I have been using table saws for about six years and find them an
invaluable addition to the shop.
My large saw is 1/2 horse, 6 inch blade that will cut up to 3/8
I also use an old Jarmac saw, I got in to fix and was never picked
up. It uses a 4 inch .035 thick blade and cuts quite well.
I believe it is the same or similar to the one sold by Micro Mark.
It can rip strips in silver and other non ferrous metals to an
accuracy of at least .003 over a 14 inch length.
A couple tips I have learned:
Raise the blade as high as it will go so the teeth are cutting closer
to 90 degrees, sawing less metal.
Put a little Bur Life on the blade or on the metal where the saw will
When you set the rip fence do not necessarily trust that it is
parallel to the blade. I try to set it parallel then open the back
.001 or .002 to give the metal a little clearance as you push it
It may take a little experimenting with setting the fence, finding
the right blade and cutting speeds, but I think you will find you can
cut an amazing amount of material including thick wire and tubing,
square and at angles very easily.
Many blades are available from MSC Manhattan Supply Co. at reasonable