Sliding table saw - awesome as it looks?

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Forum topic by JeffP posted 03-06-2016 12:40 PM 618 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2016 12:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

It seems like I’m seeing more and more you-tubers with a “sliding table saw”. Essentially a miter sled built into the left wing of the table and set up to glide on linear bearings.

In the videos, it looks really awesome. Looks very safe and stable and convenient. Looks like the sliding on nice bearings would give it sort of a “cadillac feeling”. Seems like having it built-in would mean you would be more inclined to use it for those operations where “I probably should get out the sled or the miter gauge for this, but it will just take a second and it’s not worth the trouble…”

I’m just wondering if there are practical aspects of it that make it considerably less awesome than it looks. Does it get in the way? Do you wind up slowing some things down because you have to take the fence off or get it out of the way somehow? Are there lots of situations where (being significantly further left than the miter slot) it is too far away from the blade to be useful?

Just wondering if the reality is even close to the awesomeness I see in youtube videos.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 02:07 PM

We have a slider at our shop. If you have the space, it’s an awesome tool to have. But therein lies the rub; that slider arm takes up a TON of real estate.

That said, I can’t imagine making rip cuts any other way. We’ve used it to resaw 20/4 mahogany slabs with ease.

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 06:05 PM

Thanks McFly. Since you’re describing ripping slabs (presumably long ones) and also talking about going through 5 inch thick material…I’m thinking the one you have at work may be a dedicated “born that way” sliding table saw. A big monster that is made just for that kind of operation.

I’m talking about a “normal” general purpose tablesaw with the left wing swapped out with a slider. Here, general purpose is the key. Not a special purpose dedicated machine for that use, but a tablesaw that would continue to be the only tablesaw in a small shop and continue to be general purpose.

It’s specifically that need to still work well for other types of uses that has me worried. Not sure how much (if any) general practicality is lost by this modification to a saw.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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