Sliders cots more but can cross cut wider. A 10" SCMS can cut about 11
CMS are less likely to go out of adjustment since there are fewer parts to
If you do a lot of framing or deck building with 2 x 12's, get the slider.
Conversely, if you deal mainly with narrower boards (most of my
hardwood comes in 6" widths) I've found my CMS to be quite accurate
and easy to deal with. I just use my table saw for anything that is
too wide for the CMS, though if you're limited in space, this might
not always be an option. I've also found that in rare, limited
occasions, crosscutting a board with a width up to 10" is a reasable
task for a CMS, provided you can seat the blade in the kerf when you
flip the board over.
On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 16:03:35 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
I'd say so, unless you've got the money to spare. Mine is a 10" CMS,
so a 12" would probably cut anything up to, say 8" in width without
much problem. If you're doing cabinets and things, this is all you're
likely to need. And it's obviously great fun to have all the tools
you can lay your hands on, so if you find the CMS is inadequate you
can always get the slider later on!
One other thing to consider- a SCMS *can* kick back the saw at you, a
CMS cannot. I've never had any problems, but I've heard stories of
people getting knocked back on their butts. Might be something to
consider if you're prone to joint pain (to prevent the kickback you
need to apply pressure to the saw to slow it down while it cuts)
That's what I chose to do.
The thing to remember is that ANY saw can bite you, so be careful with it,
and consider what additional clamping or backboards would help you to make
controlled cuts, for whatever project you are taking on.
I like my yellow saw, by the way, anticipating your next question....
I know I'm going to feel real stupid when someone replies to this, but
I've been following this thread hoping that it would dawn on me what CMS
and SCMS stand for -- no luck I'm afraid :-(
In my professional work, CMS is an abbreviation for Coal Mining
On Mon, 04 Oct 2004 08:10:10 -0400, Greg G. wrote:
got some word class advice a LONG time ago on my 1st job.. the boss
said something like "there are no stupid questions, only people stupid
enough to do things without asking questions first"...
I must of told a few hundred people that over the years when i worked
in real estate..
Aw, whaddya expect from a country where Dado blades are illegal. ;-)
If you saw a crew of illegals on a construction site whacking house
trim with a CMS - you would understand how the term was coined! ;-)
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