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Posted on First Power saw: Radial vs Compound Miter vs Table vs Plunge?

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 06:03 AM

The track saw is a surprising suggestion; I’d never heard of it. However, it’s looking expensive. How does it compare to Panel Saw conversion kits? It looks like these things are meant for cutting large stock, and not my regular small cuts….

I’m somewhat familiar with the radial’s dangers. We had pretty extensive written and practical tests to get approved for each tool; I was one of the only middle school students that was cleared for the thing.

I also remember Doc demonstrating what happens when the thing kicks; he set the saw perpendicular to it’s axis and started ripping a chunk of 2×4, which quickly flew 100 feet across the shop, denting the back wall of the welding station. What else do you need to watch out for on the radial arm saw. I keep my hands FAR away from the blade on any power saw…

I have other saws, they just require a reciprocating arm!

-- ~Mark

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