I like the look of table saws for my use, but they all seem to have a guard
(red in the case of the one below :-))
Please could you tell me if this means they are attached at the back and you
could only do cuts up to c.6ins. long.
I am interested in a table saw for ripping large boards. Please could you
tell me if a table saw is the right choice.
Yes, the guard is attached at the back, but the means of attachment is a steel
plate (called the splitter) that is directly in line with, and slightly
thinner than, the saw blade. As the board is cut, one piece passes to the
right of the splitter and the other piece to the left, so the guard and
splitter do not impose any limits on the length of the board that can be
The length of the board that you can rip is limited principally by
a) the size of your workshop
b) the front-to-back dimension of the table saw (if the saw is too small, a
long board will be hard to balance, unless you have some sort of auxiliary
support for it, or a helper)
c) the weight of the table saw. Very small saws (such as the one in your
picture) can be tipped over by heavy boards unless they're fastened down to
Yes, but not the little bitty one in that picture. That will work fine for
ripping small boards, but for large boards you're going to want a larger saw.
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=====================I though Dremel had come out with a replacement for their discontinued
Table saw they made in the 60's or 70's....
Tim Allen sure would not be impressed with the pictured saw...
I'm not sure I'd call that a table saw, but the guard rides on a splitter, and
the wood parts around the splitter as it is cut. Table saws are specifically
designed for making long, or short, rip cuts. Anything else is gravy (and
there's a lot of gravy).
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You got an excellent answer from Doug Miller, but you really need to be on a
bigger saw to do anything along the lines of "furniture". I recognize that
money's tight - but you should be looking at "benchtops" along the lines of:
If you really need to rip long boards the machine in the picture will cause
nothing but frustration. Putting a long board on that machine might even be
unsafe. There are several benchtop saws that undoubtably cost more than
this toy, but can handle the job. Take a trip to Lowe's, Home Depot or a
local lumber supplier and look for Makita, Delta, Bosch, Hitachi, etc.
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