Quoted from cottonm4:
This is not a discussion about a table saw vs. a band saw. This about those who have a table saw and like what you can do with it.
I recently bought my first table saw. It is a pawn shop special. An older model portable Mikita. I am having a blast with it and find myself thinking that I should have bought one years ago. But when I bought it I was very ignorant about what to look for.
What I do like about it is that it is lightweight and easy to move around in my work area. What I don't like is that it has no safety features---I have become aware of kickback. There is no blade guard and no riving blade and the fence leaves a lot to be desired. So, I am starting to look around for something newer and better. With "better" meaning up to date on safety features , a more accurate fence, an easier and more robust way to adjust blade angle, and some way to collect all of the saw dust that is generated.
I like the safety features on the Saw Stop but it is up there on price.
What kind of table saw do you have? What do you like about it? What do you not like about it?
My thoughts - I have a table saw and I think it is the most versatile saw a woodworker can have. You can make TONS of cuts with a table saw! Saw Stop is amazing but very pricey. I removed the safety guards on my table saw because I think it blocks the view and don't like not being able to see where the material (and my fingers) are during the cut. Here is what I do to ensure safety:
- safety glasses ALWAYS
- visualize the cut before doing it
- make sure the blade is sharp
- make sure the material will slide smooth and tight to the fence
- utilize the push sticks well
The other thing I use is the "GRR-RIPPER" from MicroJig, which eliminates kickback when used with a push stick. Link: https://www.microjig.com/products/grr-ripper
I bought the GRR-RIPPER after getting a softball sized bruise on my stomach from a violent kickback. (It was worth it though, the hutch looked great!)