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Table or band saw!?

By sebastiann

3 years ago

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    #22 3 years ago

    As others have said, you're asking about two very different tools that do very different things.

    Both of them can also be extremely devious in how they will try to kill you.

    The major hazard with a table saw isn't actually losing fingers, it's having the saw kick the work back at you. A 3HP table saw can easily throw an offcut hard enough that you'd think it was a crossbow bolt. I've seen such pieces puncture 32oz glue bottles like they were tissue paper. That's also probably fast enough to go right through your forearm.

    Band saws, on the other hand, lull you into a false sense of safety, since they don't kick, and they're generally a lot quieter and less dramatic. It's way easier than you would think to lose track of where one or more of your fingers are when you're feeding a piece in while following a pencil line.

    I own both: a Delta Unisaw and a Rigid 12" bandsaw with a 6" riser. The table saw often does double duty as a setup table, since it is, by necessity essentially dead flat, so even when it's not being used, it's not wasting space. With some creativity and effort, you can build a fantastic set of jigs for either one that will let you do all kinds of things. Neither one, though, is a "wood processor" that will do the hard work for you. Not unlike a musical instrument, you'll need to spend some serious time learning how to tune and play either one.

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