radial arm saw vs. sliding compound miter saw

saichele Posted By saichele, Jan 13, 2008 at 10:06 PM

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  1. saichele

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    So here's a problem more people would like to have. I have a 10" compound miter saw. I have the opportunity to buy used either a Craftsman 12" radial arm saw (about 20yrs old but looks like new) or a Dewalt sliding compound miter saw (about 10 yrs old, also in good shape although it looks a little rougher). Same price.

    As far as I can see, they stack up about the same, and I have the space for the radial arm, so that's where I'm leaning. Any other opnions (preferably with rationale?)

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. ctlovell

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    Radial arm saw all the way. It's impossible to rip with a slide compound miter saw. Plus you get the stability of a stationary piece of equipment and the capacity of a 12" blade.
     
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    I have both, a 12" craftsman radial and a Bosch 10" compound miter. They both have their place and do different jobs but I wouldnt want to be without either. I do use the Bosch more but try to cut a 4x12 with a 10" miter saw
     
  4. Sandor

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    Sliding compound miter saw, all the way, if I could have only one.

    I sold my radial arm years ago, and have never missed it. A sliding compound miter is something I could use on jobsites every several weeks. For siding, its a must-have.

    It boils down to what you want to do with it.

    If you want to build furniture in a shop environment, choose the radial arm.

    If you want to be mobile, then the sliding compound miter, especially if you already have a table saw.

    You only live once. Buy both.
     
  5. EatenByLimestone

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    RAS. Try making a daddo with a mitre saw.

    Matt-
     
  6. tutu_sue

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    Easier to cut body parts off with radial arm saw. Goes out of adjustment. By the compound miter and get a table saw for the rest.

    There's recall on old Sears radial arm saws for safety shield.
     
  7. saichele

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    Ended up buying the RAS. The flexibility is worth the risk of a digit or two (always make sure the right hand is the one working the saw).

    If you notice me typing slower sometime in the future, you'll know why.

    Steve
     
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