The table saw is probably one of the most used pieces of equipment in any workshop and is indispensable out in the field.
The smaller size and lightweight aluminum construction of a worksite table saw makes it easier to transport than its larger workshop cousin. Part of the saw is a box that contains the motor and controls, and the remaining parts being a table that has a blade jutting out from the center.
Worksite table saws do not come with leg attachments, so unless you plan on working on your hands and knees, you may want to consider some form of table to support the saw. If you do not want to buy leg sets, you can make your own.
Alternatively, you can easily set up the table saw on a pair of sawhorses, workbench, or any level area. Make sure the saw is good and solid, is not tippy, and there is no risk of the makeshift table being knocked over while you are working.
As with the standard table saw in the workshop, the worksite table saw is capable of many different functions. The blade can be easily adjusted to accommodate a variety of thicknesses or tilted to make beveled cuts. The only difference between a worksite saw and its workshop counterpart is the smaller surface area of the table.
From a safety perspective, a worksite table saw is much more difficult to work than a larger one. For one, there is not the same stability as when working with a larger table. However, to compensate, you can use an additional saw horse the same height as the table to provide the extra support for the boards or lumber you are cutting.
Blade guards are the most important accessory to buy before using a worksite table saw. Blade guards are commonly metal or plastic covers that fit over the blade to protect your fingers and to help keep splinters from flying into the air.
Guards are a must, as it is all too easy to lose a finger or two when working with a table saw. Today, blade guards are standard on all models of table saws; however, older models may require that you add a blade guard of your own.
One convenient option for a worksite table saw is a splitter. A splitter is a small bar of steel as wide as the saw blade and is located on the opposite side of blade. The splitter helps the wood to stay separated and prevents it from closing on the far side of the blade, which can bind the saw as you continue to push the piece through.
Two other accessories for a worksite table saw are the miter gauge and ripping fence, and these can be worthwhile purchases. A miter gauge is useful for making cross cuts and adjusts to various angles, as well as helping keep the wood steady as you work.
A ripping fence is attached parallel to the blade and serves as another type of guide to make sure that your cuts are all made to the same width specifications. Both items help guide the wood past the blade safely.
Image of homemade portable table saw by Wayne Thume