FAQ: best table saw

These have fewer teeth and bigger gullets. They cut quickly along the grain but the finish is pretty rough.

For finer cutting, you can’t beat a cross-cut blade. There’s more chance of debris accumulating in the teeth with these blades. This slows down progress. The result, though, is an impressively smooth finish.

Sometimes, a piece of wood gets jammed between the blade and fence. It becomes trapped in the teeth and can be violently ejected toward you. Kickback is potentially extremely dangerous.

It’s a vertical blade with some pawls attached to help stop kickback from plaguing you. A splitter is fixed and does not move with the blade. You’ll need to remove it for some cuts, though.

This is a superior version of a splitter designed to lessen any kickback. Unlike splitters, riving knives move with the blade. They do not hinder any cutting either so a riving knife is your best bet for stop kickback.

This is a groove that’s cut into a piece of wood allowing you to slot in another piece of material.

Yes, it does. The greater the number of teeth, the smoother the cut will be.  The drawback is that cutting will be slower. Most blades have between 24 and 80 teeth.

No, they aren’t. If you want to cut hardwood or plywood then standard metal blades are fine. If you need to work with masonry, go for diamond tips on the teeth. Teeth treated with carbide will cut through steel or aluminum.

There is no single best type just the best table saw for your needs. Think about whether you need it for woodworking at home or for professional use. Consider your cutting needs. Get the style and type that works best for you.

It’s not. It’s very easy. Follow our extremely simple maintenance tips, keep things clean and your table saw should last for years.

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