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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 05-06-2021 11:35 PM 1093 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2021 11:35 PM

Looking for a new table saw, will be my second and last one.
In looking at specifications, the distance from the from the front to center of blade came up which is something I never even thought about. There is quite a wide variation as follows:

Craftsman (current saw): 18”

Grizzly G0771Z: 15.5”
Grizzly G0899: 16.25”
Grizzly G1023RL: 17”

Harvey ALPHA HW110LC-36P: 18.9”

Laguna Fusion 2: 13.38”

Does this make a meaningful difference?
I am thinking larger sheets might be easier to cut with more table in front of the blade.
I do have limited space behind my saw so I might have to position it more forward if the blade is closer.
I am not tall or have long arms, so too far away may not be good either.

Thanks for any advise.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 05-07-2021 12:38 AM

I don’t know I how this will change the foot print of saw ( taking up space in your shop) to be honest I never gave it much thought either. You said you have limited space behind your saw I think in your case having the blade forward would work better so you have a large surface for behind blade . Because it sound like you have no room for outfeed Table .

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#2 posted 05-07-2021 12:41 AM

Actually I meant the opposite, there is limited space where I stand in front of the saw.
Sorry for the confusion.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#3 posted 05-07-2021 12:51 AM

All other things being equal, IMHO more space in front is better. As you noted, it helps with sheet goods, but it will also help with any longer piece, e.g., doing rabbets, making dados (or grooves), etc.

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#4 posted 05-07-2021 01:11 AM

Well I guess it come down to what you feel is best for you . Like I said earlier I never gave it any thought best of luck.

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#5 posted 05-07-2021 03:13 AM

Where I notice it the most is when for example cutting dados on shelving/cabinet sides. If your sides are 16” or 18” deep, its a pain having them hang off the front of your saw,then your miter gauge is only in part way and probably has some wiggle. I sometimes do this with 24” and can make do, but the more space the better in that scenario.

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#6 posted 05-07-2021 05:42 AM

Most saw elevation crank’s pivot and the centerline of the motor moves. This is why its not a hard performance spec.

Distance to center is great as a number but any real world cut will shorten that distance depending on the amount of blade showing, jigs, etc.

For long stuff you can extend the table with infeed and outfeed rollers so again the spec doesn’t tell you much.

I certainly wouldn’t downcheck a saw for an inch one way or the other. There are a lot more important specs than this.

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#7 posted 05-07-2021 09:44 AM

15 1/2” to 18.9” is not a huge difference in the big picture. If you are used to 18” I would try to stay close to that. With little room in front what do you do for rips, open a door? I have to use a jobsite (sawstop) so I can move outside for long rips. Looking back I should have put the door on the long end but I wasn’t into woodworking when I bought the shed.

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#8 posted 05-07-2021 10:28 AM

Less leaning over to line up on a mark, or when using a sled.

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#9 posted 05-07-2021 11:51 AM

I purchased an Incra mitre sled and now I can cross-cut up to 24” wide without the mitre gauge “flipping” up.

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#10 posted 05-07-2021 12:48 PM

18” of “landing zone” is preferable to 16”, but it’s not a deal breaker to me. It’s a bigger deal on small saws and portables where it can be 6” or less (and is often overlooked during the decision process), but the full size saws all have plenty of room to get the work piece settled before reaching the blade. I applaud you for giving it some thought.

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#11 posted 05-07-2021 01:49 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, I will consider this a minor consideration.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#12 posted 05-07-2021 01:59 PM

The first tablesaw I used was a buddy’s Bosch 4000. One of my goals when buying my own saw (jet proshop) was to get more table in front of the blade.

I think there are some saws that have even more (sawstop industrial, etc.)

Before buying a saw with an extreme amount, I’d check how you work around the blade and what you do as your workpiece clears the blade. Too much distance seems potentially awkward, as well.

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#13 posted 05-07-2021 03:21 PM

The distance from the front of the table to the blade makes a difference when cross-cutting, using a sled, or with many miter gauges. I had DeWalt jobsite saw that had a decent sized table and had great rip capacity with an excellent fence. I had replaced a Delta cabinet saw with it to make room in my shop. I purchased one of the higher end Incra fences with all the stops and etc. and assembled it only to realize that it wouldn’t work with my saw. I could only cut miters one direction. If I turned the miter gauge clockwise it would work fine, but counter-clockwise at 45° put the wood into the blade while the miter gauge was still hanging several inches off the front of the table.

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#14 posted 05-07-2021 07:12 PM

One thing that I noticed in researching my Saw Stop jobsite saw is that they made some changes like blade guard dust collection. The other was adding more space in front of the blade. I think someone said it above, it is a cheap fix to make a crosscut sled and a miter sled for wide cuts. I would get the saw that hits the most high points and enjoy it! With the way the market is I hope you are very patient once you decide.

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#15 posted 05-07-2021 07:28 PM

Each use of your table saw involves some pre-planning. Where is that long rip going to go? How will you align that dado cut? Don’t expect the manufacturer to anticipate and prevent your mistakes.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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