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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 08:17 PM

Many good points have been made here—the best of which I think was
“It depends a lot on what you want to cut”
I would add to that—Your personal work style.
No one tool is best for every application – or for everyone’s approach.

I can only speak to what I do – cabinets, bookcases etc, the occassional picture frame and some trim work.
For this type of work I think my little Ryobi miter saw is one of the best investments I have ever made.
I love the simplicity, accuracy, repeatability of cut and portabllity (so I can put it out of the way when not needed)
It IS a bit limited as to width—making me wish at times i had gone with a sliding miter

When I need to do dados – it is usually on large side panels and it is much easier (for me) to take my router to the workpiece than to jockey the workpiece up onto a saw. I do have a table saw I use for that task when it seems appropriate. —Again – different tools for different needs – and workstyles.

Admittedly—I’ve never used an RAS, though, so I may just not know what i am missing.

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