A bench saw is a must-have for nearly any carpenter's or handyman's tool chest, and the good thing about them is that they have really come down in price over the past few years.
When planning on a gift for the do-it-yourself type of person, it is one gift that shouldn't be overlooked. Let's look at how to choose the best one, which is also known as a table saw to some people.
The accuracy, portability and mount and motor system of the saw that you choose will factor into your purchasing decision.
If you intend to use the saw only at home, then you can go for a regular bench saw or table saw that sets up on a bench or table. If you plan to take the saw along with you on the worksite, then you will want to purchase a saw that is portable, and there are tons of options for both stationary saws that stay in your workshop once set up and for those that you can pack along with you no matter where you go.
You also want to pay attention to the way that the motor and the blade are mounted - this is a very important feature. Smaller types will have the motor mounted on a single bracket located on the side that will allow the saw to pivot and in turn, raise the blade or lower it for cutting. Bigger bench saws often use guide rods or tracks that are placed symmetrically in order to allow for quick adjustments of the blade on the fly. This is a more accurate sawing system that works to reduce the vibration of the blade and the motor and allow for the most precise cuts.
Accessories for the bench saw are also important, and make the saw even more functional. You might also consider a bench saw accessory stand that will keep your accessories all within easy reach and add to the life of the accessories themselves.
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