No doubt it can and I have no probem with that approch, I even
suggested buying a used one but the sentence you responded to
specifically spoke of new ones.
BTW do you use your RAS for ripping? Perhaps using an extra long
accessory fence? If so how do you feel about that
process/combination? I ask because I have not tried ripping with my
currnet RAS and have never tried it with the long fence setup.
No doubt my choice is a table saw. But it also depends greatly on the
type of work you do. I found that most people that are into furniture
making will lean towards a table saw. I also have a sliding miter saw
which for me replaces the need for RAS.
I have a 10" Powermatic cabinet saw and a 16" rockwell Radial arm saw.
I use my RAS to:
I use my table saw to:
I would not want to be without either but "I" would probabally give up
my table saw first. Standard practice for me when cutting a piece of
stock to length is to cut a 1/4" off the end to start out with a nice
square cut and then measure and progressively cut the stock to the
lengths I want. I could not imagine trying to cut a 1/4" off the end
of 10" board with a table saw.
BTW: I paid $500 for my 16" 7.5 hp RAS and $750 for my 10" 3 hp
powermatic cabinet saw.
My idea of the perfect shop would include 40 feet along one wall with a
radial arm saw in the center and 20 foot of bench on either side. I would
use it for cross cutting and ripping solid stock. I had a radial arm saw for
many years that had an auxiliary spindle for 1/4 inch router bits that ran
at 20,000 RPM. I used it a lot. I would also put my CMS somewhere close to
the radial arm saw. Space limitations have sent the radial arm saw on to
another owner. :(
I use a cabinet saw and a CMS for most of my work. I do sheet goods on
the back patio on saw horses with a circular saw then trim with the cabinet
saw. There are many different ways to do most any project. You can't go
wrong with a table saw and a router for getting started.
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