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Thread: Is a radial arm saw needed?

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    Is a radial arm saw needed?

    I am wondering is a ras needed? When you have a miter saw and table saw?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    I've only had one for the past year & a half or so, but I'll never be with one...guess it depends on what type of work you mainly do, I mean one doesn't 'need' a miter saw or table saw right?

    & Welcome to the 'posting' Charles
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Welcome to the posting Family, Charles!

    I've had an RAS in the past but was never totally satisfied with its accuracy. It seems that no matter how often I tweaked the fence, crosscuts drifted to something other than 90. I'll take my table saw, miter saw and other tools over an RAS anytime.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    I had one, but for some reason it scared me to death. Got rid of it. I'd like to have a miter saw, but probably never will. I get by without it.
    "We the People ......"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    First off, Welcome!

    I'm in the I don't need it camp. As Ken says, it will depend on what you do and how you do it. I had one years ago but the footprint it takes up, for what it did for me, was out of balance. You must bear in mind that even my CMS has been out in the shed for the last several years. I did dig it out to do some trim work when LOML had her guest room and bath remodeled; when you need one, you need one. There will be just as many woodworkers out there who can't live without a RAS and that is not wrong . . . for them. I have also heard of people who get along with only one bandsaw .
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Thanks for the welcome, I have a Dewalt 9'' RAS it will be replace by a Delta goose Unisaw, Powermatic 66, or a USA made old arn contractor. I have a Dewalt miter saw but I bought it for trim carpentry.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    No, it isn't.

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    I've got one and love it, but it's really not necessary. Plenty of options out there that's for sure.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Got one, but use it only for dadoes. Doesn't really in in my scheme any longer, but I haven't yet decided what to do with it.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

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    Carol Reed

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    Maybe someday I'll have one, but I can do everything with my TS and MS... your mileage may vary.

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