Cabinet saw, mitre saw, radial arm saw.... too many saws??

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Forum topic by justwingit posted 03-01-2019 07:23 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2019 07:23 PM

Hey all, Im pulling the trigger on a 1.75 saw stop cabinet saw in the next month or three, I have a moderate sized basement shop where almost all my equipment is second hand (good price dubious quality sometimes).
As such i have a cheap mitre saw (craftsman 10 inch NON sliding, the positive stops and even the screw downs for degree cuts are NOT accurate. I have a 1970s radial arm saw, great for cross cuts, not a fan of ripping on it. I have a crappy skilsaw table saw thats good till i have something better. (then the usual crappy craftsman cheapo 12 inch bandsaw, circular saw, scroll saw, jigsaw….). My question is this, once i have the table saw will i be using the mitre saw (that is not easily accurate/consistent?) will i be wishing the radial arm saw was gone? i have a brother who will take or buy my old stuff for sure. Im trying to plan out spacing before i get the behemoth (at least for my shop) and welcome any thoughts. At this point i wonder if i keep the RAS for cross cutting and pitch the mitre, but I haven’t cut a lot of mitre on a saw stop – though i have used 12-15x and was very impressed with quality and like the backup safety if i get sloppy.

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#1 posted 03-01-2019 07:32 PM

Too many saws, is that possible?

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#2 posted 03-01-2019 07:36 PM

BobHall let me rephrase “Cabinet saw, mitre saw, RAS…. Not enough space problem”

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#3 posted 03-01-2019 07:49 PM

I’d get rid of the miter saw and the skilsaw table saw when you get the new TS.

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#4 posted 03-01-2019 08:19 PM

I’m an RAS fan, so I have a table saw and an RAS. To me, the miter saw is for home improvement projects, and mine sits in the back room waiting for those. But cutting miters on the SS will be a piece of cake with a good miter gauge (I’m not much of a fan of the SS miter gauge). You didn’t mention which RAS you have, and that would make a difference to me. The Craftsman saws I’ve seen don’t do miters very well, and I had one that wouldn’t even hold 90˚ even if it wasn’t moved. So if it’s a craftsman I’d probably turn it in for the recall and if you sit the miter in storage, just pull it out when needed.

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#5 posted 03-01-2019 10:57 PM

I use all three. I also like the RAS for cross cutting, I have mine set up at 90 degrees and it never moves from there. I like my miter saw for the angled stuff and find mine very accurate (Bosch), but it doesn’t have quite enough cross cut capability to replace my RAS. You can of course do all of those cuts on a TS very accurately. Many will use the RAS or chop saw to break down rough material, then do the finish cuts on the TS.

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#6 posted 03-01-2019 11:55 PM

Sound like the miter saw is worth getting rid of. Like others above I hung on to my Craftsman RAS for a long time. I built all my kids bedroom furniture with just that saw. After I got my table saw I set it up to do just 90’s and that is all it did for year. The thing that finally got me to get rid of it was the need for the room for a drum sander. Now I use my table saw for about 70% and the rest on my miter saw (12” Bosch Glide) which seems to hold its accuracy real well. I do have to say I couldn’t completely let go of the RAS, its next door were my daughter and her family live so its easy to visit.

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#7 posted 03-02-2019 01:18 AM

I loaned my miter saw to my son so he can store it! I only use it for really long pieces. For shorter angle cuts, my TS is more accurate.

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#8 posted 03-02-2019 11:21 AM

Thanks for the help, all. I think i might keep the RAS for some 90 cuts (it was my grandfathers saw so some sentimental value) and pass on the table and the mitre saw when the new one arrives.

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#9 posted 03-02-2019 12:16 PM

One thing to keep in mind is that cutting rough lumber on a table saw is not ideal. That’s where your RAS or miter saw would be a great help.

By the way, you don’t have a bandsaw yet? :)

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#10 posted 03-02-2019 01:28 PM

You will be amazed by how much more versatile a good table saw is. If you construct a sled and don’t need finished lengths longer than about 4’ you can free up space occupied by the RAS, and improve the accuracy of your cuts. If you then purchase a good miter gauge you can free up space formerly occupied by your miter saw and accurately cut any angle. I would encourage to get the mobile attachment with your purchase,

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#11 posted 03-03-2019 03:34 AM

well i have all three and will keep all three.the table saw is the center piece but i do all my cross cuts on the ras set at 90 and never ever moves from that setting,id never get rid of it,i use it on every project.the miter saw i only use for angle cuts.

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#12 posted 03-03-2019 03:44 AM

It’s impossible to have to many saws.

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