Table saws are a staple in any workshop. The ability to rip through various material makes it an essential tool for many renovation projects.
The table saw is an intricate tool that is designed for high performance.
Many different components come together to allow the table saw to accomplish its job.
The Different Parts to the Table Saw
The list provided includes some of the more common elements of the table saw.
- The Blade: The blade is what brings the whole table saw together. Most table saws come with a general purpose 10 inch carbide tipped blade. This is the standard size saw blade. These blades are interchangeable with other blades that are available in different sizes and number of teeth. Upgrading the quality of your blade will improve the quality and speed of the cuts.
- The Arbor: The arbor is the spot where the blade is mounted. They are cylinder shaped and grip on to the moving tool components. They are able to accommodate different size blades.
- The Table: The table is where the project comes together. It is an important component of the table saw. Larger tables provide support for the materials that you are working on. Most table saws have extendable tables that help to reduce accidents. Tables should accommodate the operators height and show be positioned so that the operator is in complete control of the material being ripped.
- Blade Guard: The blade guard is a safety feature that protects the operator while the blade is in motion. It isn’t detachable and comes built in to the table saw table.
- Collapsible Stand: Many of the best portable saws come with their own stands. These stands are intended to provide a base for the saw to operate on. The stand allows you to take your job to different job sites and on the go with you. Many stands are now collapsible that allows easier storage.
- Exhaust Duct: This is a component that provides a route for debris to travel before getting deposited into a trashcan or sucked into a shop vac. These ducts are provided as a safety measure and help keep the workspace tidy. It also prevents the buildup of saw dust which can lead to injuries and upper respiratory issues for the operator.
- The Power Switch: Newer table saws come with electric motors that are controlled by simple power switches. These power switches are placed in easy to reach positions so that the saw can be turned off in the event of an emergency. Table saws now come equipped with safety keys that have to be inserted into the motor before the saw is powered on. This is a safety measurement to help reduce the risk of injuries.