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Table Saw



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Blade Diameter: 315 mm Power: 2200 W
Max cutting height: 85 mm
Arbor size: 30 mm Weight: 45 kg
Blade Tilt: 90-45° Working height: 860 mm
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The Metabo TK 1688 is a medium-sized table saw from the respected Magnum series. It is the updated version of the TK 1685 and generally considered the better machine of the two. Some parts are the same for both machines, but not all. For example, the mitre slots are different. It was succeeded by the TK 1693.

Optional features

Besides a general reputation for good quality, this machine also has many optional features, like sanding discs, a sliding table, mortising table, and a groove cutter block.

The groove cutter head is similar to that of a spindle moulder/shaper, but mounted vertically instead of horizontally. This means it is positioned like a saw blade, and mainly used for grooves, dados, and length-wise profiles.

Sliding tables

The sliding table comes in two sizes: 1580 and 1170mm. There are also several support legs available. The table side extension can be used once (rip capacity 730mm) or twice (rip capacity 1230mm).

Replacement Saw Blades:  The TK 1688 accepts up to 315 mm diameter blades and has a 30 mm arbor. You can browse some blades that will fit the TK 1688 and have good reviews on Amazon Germany or Amazon UK.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Quality machine from the Magnum series. Often a bit overpriced on the second-hand market.

Value for money




What we don't like

  • Can be expensive on the second-hand market
  • Optional features not essential, but still push up the price

What we like

  • Solid machine from the Magnum series
  • More common on the second-hand market than the TK 1685
  • Many interesting optional features
  • Large cutting capacity

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Metabo TK 1688

Working height860 mm
Weight (standard configuration)45 kg
Total height360 mm
Total width525 mm
Motor Voltage3x 400V 1x 230V
Motor Frequency50 Hz
Extra Features and Options
Sliding table (short and long)Option
Table extensions (length and width)Option
Groove cutterblockOption
Mortising TableOption
Sanding and grinding discsOption
Table Saw
Maximum Cutting Height85 mm
Table Dimensions525 x 665 mm
Saw blade
Saw Blade Diameter315 mm
Arbor diameter30 mm

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