Choosing a Tablesaw
How to find the one that fits your needs
Synopsis: Rich Preiss has learned a lot about tablesaws and advises that there is no single “best” tablesaw. The goal in choosing one is to first decide what you really need for your work. The solution isn’t in the machine, it’s in you. In this article, he breaks tablesaws down into four categories: the fully enclosed stationary saw, the open-based contractor’s saw, the specialty saw, and the benchtop saw. He explains their basic operation, blade sizes and arbors, horsepower, rip fence capacity, miter gauges, construction materials, and unique saws. Separate mini-articles on each of the four types of saws explain them in detail, and he charts the features and distinctions of 22 saws.
I have pushed wood over a lot of tablesaws during my years as student, furnituremaker and teacher, and one thing I’ve learned is that there is no single “best” tablesaw. Nor do you need the…