A table saw is a big help to carpenters, small and big lumber companies in their production. There are different classes of table saw depending on its use and style. One is the Cabinet table saw this class of saw requires a heavy duty circuit in order to withstand the 3-5 horse power range of the saw. It is heavier than any other class of saw but has a lower vibration and is more durable. Due to the lower vibration level the fit and finish product of the cabinet table saw has no rough edges or surfaces.
Another class of table saw is the Benchtop table saw. This class is lightweight and needs less support when mounted on the table unlike the Cabinet table saw that needed lots of iron cast. This class of table saw is the least expensive and also the least capable of the table saws. However, because it is lightweight and the blade is narrow it has more capability and precision in its designs.
Hybrid table saws are another class, which is designed to compete with contractor and cabinet table saws. It is a little bit of every class of table saws in some of its features found in the market today.
Last class is the contractor table saws which are heavier and much larger since it is with a stand or a base. It is commonly used by those whose hobby is carpentry or at home since its power can be supported by standard electrical circuits at home. However, the dust it spews as it slice through the wood is a bit of a problem.
“Table saw – An important and essential tool for a woodworker.”
Safety precautions must be taken in operating the table saw. Failure to read the warning labels and the owner’s manual included with the machine might cause injury. Never leave the blade of the table saw projecting above the table when the saw is not in use. Be sure to disconnect the power when doing the maintenance check on the equipment or changing its blades. Make sure to use a stick when something requires the use of the fingers close to the blade.
It is recommended that the table saw blade should be higher by about a quarter of an inch than the material cut or slice. This would ensure smooth cutting and the mishap of a kickback. A kickback happens when the blade catches the material and then violently throws it back to the front to the operator of the table saw. The Throw can be very hard and may cause very serious injury. A kickback can be fatal but sometimes inevitable due to natural stresses in the wood.
Failure to be attentive and alert in handling the table saw can be very dangerous. Safety gadgets are available in stores when current gadgets are no longer satisfactory. The use of eye and ear protector is also needed for the dust residue of the saw and sound of the motor of the saw. The ear protector is equipped with a transmitter that even with the din of the motor of the saw the operator can still hear the voices around him. The lack of this protection might impair the hearing capacity of the person.
Make sure that the blade of the table saw must be sharp and clean. Using blades that are not clean and sharp may result to a decrease quality of the cut. This is primarily due to friction, which causes it to burn. The table saw must be aligned at all times. Use the blade guard all the time to avoid possible injuries.
The operator of the table saw must always maintain control. Never execute a cut where one does not have the complete control of the equipment. Obstructions must be nowhere in the workplace to ensure smooth flow of work. The operator must check for flaws in the wood before putting it down on the table saw to avoid kickback
Table saws are very helpful equipment when handled properly and expertly. However, it can be very dangerous when taken for granted. Safety precautions must never be lax. Protective gears from head to toe must be worn at all times in the work area to ensure safety. Vigilance is never misplaced in operating these kinds of equipment.