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Forum topic by sIKE posted 02-24-2009 03:02 AM 1483 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2009 03:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ras commentary

Have worked all of the cherry lumber over the weekend, I found myself turning to my RAS for all of my crosscuts. I did have several boards that due to width I couldn’t use my CMS, but even then I really like the action and feel of the cut the RAS is giving me. It might sound weird but the feel of the RAS is allot like the TS it is a cutting action, wheres the CMS feels like it digging down and through the board.

I have used my dads slider and it has the same feel though as you push though the wood.

Let just say I am warming up to this tool the more I use it. I had originally intended to use it to only to cut dado’s and such but think it will play a larger roll going forward.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 03:28 AM

Another convert… come on over to the RAS side!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 06:14 AM

Compound mitre saws have their place, usually on a building site or weighing down a lobster pot. Welcome to the brave new world of the Radial arm. Obviously these comments were made with tongue planted firmly in cheek for all the CMS fans out there, i wouldn,t really use one on a building site. :-)

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 06:14 PM


LOL, I was more stating how my perceptions before really using the RAS vs the reality of the RAS once I used it allot. The CMS still has its place in the shop however the lesser role planned for the RAS is changing. ;)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 11:09 AM

Yeah I actually do like them, but it was a slow day and I was just trying to a fight, can,t believe nobody reacted. Oh well .

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 12:18 PM

I’ve been pretty anxious to swap CMS for RAS one of these days for the greater capacity. Is there a downside? Is there an upside to the CMS I’m not seeing? I didn’t realize there was a debate here. I got the CMS because it cost a lot less than an RAS.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 01:05 PM

dang ive always used kiwis to weight down my pots ! lol in my opinion each saw has its place . i gave up my ras some years back to gain space , i do miss it quite often

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 01:27 PM

Hi sIKE;

What was once a very prominent disagreement among woodworkers, has certainly dwindled by the invent of the CMS.

Many woodworkers had no table saw, as they felt the RAS was a safer, and with the available attachments, a more versatile tool as well. I spent a number of years early on in that camp.

Unfortunately, Sears in particular, switched from a cast iron track, which was very well machined, to a pressed steel track that more often than not couldn’t cut a straight crosscut.

There are dead on accurate commercial Radial Arm Saws, but they tend to be out of the price range for most of us.

In addition to this, they do take up a considerable amount of space, and certainly aren’t portable. The CMS offers some of the main features of the RMS, yet are job site friendly.

It’s been more than ten years since I had a radial saw, and I rarely miss it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 06:26 PM

I got this one on the cheap and I have only used it for 90 degree cross cuts and at this point has seemed to stay dead on for me. When I change the blade I do have to realine it though.

Agreed on not being portable. But if I were to drop the money on a top of the line CMS/SCMS I wouldn’t take it out in the field any how. I have an older B&D 8 1/2” CMS that is used for carpentery and don’t hesitate to chunk it in to back of my without any reguards to its welfare. >:)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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