If you have enough floor space in your shop to accommodate one, a table saw will earn its keep by making a variety of cuts with speed and precision -- crosscuts, rips, miters, compound miters, bevels, grooves, and dadoes. Specialty blades are available for cutting metal, plastics, masonry, and stone; other accessories can turn your table saw into a sander or grinder. Home Improvement Encyclopedia
The table saw is noted for its accuracy and ease of adjustment, particularly over the radial arm saw which required more adjustments. Because the circular blade of the table saw can be moved up, down and at an angle, it can make all conventional cuts. The table saw is also considered the tool of choice when making rip cuts.
A table saw or sawbench is the most common piece of large woodworking equipment. Because of its versatility, when only one piece of large woodworking machinery is owned, it will often be a table saw. The saw consists of a circular saw blade, mounted on an arbor, that is driven by an electric motor (either directly or by belt or gears).