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Posted on RAS, A necessary beast or outdated Dinosaur??

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 12:29 AM

As a newbie RAS owner, with an otherwise pretty complete shop … here’s my take:

They’re a luxury, if you have a pretty complete shop.

But a GREAT luxury.

For example: I can leave my dado stack on the RAS—the way you might, if you had a second table saw—all the time. BIG convenience.

Similarly, it can function as a 2nd SCMS—very convenient if you have to make a LOT of … two different cuts … both of which can be made on an RAS OR an SCMS.

But the RAS is fairly unique in that it can probably single-handedly cover about 75+% of the cuts we make in—for example—a cabinet/furniture shop.

Mine ?

The more I use … the more I like.

And … since you can buy a wonderful, vintage DeWalt for $100 …... :-)

-- -- Neil

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