I often have the radial arm tooled up in a different combination (I
have all the optional extras like dado head, sander, etc). Not very
convenient if I want to chop a couple of lengths of rough sawn timber
and then go back to whatever I was doing on the radial arm.
Besides which, radial arm saws tend to be a little inaccurate, unless
you spent a whole lot of time setting them up before each cut (and
even then they may not be accurate). Whereas a good chop saw can
repeat a cut again and again.
Just a double width garage, one side used for the car, the other the
workshop (when the car is out during the day I set up a collapsible
I suspect the industrial saw might be made to more exacting standards
than the job sold for the home market, though I've had mine for some
25 years now and it's one of those tools that has "well made" all over
I find a radial much better than a chop saw, I have two Dewalt Radials
built in to a long bench with long fence and cut off stops along one
side of my workshop, (before anyone comments, I obtained the second
Dewalt from a friend who sold me his entire workshop kit and having
two does come in handy!)
IMHO I reckon that the Dewalt is more accurate and safer to use than
a chop saw (FWIW I do have a small chop saw which I hardly ever use) I
certainly don't need to set the radial up before each cut, I find that
once it is set up correctly it stays that way until I hit a knot or it
jams and this sometimes puts it out of square.
For cutting mitres and angles I have made a jig which offers the wood
to the saw at an angle rather than altering the saw angle and
disrupting my 90deg cut off accuracy.
I bought my First Dewalt 20 years ago and it has been worth every
penny, I use it almost every day.
Haven't needed one of those since I invested in a Microsoft optical
mouse. Those things are the bees knees, and I mean that in all
seriousness if you haven't actually tried one.
With my trusty optical mouse I can navigate on just about any surface
very reliably. When I'm using my notebook I can even navigate using my
thigh as the mouse mat - doesn't need to be a flat surface!
Highly recommend an optical mouse for anyone who hasn't tried one! And
they don't suffer from furry balls either!
I think that the problem is the shiny surface of the formica - they don't
cope well on shiny surfaces.
Works perfectly on my (unfinished - never _did_ get round to doing that job)
MDF desk top.
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
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