Table Saw Buying Advice

Table Saw Buying Advice

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Without question, the table saw is the heart of any woodworking shop. Unfortunately, they can take up a lot of valuable space. Space most woodworkers don’t have. George Vondriska discusses the advantages of using a portable or bench top table saw and the features you should look for when buying your next table saw.

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49 Comments

  1. Steven Bryant on January 11, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    buy a used Craftsman 10" for $100 and forget the new junk. You can’t buy a decent saw for less than $700. Buy blades for a used saw instead.

  2. jangthang yphei on January 11, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    is there a dealer in India?

  3. MJ Remy on January 11, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Did not discuss much besides being a plug for Bosch. Makes you lose credibility on DIY videos. There was so much more you could and should have shown.

    Weight, foldable stand, wheels on stand, fence tracking, metal vs plastic table tops, price, blade sizes, dado insert options, ability to cut full sheet of plywood with extensions for fence, Dewalt vs Makita vs Bosch vs ….! You repeated the same stuff over again, but missed the opportunity to do a real review of current products pointing out the good and bad points for an overall understanding of portable table saw capabilities and options.

    Summary of your video: Buy Bosch. Nothing else exists.

  4. eran2016 on January 11, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    There are several components to diy table saws. One plan I found which succeeds in merging these is the Wilfs wood blueprint (check it out on google) it’s the best plan i’ve seen. look at the incredible info

  5. Who said that ? on January 11, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    One question,can I use two of the same brand saw blades put together to make my own dado blades? Is it safe or should I wait to invest in a dado blade set?

  6. SCOTTISH PRIDE on January 11, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    1st), As I realize that this thread is by now 7+ years old, after listening to it, i had to make these comments. As a Master Fitter in the steel industry for 25 years, I am making the transition from steel to wood working. Now I have worked in wood for sometime, just not like you all have. 2nd), One of the first things i looked at was this very issue, from any direction you can think of. The issue of a shop saw. For over a year and a half, I’ve read, listened to, thought about, seen, heard about saws, and the pros and cons of just about every kind of saw out on the market today. I’ve listened to all kind of horror stories about saws (stand behind), watched videos on men and women with their hands in the wrong places even in videos for youtube, and wondered; please tell me your not that stupid! But, people get tired, get absent minded, loose their focus, and some just plain and simply don’t care. Although these kind of saws are good, and for most they will never have a problem with them, safety wise, i can think of to many things that can and will go wrong with this kind of saw.

    3rd), In building my shop (75’x 150′ – main work area 6500 sq.ft.), one of the issues i came to was, what kind of saw did i want in my shop. To answer this, i did all the research (1 1/2 ) years worth. My thoughts are, stand behind saws are just to dangerous. I’ve seen to many people trying to push things throught them that it (the saw) was not designed for. Tables moving under the force of the push, saws moving, not aligned in the whole cut, blades getting bound up, etc, etc. The horror stories here are endless. Thus, one of the many reasons i went to a stand beside (on the left side) instead of behind. My choice for a saw was and is, Felder format 4 – kappa 590 x motion saw.

    Something i’ve never seen addressed yet, not saying you have not addressed it, is "Work-Shop" safety.

    Working in the steel industry, safety is one of the primary things I, as a supervisor must stay focused on. I teach it, preach it, and enforce it. In each shop, no matter its size, we in the wood-working industry, must start teaching SAFETY. It’s not a word, its an action. When your tired and wore out at the end of the day, and wanting to relax for a few hours in ‘your shop’. It’s at this moment that the trouble starts.

    At my shop (getting ready to break the foundation now), we do not take sponsors. As such, safety is an issue i’ll teach with each video. When people look to sponsorship for their shop, that sponsor has a right to tell them what they can and cannot talk about. Look to the videos here on youtube, and see of those having sponsors, just how many address issues regarding safety, minimal and indepth.

    Lastly), We can talk statics all day. But, with an industry pushing stand behind saws, and how safe they are, oh it’ll never happen to me, i’ve heard say. I would suggest that people strongly consider for their next shop saw, one or at least a setup, that allows them to stand off to one side, to keep hands, clothing, out of the way. Kick-back is another issue for another time. Surely, as smart as some of us are, we can find a way, for people to get out from "behind" their saws, and get off to one side of it. It may seem like a small thing. But, as your reading this, consider the new people, old timers, like yourself that have been doing this for years, and think safety. What do we need to teach them, so that the end of the day, they walk away, instead of hearing sirens coming in the distance for them because of a quick mistake.

    I’ve subscribed to your channel. Hoping to learn a few things.
    SCOTTISHxPRIDE, Texas.

  7. Fadel jendel on January 11, 2022 at 11:21 pm

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  8. Rob Bass 🔊 on January 11, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    fnothing beats a makita 2705 plus makita has made portable saws longer then any other
    brand.Powerful 15 AMP motor delivers 4,800 RPM for improved performance
    Large cutting capacity (3-9/16" at 90° and 2-1/2" at 45°) can rip 4x material in one pass; can use up to a 13/16" dado blade
    Right extension table allows for greater cutting capacity with the capability to rip 4×8 sheets of plywood
    Extended capacity with up to 25" ripping
    "Tool-less" modular blade guard system with an adjustable riving knife/spreader
    Blade guard assembly with cam lock provides easy "tool-less" installation or removal
    Adjustable dual side guards allow for ease of measurement from the blade to the rip fence for cutting set-ups
    Two onboard independent stow-able anti-kickback pawls and riving knife/spreader for through cuts
    Release lever for easy riving knife/spreader height adjustments into 3 different positions for through, non-through and dado cuts
    Guard design allows operator to view the blade as it contacts the material
    Aluminum die cast, precision machined table top remains flat and true for out of the box accuracy
    Electric brake for maximum productivity
    Large on/off switch and easy to read scale for faster adjustments
    Complete storage capacity to hold most commonly used accessories including saw blade, power supply cord, miter gauge, rip fence, push stick, wrench, safety guard and dado blade
    3/8" x 3/4" T-slot miter gauge grooves accepts commercial accessories with T-formed shanks for versatile cutting
    Saw blade enclosed underneath the table to protect the blade during transport
    Dead-on cam-locking rip fence and bevel locking handle for fast and easy adjustments
    Two pole slide system for raising and lowering blade for a more efficient and smoother adjustment of the blade depth

  9. Moises Robles on January 11, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I would like to encourage companies to come up with a table saw with a 12 inch plate

  10. Julie Espiritu on January 11, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    What are all to be considering for buying table saw. Thanks

  11. ToolMetrix on January 11, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I’ve used the one on the right quite a bit and found it to be outstanding. Plenty of power, and a surprising amount of accuracy for a portable saw. Kudos to Bosch for bringing great functionality to the portable saw market.

  12. paramedialab on January 11, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Click bait. This is not advise…it’s a Bosch advertisement.

  13. Haw Santiago on January 11, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Can table saws handle acrylic/plexiglass plastic?

  14. 300pzl on January 11, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Sponsered by bosch

  15. Hawaiiguy Kailua on January 11, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Has anyone found a compatible stand for the Ridgid R45161 portable table saw? Love the saw, but my back and knees hate it.

  16. Soviet Onion 72 on January 11, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    I was waiting for the price that wasnt mentioned.

  17. Tim List on January 11, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    I am retired and looking at setting up a small shop. What type of table saw do you recommend? The Bosch units appear to be out of stock with no known date of getting more.

  18. Annabelle Jason on January 11, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    how much the price

  19. senem92ful on January 11, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    *>>>**ur2.pl/818** This is a quality Saw that does the job very nicely in place of a larger handheld circular saw. I’ve used it mainly on pine boards, but it seems like it would have ample power to cut through most any kind of harder woods. The only issue that I had is that it doesn’t seem to follow a gate very well and the blade binds a little bit from time to time. It works best as a freehand tool that you can use to follow pre-marked lines… I would recommend!*

  20. T'airn'KA on January 11, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Hello, Would this list be the typical (no backtracking) order of use with standing power tools?
    Table saw, Joiner, Planner (Thicknesser), Band saw, Miter saw (compound), Drill Press, Bench / Oscillating Drum / Belt sanders (miss anything)?
    I left out the Lathe, Grinder since they are their own process (kind of).  😉
    Thank-you for the time

  21. Silver Fox on January 11, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Bosch add!!!!!!

  22. ron5935 on January 11, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    My Bosch 10 31 is a great saw. Came fully aligned right from the box. I did check the the miter slot to blade just for the fun. It was within 1/100 inch from to back. As opposed to my Rock—l that was off visually with no adjustment possible. Yes I called them and asked for instructions which they would not or could not provide. It was returned. The Bosh stores vertical on one side with maybe 12 x 24 footprint. I bought the stand which is nice. Easy off/on.

    Like any table saw, ditch the chicken foot push stick and make/buy something suitable before you get a kickback in the face. I am sure a cabinet saw is better, but this costs much less and is smaller, and is capable of very precise cuts. Buy a combination or crosscut blade for fine woodworking where hand tools are not used. Dust collection is excellent with the optional bag.

    My only dislike is a painted table. I would pay more for a steel one that takes magnetic accessories, but then it is less water resistant and heavier not as suitable for job site.

    I am getting to be a fan of Bosch tools, Bought a portable electric hand planner and some "new design" spade bits which are excellent.

  23. From The Peanut Gallery on January 11, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Woodirking?

  24. Ana Gavrić on January 11, 2022 at 11:42 pm

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  25. Bob Cloninger on January 11, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you! I feel much better about my setup now.

  26. Sr L on January 11, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    My $200 Craftsman directdrive table saw burned up a motor only lasted 30 years.

  27. J. Taylor on January 11, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    What’s the deal with the Square Lock rip fence on this saw? Is that a marketing gimmick or does the fence have some special mechanism or attribute to it?

  28. farid merrad on January 11, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I’m researching how to build a table saw and found a fantastic website at Wilfs wood blueprint (google it if you’re interested)

  29. Rob Storer on January 11, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Can we use a dado blade on those table saw?

  30. 2010stoof on January 11, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    What about a compromise like a hybrid? Portable on wheels but cast iron table. Can be wheelsed out and used, then pop the wheels back out and wheel it away to hide.

  31. You-Tube Junkie on January 11, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Have you ever used a diamond saw blade to cut wood ?
    Example (plywood).

  32. TheRacerRich on January 11, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I watched Norm Abrams say basically anything shy of a Hybrid Saw isn’t going to be able to handle furniture making. Is that outdated advice?

  33. Condephotographer on January 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Woodworkers Guild of America I just bought my first 10" table saw (used). Can I use other diameters of blades and how small can go? Thanks.

  34. BILL VALLANCE on January 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

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  35. bowlingwolf on January 11, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    A Lot of people subscribe to this guy but when they ask him questions, he does not respond. Whats up with that?

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  37. Shamsul Sol on January 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    here’s several suggestions for building a table saw yourself
    Find a suitable set of plans online
    Find a colleague who wants to build one too so you have another person to help you
    (I learned these and why they work on Wilfs Wood Blueprint website )

  38. BJM Graphics on January 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    What’s a good rip size? I am looking at a 20 inch rip. Is this a decent size? thanks

  39. bobchasewoodworker on January 12, 2022 at 12:01 am

    A 10" blade on this job-site saw is just too big. All job-site saws started with an 8" blade and then were converted to a 10" blade. The motor can’t handle that large a blade. I have converted all my saws to a 7 1/4" blade and have helped many others do the same with great success. For more information go to my You Tube site and watch "Taming Your Table Saw".

  40. magicguitarpedal on January 12, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Bosch tools are very very damn expensive, should be the state of the art, I don’t think they are.

  41. Mary P on January 12, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Obnoxious video promoting Bosch. Kickback? Best part was the critical comments. But, don’t go out and get a Dewalt, they are even worse. I have a 7480. It’s a piece of junk. The fence lock gives out…see other posts on this problem. The skinny little rails the motor and blade ride on bind and need regular cleaning an lubricating. I’m gong to get a Skil Worm Drive, Makita or Hitachi. Look underneath and you’ll see how cheaply it’s made. I was fooled by the reviews and my, also plastic Dewalt Chop saw, which has held up.

  42. Richard Croft on January 12, 2022 at 12:05 am

    I guess that I am below average when it comes to shop space.I have a 10’ x 12’ shop with a full size Delta cabinet saw along with a 6”General jointer and 14” floor mounted bandsaw, worktable, Makita planer and lots junk on the perimeter. Wouldn’t trade the saw for anything and I still get things out the door.

  43. Jimmy Dickson on January 12, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Do you get flex on a 10 inch blade dose it affect accuracy of the cut pleas comment

  44. M C on January 12, 2022 at 12:07 am

    if you’re going to spend 600-700 on table saw you might as well spend several hundred more to get a Grizzly, Shop Fox, or Laguna.

  45. Steven Bryant on January 12, 2022 at 12:08 am

    portable table saw = upside down glorified circular saw.

  46. Gameer Saleh on January 12, 2022 at 12:08 am

    better to build your own table saw using circular saw less expensive and easy to use …main problem of buying these saw tables is that you cannot cut tall wood itll fall cos its small and destroy the wood or injure yourself…

  47. Heavenly Jerusalem on January 12, 2022 at 12:09 am

    enjoyed watching this, thank you.

  48. Toby Earnscliffe on January 12, 2022 at 12:10 am

    this is just a Bosch advert masquerading as buying advice

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