I have had an old Craftsman since the 70's. If you learn how to set them up they can be as accurate as any tool you have.
I use mine mainly for crosscuts. Also they do not take up any more room than a chop saw. I have modified the table to make it more versatile. It has a place in my shop along with the table saw.
As far as safety goes, it is no more dangerous than a table saw.
A good craftsman doesn't blame his tools. :)
There are many ways to do any task. The way you choose to do it is up to you. It does not make any difference if you use power tools of hand tools, jigs or no jigs.
If you are doing woodworking for your own pleasure like most of us it is not important how you get the task done it is that you do it.
Anyone who sticks their nose in the air about your methods is a snob. Besides designing a jig is a fun and sometimes more difficult task.
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