Table saws are the heart of the wood shop or jobsite. They offer a combination of support, versatility, power, and accuracy that few other tools can match. But with so many options and configurations on the market, it can be intimidating to try to figure out what option will suit you best. Never fear, gentle reader - here you'll find the information you need to make an informed purchase of a machine that will make your work easier for years to come, whether it's ripping plywood for a subfloor or cutting a precise dado for a jewelry box. And no matter what you need, WEN has a table saw for you.
When starting your journey, here are some of the important terms you need to know to compare your options.
Table saws are rated by their blade diameter. Most models use a 10" blade, though some smaller models use an 8", 8-1/4", or 8-1/2" blade. The standard arbor size (the size of the hole in the center of the blade) is 5/8". Generally, 10" models are more powerful than 8" to 8-1/2" models, and can handle longer, deeper cuts in harder materials, without bogging down.
Table saws have adjustable fences and rails, which allow you to set up the saw to give maximum support to whatever length or width of workpiece you're cutting. Most table saws' specification lists explicitly state the rip capacity to the left and/or right of the blade. Make sure you get a saw that's large enough to support whatever workpieces you're cutting, or that you have an alternate method of supporting them. Proper support is critical to getting a clean cut while staying as safe as possible.
Table saws usually fall into one of 4 categories: portable or benchtop, jobsite or contractor, hybrid, or cabinet.
The WEN TT1015 2HP jobsite table saw and TT1088 heavy-duty rolling stand (sold separately) make the perfect pair, packing prodigious power in a portable package.
Electric motors are rated by the amount of current they can handle, in amperes (amps). Generally, the higher the amperage, the more powerful the motor; for example, a 10-amp motor won't be able to handle cutting thick hardwoods or hardened stainless steel as well as a 15-amp motor. Most table saws use universal motors, although some hybrid or cabinet-style saws use induction motors for reduced noise and improved longevity.
Now that you know a bit more about table saws in general, you're well on your way to making a good decision. Here are some final questions to keep in mind.
If you'll be cutting small pieces of wood for woodworking projects, or won't use the saw every day, a portable or benchtop model may suit your needs just fine without breaking the bank. If you're a contractor or advanced DIYer, go for a jobsite saw - your back, your schedule, and your crew will thank you for its versatility and power. If you're a professional woodworker, a hybrid or cabinet saw is probably the way to go, since they thrive in demanding environments.
If storage is a concern, a benchtop or jobsite saw is probably the way to go. They're portable and mobile, making them easy to move and put away. If you're in a relatively small shop, the mobility of a hybrid saw may suit you well; if you have a large workshop to fill, then the several square feet a cabinet saw requires may not be an issue.
Corded portable saws tend to be the least expensive models, usually ranging from $100 - $300. Cordless portable saws and jobsite/contractor saws fill in the midrange, and usually go for $300 - $800, depending on the model. Hybrid saws and cabinet saws are at the top of the pole, usually costing $1,500 - $4,500.
Once you've decided on the type of saw you want, consider other factors that may be important, such as:
There may be other things that are important to you that we haven't covered here, so make sure to keep those in mind as well.
Thanks for reading! We hope this has been a helpful starting point in your journey to choosing a table saw. If you have any questions about which WEN table saw is right for you, or need more information, please give us a call at 1-847-429-9263 (M – F, 8 – 5 CST), or drop us a message here to talk to our friendly and knowledgeable technical support team.
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