How to choose a table saw?
There are many factors to consider when buying a table saw. Ultimately, your choice should be based on how much you will use the saw, the types of jobs that you will be doing, and the amount of working space you have available.
For starters, there’s an enormous selection of saw blades on the market, which can make picking the right ones for your particular needs confusing. This is an important decision, as the blade used will influence the speed at which you can cut, as well as the appearance of the final product. For clean and all-purpose work, choose either a combination (ATBR) or alternate top bevel (ATB) blade. For cutting dense materials, the best blade is a triple-chip grind (TCG), but if you want fast cuts that don’t need to be clean, go for a flat top grind blade (FTG).
If you intend to use the table saw to cut large pieces of heavy material, you should opt for a saw with a moveable blade, extending sides, a solid fence, a large, flat and sturdy table, and a powerful motor. For large jobs, consider buying a table saw with a moveable table, which will allow for more accurate cutting and provide greater support when sawing sheet materials. Keep in mind that the heavier the table, the more stable the machine will be, which will keep vibrations to a minimum and prevent dangerous kickbacks.
Table saws create a lot of dust, so you may want to consider purchasing a saw with a dust collection system. This will not only keep dust contained, which is better for your health, but will also keep the motor running cooler and keep the gears cleaner.