Each of the following three styles of table saw is designed with a certain type of user in mind. Whether you’re a first-time woodworker, dedicated hobbyist, or professional construction worker, there’s a table saw out there for you. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what makes a great table saw, we need to discuss the different types of table saws that you might consider purchasing.
Kickback is probably more dangerous than cutting yourself with the blade because it can happen so easily and without notice. Kickback happens when the wood becomes jammed and is forced back toward you. This is not a nice experience and often results in pretty serious injuries. Table saws are fitted with a riving knife and often an anti-kickback pawl, make sure these are fitted correctly.
Is your blade angle taken care of! Good – that means you’re almost done with your safety check process. Now you need to check the material you’re working with. You can’t just pick up any random piece of wood and expect it to fit properly. You’ll have to use wood that is flat and straight. Wood that is curved or that is slightly bowed or cupped will cause issues for you when you try to cut it down – if you need to work with this sort of material you’ll need to find another cutting tool, like the reciprocating saw (click here for full guide).
Hybrid saws combine the lighter weight of the contractor saw with the more powerful motor and sturdier construction of the cabinet saw, at a price that’s easier for the occasional woodworker to stomach. They can run about $1,200 or so, and weigh in at under 300 pounds. Their motors are generally in the 1.5 to 1.75 HP range, and can be used with standard 110V outlets.