A table saw is a versatile addition to a workshop or job site. A table saw can quickly make a variety of cuts, providing the flexibility to handle many different projects. This guide will help you find the best type of saw for your work and discuss some of the key features and accessories that are available.
On a table saw, the blade is in a fixed position. The operator pushes the workpieces past 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).
Standard components include:
Portable table saws are the perfect choice for framing and deck building, or for use in shops with limited space. Stationary table saws usually operate in one location as a permanent feature and often have 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.
Watch What's That Cut Called? to learn about some of the cuts you can make with a table saw.
Table saws use one of two types of drive / motor combinations:
The right features can make your saw more efficient and simplify your projects:
Accessories let you use a table saw in a variety of applications:
Most table saws use 10-inch circular saw blades. Different blades are suited for different types of cuts and materials. When purchasing a blade, make sure it is compatible with your table saw and the type of work you need to do. See our Circular Saw Blade Buying Guide to learn about blade types.
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.