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#1 posted 09-26-2009 05:12 AM

I got by for a long time with a 1960’s cast iron RAS. And have ripped many many linear feet of wood. The saw MUST be setup correctly and have the cast iron arm. Try this book I don’t call it gospel but it has some good information. The RAS just like any other tool has to be treated with respect. If your not comfortable setting up the saw or familiar with power tools you might want to stick to a table saw for ripping. But it must be set up correctly as well. The RAS is great for dado’s, miters and bevel miters. The Freud LU84 is a good combination blade for the RAS or table saw and can be had for 50 or 60 bucks. A lot of folks claim that the top line RAS blade is a Forrest Woodworker I. I like the Freud better myself.
Hope this helps.
Thanks, Greg

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