Sliding Tablesaws: Is One Right for You?
These premium machines are loaded with features that add precision and versatility
Synopsis: Long a fixture in professional cabinet shops where their accuracy, efficiency, and ability to handle large sheet goods is crucial, sliding tablesaws are becoming more and more accessible to smaller shops. With more manufacturers offering entry-level models, it may be time to take a look at these machines and see if one is right for you. Dan Chaffin has been using sliding tablesaws for years, and here he offers a rundown of their advantages and disadvantages, as seen from a pro’s perspective.
Sliding tablesaws have long been a fixture in production cabinet shops, where they’re invaluable because they handle sheet goods so exceedingly well. But sliders aren’t just for sheet goods; they handle solid wood excellently too. On a slider, the workpiece rests on the sliding table and cutting the stock is simply a matter of pushing the sliding table through the cut. There’s no wrestling with the…