Depends on what you mean by "more accurate". I can see that cross cutting
angles will be more accurate than on my RAS because they have much larger
protractors and more fixed angle indents than my RAS. I don't see them more
accurate at controlling the depth of cut as in dados and similar types of
cuts. I also don't see them able to make the length of cut that my RAS is
capable of, but certainly more than my poor chop saw can do. Nor can they do
horizontal cuts for odd-ball joints, but who has much need for these.
In my opinion, both have their strengths and weaknesses. I have a RAS, a
chop saw but not a SCMS. If I was buying now, I probably would buy a good
SCMS, instead of a RAS, save some money, and live with its weaknesses (just
as I live with the RAS's weaknesses now).
After looking at the SCMS's more closely yesterday, I think I will keep
my RAS. The SCMS's were almost as rigid, but not quite. Even if I made
a bench with a tabletop, the tabletop would not be as large in front
because the saw needs room to swing left and right. I also think that I
would miss the wider crosscut capability. With a little work, I should
be able to improve my RAS to be more accurate.
Thanks for the comments.
Eric Tonks wrote:
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