How To Choose the Right Table Saw ?
Congratulations on deciding to finally take the plunge and buy table saws of your own! A table saw is an amazingly versatile tool that will hopefully give you years of enjoyment and satisfaction. If you’re a handyman or handywoman around the house you’ll find yourself going back to your table saw again and again as new projects arise. Maybe you’ll walk through the living room and decide you need to install some custom-made built-in bookcases. Your table saw will help you rip and cut those boards with a precision that can’t be found in a circular saws.
But buying a table saw for a home workshop is not like going out and buying a hammer or an electric drill. Sure, there are plenty of options and features to decide upon. But table saws can be large and expensive pieces of equipment and you want to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need and want for years to come.
Here are a few of the things you should consider before buying a table saw for yourself:
Size of the Table saw :
This may sound like an obvious one but I know a lot of people who have spent a lot of money on table saws. They almost never use because the saw takes up so much room in the shop that it ends up being moved out of the way. If you’re going to buy a cabinet, contractor, or hybrid table saws then definitely plan on where you’re going to place the saws and whether or not you’ll have enough room around the front, sides, and back of the table saws for feeding in large pieces of wood from time to time.
If space is an issue then you may want to consider a benchtop or portable table saws which can be placed on a shelf or in the corner when not in use and pulled out on a cart or extensible legs when needed.
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Size of your projects:
You also need to consider your skill level and what you’re going to be doing with your table saw. If you’re going to be building a spice rack then you probably don’t need a large cabinet table saw. And if you’re going to put down wood floors throughout your home with custom shelving and bookcases then a cheap table saw may not suit your needs. Besides considering your current needs also think about your future needs. Do you think you may have larger projects in the future? If so then you may want to purchase a table saw with a few more features than you need currently so that you can “grow” into your saws.
This is often the deciding factor for many people. Tables saw vary widely in price but generally the higher you pay the better quality saw you are getting. A portable tables saw can cost between ₹6000 to ₹40,000 while a cabinet table saw can cost several thousand Rupees. If you’re going to work on a single project and then never plan to use your table saw again then you may want to look for a cheaper saws.
If you’re thinking about opening up your own woodworking business then you may want to consider making the investment in high quality and more expensive table saws.
As long as you take your time while researching your table saws purchase you should do okay. Read through some table saws reviews, consider your needs and your space requirements and balance it against your budget. Then purchase the table saws you are the most comfortable with and let the ripping and cutting fun begin!