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Best Table Saw

If a guy’s only going to have one shop tool in his workshop, it’s going to be a table saw. While other stationary power tools are useful, a table saw is all but indispensible. Oh, you can do many of the cuts that people use a table saw for with a circular saw, but you can’t do them with anywhere near the accuracy; especially if you’re trying to get a straight cut.

The table saw is a very versatile tool. Although designed predominantly for ripping wood, it can also be used for crosscutting and miter cuts. All of them come with both a fence for ripping and a miter gauge for crosscutting and miter cuts.

Some people pooh-pooh the table saw’s ability to do accurate crosscutting, but I’d beg to differ with them. I won’t argue that it’s easier to do accurate crosscuts with a miter saw or radial arm saw, but I’ve done miter cuts accurately enough on a table saw, to be able to make picture frames with expensive moldings. That requires a level of accuracy that’s hard to meet with any tool.

If you do a lot of miter cutting on your table saw, you may want to consider investing in a quality aftermarket miter gauge. Even the best of table saws have rather simple miter gauges. However, there are some excellent after-market models around, most of which are much larger and much more accurate than the typical manufacturer's miter gauge.

Like many tools, table saws have evolved through the years. Today’s saws have many improvements over the saw that my daddy taught me on. They also tend to be more accurate, which is extremely important if you are doing any sort of cabinet work.

Before looking for a table saw, you really have to decide what you want to use it for. If you don’t need that large rip capacity, then there’s really no reason to pay for it. On the other hand, buying a small saw, which doesn’t have the capacity you need, will leave you frustrated, and probably set you up for buying a larger saw later.

Take a look at our buyer's guide on table saws below, before looking at the lists of reviews we have prepared for you. This will give you a much better idea of the various saws out there and what you should be looking for in them.

SawStop CNS175-TGP52, 1-3/4 HP Contractor Saw with 52" Fence

SawStop has come out with a truly unique table saw. Their patented safety system automatically shuts the saw off if it encounters a finger or anything that’s a different density than the material being cut. In their promotional video, they actually have the saw stop from cutting a hot dog that was on top of a board. About all the damage that the hot dog received was removing a nick of its skin.

The safety system works by shooting an aluminum brake into the saw blade when it encounters something besides the material being cut. That ruins the $89 brake system but that’s a whole lot cheaper than a trip to the hospital for an unintended amputation.

Besides this safety feature, the rest of this saw is very well designed. Sawstop has several models, but I selected the one with the 52-inch T-Glide fence system. Not only does the larger table make it easy to crosscut full sheets of plywood, but the T-Glide fence is extremely accurate. The blade is belt driven, with a well supported arbor. Sawstop couples that with a zero clearance blade insert, and a heavy cast-iron table, making it possible to rip very narrow strips of wood with virtually no blade marks.

The low profile blade guard is quickly removed without tools so it can be replaced by a riving knife. Another nice detail is the power switch, which can be turned off by a bump of the leg. If something goes wrong, you don’t have to let go of the workpiece to turn it off. Finally, they have a really great dust-collection system which outperforms most cabinet systems.

Jet 708495K JPS-10TS, 10" Proshop Tablesaw with 52" Fence

Jet has several contractors’ table saws to pick from, but I selected this one for its larger size and cast iron table. Like the SawStop, this one has a 52-inch fence capacity, allowing for crosscutting pretty much any dimension on full sheets. The blade guard and riving knife are designed with quick release removal, for fast changeovers.

Like the SawStop, the T-bar on this well-designed fence is very wide which makes for great stability and in my experience, the wider the T-bar, the better the fence is at staying exactly parallel to the blade. The table is T-slotted for the included miter gauge which keeps it from slipping out at the wrong time.

The blade arbor has an integrated lock, which is accessible from the top of the saw for quick and easy blade changes. One last thing I’d like to mention is the stop switch, designed for easily kicking the saw off with a leg, as opposed to having to let go of the workpiece.

Powermatic 1791230K 64B 1.75 HP 115-230V 50" Table Saw

Powermatic is another company which produces a variety of saws and this one appears to be the best of their contractor saws, featuring the largest fence and table. I really appreciate those longer tables, because I worked for years with a 30-inch table. This one is a touch smaller than the SawStop and Jet, but at 50-inches still allows crosscutting a sheet of plywood in half.

The really nice thing about this saw is the miter gauge, which I think it probably the best one I’ve seen on a table saw. Not only does it allow micro-fine adjustment with its rack-and-pinion angle adjustment, but it also has positive stops at the common angles and extension plates for expanded workpiece support. I usually end up adding those myself, but Powermatic included it.

Once again, I took a good look at the fence and the t-bar on this one seems just about as wide as the others I’ve looked at, making for good, solid adjustments exactly parallel to the blade. The blade guard and riving knife are designed for quick, no tool change out, like the models we’ve looked at. There’s also a built-in dust extraction port, they’ve put on-board storage for all the accessories, and the only thing missing is the leg cutoff switch.

Delta Saw 10" Left Tilt Contractor Saw

I've been a big fan of the Delta Unisaw since I first used one 25 years or so ago. However, even though I bought it as a contractor, I really can't call it a contractor's table saw. But Delta does produce a contractor's table saw as well. There are two things that I fee Delta does excellently on their saws and that’s the fence and the bearings.

These saws have so little blade runout, it's as if it doesn't exist. I remember cutting hardwoods for trim, which didn't need to be sanded at all, they were that smooth and without any cutting marks. The fence is extremely rugged, with a one-piece rail system, which eliminates the inaccuracies that happen when going from one piece of rail to another.

The table on this saw isn't as big as some of the others I've looked at in this list, but it's a respectable 20-inches wide by 27-inches deep, or 50-inches wide with the wings. That gives you a 30-inch rip capability to the right of the blade. It will work off of both 120 VAC and 240 VAC, and it only weights 230 pounds, so you can take it on the job site.

Grizzly G0732 Contractor Style Saw

Grizzly mostly makes industrial tools, so they’re not a company that you see mentioned very often for contractors or do-it-yourselfers. However, you get excellent value for your dollar, when buying their products. This saw only has a 30-inch capacity, like the Delata, but that’s actually pretty good for most contractor’s table saws. Contrary to the ones we’ve looked at, the large capacity is usually left to cabinetmaking saws.

They blade height adjustment on this saw is excellent, running up and down on twin vertical steel posts. That allows the riving blade and dust collection hood to adjust right with the blade height, making sure that the performance doesn’t change with the blade height. An encapsulated blade makes dust collection much more efficient than what you find on most table saws.

Like our other picks, this one has a precision ground cast-iron table and a quick release mechanism for changing out the riving knife and blade guard. It also has the leg kick shut-off switch that I’ve mentioned on a couple of the others.

Bosch 10" Worksite Table Saw

The Bosch 4100-09 was an easy choice for number one. I wasn’t exactly thrilled that the fence isn’t rack and pinion, but it works so well that it’s not really a problem. The fence seems to be the most rigid one on a portable saw, holding exactly parallel to the blade. With a relatively quiet soft start motor that includes a torque control switch you dial in the power to match your work and speed.

To accompany the well engineered motor, the Bosch 4100DG-09 includes an easy blade change to cut down time on the job site. Portability is enhanced by eight inch pneumatic tires, attached to what I think is the best stand I’ve seen. Just stop, tilt the saw forward off the wheels and pull it back onto the stand. Five seconds and you’re ready to cut.

DEWALT DWE7491RS 10" Jobsite Table Saw

The best thing about this saw is its fence. The rack and pinion adjustment allows for very fine adjustment and very accurate cuts. With extendable rails, you can cut up to 32-1/2-inches, the largest capacity of any saw on this list while the fence has a "flip over" capability, so that you can make those narrow rip cuts.

This is probably the best table saw to buy if you have to make a lot of narrow cuts. Like most saws, you’ll have to set it up to get the best accuracy out of it. Nevertheless, it’s made for easy adjusting, so that you can dial it in.

The motor has a soft start capacity, with electronic controls to maintain the blade speed, even under load. Along with a very well designed arbor, that makes this saw nice and tight. The stand takes a little longer to set up, but is extremely stable once it's set. On-board storage is provided for all accessories.

Porter Cable PCB 220TS 10" JobSite Table Saw

Porter Cable PCB 220TS 10" JobSite Table Saw

With its tool free blade change system and relative low cost, this saw is a strong contender in the portable table saw arena. Right out of the box the saw may require some slight alignment work (common with most table saws) to assure accuracy. Once the saw is aligned you can expect to get a long life of accurate and smooth cuts.

The included fence could do with some work to stiffen up a bit, but with a little work, changing out the rod to a stiffer one, you’ll have a really good fence. Miter gage slot is a T-slot, so it will accept after-market accessories. The very stable stand gives confidence when cutting heavy pieces.

Stability aside, the included stand does not allow for adjustment to aid in leveling and this can be very troublesome especially when level ground is not available. A right side table extension and rear out-feed support nicely round out this saw, allowing rip cuts up to 30-inches wide. A telescoping outfeed support helps hold larger pieces and there’s on-board storage for all the accessories.

Bosch GTS1031 10" Portable Jobsite Table Saw

I picked the Bosch GTS1030 for its portability. While this saw doesn’t have a rolling stand, it’s designed so you can pick it up with one hand and carry it wherever you need. This isn’t the only saw around like that, but I think it’s the best. Not only is it very rugged, but the saw is well balanced, so that you can really carry it one-handed;  other similar saws need two hands, even though they’re lighter.

This table saw can also be stored standing on its edge, meaning it’ll take up less space in the back of your truck or in your workshop. The fence design on this saw is rather unique, easily flipping under the table when not in use. That helps it stay parallel to the blade, which is what a good fence needs to do.

Ryobi 10" Table Saw with Wheeled Stand

Ryobi has developed a reputation for hitting the low price end of power tools. However, that doesn’t mean that their equipment is inferior as they release some rather good stuff, especially when you consider the price.

The sliding table extension on this saw gives it a 30-inch rip capacity, one of the biggest on the market. It’s got everything you expect in a portable table saw, even though the fit and finish might not be as good as some more expensive portable table saws. There's even an outfeed support for working on full sheets of plywood.

Bosch GTS1031 10" Portable Jobsite Table Saw

I picked the Bosch GTS1030 for its portability. While this saw doesn’t have a rolling stand, it’s designed so you can pick it up with one hand and carry it wherever you need. This isn’t the only saw around like that, but I think it’s the best. Not only is it very rugged, but the saw is well balanced, so that you can really carry it one-handed;  other similar saws need two hands, even though they’re lighter.

This table saw can also be stored standing on its edge, meaning it’ll take up less space in the back of your truck or in your workshop. The fence design on this saw is rather unique, easily flipping under the table when not in use. That helps it stay parallel to the blade, which is what a good fence needs to do.

DEWALT DWE7480 10" Compact Job Site Table Saw

DeWalt’s portable table saw is just about the same size as the Bosch; and even though it’s lighter, it takes two hands to carry it. This one has a saw rail extension, allowing it to rip up to 24-1/2-inches wide. That's 4-1/2-inches wider than its predecessor, the DW745.

The nice thing about it is that there's really no reason to need to cut more than a 24-inch width, when ripping a sheet of plywood. The fence is a very well designed rack-and-pinion setup, which maintains parallelism very well. It’s more accurate adjusting to the right than it is when moving to the left, so keep that in mind. Replacing the rod that goes from the front to the back of the fence with a thicker one will solve this problem.

Even though the case is made of plastic, it’s surrounded by a steel roll cage to protect it. Like the Bosch, it has a modular blade guard system, everything stores on board the saw, and finally, the table is coated, cutting down on friction.

Makita 2705 10" Contractor Table Saw

Makita’s compact table saw is more like the old benchtop table saw, with a few improvements. What makes this saw so great, besides Makita’s reputation for quality, is it has a 25-inch ripping capacity, so you can easily rip a sheet of plywood down the middle lengthwise. Sometimes, that little bit of extra capacity is just what the doctor ordered.

The fence is very accurate, the table top is precision ground, die-cast aluminum, it has a modular blade guard, and on-board tool storage. Makita also included an electric motor brake, which seems to be left off the other picks.

Jet Tools JBTS-10MJS, 10" Jobsite Table Saw with Stand

Technically, this doesn’t qualify as a benchtop saw, because it comes with a rolling stand. However, there’s nothing that says you have to use the stand. Take it off the stand and you have a benchtop saw. This one also has a 25-inch cut capacity, like the Makita. But it adds a material support behind the table, something missing off of all the other portables we’ve looked at and the motor is soft-start. The one thing that I’d say working against this saw is its high price which more along the lines of the larger jobsite saws.

Rockwell BladeRunner

I had to include this pick because it’s a rather unique saw. Rather than the typical circular saw design, this one is more like a jigsaw mounted upside-down under a table. It’s not quite a scroll saw, nor is it quite a table saw, it’s something in-between. I’ve chosen it because it does have a table while being extremely portable at only 13.2 pounds.

While it doesn’t have the wide rip capacity of the Jet or Makita, it does have the ability to rip regardless as well as crosscut capability with an included miter gauge. Additionally, Rockwell makes a jig for using this saw to cut circles, and another for mitering picture frames.

Shop Fox Hybrid Table Saw with Extension Table

I picked this saw from Shop Fox over the others because of its combination of table size and motor size. It comes with a 2 HP electric motor, making it one of only two I've found in this category which have that size motor. The rest have 1.75 HP. That little bit of extra power can make a huge difference when cutting through heavy materials. Smaller motors might end up with some chatter, which will show up as cutting marks.

A poly-V serpentine belt and pulley system keeps vibration down while providing positive power transfer. The table on this saw is 55 inches wide, with the extension. The main part of the table is precision ground cast-iron, while the extension is a low-friction composite.

The fence on this saw is extremely nice, with a camlock for security and knurled knobs for fine adjustment. The T side of the fence is nice and wide, ensuring stability while faces are covered with HDPE for low friction. Rails are shipped separate from the saw, so that they can be manufactured as one solid piece for better accuracy so I'd say that makes it worth taking the time to set them up. The cutting capacity of this saw is stated at 27-inches, but I'm pretty sure that's without the extension. The miter gauge has a T-slot for security as well.

Grizzly G0715P Polar Bear Series 10" Hybrid Table Saw with Riving Knife

This hybrid table saw from Grizzly is very similar to the Shop Fox I selected as my best pick. The main differences are this one doesn't come with the table extension although the rails are long enough for it and the price is considerably lower. Grizzly tends to provide excellent pricing on their products, making them one of my favorite tool companies.

This saw also has a 2 HP motor, driven to the blade arbor via a poly-V belt. The table is precision ground cast iron, but as I mentioned, it doesn't come with the table extension. While I'm sure there is an extension available, I can't find it mentioned on either the website or their catalogue.

The fence on this saw and the Shop Fox look like twin brothers, with the same camlock and knurled knob for fine adjustment. Actually, I'm rather suspicious about whether these two saws are made in the same factory. If they are, buying it from Grizzly is a definite deal.

Steel City 10" 1.75 HP Granite Topped Hybrid Table Saw

Steel City 10" 1.75 HP Granite Topped Hybrid Table Saw

Yes, you read that right, this saw actually has a seamless granite table rather than cast iron or cast aluminum. As you can very well imagine, that makes for an extremely flat table, with low friction and a surface that’s almost impervious to damage. Just don’t try and move it around very often, or you’re going to gain a very intimate knowledge of hernias as this saw weighs a whopping 554 pounds.

This hybrid saw has a cabinet-mounted trunnion for its 1-3/4 HP motor and the table insert is magnetic to ensure it stays in place. With a heavy-duty fence and a 30-inch cutting capacity, this saw will provide years of excellent service and it comes with a five year warranty. For those who have something against granite, they also make the same saw with a cast-iron table.

Jet JPS-10TS, ProShop Cast Iron Table Saw

Jet makes a variety of different table saws, covering the whole gambit from contractor’s job site saws to cabinet saws. They are one of the few manufacturers who produce 12-inch table saws, although this isn’t one of them. This saw is styled more like a contractor’s saw, with a closed upper cabinet on legs, instead of a full closed cabinet.

The 1-3/4 HP motor is running at 4,000 RPM, making it a bit faster than the other hybrid saws we’ve looked at. It includes the same fence system found on their more expensive cabinet saws while the table is heavy-duty cast iron, with a t-slot miter gauge.

Laguna 10" Fusion 1-3/4HP, 36" Fence with Cast Iron Wings

This saw from Laguna Tools is very nicely made with a polished table to reduce friction. The Motor is 1-3/4 HP and belt-driven to the arbor, like some of the others we've looked at while rip capacity is factory rated at 36-inches and 52-inches with the optional extension. The fence gives you right and left-handed magnified views of the scale on the fence rails, for easy adjustment. There’s just a lockdown clamp and I can't find anything regarding fine adjustment, like the Shop Fox and Grizzly saws have.

Both sides of the fence seem to be coated with a low-friction material of some sort, but I can't find what it is. They’ve also put a mount on the top of the fence to hold a push stick that's included with the saw, which I like. That puts the push stick right where you need it and can see it as a reminder to get your fingers out of the way. Adjustments for both blade height and blade angle are handled by separate cranks, with extremely smooth gearing, making it a joy to work with. Laguna has come out with an impressive set of accessories for this saw as well.

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac, #21807

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac, #21807

The best low dollar table saw I could find was this Craftsman, although I'll have to admit that it went up in price in the last year; nevertheless, I almost bought one. It’s gotten lots of good reviews by customers who have bought it with over 142 positives on the Craftsman site.

The saw comes mounted on a wheeled cart, with on-board storage for all the accessories. The table has extensions on both sides, plus an extendable support on the back for the outfeed. The thing that impressed me most about this saw was that it has a 24-inch rip capacity on both sides of the blade. That’s a bit unusual. The 15 amp motor runs at 5,000 RPM, making it a bit faster than most table saws, and they’ve also put a laser on it for aligning the workpiece to the blade.

Ryobi 10" Portable Table Saw with Stand

Okay, I’ve got to confess, I was impressed enough with what this saw offers for the money that I bought its predecessor. The most impressive thing about this saw is the 30-inch rip capacity to the right of the blade. That’s what you expect to get from a stationary contractor’s saw or a cabinet saw, not a lightweight, low dollar one. They get that capacity by putting a sliding table extension to the right of the blade.

This saw comes with a collapsible stand and with the on-board storage, it’s almost a jobsite-grade saw. There’s also an outfeed extension to support your wood coming out of the saw while the motor size and speed are equal with the Craftsman, but the street price is around $100 less. That’s what finally sold me on this one, over the Craftsman.

Update - After a year of using my Ryobi, I'll have to say that I made a good choice. The fence has turned out to be better than I expected, being parallel to the blade and fairly rigid so I don't have to do a lot of fooling around with it. Between the table extension and the outfeed extension, I find it works well for full sheets of plywood. I'd still like to have that nice cabinet saw, but I'm pleased with this purchase.

Craftsman Evolv 10" Table Saw, #28461

Craftsman Evolv 10" Table Saw, #28461

Craftsman’s Evolv line has really impressed me for a low cost tool line. This is a much better line of tools than their old Sears line. They’ve put a lot of work into the ergonomics of the tools, which I always appreciate.

This saw impressed me with its price because for well less than $200 you can get a stationary table saw, with pretty good capacity. It doesn’t have the rip with capability of the others that we’ve looked at, but if that’s not a concern, it’s a capable saw for smaller work. While the table might be smaller, the motor isn’t, so you can still cut through two inch dimensional lumber without a problem.

Skil 3410-02 10" Table Saw w/ Folding Stand

Skil has gotten a bad rap from some people, but they really don’t deserve it. Their tools aren’t top of the line, they’re intended to be affordable. Comparing them to Makita or Milwaukee really isn’t fair, unless you’re going to adjust the scale to account for the price difference.

This 10-inch table saw comes with a collapsible stand, making the unit easy to take with you wherever you need. The saw comes with on-board storage for everything, adding to the portability. The fence is called “self-aligning,” which accomplishes this to some extent but I would still check it before making a cut that has to be accurate. An outfeed support is included as well, something that is becoming much more common on smaller table saws.

Chicago Electric 10" Industrial Table Saw

Okay, maybe calling this an industrial table saw is a bit of poetic license on the part of some copywriter but it's pretty decent for a compact table saw. I used to have one very similar to this and while not the most accurate saw in the world, it served me well. It's nice to see that it's still possible to buy a table saw this cheap.

The biggest problem with a saw like this is the small table size. At 26 by 19 inches, it's hard to cut anything large on it, even if you are using two people to hold the workpiece. You're limited to a rather small rip capacity, so you're really not going to be able to do any fancy cabinet making with it. On the other hand, it's small, compact and rather inexpensive; while maintaining enough power to get through standard sized materials, even dimensional lumber, without a problem. If you need a table saw for small projects, this one will do what you need.

Buyer's Guide

Table Saw Buyer's Guide

Most woodworkers consider the table saw the most universal shop saw there is. Personally, I think the radial arm saw is a more universal option, but that opinion is rapidly becoming irrelevant. Radial arm saws are dying out, having been mostly replaced by power miter saws, especially sliding miter saws.

The main advantage the table saw has over any other saw is size. That makes it possible to accurately cut sheet goods like plywood. If you've ever tried to cut a sheet of plywood in half with a circular saw, you know how hard it is to make that a straight cut.

Other than cutting sheet goods, the table saw's main function is ripping. Properly adjusted and properly used, any table saw should be able to rip a 1/16” slice off of a hardwood board and have that slice stay together. If the saw blade and fence are exactly parallel, the blade isn’t wobbling, and the table is flat, you can make that cut repeatedly every time.

Table Saw Types

There are a myriad of tables saws on the market, probably more than any other stationary woodworking tool. Part of the reason for so many different options is that they vary extensively in size and purpose. Building contractors can't carry a cabinet saw onto a jobsite effectively and cabinet makers can't get the accurate cuts they need in sheet goods out of a small portable unit.

Benchtop Table Saw
These are the smallest of all table saws, predominantly designed for use on-site by building contractors. While compact, the saws that we have chosen aren't cheap by any means. They are quality tools intended to provide accurate cuts. The only drawback is the small table and short fence make ripping sheet goods accurately very difficult.

Portable Table Saw
Portable tables saws are also designed for building contractors when a larger saw is needed. These are slightly larger than the benchtop models which help to overcome the problems caused by small tables. Most come with an integral cart/stand so they can be moved
on-site by one person and set up for use.

Budget Table Saw
The same size as the portable and benchtop units, budget saws are ideal for the homeowner doesn't use their saw all the time. These are intended to be fixed saws which come with a stand, although in some cases the stand is collapsible for storage. The one drawback to these saws is the table and fence aren't as well made as on higher cost saws; this means the saw may not cut as accurately.

Contractor's Table Saw
The contractors saw differs from the portable saw in that it’s a shop saw rather than one intended for a jobsite as they have permanent bases and larger tables. This provides greater accuracy, especially when cutting larger pieces. A contractor saw is an excellent choice for the serious woodworker to have in their home workshop, striking a balance between quality and price.

Hybrid Table Saw
Hybrid saws are a newer addition to the lineup, designed for those who want a cabinet saw, but can't really afford one. They typically have a larger motor than contractor's saws, better bearings, as well as a larger, heavier table and fence which provide for more accuracy. However, they are not as large as a true cabinet saw.

Cabinet Saw
The cabinet saw (which we don't have a review list for) is the most expensive category of table saw. These saws are extremely large, with table extensions to the side and back of the saw. They also have large motors with heavy-duty bearings to eliminate wobble or vibration. These features optimize the cabinet saw for cutting sheet goods perfectly straight without waste.


What to Look For in a Table Saw

Of course, the first consideration when looking at a table saw is the intended use. If you are going to be using it for a lot of projects at remote locations, then it doesn't make sense to look at a stationary saw. You also need to take into consideration the amount of space you have to store the saw, as these saws can use up your workshop space quickly.

While there are several important things needed to make a table saw “good,” most of these have to do with the saw’s accuracy. This is determined by three things:

- The flatness of the table
- The mounting and adjustment of the motor and blade arbor
- The quality of the fence

The major difference between different table saws is how easy it is to make that accurate cut. A higher quality fence will lock in place well, exactly perpendicular to the fence rail and parallel to the blade. A lot of what you’re paying for in a more expensive saw is the ease in which you can get the fence adjusted exactly parallel to the saw blade. With low cost saws, it depends on you, with high dollar one, the fence does the work for you.

When I am looking at a table saw, the one thing I focus on is the fence. This is the single most critical piece of the saw, and how well it is made will tell you a lot about the rest of the saw. A fence that slides smoothly and locks in place accurately will provide the most accurate cuts. If a manufacturer has gone through the pains of making the fence that good, you can rest assured that they have done a good job on the rest of the saw.

The material and flatness of the table affect how easily the workpiece slides across the table, helping to make an accurate cut. This is also very important if you are using hardwood plywood, as you don't want to have the saw mar the surface of your workpiece.

Another important difference in different saws is how large a rip you can make in sheet goods, like a sheet of plywood. If a table saw has a 24” rip capacity to the right of the blade, then you can make any width rip in a 4’x 8’ sheet of plywood that you want, ripping it the long way. If it has a 48” capacity, you can make any width rip you want in that same sheet of plywood, ripping it the wide way. Cabinet saws often have this capability, as it is commonly needed in a cabinet shop, but contractor’s saws usually don’t. Of course, having that extra capability is expensive.

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