Thinking about buying a new table saw? There's a lot to consider; buying a table saw is one of the largest investments that many woodworkers ever make. Here are a couple of resources to help you navigate the various table saw facts, fiction, specs and terminology, and emerge triumphant, with the saw that's right for you.
The recently revised and updated Table Saw Book, by Kelly Mehler is one of the most respected resources for table saw information. Mehler brings his 20-plus years of experience to bear in a thoughtful and thorough guide that will not only help you sort out the different kinds of table saws and pick out the one that suits you best, but will also help you use your table saw correctly and to your best advantage.
Rob Johnstone, editor of the Woodworker's Journal has a very helpful article in the October, 06 issue of the WWJ print magazine. Rob goes through the three main classes of table saw of interest to the serious woodworker: the cabinet saw, the ever-popular contractor saw, and the newcomer of the bunch, the hybrid saw. There's some straight-to-the-point advice on how much table saw you need, and how much you can expect from representatives of each category.
To give you something you can tap into right now, Rockler's article "The Right Table Saw for Your Shop" will get you started with the basic table saw terminology, types of table saws, and a few words on which one might work best for your woodworking style. We know it's a big decision and deserves plenty of research. When you've have all of the information you need and you're ready for the requisite amount of comparison shopping, remember that Rockler Woodworking and Hardware offers a selection of exceptional quality saws from Jet and Powermatic to suit just about every budget.