I have been looking around for SCMS for a while now, and I saw one made by
Kobalt at lowes today, I didn't get a chance to look it over really well,
but I thought I would ask if anyone has used one and if they were happy
I would be making the usual crosscuts and the occasional rabbet, since it
has a depth stop on the saw...
So if anyone has any advice....good or bad i would like to hear it....
I don't do a lot of flatwork, but they only way I can picture doing dado or
rabbet cuts would be with a sliding CMS scares the hell out of me...
I've done them on a RAS and TS, even a router, and those seem safer and more
accurate... but, like I say, I don't do a lot of flatwork..
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Just because it has a depth of cut stop and slides doesn't make it
a radial arm saw. The depth of cut "stop" on my Makita SCMS ain't
that great and changes during a cut. And god help you if you
try and use a chop saw/miter saw/ SCMS WITH the grain. DAMHIKT.
Let's just say I had to replace one of the fences on mine and there
was a change of shorts involved. Never did find the piece of wood
that tried to break my knuckle.
There are other, safer ways to cut dados and rabbets/rebates.
Best you look into them before using the SCMS.
Yes, there is a depth stop, but it's *not* designed for fine adjustments or
for cutting of rabbets or dados. And don't even *think* about mounting a
dado set on the thing. The depth stop is meant only to keep you from
pushing the supplied blade through the bottom of the housing. See your
manual for what they have to say about non-through cuts. I'll bet your
fingers it says not to do it.
My Makita SCMS saw works OK for construction rabbets, dadoes. Clamp
the wood down. Crosscut it on one pencil line using the depth stop.
Move the wood to the other pencil line and clamp the wood down and
cross cut it again. You can then move the wood to the middle and
clamp the wood down and do another cross cut if you want. Then grab a
chisel and pop out the ridges you left. Works fine on 2x4s and such.
Very safe too since the wood is clamped down.
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