Having a RAS is a matter of personal view point & fear factor.
If you don't know how to safely operate one you'll always be afraid of it.
(Insert) A negative hook blade will help a lot for those who don't have one. I have never had one & have operated this saw for 41 years & never had it jump on top of the material.
The saw jumping up on top of the material is a prime example of not controlling the saw.
This may or may not necessarily be the fault of the operator because many people have never been taught how to control a RAS. No power tool should be used without proper instruction especially a RAS.
Below is the best way I know of describing how to control a RAS. If anyone can describe it better please jump in.
The way you control the saw is by hold your arm fairly stiff (not bending much at the elbow) while rotating your upper body until your blade is almost through the front of the material & then gradually bending your elbow. If you start out bending your elbow the saw can take over & shove you arm back & jump up on top of the material while shouting I coming for you Ha Ha. Not to mention the damage it can do to the saw & you.
Having said that I don't & have never ripped material on one I am not necessarily afraid to do so but with a table-saw always available & circular saw available I don't see the need to.
The summer when I was 14 Dad set me up cutting roof truss parts for a spec house we were building on the side before he went off to his day job & I've been running one ever since. I have the original saw I cut those trusses on in my shop.
This is an answer to Jonathan Shively's...
As much as they scared me (after one instance of it jumping on top of the board and racing towards me!! ) there wasn't a better way of crosscutting straight or angles,,,, until the sliding compound miter saw. Will never have another RAS again.
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 10-11-2007 at 05:44 PM.
"Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
"If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart