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#1 posted 07-02-2012 12:14 AM

They are two different tools with different applications. Some of those applications overlap. If you get a quality miter saw and tune it correctly they can produce very accurate cuts. Keep in mind if you plan on cross-cutting boards of significant length, the miter saw is best for that application. A miter saws accuracy is also determined by the operator. Sometimes people when cutting will introduce pressure one way or the other and the saw can deflect causing cuts to be off. Table saws and sleds take this deflection out of the equation because the sled is fixed in the miter slots and the blade doesn’t move. The same can be said of accuracy on the table saw too. A poorly made sled or a table saw that is set up improperly will be inaccurate as well. Quality sharp blades on either of them also play a huge role in accuracy. If you have to force the blade through the material or the material through the blade that is where deflection becomes an issue. Not to mention safety and cut quality. So to answer your question, hey are both useful tools and neither one of them cancels out the other. I have both and wouldn’t give up either one. As far as versatility I would say the table saw is much more versatile, especially fitted with the many shop made jigs available.

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