult to keep tuned if they are moved around, slung onto a truck and then dragged onto a construction site.

On the lower end, contractor saws have less cast iron and lower quality parts but can work well if you tune them properly and use a high quality saw blade. Search for reviews from reliable publications, talk with fellow woodworkers and read discussions on forums. Because saws are so heavy, weighing in a 300 – 600 pounds, shipping isn’t cheap either. If that consists of ripping hardwood less than 1” thick and occasionally cutting joinery, then a 1.75 horsepower motor in a contractor or hybrid saw is plenty adequate. However, if you regularly need to rip thick maple, then you need an industrial strength saw of 3 horsepower or more.

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