Published at Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Industrial Machinery. By Agathe David.
Basic Table Saw Features. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to most power tools, but it took me a long time to “crack” table saws. There are so many things you need to consider it is insane! And I am just talking about the basics. If you want to look at non-standard features things get even more complicated.
I would also recommend you to look for switches that have a “sunk” or plastic cover which prevent you from turning the saw on accidentally. If you have kids running around the shop, consider a saw that comes with the ability to add a padlock. Actually, this comes in useful even if you don't have kids who are likely to gain access to your workshop.
Riving knife an even better option would be to consider a table saw with a riving knife instead of a splitter. While both do roughly the same thing, there are some key differences between the two. The disadvantage of having a splitter instead of a riving knife is that the splitter is fixed, which means it doesn't move along with the blade. Because it's fixed, a splitter needs to be removed when making cross, non-through, and dado cuts. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget to put the splitter back in place when they start making rip cuts. So if you have a table saw which uses a splitter to prevent kickback, always remember to double-check that the splitter is in place.
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