Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Waynesfield, OH
First, and most importantly,thanks for your service....and curses to the fed's for closing the hobby shops (I have so much more to say about that but I'll pass). Anyway, back to ripping on an RAS. First and foremost, I discourage you from trying that. It can be done, and successfully. But you need a really good saw that well tuned and the right blade. A table saw rip blade will simply launch lumber. With an RAS having the blade perfectly parallel to the fence is tough enough on it's own. Then the arm must be rigid enough to not flex sideways (which screws up that alignment I just mentioned). All this is from a huge RAS fan, but as much as I like them I don't rip on one, though I have in the past. Unfortunately, I don't have a suggestion for a solution unless you happen to know someone who might rip the boards for you. There may be a forum member close enough to help.
"I long for the days when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" (Merle Haggard)