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#1 posted 12-18-2010 08:02 PM

I love this debate. To me its like comparing apples and oranges. What it comes down to is your needs, what will you be using the saw for. I have both, actually 4 RAS’s and 5 Miter saws. I am a contractor that finishes custom homes and also has a cabinet shop. The RAS’s stay in the shop and the miter saws are both at the shop and out on the job. A miter saw is the perfect tool for cutting moldings, while a RAS is more suited for cabinet building. There are thing each can do the other can’t.
As for accuracy they both will need some attention eventually (never wait until its obvious).
Don’t by a newer RAS unless you plan on spending a $1000 plus. The newer saws (the affordable ones) are to cheaply made and compromise safety and accuracy. All mine are DeWalts- 2 are 925’s and 2 are GWI’s (one of each are for sale:)).
There are a lot of excellent miter saws, look for a good sale. Some of the bigger vendors will have tool shows periodically, great time to buy.
Good luck.
P.S. I paid around $100 for each of my 925’s. The cheaper of the 2 couldn’t have had more than 10 hours on it, looked like it just came out of the box. Keep your eyes on Craigslist.

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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