A pro tackles the job of evaluating and recommending a common first big purchase: midsize tablesaws. Roland Johnson took a scientific eye to nine machines, both conventional contractor-style saws and hybrids. He tested them for overall quality, fences, factory settings, and runout, and then he performed real-world checks by ripping and crosscutting 8/4 white oak and hard maple to see how they did under load. Johnson lists features to consider when buying a saw, such as switches and dust collectors, and most important, motor speed. You'll also find out which tablesaw received the editors pick.

From Fine Woodworking #167