What You Don’t Know About European Saws

Because of their unfamiliar features, unusual appearance and higher price tag, many Americans don’t even consider buying a European saw. Here’s why they should.
By Kelly Mehler
Pages: 49-55

From the August 2007 issue #163
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Perhaps when you think of table saws, the names that first come to mind are ones such as Delta, Jet, Grizzly and so on. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with brands such as Rojek, Felder, Mini Max, Laguna or others from Europe. Or maybe you’re unaccustomed to the look of the European machines, the features or the price tags.

How are European table saws different than U.S.-style table saws? In this article we take a look at the real differences between these types of saws so that we can understand our choices. We will consider differences in the features that affect efficiency, effectiveness, user-friendliness, safety and cost. By understanding which table saw features are possible and which ones are desirable to woodworkers, we may encourage table saw manufacturers to make changes that benefit the end users – you and me.

From the August 2007 issue #163
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