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Buying a Table Saw

The table saw is a necessity in any woodworking shop. You can use it to rip or cross cut wood and it is very useful making joints. Buying the right table saw is important.

You can easily cut dadoes, cove molding, rabbets, tenons, and grooves. It can also cut at a variety of angles. There are countless jigs you can buy or make, to add to the versatility of a table saw.

There are many types of table saws to choose from which can make it difficult for someone buying there first saw. There are three types of table saws available and I recommend a contractor saw or a cabinet saw.

Only buy a bench top table saw if you absolutely don’t have room and will need get it out and put it up frequently while working on a project. This type saw usually has a thin metal top or one made of aluminum to reduce weight. The fence is not of the quality you can get on a contractor saw. Usually under 100lbs.

Usually a heavier saw with cast iron top. You can get cast iron wings also and some come with a pretty decent fence. This type saw is more stable and come with a enough power for your average woodworker. From over 100lbs to around 400lbs.

Cabinet (Highly recommend)

The Cadillac of table saws. Very stable and able to give quite precise cuts. More power for thicker cuts and come with a quality fence. From over 300lbs to some I’ve seen weigh in around 1500lbs.

As with any tool I recommend buying the best tool you can afford. The tool will last longer, and give you better results. It can also help make your woodworking project easier to build and lessen the time it takes to build it. Buy the best table saw you can. It will make your woodworking easier and save you time and money in the future.

I started with some of the cheapest woodworking tools known to man in the beginning, thinking one will work as well as another.

It only cuts right? I can buy a better blade and not tell the difference right? NO!

By the time you finish fighting with the cheap guides and adjustments these tools have to offer, your woodworking project goes from pleasurable to stressful very quickly.

The quality of your woodworking depends on Straight, precise, smooth cuts.

I recommend buying one of the following table saws for anyone wanting better results from there woodworking projects. any of these saws are a great starting point. You can add table saw accessories later as you need them.

Get the saw then see what you need as your woodworking progresses. Don’t waste money on all the extras you don’t need.


Grizzly G0444Z 10″ Table Saw 2 HP Single-Phase 220V w/ Cast Wings.
This is an excellent saw. Read more info and customer reviews for this table saw. All payments and info handled by Amazon.com


Jet 708480K JPS-30: 10″ ProShop Table saw 1-3/4HP 30″ Rip Fence with Steel Wings Workshop Table saw offers you a good choice saw that will work for you for decades to come.
Info on this saw All payments and info handled by Amazon.com


If your serious about wanting a saw to do all you will need, then check out these.

Great deals on cabinet table saws



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    July 12, 2021 at 11:43 am

    My old table saw is too small for my current projects, but I don’t want to spend over 500 dollars. Any suggestions? I’m a newbie craftsman and just want to build arts & craft furniture.

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    July 14, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Mahyar, that’s a good question. I’d like to offer one word of advice: patience. As in more of it. You’re going to have to be patient if you want a quality professional table saw under 500 dollars and if you don’t have much

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    July 16, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I’m really getting into woodworking so I’d like to start a few projects. I don’t want to spend too much money and my garage space is limited, so looking for recommendations on a good table saw that won’t break the bank with extra features – just something simple and solid. As an option, it would be convenient if it’s portable, because I also want to be able to take it into the workshop occasionally (about 100 ft from the garage). Any recommendations? I’m looking for something “middle-of-the-road” and reasonable in price. Thanks!

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    July 19, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Hi, Carl! I like the ryobi table saw you can pick one up $129 but check out

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