Published at Monday, January 14th 2019. by Adriene Michel in Industrial Machinery.
Another option to think about is the magnetic switch. You can read more about this on my page about safety features, but in short this will prevent the motor from dangerous automatic restarts after power interruptions. A magnetic switch is more common on cabinet saws, but you may want to consider an upgrade on your contractor as well.
In Conclusion. As you can see there is not much to making rip, cross, or compound cuts. Using the fence and miter gouge is something you can get the hang of very quickly. But as easy as it is, the biggest mistake you can make is to become complacent when using a table saw. Remember you are handling a very powerful tool with an incredibly sharp blade that rotates at several thousand RPM. Always make sure to follow the safety measures, and you will be fine.
Blade Types. Rip vs. Crosscut blades the two basic types of table saw blades are rip and crosscut blades. Rip blades have a smaller number of teeth and larger gullets, which means there's more room to remove the shavings and dust. These blades are designed to cut along the grain of the material on the table, but although they cut faster, the resulting cuts are rougher.
One thing you have to keep in mind is to slide the wood a bit slower than you normally would because the movement of the gouge can move it out of place. To make sure this doesn't happen you can secure the board to the gouge using a clamp. Thanks to a miter gouge you can also make compound cuts. Compounds cuts are made by setting the miter gouge at a desired angle and bevel of the saw blade at the same time.
The Fence. One crucial component of every table saw along with the engine and blade is the fence. In fact, making a precise rip cut would be impossible without it. There is basically one type of fence most table saw manufacturers tend to use, but before we get into that let's go over the main characteristics a good fence should have. First of all the fence should allow for easy and hassle-free adjustment both horizontally and vertically. The fence should also sit on the rails firmly, and there should be NO “wiggle” room apart from the sliding.
Blade Materials. Diamond tipped masonry blades that are meant to cut plywood and hardwood are usually fabricated out of metal, but those that are designed to cut through harder materials require the use of even harder materials. The harder material is applied around the edge of the blade, with the metal core remaining intact.
Table Saw Safety Features. The most noticeable and probably the most important safety feature is the blade guard, because it's very effective at keeping your fingers away from the danger zone – the saw blade. Truth is though, that many woodworkers don't like the blade guard because they can't measure and see the cuts if it's attached, especially if the guard is not made out of Plexiglas. They also complain that things like changing the blade or removing stuck wood take more time, so they often decide NOT to use the blade guard.
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