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#1 posted 08-18-2016 05:20 PM

I’m nearly 6 months into using an older (1958) Dewalt radial arm saw. If my crosscut were all pretty much under 13” to 16”, and my rips were mostly under 4 feet—I could almost eliminate my table saw. The longer rips would be fine if not for a bad case of “user limitations”. Actually, bevels & miters are more accurate on my RAS than the TS.

Budget—a decent working model MBF can be had for +/- $100 in most of the USA (with a range of free to $500—some people are mighty proud). I’d budget another $100 or less for motor bearings (unless it’s been done in the last 10 years or so) and a new top. For another $35—add Wally Kunkel’s “Mr. Sawdust” RAS book and even I was able to do a great set-up.

I do mostly boxes and such, and when I do I pretty much don’t use my TS. But…I do about 3 cabinets a year and the TS is pretty handy for that.


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