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Bench Saw

SawStop Industrial Cabinet Saw ICS53415-10
Machine Workshop (Room G24)
Level 03 - Machine Certification


A bench saw or table saw is a woodworking tool consisting of a circular saw blade, mounted on an arbor, that is driven by an electric motor. The blade protrudes through the surface of a table, which provides support for the material, usually wood, being cut. The depth of the cut is varied by moving the blade up and down: the higher the blade protrudes above the table, the deeper the cut that is made in the material.

Video of Operation

Health and Safety

  • The bench saw is a power tool that has the potential to cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Always exercise extreme caution when using the equipment. NEVER touch the blade or other moving parts during use. The blade can easily cut fingers and other body parts.
  • Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use. NEVER leave the machine unattended while in use.
  • Ensure the dust extractor gate is opened before use and closed when finished.
  • Use push sticks, fences and safety guards wherever possible.
  • Do not wear loose articles of clothing and/or jewelry when operating the bench saw.
  • Do not apply pressure towards the blade.
  • Do not try to remove jammed pieces while the machine is still running.
  • Do not attempt to cut pieces smaller than 500mm.
  • Do not attempt to cut round or uneven objects.
  • Do not try to turn on unless green light is showing constantly.
  • Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.

Operation Instructions

  • Turn on dust extractor: Turn on dust extractor and open the dust extractor gate.
  • Prepare the workspace: Ensure work area is clear and that all settings are correctly set. Ensure constant green light only is showing, and nothing is in contact with blade, prior to switching on. Ensure accessible space between guarding and blades is minimal. See a staff member to unlock the machines power.
  • Cut material: Cut the material in a controlled and smooth motion. DO NOT rush. use push sticks wherever possible.
  • Shut down and Remove material: Use the red paddle switch to turn off the machine. Remove the material and clear away any dust and offcuts from both the machine and floor. See a workshop staff member to lock the machines power.

Workmanship Considerations

  • The table saw is useful for cutting large panels of timber to size. It is great for building cabinets and furniture with flat parts.
  • A table saw is extraordinary for making straight cuts that can include going only part way through the wood or doing cut offs. With a fence or T-slide, it allows accurate repeat work of cutting at angles or exactly the same distance/width. With care or with added blades, it can make slots for fitting flat wood pieces together.
  • An old proverb says it is best to ‘measure twice and cut once’. Make sure to double check your measurements before cutting as incorrect cuts will lead to wasted time and material. Always indicate which side of the material is to be kept by marking it with a pencil.
  • Remember when cutting that the blade has a thickness. As such is always best to cut your material to the side of the marking line on the offside of the material rather than on the centreline of the marking.