Table saws also may have features that allow them to make bevel cuts and miter cuts easier, along with the rip fence bar that allows you to make straight cuts that are truly straight. You may have a miter gauge that will enable you to move the piece of wood to create cuts at specific angles. A bevel system will allow you to easily create beveled edges on your woodworking projects.

From there, you may also want to think about the accessories that you may want. These accessories will let you do more with your new table saw. Extension tables are always good because they enable you to work with larger pieces of wood with less struggle. A mobile stand for your table saw will give even large stationary saws a way to be moved around. They are a great option if you are in a small shop or may need to move your heavy saw to where it is out of the way. Some saws may also be usable with dado sets. Dado sets allow you to cut straight slots with only a single pass, which is perfect for putting together shelves.

Last, but not least, before you complete your purchase of a new saw, you will want to ensure that it has features that will make it easy for you to complete the projects you want to tackle. These features may include:

*How Many Amps Does It Have? The more amps the motor can produce, the more cutting power you will have. This also means you can cut harder woods.
*How Does It Handle Dust? Some saws freely blow dust everywhere while others have blowers or hook to vacuums to ensure that the dust does not get in your way.
*Ease of Changing the Blade. If you purchase a saw that does not have a shaft lock, it may be harder to change out the blade.
*Does It Have a Magnetic Shutoff? A magnetic shut off will enable the saw, in the event of a power outage, to reset to the off position automatically. This means that when the power comes back on, you do not have to worry that the motor will turn on as well.
*Are There Blade Guards Available? Blade guards are on some saws to protect you from dust and possible chunks of wood that may fly off. It can also lessen the chance of kickbacks and you accidentally touching the blade.
*Is It Easily Adjustable? Some rip fences have control knobs that allow you to fine tune the fence. Some are also extendable so that you can work on more projects.
*Will It Power Off with a Kick Switch? A kick switch is another way of shutting off the motor on the saw. It can be “kicked” with a foot or a knee to ensure that you do not take your hands off the board you are cutting if it may pose a safety risk for you to do so.

After you have done your research and found the saw, and features, that you want for it to have, you will have to move on to deciding which blades you want to use. In some cases, this may also change the way you look at your table saw. Not all blades can be used on all saws. Therefore, you will have to check for compatibility with the saw you have chosen.

How to Choose the Right Table Saw

Choosing the right saw is going to be different for every person. Some may want affordability, while others will look more for quality. Therefore, we are going to talk about some of the features that may make you lean more toward purchasing one saw over another. As already discussed, there are three different types of table saws available. Within those groups, there are different prices ranges for you to consider and different features available.

If you spend a lot of time cutting wood as a hobby or on a professional level, you may want to go ahead and invest in the cabinetry saw. It is going to be too heavy to move around freely, but with it, you will have the ability to make very accurate cuts.

If you are not committed to a shop, but want the accuracy of cuts, a hybrid may work just as well. It will be lightweight enough that you can move it to an area where it is out of the way when you are not using it. It will also be able to perform the way you want it to when you are attempting to use it.

Pretty much the only people who are happy with a carpentry saw are the ones who use a saw frequently and need it to be able to travel with them wherever they go, but it may also be good for novice woodworkers who simply want to create a few projects when the urge strikes.

Once you have decided on a type of saw that you prefer, you will have to consider the features that they offer. With this, you are not confined to one saw over another in every situation. A contractors’ saw may have the same features that a high-end cabinetry saw will have. For instance, a contractor’s saw may have a cast iron table top and be on the heavier side of that type of saw. This is not always the case. For a lighter weight, the contractor table saw usually has a metal top, but it may have a table that uses extension wings and this is rarely found on the cabinetry table saws.