I do not own a table saw and I make all sorts of furniture in a small shop, thanks to my RAS and its unmatched versatility: cutting, moulding, shaping, ripping. I have an older De Walt ( 1957) and it stays accurate.
From reading all these posts the consensus is that RAS is dangerous because of the risk of the blade climbing the workpiece in crosscuts. It is a true inherent potential and there is nothing built in the tool to stop that possible occurence. In 7 years of using the RAS nearly daily it happened to me only once early on, and that resulted in the blade jamming into the wood, no big deal.
It is easy to prevent that problem by
- adjusting the carriage bearings
- using the right blade
- pulll the carriage with control.
if the operator is careless it is not fool proof and hence has received a bad ass reputation. Recently an apparently uneducated worker received major compensation from Roybi for mis-using a portable TS. Obviously the potential to get harmed is just as bad on a TS if the operator is careless.
Since RAS are rarely used in shops, the claim that most severed fingers come from a RAS seems unfounded to me by teh way.
I live in the San Francisco area, where people tend to know the money is in the picks and the shovels, not in the Gold itself. They did it once in 1849 ( ask Sutter) and again in 1996( ask Cisco). More recently I was shopping for a shoulder plane and except for the $200 Lie Nielsen Bronze plane could not really find my exact specification. I found a couple of guys making planes out of their basement shop and they sell them at $3,000 a piece! Guess what: their portfolio is so full they could not touch my order for 6 months assuming I even wanted to blow that kind of money on a handplane.
Meanwhile, most of the woodworkers I know cannot make ends meet. Picks and Shovels....
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