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Portable Table Saws
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Portable table saws are a wonderful alternative to contractor
and cabinet saws. They are equipped to make the same cuts that a
full size can make. In fact, they are actually more practical than
full-size saws. Portable table saws offer great power, durability,
and accuracy. They can handle rips, miters and crosscuts, all while
being portable and reasonably priced.
Generally, portable table saws are made primarily from aluminum
which makes them light in weight and easy to transport. The box in
which they are constructed is equipped with a motor, blade
mechanics, controls, and a table top. Legs are an optional addition
that can be easily purchased or built. Portable table saws can be
used on practically any sturdy level surface.
Often considered one of the most versatile tools in the home,
portable table saws have adjustments that can be made for different
cuts. Depending upon thickness, the blade can be raised or lowered
to accommodate. The blade can also be tilted to make bevel cuts.
Unfortunately, portable table saws are limited in power and cutting
capacity, but are ideal for transporting to sites and service
homeowners with limited space.
Keep in mind that two important accessories to any table saw include
the miter gauge and the rip fence. Both of these components serve as
safety guides during the cutting process. The miter gauge is a tool
that slides in a slot on the table saw and adjusts to different
angles. It is used to slide the stock past the blade and hold pieces
to make square or mitered cuts. The rip fence an attachment used to
guide wood through a cut along the length of a board.
Additional accessories include blade guards. Blade guards are
standard on all new saws, but if you have an old saw that is in good
shape, you may want to consider installing the appropriate guards.
Guards should include a plastic or metal guard over the blade and a
splitter. Splitters are more specific to those who will be doing