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The contractor's saw earned its name on construction sites, but today's models are available with accessories designed for woodworkers. Better fences, bigger rip capacities, broader tabletops and improved dust collection are the major benefits.

On the tablcsaw family tree, the contractor's saw fits between the portable benchtop tablesaw with its direct-drive universal motor and the cabinet saw with its enclosed base and multiple V-belt drive. On a contractor's saw, the motor hangs out the back, bolted to a hinged mounting bracket that's connected to the saw's trunnion assembly. A single V-belt transfers power from the motor to the arbor. (Sec top photo, opposite.)

The contractor's saw earned its name during the 2

housing boom that followed World War II. Builders t

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