Getting The Most Out of Your Harbor Freight Table Saw

Getting The Most Out of Your Harbor Freight Table Saw

Are you thinking about how to best use your Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Table Saw? In this video I share with you some tips and tricks that will help you to get more more out of your HF Table as well as make it last longer. We will take a look under the hood at as well as other things that will help you get the most out of your power tool. While the saw in this video is an older model, most all of the tips in this video will apply to the newer models. I hope you find this video useful. If so, please press like and share with your friends. I’ll be coming out with more videos soon so be sure to subscribe. Thanks for watching and good luck on your projects.
For Current Table Saw Pricing:

** Ridgid R4513 15 Amp 10 in. Heavy-Duty Portable Table Saw with Stand

** Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw

** DeWalt DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw

** Ryobi 10 in. Portable Table Saw with Quick Stand Green

** DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw with Rolling Stand

** Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand

** Dustopper

Video Gear & Editing Software I use:

** Camera
Canon VIXIA HF R80
(I actually use an older model which Canon no longer produces)

** Microphone
Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

** Microphone
External Lavalier Microphone with 20′ audio cable + Accessory Bundle for Canon VIXIA

** Lighting
Linco Lincostore Photography Equipment Photo Studio Lighting

** VILTROX VX-18M Professional Heavy Duty Video Camcorder Tripod

** Tripod
I3ePro Professional 72-inch Tripod 3-way Panhead Tilt Motion with Built In Bubble Leveling

** Editing Software
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10

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  1. The Rεal Hal Jordan on February 10, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    does the fence stay square after locking it

  2. You Tube on February 10, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    What is the rip capacity on this unit..??

  3. Dean Slegos on February 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve been comparing this to the craftsman table saw at lowes. The Chicago Electric has better miter slots and can be had for way cheaper with a coupon.

  4. J Martinez on February 10, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Finally a good video… not just the typical guy spending half of the video unboxing the item..

  5. Live 4 Bikes Store on February 10, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Can someone tell me how to improve on the Ripping fence. I find it to be hard to measure and more importantly keep it at a 90 degree angle all the way from the front to the rear. Thank you.

  6. BennyCFD on February 10, 2022 at 10:35 pm


  7. Naturemarveled on February 10, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I liked your video, however, I was hoping for some wood to be ripped at the end; sort of to show and tell. Nice video though.

  8. 1rustytree on February 10, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Good tips! I just bought the Menards Shop Series saw which I think is comparable to the HF. The major drawback is the bevel adjustment which is plastic gear on plastic gear. How is the HF bevel set up?

  9. Joseph Lorentzen on February 10, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Can you take the slop out of the miter gauge bar?

  10. Naturemarveled on February 10, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Well, not yet. I can’t make up my mind yet. I know I I’ll need one soon. This is why I’m watching comparison videos on YT.

  11. GeekMustHave on February 10, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you, never would have thought to wax the table, makes so much sense. Keep Broadcasting!!

  12. BRIAN ROGERS on February 10, 2022 at 11:03 pm


  13. Paul the Physical Therapist on February 10, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I just picked up this table saw. The riving knife doesn’t align with the blade. (It’s off to one side, enough that when I try to cut a piece of wood, the stock hits the riving knife and can’t be advanced any farther. Is there a way to adjust it?

  14. canton7180 on February 10, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    I have always steel
    wooled and waxed my bed and fence….good tip

  15. AmasonCreations on February 10, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    My fence won’t lock square. How do you fix that

  16. chesspro13 on February 10, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Great tips that I will use. Speaking as an electrician I’ve got a small technical correction for 1:11. It’s the high current/amperage that is not good for the smaller cables. Voltage will be a steady 120 +-10% which they will all handle just fine. Current causes the wires to heat up and if the wire gauge is too small and you are running 13 amps that is when the heat from the current starts breaking down the insulation potentially leading to a short (power wire touching return/ground) or an open (wire literally melts leaving a gap not allowing electrons to flow) or hopefully just tripping the breaker to reduce injury and save equipment. Bonus fact: when starting a motor it can draw 8x the running amperage (how much power it takes to keep the motor going after it has started) instantaneously then quickly reach normal values. This spike is what causes breakers to trip when you’ve got a power tool running on a circuit that has a lot of other things plugged in at the same time.

  17. Brandon Ramsey on February 10, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Excellent video! Did you buy a riving knife or are you using what it came with?

  18. Harley Trader on February 10, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I have what could be the same table saw, different brand though.  I also have the same fence, which I stupidly took apart to see if I could improve it.  A spring surprisingly feel out and I am not totally sure about how it goes back. I think it goes right under the main slide plate.  In fact the silver screw attached to the inner rod presses against it.  Could you look at yours and tell me if you see it under that area?  I am not sure exactly how it needs to be placed in that area.   Thanks