A Basic Guide To Portable Table Saws

There comes a time in every amateur home improvement enthusiast’s life when he or she realizes that a table saw would make a specific job much more easy and fun. There are four types of tables saws to choose from though most amateurs will only want to use the smaller table saws. The kinds of table saws available are cabinet saws, contractors saws, hybrid saws and portable saws.

The “benchtop” or “portable” table saw is often the most approachable table saw for the amateur woodworker who doesn’t have a large area to work and will only use the benchtop table saw for small projects. They’re good for small furniture projects, trimming floorboards or laminate and can be helpful when you are replacing floor moldingA portable table saw can usually be moved from one spot to another and is often placed on a table of some sort. Some portable table saws have extra bases available for added stability.

Portable table saws often weigh anywhere from forty to 70, so you can’t really carry them around like a hammer. You can quickly move benchtop them in and out of vehicles as needed. Some portable table saws can use regular sized saw blades like other table saws, but there are still some negatives to portable table saws that you should be aware of.

Because benchtop table saws are less heavy than normal saws they aren’t usually as sturdy as professional table saws. Portable table saws usually have some restrictions on how large a piece of wood they can cut. Many benchtop table saws often lack sophisticated measurement tools that more professional saws have. In recent years companies have started making more heavy-duty benchtop table saws for the contractor market.

When you are trying to choose the best portable table saw for your needs there are lots of things to consider. You may want to consider what kinds of blades you think you will use, whether you will need to adjust the blade angle and whether you’ll need to disassemble the unit and modify the fence and rail system. If money is a consideration then you may want to buy affordable tools on the web. When looking at specifications you’ll want to compare weight, rip capacity, and portability. You may how easy it is to change blades and remove accessories.

There are many pluses to starting out with a benchtop table saw. Portable table saws can accomplish common ripping and cutting but may be more difficult to use for more trickier cutting. Portable table saws may not have the ability to use dado blades or advanced fence and rail systems. If you are just beginning with your own home improvement projects then a benchtop saw is the way to go because they are the least expensive of all the table saws and they can be stored fairly quickly.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on September 26, 2010

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