Worm drive or circular saw to use for a table saw?

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Forum topic by Ndekens posted 01-08-2014 06:00 PM 2815 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2014 06:00 PM

Hello, Im looking at converting either my worm drive or circular saw into a under table mounted table saw. Which would you guys think will work best mounted under a 3/4” MDF?

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 06:03 PM

IMO, both would be a pain to use. If you really need to do this then I’d pick the one with the strongest motor. I would also use something besides MDF to mount it too.

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 06:05 PM

If you don’t plan on making beveled cuts then it really doesn’t matter. If you do want to make beveled cuts, then whichever one has the best/strongest bed on it would be my choice.

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 01:57 AM

I thought about this, but it just seems too dangerous to bother with. I figured even a cheap shitty table saw has got to be safer that a upside down circular saw.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 02:38 AM

Dangerous really is subjective in this case. A table saw really is just a saw mounted under a table anyways. Sure it’s dangerous if you don’t know what your doing. What I’m trying to ask, and I should have written my question this way, is if a worm drive skil saw can be run upside down without it burning up the gears? It is an oil filled gearbox which would leave me to believe that the oil is drawn up from the bottom to lube the gears. So if I had the saw inverted would I oil starve the bottom of the gear box and burn it up?

In addition to this would the weight of the worm drive saw vs the weight of the non worm drive saw cause a 3/4” mdf top to sag to much?.......but this could be avoided by bracing the underside of the table I guess.

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 02:55 AM

Worm gear saws use grease. It’s pretty thick.

My guess would be a worm gear will last better in
sustained use. A sidewinder is lighter which is
its main appeal.

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