07 Reasons: Why is My Table Saw Binding? – [Solutions]

When using a table saw can bring a lot of problems if you use it incorrectly. Table saw binding is one of them, and it will cause dangerous damage to the important organs in your body. So you had better use the table saw without any binding because it causes the table saw kickbacks. So let’s see, why is the table saw binding, and how can you prevent it?

A table saw is binding due to these reasons such as using an inclined fence, using an improper saw blade, misaligned saw blade, using single pusher stick, and bent fence, and using dirty, dull saw blade. If you use proper safety tools, saw blade, and methods you can avoid the binding.

A table saw is binding due to the above reasons we should prevent them in order to safety of our selves. So let’s see all in detail about why is my table saw binding and the reason for that, and ways and methods for preventing that.

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What is Table Saw Binding?

Table saw binding has stuck the workpiece between the fence and saw blade due to the inclination of the fence or saw blade. The fence and blade distance in the feeding side is larger than the other side distance. As a result of this workpiece will not cut parallel, and the cut will be a triangle shape. When the workpiece is tried to stuck between the saw blade and the fence table saw is slow down and it tends to stop.

Mostly, the table saw is binding due to rip cut.

If there are no splitters or reviving knife the workpiece can kick back easily. As a result of kickback user’s stomach can be damaged. So do not stay right back of the workpiece. You had better stay side of the workpiece. So you had better follow the right safety rules always.

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How to Identify the Binding

You can identify the binding by observing the table saw behavior and workpiece cutting surface.

  • When the workpiece is feeding to the table saw it can slow down and then it tries to stop. This can be a reason for the binding.
  • Before you cut the workpiece measure the feeding side distance and toher side distance. You can see, feeding side distance is higher than other side distance.
  • After you check the workpiece cuttig surface you can see, there is a burning marks due to friction
  • If the workpiece tries to kickback it can be a reason for the binding. So be alert about it.

Reasons and Solutions for Table Saw Binding

You can prevent Table Saw Binding by following below 07 tips.

01. Inclined Fence

When you tight the fence to the table saw top, it should be fixed using two points. If you use a single fixpoint, it can turn around that. As a result, a fence can be inclined with the table saw.

There is a small space distance in the fence and table saw top because it helps to move the fence sides. It is using two points will tighten well the fence as it does not move to the inclined position.

02. Use Improper Saw Blade

Saw blades are many types. Among that, some blades are specified to the rip cuts. A rip cut is along cut through the fibers of the wood. So there is not much resistance, and it can cut easier than cross-cut.

Rapid cutting required fewer teeth in the wood. So you can select flat-top (FT) 10 to 40 teeth saw blade. It will move through fibers quickly than the cross-cut blades.

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03. Misaligned Saw Blade

When the saw blade is misaligned, it will be inclined with the fence. When the fence and the saw blade are not parallel, it can cause to the binding. So you must check whether the saw blade is aligned with the saw blade.

You can check it by measuring the marked teeth’ distance to the fence at the feeding end and exit end. If there is a different distance, you can identify the there is an inclination.

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04. Using Single Push Stick

When you use a single push stick it will try to rotate around the pushing point when the cutting is being finished. As a result of this, it can turn towards the saw blade. Finally, it can kickback to the user. So do not use a single-point pusher stick. Use two stick or pusher blocks as workpieces, not turn to the saw blade side.

05. Using Bent Fence

When the fence is bent, the workpiece can be forced to the blade when its cutting is finished. So make sure there is no bending on the fence.

06. Number of Teeth on the Blade.

When the number of the blade is high, it tends to clog the sawdust. A rip cut is a speed, and it needs to collect the sawdust in a high volume. So it needs deep gullets. Making deep gullets and a high amount of teeth is not practically possible. So you had better use the low number of saw blades. It can collect a high amount of dust when it is cut.

07. A Dirty or Dull Blade


When the saw blade is dull or full of sawdust, it can make additional friction. As a result of this workpiece, and saw the blade scratch thoroughly. So it can be bent while it is cutting.

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Safety Tools for Table Saw Binding

When you use the table, saw you must use these tools for the binding. It will prevent the kickback. In short, those are really useful safety tools.

A splitter is an optional tool for the riving knife. It can prevent the workpiece over the saw blade.

This tool can prevent the workpiece move towards the saw blade.

  • Pusher Blocks

If you use a single pusher stick, it can turn the workpiece around the pushing point. But if you use the pusher block, it can push tightly.

Tom Mackency

Tom Mackency

Hi, I am Tom Mackency. It has been 10 years that I have been working as a professional woodworker since 2013. I am really enjoying my carrier by creating many kinds of projects in my workshop. But mostly I like for home improvement projects. Home improvement and DIY projects are the most interesting things for me. More than that, the coolest things are power tools. Those are very precious and efficient than a decade ago. So I try to introduce so many things about power tools, woodworking, DIY projects, home improvement and many more interesting topics here.