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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 12:41 AM

Here’s a great way to decide…

Go into some stores that have display models set up. Grab the handle and move it like you’re going to make a cut, but as you do, try to move the thing side to side, forcing it out of 90 degree alignment during the cut. Good saws move little or not at all, because that will make a BIG difference in the accuracy of the cut. To me, this is the most important thing to check.

Expect a tiny bit of movement, but if it moves more than a little bit, it’s not worth the price. I have found that some cheap saws perform very well, while some expensive saws don’t, based on that important test alone!

Of course, you could just go with a Radial Arm Saw! A high quality, 1960’s dewalt will run you as little as $50 on craigslist, and you can put a dado set on it!

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