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01-31-2016 06:30 PM

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Both for safety and ergonomics at what height should the table on your table saw be ? I am 5’6” and my saw with the mobile base is 35” high. For some reason it just feels uncomfortable. What do you suggest? Bear in mind any changes I make would involve some major cutting of the base legs.

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 06:37 PM

For me, just high enough to place a palm flat on the table while standing perfectly upright.

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 06:47 PM

I try to not let my table saws get too high.. a good buzz is ok, but they get weird when really toasted! <grin>

Seriously, it’s an individual thing… taller people will have a different comfortable height than shorter ones. The size of the table top also makes a difference, as a larger table will require more leaning over since the blade is positioned further back than on one with a smaller table.

I was curious, so I just went and checked mine. All of my table saws are right around 35.5” give or take a smidgen, and they all seem just fine for me. I’m 6 foot though, so for someone shorter, that might not be ideal for them.


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#3 posted 01-31-2016 07:51 PM

Don’t trim the legs. Build a strong, proper height for you, stand. Safety first & don’t stretch & lean over a spinning blade.


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#4 posted 01-31-2016 07:57 PM

I am 5’11”, my saw and tables are 35” above the finished floor. I find that to be comfortable working height.

My table saw does not have a mobile base. The saw sitting on the floor just happens to work out for me.

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 10:45 PM

It should be whatever is comfortable for you. A platform or stand in front of the saw should help.

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 11:24 PM

Not a fan of having a stand. It would have to be big enough to walk all around the saw without falling off of it.
Since you have a mobile base I gather you move the saw around to use it?, a stand small enough to be able move around with the saw, I see probable cause to fall off of. I guess if your only cutting small items it would be ok, but ripping a 4×8 and you would need it to be big enough to move around on.
Sounds like a good excuse to wear some of your wife’s heels. :)

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 12:37 AM

All things considered, if a piece of wood get’s kicked back at me, I would rather take a direct hit to the spleen rather than the huevos grande. Maybe it’s just me, but I think most people have EVERYTHING in their shop way too low.

My main workbench is darn near nipple high and I love it. Been planning to raise my table saw and assembly table a good 4 or 5 inches above the norm, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 01:14 AM


FYI, my table saw height is 36” which is comfortable for me. I am 5’11”. Generally I would think that for you to have the same relationship to the table saw as I have, you would need a floor to table top height of 31”.

Perhaps the mobile base could be replaced with one that does not raise the saw so as much. Outrigger castors could accomplish this.

Since you mentioned a reluctance to cut the metal legs, I assume it is a saw that has a leg stand of some kind, such as is found on contractor saws. If it has a removable leg stand, then building a leg stand to replace the metal legs would give you a more comfortable height. However, before building a replacement stand or cutting legs, building a temporary platform might be a good idea. Doing so would establish your comfortable working height and would give you confidence that your efforts will yield the results you want.

Unless you can deck a substantial area around the table saw, I would avoid a platform on which to stand. In addition to the hazards noted by jbay, it also becomes a trip hazard in an environment where falling is the last thing you want to do.

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 01:16 AM

Detach the legs and build a stand.

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#10 posted 02-01-2016 12:13 PM

My table saw and work surfaces are high as I have back trouble. The height answer is whatever works best for you.

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