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#1 posted 12-18-2010 05:02 AM

I have one, I’m not an expert either. My best guess would be if price and space are an issue go with a RAS. RAS’s need space in front of them, SCMS need space to the front and back of them. RAS’s can be a pain to keep accurate if you are changing things constantly, but if you use it for just 90* you should be fine. You can rip on one but I wouldn’t recommend it, table saw is a lot safer. Like other have said, stay away from the newer ones, mine is from 1978 and is made from light duty material, but after spending some time tuning it runs just right. Though I’ve been thinking about selling it since most of my finished pieces are within the capacity of my 10” miter saw. I also rebuilt my crosscutting table and realized how much room my RAS was taking up, I have an idea of putting it on a mobile cart with folding wings.

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