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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

I use 7.25" and 8" blades on a 10" table saw all the time, with no problem. You will have less depth of cut, of course, and also a reduction of rim speed,which will slightly increase chances of ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

Generally, that is the right thing to do. Obviously you wouldn't let a power tool run all day when you don't need it, or even walk away and let it run unattended. But keeping it running in between ...
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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

I presume it's obvious but I'll say it anyway, accurate layout and marking on the wood is an all-important first step. I have used my jigsaw or chisel for similar cuts on other projects. While I ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

It's common to use 8" dado sets on 10" table saws. The main disadvantage of a smaller blade is simply that your maximum cut depth is reduced. There is also going to be a reduction in the speed at ...
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Do I need to clean my miter and table saw after each use?

I think this falls under the "it's true, but doesn't matter" category. Motors will operate at their peak efficiency when clean, but it takes a lot of dust build up before the performance or longevity ...
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How to clean and maintain my table saw top

Light cleaning can be done with #0000 steel wool. Naval Jelly can be used if more aggressive cleaning is needed. SC Johnson paste wax can be used to maintain it.
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Building a safer blade guard on a table saw sled

Your inclination is to use the piece that sticks out the farthest to 'push' the sled. As you noted changing that is the smart thing to do. Making it longer would be a pain, but my recommendation ...
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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?

I have never tested it, but I would think that a chipper, with only two teeth, might be quite risky. In a standard blade the teeth are secured in their path by the blade disc which serves to guide ...
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What type of table saw blade is best for jointing?

Jointing on table saw is rip cutting, so often I have read advice to use good rip blade. Many recommendations today to use high quality glue-line blades so jointing step can be skipped. But this is ...
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How can I accurately cross-cut a board that is too wide for my table saw?

This is something that I would not want to cross cut on the table saw in this case. If you had a sliding panel saw, you could but not in this case. This is a perfect scenario for a track saw. As I ...
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Why a 5hp 14" table saw?

As a DIYer, there's no compelling reason for you to go out shopping for a 14" table saw. That said, if you're asking because there happens to be a 14" table saw available to you for an irresistible ...
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Is there anything a dual bevel mitre saw can do that a table saw can not?

can a table saw with a parallel fence, cross cut fence and mitre gauge do all of the jobs a dual bevel mitre saw can They're different tools that do different jobs. A table saw can cut the same range ...
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Recovering from a rusted table saw top -- and protecting it in future

Is there any good way to recover from this? Or should I give up and order a replacement top? I doubt you'd need to order a replacement top, no matter how bad the rust seems to you compared to the ...
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Do I need to clean my miter and table saw after each use?

What LeeG's answer covers is pretty spot on when it comes to build up of dust on the motor and the hidden areas. There is really no inherent harm in trying to clean the tools after every use (sort of ...
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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?

would I run a risk of burning out the motor if I ran it too long? As to running the saw for a while, that shouldn't be a problem if it has adequate ventilation. Electric motors run best when run ...
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Does having more teeth on a saw blade help it last longer?

Intuitively, yes, this would be the case, but the question you are asking is potentially putting the cart before the horse. One generally would not choose tooth count based on how long they want the ...
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Bad technique vs inadequate equipment for beginner woodworker

Although I have not seen your tablesaw, I have used other portable contractor saws and they tend to have several problems. First the fence is not substantial and may have some give when the wood ...
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How do I rip a 1 x 6 equally with a 45 degree bevel?

Lots of good information in the other answers, but if your OCD is firing up, set the 45 degree blade to rip a smaller chunk closer to the fence (say, 2.5"), then run the offcut through the saw ...
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Wired my shop to 220v, can I buy table saws rated for 230-240v?

In general, the designation 220 VAC (volts alternating current) is a nominal value. The actual value is in a range, depending on your utility, your distance from the transformer that serves your house,...
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How to cross cut long board on a table saw

The comments on your post are correct, the table saw is not the best tool for this type of cut. You'd be better off with a miter saw (with material supports), circular saw with square, or hand saw. ...
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Table Saw without ability to lower blade

The missing part is going to be a handwheel that attaches to the shaft that's about one-third from the left side of the arc cut into the side of the machine. As it turns, the motor assembly and saw ...
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Arbor nut keeps working itself loose on my table saw. What am I doing wong?

I would say that there should be no good reasons for this to happen. All that should be required is that you tighten the nut correctly, and then as others have said, the spin direction of the spindle ...
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Is there a known solution to the arbor nut on my DeWalt jobsite saw coming loose?

As you've probably found during your own search, you're not the only one to report a problem with the arbor nut on this saw. Here are a couple examples that I found in just a minute or two: One user ...
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How to clean and maintain my table saw top

How can I safely clean and restore the surface? If the cleaner that was used has chemically altered the surface of the top, there's not much you can do aside from remove the discolored areas. ...
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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?

I have one that came with my table saw (a 1980's Masport). It's a combo table saw, sander and jointer. Masses of steel means is heavy as crap and a nice powerful motor make this my favourite table saw ...
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Table saw safety devices

Yet in YouTube videos most users don't use these safety features. Is there a good reason why they don't? Particularly on professionally-made video, the safety devices are sometimes removed for the ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

This can be done safely on a table saw, although the workpiece must be held securely on a jig of some sort. With a slight mod one of the ripping sleds shown in this Answer could be used. In terms of ...
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Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer

Possibly the best method to flatten the face of a board using power tools not specifically designed for that job is with a router mounted in a planing sled/levelling sled. There are abundant versions ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

If you are doing through cuts, your table saw's stock riving knife will not be close enough to the back side of the blade to prevent kickback. To address this, you can create a custom throat plate ...
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