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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 06:11 AM

Space is limited meaning you have decided to make one or the other your main saw right? Since most of your cuts will be cross, mitered or compound mitered cuts my suggestion would be to go with the SCMS. Its more portable and is quicker to set up angled cuts, with repeatable accuracy quickly. Being a college student this also allows you to move things by yourself if need be. If you were setting up a permanent shop I would suggest the RAS. I love my RAS, but as mentioned they can be a bit temperamental when it comes to setting them up for angled cuts. That’s not to say they’re not accurate because if set up right they are. They’re also quite heavy for a college student to move around by himself. I have a 12” SCMS that handles about as much as my RAS can. What you can’t do with the SCMS you can do with other power tools if needed. Ya the RAS can do dado’s but so can a router. Save the Ras for when you can set up a permanent shop.

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