Rip capacity is a jargony-sounding term that refers to the size of the piece you can cut. Bigger saws tend to—ta-da—have the ability to cut larger pieces of wood. This can be important because woodworking often involves using large pieces of wood used either in remodeling homes or building new additions. If you need the flexibility of handling large pieces of wood, you’ll want to give serious consideration to the rip capacity of the saws you’re looking at because it’ll come into play at some point.

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You can’t comparison shop for anything without looking at price at some point. Here’s where you can really apply some hard-nosed thinking. How much are you willing to pay for this feature, or that much rip capacity, or that much power? You might think that your budget requires that you buy the absolute rock-bottom least expensive saw on the market, but when you start comparing prices you might find that it doesn’t cost all that much to get a little more power or more peace of mind through a slightly better warranty. And, of course, prices change all the time. So if you don’t find what you want at the price you want today, it might be there tomorrow. Or, you can also look to refurbished models or other deals.

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"The built-in stand sets this saw apart from competitors since it is actually quite stable out of the box and doesn’t require a custom stand or supports to combat vibration, which are often necessary with cheaper and lighter units. DeWalt sells a nearly identical saw with a less-robust stand, and after viewing it in a big box store, I was glad to have this one."—Justin Park, Product Tester

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Obviously, given its size, the TruePower 01-0819 isn’t the kind of table saw you’d spring for to take on larger projects that require greater motor power — after all, it’s by no means revolutionary in the torque department. But for those who work with smaller materials or softer wood, the Gino Development TruePower 01-0819 Mini Electric Table Saw is a worthwhile, no-frills buy that’s easy on the wallet and can fit in virtually any space with plenty of room to spare.

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If you choose a portable table saw, cut a hole in a three-quarter-inch piece of plywood and attach it to the table. This one extra move will let you attach your table saw to sawhorses for extra stability. It also lifts the table saw to a level that’s more comfortable. The hole provides extra cooling for your equipment while also allowing sawdust to drop through.

Stephanie Faris is a novelist and business writer whose work has appeared on numerous blogs. She worked for the State of Tennessee for 19 years, the latter six of which were spent as a supervisor. She has written content for entrepreneurs and marketing firms since 2011. In addition to her online content, she is also the author of eight novels for Simon & Schuster, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series.

DEWALT DWE7480 10 inch Compact site table saw with Site-Pro modular protection system

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