Every woodworker should own a table saw. They are the workhorse of every woodshop and construction site, but how do you improve on a table saw? Maybe it’s time to accessorize?
The best table saw accessories offer a multitude of options, from stands, featherboards and throats to fences and push sleds. Join us as we take a tour of the best table saw accessories.
Types of Table Saw Accessories
If you think your table saw is just for making rip cuts, think again. Table saws are much more versatile, and with the right attachments, you open up a world of possibilities. Here is an at-a-glance list of the available accessories.
- Table Saw Stand: Putting your table saw on a stable base makes the saw safer to use.
- Blades: Choosing the right saw blade for the task is crucial for the best outcomes, especially if you are sawing through different materials.
- Fence: The table saw fence makes it safer to rip and crosscut because it guides the workpiece.
- Sled: The table saw sled rides the miter-gauge slots and guides the stock towards the blade. It is ideal for 45 and 90-degree angles.
- Miter-Gauge: This gauge holds the stock in place while you make angled cuts.
- Safety Set: A safety set increases table saw safety and is the ideal kit for beginners.
- Push Block: Push blocks keep your fingers away from the blade as you maneuver the workpiece.
- Throat Plate: It makes it easier to access the saw blade and stops chunks of wood from falling into the gap where the blade sits.
- Featherboard: This keeps the stock against the fence by applying pressure on the workpiece.
- Switch: Often referred to as a bump switch. A prominent safety switch is vital for shutting the saw off in an emergency.
- Dust Collector: Sawdust contains pollutants that cause lung damage when inhaled. An efficient dust collection system is a must-have.
- Clearance Insert: A clearance insert closes the gap on your old metal insert and reduces the chances of tear-out on your cuts.
- Splitter: A splitter sits behind the saw blade and stops your stock from pinching, which causes kickback.
- Angle Gauge: An angle gauge allows you to adjust the blade to precise angles. It improves your accuracy.
- Link Belt: A link belt doesn’t warp or stiffen, reducing the vibration from the table saw.
- Extension: Cutting longer stock pieces is possible with an extension. It increases your accuracy and stops the stock from warping or snapping.
- Dado Blade Set: Dado blades give you the option of cutting dadoes.
- Mobile Base: It’s one thing having a table saw stand, but a mobile base increases the maneuverability of the table saw.
How to Choose Accessories for Your Table Saw
There are two considerations you should keep in mind when shopping for accessories for your table saw. Some accessories increase the performance of your table saw, and others improve safety.
There is a seemingly infinite choice when it comes to the blades you can buy for your table saw. Each blade has a specific purpose, whether you are cutting wood, metal and other materials.
You should consider the tooth count per inch as a reliable guide to what each blade can do and the material it can cut. Here is a handy chart to guide you.
|Blade Type||TPI||Number of Teeth||Suitable For|
|Coarse||3 to 8||40 to 60||Lumber, hardwood, softwood, MDF|
|Medium||8 to 18||60 to 80||Lumber, hardwood, softwood, MDF, plyboard, sheet metals|
|Fine||18 to 32||80 to 120||Plyboard, frames, sheet material, non-ferrous metal|
If you want to make rip cuts, you will need a rip fence. They also have a dual role of acting as a guide to stabilize your stock when making crosscuts. Without this fence, you would not be able to cut wood safely, accurately and evenly.
Sawdust is toxic. The best table saws have effective dust collection systems to deal with debris removal from your projects in a safe manner. It could be a dust bag that sits below the table saw or a dust port that connects to a vacuum to suck the dust away.
If you want to increase the capacity of your table saw so it can cut more substantial pieces of material, consider purchasing a table extension or an outfeed table. It means that you can work with longer lengths of wood and sheet material without the fear of the stock snapping.
It also increases your safety because it keeps the project stable as you cut.
The good news is that outfeed tables are compatible with all makes and models of table saw, even if you own an older model.
Most modern table saws come with all the safety features you would expect. They have automatic shut-off switches, a riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, brakes and blade guards. But if you own an old table saw, you may lack some of these elements.
Some of the best accessories you can buy increase your safety and protect you from harm. A riving knife sits behind the blade and stops kickback. Zero-clearance inserts eliminate the gap between the blade and the saw throat, preventing little bits of wood becoming lodged in the recess.
Push blocks keep your hands away from the blade as you feed the stock. This is especially useful if you are making thin cuts, where you increase the risks of coming into contact with the blade.
Other safety accessories include:
- Anti-kickback pawls.
- Blade guards.
- Magnetic switches.
This is not an exhaustive list, but instead, it is a list of some of the essential accessories you should buy to keep you safe.
The Best Table Saw Accessories of 2020
With so many accessories to consider, we chose 18 of the best to benefit your table saw experience.
1. DeWALT 10-Inch Miter/Table Saw Blade
If you step onto a building site right now, we guarantee that one of the contractors will be using a DeWALT product. If professionals love them, then so should the rest of us.
This combo pack of cross-cutting and general use blades is incredible value for money. Even better? They are carbide-tipped for durability and edge retention.
The kerf is thin, and you get one blade with a TPI of 32 and the other has 60. These blades fit 10-inch saws only.
These blades have a computer-balanced plate for reduced vibration and noise, and help to improve the accuracy and finish of the cut.
- Trusted brand.
- General-purpose use.
- 2-blade set.
- Value for money.
- Cheaply made.
|Teeth||60 and 32|
|Max RPM||Not stated|
|Use||One blade for cross-cutting and one for general purpose use|
|Anti-vibration||Computer-balanced to reduce vibration|
2. DeWALT DW7440RS Mobile Table Saw Stand
This DeWALT table saw stand is lightweight, weighing just 33 pounds. It means this stand is easier to maneuver because it is 20 percent lighter than the competition. A set of large and robust wheels also enhances the portability of this stand.
It folds flat for secure storage, and it has quick-connect brackets to make attaching and detaching the saw a breeze. This feature saves you time when setting up and packing away.
This stand has an ergonomically designed handle that helps to pull the saw when it is mounted, and the rubber feet stop the stand from slipping when placed on hard surfaces. This stand measures 40 inches in height, which enables you to set the saw position to reduce strain on your back and legs.
- Easy to maneuver.
- Quick-release brackets.
- Folds flat.
- Expensive replacement parts.
- Cheaply made.
3. Vega Pro 50 Table Saw Fence System
Ask any pro-woodworker or carpenter what table saw fence they’d like, and we’re pretty sure Vega would be near the top of the list. This Pro 50 is the larger of the models, at 42 inches, but you can also buy the smaller 36-inch version.
So, why is this fence our favorite? At 42 inches, it allows for longer rip cuts, and the rip capacity is 50 inches. Installing this fence shouldn’t take any longer than 15 minutes. Plus, because it fits Delta Unisaw, Contractor, and Powermatic 10-inch saws, no drilling is required.
This Vega fence system also has micro-adjustments to ensure you are 100 percent accurate with your cuts. The only downside is the price; it is expensive, costing more than some entire table saws. That said, you know this fence is quality, and you always get what you pay for.
- Rip capacity.
- Easy to install.
|Rip capacity||50 inches|
|Compatibility||Delta Unisaw, Contractor, Powertec|
4. Grr-Ripper Advanced 3D Pushblock
This table saw push block uses 3D force for complete control. Downward force helps to eliminate kickback; inward force keeps the stock pressed against the fence and forward force-feeds the stock and maintains control of the procedure.
Also, it moves the workpiece easily and almost eliminates kickback. This block is engineered to be a moving blade guard, keeping your fingers away from the blade and safe at all times.
It has a cutting range of 0.25 inches to 5 inches, so sawing thin strips is possible with this push block. It adapts to bevel cuts, ripping, crosscutting, dowels, dadoes and even irregular shapes.
It comes with an adjustable spacer, which increases the grip-size of the block by almost 54 percent. It means that even when working on substantial projects, you still have complete control of the stock.
And to top it all, this product is 100 percent American!
- 3D force.
- 54 percent higher grip-surface.
- Acts as a moving blade guard.
- Makes thin rip cuts.
|Dimensions (inches)||8 x 5.5 x 4.65|
|Cutting range||0.25 to 5 inches|
5. Leecraft R4512 Zero Clearance Insert
This zero-clearance table saw insert keeps small pieces of stock from becoming lodged between the blade and the throat. It reduces the risk of your saw blade binding. It also improves tear-out and dust collection, which is another culprit of your saw gumming.
This Leecraft model is not universal. It only fits the Ridgid R4512 professional table saw. So, if you have a different model of table saw, you will be disappointed. Make sure you check your model numbers before purchasing one because Leecraft manufactures zero-clearance inserts to fit most models and makes.
This zero-clearance insert has a slot for your riving knife, which also reduces kickback. It is constructed from phenolic, which allows for friction-free operation and resistance to abrasion.
- Riving knife slot.
- Friction-free operation.
- Reduces kickback and binding.
- Not universal.
|Dimensions (inches)||15.25 x 3.75 x 0.9|
6. Grizzly Industrial T21992 Power Twist V-Belt
This Grizzly link belt replaces the old V-belt on your table saw. Because traditional belts are rubberized, over time they become brittle and snap or develop bumps, which can cause your saw to rattle and jump around, especially when they sit idle for months on end.
The other problem with rubber belts is they stretch from overuse. A link belt does none of these things. Each twist-together woven link moves independently, which means the belt has no “memory” and will not deform over longer periods of idleness.
The other advantage of a link belt is they are adjustable in size, so if you have other belt-driven tools, order some spares and cut them to size.
Link belts stay flexible, which improves the way your table saw operates and reduces rattling and vibration.
- Reduces vibration.
- Does not deform.
- Stays flexible.
|Suitable for||Lathes, bandsaws, table saws, and other belt-driven tools|
7. Oshlun SDS-0630 8-Inch 30-Tooth Dado Set
Dado sets are versatile because they can cut dadoes, grooves and rabbets. This Oshlun dado set is carbide-tipped to increase the sharpness and reduce the impact that heat plays in dulling the teeth. The blades have full-body chippers, and the dado saw tooth count is 30, while the chipper blade has a tooth count of 5.
The shim is set for fine adjustments, which is convenient if you want to get the most out of the blade set and spend less time shuffling the shims. You even get a storage case to keep your blades in excellent condition when they are in storage.
This 16-piece saw set cuts a range of dadoes from 0.25 inches to 0.9 inches, and thanks to the clever design, it reduces tear-out and splintering.
- 16-piece set.
- Storage case.
- Build quality issues.
|Dimensions (inches)||8.2 x 8.1 x 2.4|
|Number of pieces||16|
|Arbor size||0.625 inches|
|Teeth per inch||30 and 5|
8. Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax Cast Iron Table Extension
If you own a steel cabinet table saw, this Bench Dog table extension is ideal for giving you that extra capacity to complete more substantial projects. This model fits all contractor-grade table saws and right-tilt cabinet saws, as long as the table measures 27 inches by 0.5 inches thick.
It comes complete with a pro-fence, which is easy to remove and store on the supplied J-hooks. This table extension kit is ideal for those who have limited space in their workshops, and it comes with all the hardware you need to mount it.
The plate opening measures 8.25 inches by 11.75 inches, and the table is 0.375 inches thick. This product also comes with a lifetime warranty, so you have the peace of mind knowing that you are covered if it should malfunction.
- Lifetime warranty.
- Ideal for small spaces.
- Fits most contractor-grade saws.
- Comes with a fence.
- Only fits professional-grade table saws.
|Dimensions (inches)||18 x 29 x 4|
|Table thickness||0.375 inches|
|Suited for||Cabinet and professional-grade table saws|
|Warranty||Limited lifetime warranty|
9. Powertec 71009 Safety Set
If you care about your safety when using a table saw, you need to invest in this safety set. It includes a long hold down push stick, two short hold down push sticks, one safe V stick and a straight push stick.
Push sticks are the ultimate tool to keep your fingers away from the cutting blade, reducing the chances of accidents and kickback. Push sticks enable the operator to make complex cuts and thin cuts safely.
They work by allowing you to maintain firm and steady pressure while guiding the stock towards the blade. Keeping the workpiece pressed firmly against the rip fence decreases binding, which reduces instances of kickback.
Each push stick has an ergonomic handle to make using it more comfortable.
- Set of 5 push sticks.
- Increases safety.
- Maintain control.
- Reduce kickback.
- Cheaply made.
- Sawdust reduces grip.
|Number of pieces||5|
|Material||Plastic and foam|
10. Wixey WR300 Digital Angle Gauge
Table saws are excellent tools for cutting angles, but setting the angles can sometimes be a challenge. This Wixey angle gauge is the ideal tool to have if you want to find accurate settings quickly.
All you need to do is set the blade in the upright position and place the angle gauge against the side of the blade. Press zero to reset the gauge, and then when you angle the blade, the magnetic strips hold it in place.
It has a 180-degree range and is only 2 inches tall. This digital tool speeds up the rate at which you can cut angles in your material, and increases your accuracy. Nothing ruins the outcome of a project better than inaccurate measurements and angles that don’t fit.
- Easy to use.
- Set up in seconds.
- Speeds up your work rate.
- 180-degree range.
- Expensive gadget.
|Dimensions (inches)||2 x 2 x 1.3|
|Functions||On/off switch, zero switch|
11. Woodstock D4151 110/220-Volt Paddle Switch
Never underestimate table saw safety. And when it comes to safe practices, this paddle switch is a crucial addition to your power saw. It is rated for 2 and 3 horsepower motors and operates at 110 and 220 volts. It also comes with a 1-year warranty for peace of mind.
Installing this switch could save your life. Imagine the saw binding or something snagging in the blade, and you immediately bump the switch with your knee to shut it down. It could be the difference between a near miss and a trip to the emergency unit.
You should install this switch at knee height so that should you need it, you can bump it with your knee for an instant shut down of the saw.
- Ideal for 2 and 3 horsepower motors.
- 110/220 volts.
- Paddle cuts power.
- Switch only.
- No wires or box supplied.
|Dimensions (inches)||6.5 x 4.2 x 3.3|
|Rating||2 and 3 horsepower motors|
12. Incra Miter V27 Miter Gauge
This Incra miter gauge has 41 angle stops for precise incremental control. It has a plus or minus 60-degree range for a wider variety of cuts. You get special stops at 22.5 degrees for maximum versatility, and the patented Glidelock miter bar has 4 expansion points for zero play.
Table saw miter gauges, supplied with the table saw, are sadly not great quality, so if you are serious about making accurate angled cuts, you will want to invest in an aftermarket miter gauge like this one.
The 41 angle stops are achieved in 5-degree increments over the full 180 degrees, and because this miter gauge is universal, it should fit your table saw.
- 5-degree increments.
- 41 angle stops.
- No-wiggle expansion locks.
- 180-degree range.
- Build quality issues.
- Plastic elements.
|Dimensions (inches)||17 x 6.88 x 3.5|
13. Bosch TS1004 Table Saw Dust Collector
Bosch makes quality products, so it should come as no surprise that this dust collector makes our list. It isn’t a universal dust collector, and it is only compatible with a Bosch 10-inch 4000 series table saw as well as the 4100, GTS1031 and GTS1041A.
It can be used with other table saws as long as they have an outlet port of 2.5 inches. Make sure you consult your owners manual before you commit to buying this dust collector.
It is easy to attach and detach, and it gives you up to 70 percent dust collection, removing the vast majority of sawdust from the atmosphere. It is crafted out of heavy cloth material with a robust zipper for convenient emptying.
- Compatible with 4 Bosch saws.
- Easy to attach.
- Removes 70 percent of sawdust.
- Not universal.
|Port size||2.5 inches|
14. DeWALT 10-Inch Throat Plate
Much like the zero-clearance insert, the throat plate replaces the plate that comes with the table saw. It stops debris from falling between the blade and the mechanism. Unfortunately, most table-supplied throat plates are of poor quality, so getting a better throat plate is crucial.
This DeWALT throat plate is compatible with DeWALT models with the serial number DWE7490 and DWE7491. This plate has enough of a gap to allow the blade to run at an angle for a greater variety of cuts, as well as dado blade stacks that gives the operator the ability to make rabbet, dado and bevel cuts.
- Trusted brand.
- Accommodates dado stacks.
- Not universal.
|Dimensions (inches)||17.5 x 8.8 x 10.2|
|Suited for||Dado stacks|
15. Milescraft 1408 Featherboard
This Milescraft featherboard utilizes an innovative design that incorporates a consistent tension and maximum holding pressure of the split rail construction. It increases the pressure on the stock as it travels along the rip fence. This process reduces the advent of kickback and improves the smoothness with which the stock passes the blade.
This model has universal mounts that fit most brands of table saws, and it has dual motion, side to side, and forward action for faster set-up. Be sure to check your manual to see if this featherboard is compatible with your particular model.
And if you are worried about cost, think again. This featherboard is very affordable, and is a must-have if you want to improve your safety.
- Universal mounts.
- Increases pressure on the stock.
- Reduces kickback.
- Build quality issues.
|Dimensions||8.9 x 10.5 x 2.85|
16. Shop Fox D2057A Adjustable Mobile Base
This Shop Fox mobile base makes your table saw maneuverable. It has a load capacity of 700 pounds and can be configured in 8 different ways to adapt to varying types of table saw. It has an adjustable frame that lets you lock the base to suit your size, and the heavy-duty casters are mounted on outriggers to give the saw a low center of gravity.
This all adds up to greater portability. And when you have the saw in the correct location, the 2-piece foot pads adjust to raise or lower the table saw and lock it in place.
This mobile base has a minimum size range of 19 inches by 20.5 inches and a maximum of 29.5 inches by 29.5 inches.
- Large casters.
- 700-pound maximum load.
- Adjustable footpads.
- 8 different configurations.
- Tricky to assemble.
- Low-quality casters.
- Casters are expensive to replace.
|Dimensions (inches)||3.6 x 22.5 x 17.5|
|Min and max size (inches)||19 x 22.5 / 29.5 x 29.5|
17. Microjig Splitter SteelPro TK
This is America’s most popular aftermarket splitter for thin kerf saw blades, according to the manufacturer. It installs directly into zero-clearance inserts, so it is compatible with the Leecraft throat plate featured earlier in the list.
It has an automatic kerf keeper that prevents the wood from binding on the blade, and mini featherboard technology holds the workpiece against the fence to avoid kickback. It also reduces the risk of stock burning.
It has a polymer shell and a stainless steel core, so it is robust, and installation is easier because MicroJig provides you with a drill bit and drill guide. The other great thing about this splitter is it is American-made.
- Steel core.
- Automatic kerf keeper.
- Reduces binding.
- Build quality issues.
- Plastic coating cracks.
|Dimensions (inches)||4 x 4 x 0.5|
|Material||Stainless steel and polymer|
|Universal||Fits all zero-clearance inserts|
18. Rockler Table Saw Crosscut Sled
This crosscut sled has a large protractor so you can easily see the angle markings to make accurate cuts. Each angle adjusts in 0.50-inch graduations, and a hair-line indicator ensures error-free set up.
It also has a heavy-duty aluminum fence with smooth-sliding components to increase your cutting versatility. The fence measures 25 inches in length and 3 inches in height. The table is 0.50 inches thick with a melamine coating to protect the surface. The table is also oversized to enable you to cut it to size to fit your table saw.
If you are looking for a sled that enables you to make angled cuts with ease, this is the ideal choice.
- 0.50-inch graduations.
- 25-inch aluminum fence.
- Large protractor.
- Cuts down to size.
|MDF fence length||27 inches|
|Table dimensions (inches)||23.75 x 23.75 x 0.50|
|Material||Aluminum, MDF, melamine|
|Fence length||25 inches|
Accessorize to Maximize
There is a vast array of table saw accessories out there, and we aren’t suggesting you should buy everything on this list.
It depends on how you use your table saw and how frequently you use it when deciding on what accessories you will need.
However, consider the safety aspect when making your choices because you cannot put a price on that.