- What is the difference between a radial arm saw and a table saw
- How do they differ in terms of safety, power, and ease of use
- Which one should you buy for your home workshop
- Pros and cons of each type
- Specifications on some popular models
- Final thoughts on which style to purchase for your needs
Radial Arm Saw:
The radial arm saw is a portable power tool used for making an accurate cross, rip, and miter cuts in sheet goods such as plywood and MDF, wide boards and moldings especially those hard-to-reach ones found along with high ceilings joists, walls panels, etc., not to mention the many other DIY projects homeowners and carpenters alike have been competing for years with this tool.
It is an extremely versatile hand-held power tool commonly used in carpentry, construction, and woodworking, allowing one to conveniently make accurate cuts using either the circular saw or miter gauge with no need to lift or reposition material since the arm pivots across the work surface when necessary.
A simple lock mechanism on most models enables you to secure it in a place where needed while making straight-line cuts when desired.
The design of these saws makes them lighter than others which means less fatigue when in use.
This type of sawing is known as “Push” cutting because it requires pushing the machine forward towards its intended target rather than pulling it away from it, which is the case with most table saws for example.
Table Saws stand out among other power tools used in woodworking with their precision, accuracy, and unbeatable cutting capability.
This is due to the essential under-the-table mounted steel circular blade which spins between 10 – 40 times per second and provides a rock-solid cutting platform while ensuring safer use than many other types of tools commonly used to cut wood.
The table saw is one of the safest tools to use because it has a guard system that prevents the blade from accidentally coming into contact with any part of your body or other materials while working on your project.
It also features a riving knife that prevents kickback so you never have to worry about being thrown back by force if you accidentally misjudge a cut and have your workpiece jump out at you unexpectedly.
a radial arm saw and table saw
Although both types of saws can handle large pieces of wood, a table saw is better for working with larger dimensional lumber.
A radial arm saw has an adjustable sliding arm which provides the ability to make miter angle cuts in two different directions; it also allows you to change out the arms so that they can accommodate various blade sizes and angles.
Table saws have a stationary stand and cannot be moved while in operation.
Also, while both types of saws require you to push wood past their blade while cutting, this goes slightly faster on a table saw than on a radial arm sander.
2. How do they differ in terms of safety, power, and ease of use
A table saw requires more gripping power and can be harder to manage because it requires you to push wood past its blade (rather than the blade pulling the lumber across like a radial arm saw).
A table saw, though more dangerous, is easier to learn how to use. Table saws are also generally more powerful whereas radial arm saws usually have less horsepower.
However, some models of a radial arm saw offer significantly more horsepower than similarly priced models of standard table saws.
3. Which one should you buy for your home workshop
Depending on skill level and quantity of work needed to complete, both types of table saws serve all purposes well.
If you only need them occasionally or don’t feel that you have the necessary skills or strength to handle a table saw then a radial arm saw is probably better suited for you.
4. Pros and cons of each type
Table saws are easier to learn how to use than radial arm saws, but require more physical strength and practice for safe operation.
Radial-arm saws tend to cut slower than table saws, which makes them less efficient in the time it takes to complete a job.
Table Saw offers much more stability while cutting, making it much safer to use when compared with a radial arm sander.
Table Saws have a larger work surface and can accommodate larger pieces of lumber or sheet goods for projects such as shelving or cabinets, whereas Radial Arm Saws don’t offer this advantage at all.
5. Specifications on some popular models
8″ DEWALT DW745 Table Saw (10 inch)
• Capacity: 2-1/8″ at 90°; 1-7/16″ at 45°
• Rip Capacity Left to Right: 30-3/8″
• Rip Capacity Right to Left: 12-5/8″
• Blade Diameter: 8
• Height to Top of Table: 36-5/16″
12″ SKIL 3410-02 Radial Arm Saw
Features a heavy cast iron table for stability and durability. The large miter handle with positive stops at 22.5, 33.9, 45 degrees left and right allows fast accurate cuts. The rip fence has incremental linear depth measurements for cuts from 1-1/8″ to 6-7/16″. The dust blower makes it easier to see your work.
The Workforce RAD18L circular saw is perfect for construction, carpentry, remodelers, and woodworkers.
It has a powerful 15 amp motor with RPM over 5200. 18-inch stamped steel base plate provides stability when cutting; rubber over-molded handle improves comfort and grip; large trigger switch with lock-on feature ensures user safety when operating saw.
There are several other comparable models by the same manufacturer which one can further research.
6. Final thoughts on which style to purchase for your needs
Both styles of saws provide safety features that keep you safe when making cuts that ensure the wood will not kick back at you.
They are both fairly easy to use which is why saws of these kinds are great for beginners who want to try their hand at working with wood.
Table saws offer more support and stability, although this comes at the expense of being slightly harder to work with.
7 . Where to buy
They can be bought online through large retailers such as Amazon or Sears, or locally through places like Lowes or Home Depot.
Keep in mind that both table saws and radial arm saws vary in price by brand, size, horsepower, etc., so it is advisable to do your research before making a purchase.
8. How much they cost
The best on the market typically goes for about $600 but they have been known to go for as high as $2000.
Radial arm saws are cheaper ranging from around $50 to about $300 or so generally, although some cost more than the average table saw.
A good quality table saw starts at around $200 and can go up to several thousand dollars depending on what brand you purchase. 9. Additional information about either type