08:03AM | 01/31/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
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I am trying to decide between a radial arm saw and a dual-bevel sliding miter saw. Both are suited to the same purpose (mainly). The miter saw would be more portable, but is not as powerful as the radial arm saw. The radial also takes up less room.

I am getting a saw to cut rough lumber for framing as well as finish lumber.

I have been back and forth about this. From what I see, my biggest loss of not buying a radial arm saw is losing the ability to rip lumber, since I do not yet have a table saw. The biggest loss of buying a radial arm saw over a table saw would be portability as well as dust control (which I have been told miter saws are good at).



02:13AM | 02/01/05
Member Since: 01/29/05
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Consider this. A radial arm saw allows you to control blade depth. Are you going to want to cut dado joints for things like shelves? I don't know if the blades depth can be adjusted on a sliding miter saw.

Just a thought.....
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