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Shop workhorse. A tabtesaw is the primary woodworking tool in many shops. No other machine can perform so many tasks, from sizing material to cutting joints.
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1 2 4 american woodworker A 1 998 buyer's guide to da copyright tablesaw. It can rip, crosscut, rabbet, dado, miter, groove, mold and bevel, as well as cut tenons, lap joints, box joints and even dovetails. Because this tool is so versatile, it's important to pick one that will suit both your present and future needs. Don't skimp on quality if you expect to do serious woodworking.
Two basic factors define a saw: size and type. A saw's size is designated by the diameter of the largest blade it will handle. Tablesaw types are explained at right.
Designed for the professional cabinet shop, a cabinet saw has an enclosed base, a powerful motor (2, 3 or 5 HP), and a multiple V-belt drive to minimize slippage between arbor and motor.
The 10-in. saw is the most popular, but 12-in. and 14-in. models are also available. Left-tilting blades are available on some models.
Offering a compromise between price and performance. these saws meet most small shops' demands for accuracy and versatility.
The typical contractor's saw has a cast-iron or
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