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Top 10 Table Saws 2016

They say a horrific workman blames his tools. Do not be an awful workman. Improve your gear to something long lasting and dependable. Whether you're a construction professional or a committed DIY-er, one of the impressive table saws from our selection will be best for your next job site or project.

SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 52-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension TableShop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw with Riving KnifePowermatic PM1000 1791000K Table Saw 30-Inch FenceDEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity - 120VJet Proshop Tablesaw with Wings and Riving Knife 708494K JPS-10TS, Cast IronMakita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table SawDEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity and Rolling StandRockwell RK7241S Table Saw with LaserGenesis GTS10SB 10-Inch 15-Amp Table Saw with StandSKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

Getting A Great Table Saw

A table saw is a powerful tool that makes short work of even large pieces of lumber, allowing you to make rip cuts down the grain of boards, beams, and even entire sheets of plywood. No carpentry shop or professional construction site is complete without a table saw. Deciding which saw is best suited to a given home workshop, furniture production factory, or building site is an important decision and merits careful consideration.

The obvious starting point for an analysis of which saw is best suited to the needs of a given person (or company, school workshop, and so forth) is the budget at hand. Even the most affordable table saws off a quality meriting serious consideration cost more than two hundred dollars; such units are small but still capable of many tasks. The top of the line table saws come with price tags topping out at well over three thousand dollars and can handle almost any lumber you would ever need cut and then some; more often than not these mighty saws are more tool than needed, so to speak.

But with top quality saws come features that some people may find well worth the extra investment, substantial though it may be, and thus our discussion starts with pricier models. At the top price range for table saws, you can often get a saw with safety technology that will automatically halt its blade the instant it encounters human flesh. (The process literally takes but a few milliseconds.) The knowledge that your fingers and hands are safe from major injury caused by a rapidly rotating, razor sharp blade is more than convincing enough for many people to invest in these technologically marvelous table saws.

However, with proper use (see below), table saws are generally safe tools, advanced blade stopping technology not needed. Therefore considering a saw without such safety features is fine for the cautious DIY user or for the professional carpenter and/or builder. Take into careful account the actual table size of the table saw you are considering. If you are going to be completing rip cuts in large sheets of plywood, then you need a saw with a table large enough to support these big pieces of lumber.

For ripping beams and cutting smaller sheets of wood, a smaller table saw is the smart move. When you can easily move a table saw around a work site, it means less time and effort spent moving around heavy piles of lumber and more time actually cutting the wood into the size you need.

And no matter the size of your prospective table saw, make sure it features an easily adjustable fence so you can quickly alter its position to accommodate various sizes of lumber.

The Basics Of Table Saw Use And Safety


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The first step to take when using a table saw is to don all the appropriate safety gear a responsible operator should use. This includes, at the bare minimum, eye protection, and thick work gloves. It's also a good idea to protect your ears with earmuffs or earplugs and to consider a mask that will cover your mouth and nose to prevent the inhalation of fine sawdust particles.

While your table saw is unplugged, take the time to clear and clean the work surface, removing any debris that could negatively impact the smooth path of the wood you will be cutting. Then lower or raise the blade to where the blade gullet (the curved section between each blade tooth) is equal with the top of the piece of wood to be cut. Also, make sure that your saw's dust exhaust port is clear and open and that a bag is in place to catch excess sawdust.

Make sure the table saw's fence is in the proper position and is locked securely, and then place the lumber to be ripped near the blade but without any contact. It's now time to power up your saw.

Move the wood to and then "through" the spinning saw blade slowly and steadily. It's alright to use your hands while you're still at least a foot or so from the blade, but once the end of the board or sheet nears the blade, you should use a pushing stick to keep the wood moving and to keep your fingers away from the blade. Even an experienced carpenter can have a lapse in concentration or a slip that can lead to serious injury.

And as your board nears the end of its cut, watch out for the kickback that can occur when a table saw sends a section of wood flying back at the operator. You can keep a pushing stick firmly held against the wood to reduce the risk of a kickback, but also try to stand aside from the potential "flight path" in case the wood gets away from you anyway.

A Brief History Of The Table Saw


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For centuries, the job of the sawyer was, quite simply, to saw logs into lumber. Working in two-man teams, a pair of sawyers would use massive saws -- called whipsaws or pitsaws -- to cut felled trees into workable planks with their own muscles as the motive power. The job was exhausting and often dangerous, yet necessary to create the precious lumber used to build everything from homes to railroad bridges.

By the late 18th Century, a new tool had been created that would eventually have the sawyers out of work: the circular saw. These early rotating saws were powered by a range of different forces, often including running water or the wind, and sometimes driven by animal power. By the early 1800s, the sawmill was replacing the saw pit and its hardworking manual sawyers.

The advent of ever better motive power that came with 19th Century developments led to ever more efficient and ever more compact power saws. The first recognizably modern table saws date to the latter decades of that century, and with compact and powerful electric motors developed and refined thought the 20th century, soon tables saws were widely available that were both compact enough for home use yet powerful enough for nearly any lumber ripping task.


#10.SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw


Been putting off that kitchen or bathroom tile project? Let's get that off the to-do list and complete tiling projects easily with the Skil model 3540, 7 in. Wet Tile Saw. The stainless steel top resists corrosion and the adjustable rip fence with miter gauge ensures accurate straight and miter cuts. Its 7-in included diamond blade ensures smooth cutting along with a blade cooling water reservoir that keeps the blade cool and minimizes dust and debris. Why rent one, when you can add this power tool to your collection for about the same cost? - Stainless steel table top - resistant to corrosion - Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge - for accurate straight and miter cuts - Bevel cuts tile from 0 to 45 degrees - flexibility for different cut types - Blade cooling water reservoir - keeps blade cool and minimizes dust and debris\nWe are an authorized Skil dealer


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#9.Genesis GTS10SB 10-Inch 15-Amp Table Saw with Stand


The Genesis GTS10SB 10-Inch 15-Amp Table saw with stand has a 24"x 20" die-cast aluminum table with oversized sliding miter gauge for miter cuts from 0 to 45 degrees. The self-aligning rip fence automatically locks front and rear. It uses a easy to control rocker ON/OFF switch with a quick shut-off cover and has overload auto-shut-off protection with reset switch. It has a very easy-to-use blade height control wheel and can do bevel cuts up to 45 degrees and has a tool-free installation of blade guard and anti-kickback pawls for added safety and protection. On board accessory storage includes miter gauge holder, blade holder and push sticker holder, 2-1/4" dust collection port. Features a heavy duty metal work stand and a 2 Year warranty. Includes: 40T carbide tipped blade, miter gauge, rip fence, push stick, metal stand and wrenches.


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#8.Rockwell RK7241S Table Saw with Laser


The Rockwell RK7241S 10-inch table saw with laser combines the best of power, precision, and portability for the utmost in versatility on the job site. It boasts four times the cutting capacity of comparable 10-inch table saws on the market, and its extra-long, 30-inch foldout fence provides the widest rip capacity. An integrated laser guide allows for consistent accuracy—the laser automatically realigns if the blade angle is beveled and never needs fine-tuning. Use an extended leg as a pull handle to effortlessly transport the saw on its built-in wheels from one job site to the next.


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#7.DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2-Inch Rip Capacity and Rolling Stand


The DEWALT DWE7491RS 10-inch Jobsite Table Saw with 32-1/2 inch (82.5cm) Rip Capacity and a Rolling Stand features a rack & pinion fence system which makes fence adjustments fast, smooth and accurate. The 32-1/2 inch rip capacity easily cuts a variety of larger shelving and trim materials - the patented material support allows this to be used for narrow rip cuts. This unit features a 15 amp motor which quickly rips through hardwoods with ease. The telescoping fence rails easily extend and retract to create a small portable package and the flip-over ripping fence allows for narrow rip cuts.


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#6.Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw


Makita's 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is a versatile and powerful table saw for use in the shop or on the job site. The 2705 combines a range of convenience and ease-of-use features with large capacity and 15 amp power, making it a true best-in-class table saw for a range of professional applications.


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#5.Jet Proshop Tablesaw with Wings and Riving Knife 708494K JPS-10TS, Cast Iron


I'm so happy to have a great table saw. Assembly was fairly easy even for a novice like myself. Only a few very minor adjustments in level and square were required. I got the HTC base which was recommended in other posts and am also happy with that. I did have to have help turning it over after attaching the legs but fortunately, my wife is a bit younger than me and we were able to handle it without soliciting help from neighbors. I have only made a few cuts but it seems to be working good. Compared to the Skill (ugggg) and Delta I had before, this seems to be quite an improvement. I'll add to the post later if I have additions comments - good or bad.


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#4.DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw with 20-Inch Max Rip Capacity - 120V


The DEWALT versatile 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw features the Site-Pro Modular Guarding System for application-specific setups that result in quick, accurate cuts. It pairs a portable design with a powerful 15 amp motor and large 20-inch rip capacity. This saw comes with blade guards, a miter gauge, a push stick, and a dependable 10-inch, 24-tooth carbide blade to get your project started right away.


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#3.Powermatic PM1000 1791000K Table Saw 30-Inch Fence


Bring some of the Gold standard home to your workshop with the Powermatic PM1000 Cabinet Table Saw. The PM1000 is the first Powermatic cabinet table saw that is wired for 115V usage. This table saw runs off a 1-3/4HP motor with a poly-v belt that reduces vibration and maximizes motor efficiency. Not to mention it's superior dust collection power. Feel at ease when it comes to accuracy with Powermatic's exclusive 30" Accu-Fence system that gives you the workspace and stability that you need.


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#2.Shop Fox W1819 3 HP 10-Inch Table Saw with Riving Knife


Every part of this saw says quality and performance. From the heavy cast iron trunnions, 3 HP Leeson motor and triple belt drive to the massive cast iron table and wings, this table saw is built to last a lifetime. You'll also appreciate the Camlock T-fence, riving knife, heavy cast handwheels, magnetic switch, T-slot miter gauge with fence extension and flip stop and 4-inch dust collection port. A true riving knife follows the up and down and tilt movement of the blade. Features a 29-1/2-inch rip capacity.


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#1.SawStop PCS31230-TGP252 3-HP Professional Cabinet Saw Assembly with 52-Inch Professional T-Glide Fence System, Rails and Extension Table


Ideal for both craftsmen and hobbyists, the SawStop 3.0 horsepower Professional Cabinet Saw (model PCS31230-TGP252) delivers the performance you need with the peace of mind only SawStop's patented safety system can provide. The safety system detects when someone accidentally contacts the spinning saw blade and then stops the blade in milliseconds — resulting in just a nick on a SawStop saw instead of the devastating injury. Built to satisfy the toughest expert users, the Professional Cabinet Saw features superior dust collection and an exacting fit and finish. This model comes with a 52-inch T-Glide fence system for added strength and increased precision as well as rails and extension table.


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