Ok; my only defense is that part of "other things" and "equal" didn't
seem to ring out as a qualifier that would catch to a novice who's at
the point of asking to choose amongst three disparate tools at a sale
_IF_ (the proverbial "big if") OP were still lurking around, figured it
couldn't hurt to point out there was too little info about what,
specifically, was in the mix to say anything at all other than
generalities of what one is good for as opposed to another but that one
could be a much better tool than either of the other two...anyway, doubt
any of it really made much of an impact as OP never responded (which, of
course, isn't unusual).
The problem is the "all else being equal". A 700 buck miter saw is a top of
the line tool from Bosch or Milwaukee or one of the Japanese manufacturers.
A 700 buck RAS is an entry level Craftsman. It's possible to do good work
on that Craftsman but you have to keep an eye on it to make sure that it
hasn't shifted on you, and for the cuts that both will do the miter saw is
going to usually be the more convenient tool.
It'll crosscut and miter and compound miter and rip and and dado (with
a stacked or wobble dado blade) and surface/thickness plane and disc
sand and do horizontal boring and run a molding cutter and ...
The CMS and SCMS will cross cut and miter and usually compound miter.
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