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Buying a Table Saw

Whether you're remodeling your home or just building a new piece of furniture, a table saw can make short work of the most time-consuming tasks. Most models help you make quick and accurate cuts through wood, sheetrock, aluminum and other materials. Make sure you research each type of table saw, so you can find the perfect model for your workshop.


Types of Table Saws

Contractor Table Saws

This type of open based table saw offers some portability, while still being stable enough for heavy usage on the jobsite.

  • Regular usage - If you're always undertaking commercial or heavy-duty home improvement projects, a contractor model has the durability to handle almost any job. This type of saw is usually constructed of high-grade parts and features sturdy support legs to ensure precise cuts.
  • Large worksites - The extra weight and stable base of a contractor saw, you'll get precise cuts even on high-traffic jobsites.

Portable Table Saws

A portable table can handle many jobsite tasks and medium-sized home improvement projects.

  • Outdoor jobs or small workshops - This model features collapsible, adjustable legs and wheels that offer easy portability. Its compact design also saves space in almost any size workshop. While a portable table saw isn't the best solution for professional-grade projects, it can still handle a wide array of tasks.
  • Builders on a budget - Since they are smaller than a stationary table saw, this model is typically available at affordable prices.

Cabinet Table Saws

With a fully enclosed cabinet-style base and heavier cast iron parts, these saws are the workhorses of professional carpentry shops.

  • Large scale projects - If you're working with large planks of plywood & other materials, a cabinet saw will give you the space and support to make cuts on big pieces.
  • Quiet - The fully enclosed motor reduces the noise pollution from this saw, which is especially helpful for indoor workshops.

Table Saw Features


  • Rip fences - Rip fences run parallel to the blade and help guide your material for accurate cuts.
  • Bevels - Built-in bevel systems help create bevel cuts by titling the blade.
  • Built-in debris cleanup - Shrouded blades and removable dust bags can help minimize messes.
  • Kickback safety - Anti-kickback pawls prevent an object from reversing while being cut.
  • Miter gauges - Miter gauges are guides that help make angled cuts.
  • Dado blades - Some table saws use dado blades to create grooved cuts.