A table saw is a great addition to a workshop or job site. A table saw can quickly make straight cuts, joint cuts and groove cuts, providing the flexibility to handle many different projects.
On a table saw, the blade is in a fixed position. The operator pushes the workpieces through the blade to make cuts. A table saw can make long, straight, rip cuts (with the wood grain) and repeated crosscuts (across the wood grain) much more quickly and accurately than handheld circular saws. A table saw can also make miter and bevel cuts (angled cuts).
Some standard components include:
Some table saws are highly portable, making them the perfect choice for framing and deck building, or for use in shops with limited space. Stationary models usually operate in one location as a permanent feature. Stationary table saws can offer a larger table and more features.
When using an extension cord with a table saw, make sure you have a suitable cord. Follow the device manufacturer's recommendations for compatible extension cords and see Power Cord Safety Tips.
Learn the types of cuts you can make with a table saw. Watch our DIY Basics video: What's That Cut Called?
Table saws use one of two drive configurations:
Accessories let you use a table saw in a variety of applications:
The right features can make you more efficient and simplify your projects:
Blades are available for a range of cuts and applications. When purchasing a blade, make sure it is compatible with your table saw.
Always unplug any power tool from its power source before servicing, adjusting or changing accessories. Always follow the device manufacturer's operating, maintenance and safety instructions, including instructions on safety gear.