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Mark Mandell - Gone Round In New Jersey
With a well tuned jointer sitting in its niche, I'm less concerned about rip cut quality. I use both the band saw and the table saw for rip cuts, but every rip goes to the jointer as part of my preparation of the part. The jointer goes me a cutface with a precisely controlled angle to the adjoining faces of the board.

The band saw I use for "safety rips" where I can anticipate that the board harbors compression wood and swirling grain that increases the risk of kickback. I also use a sled to crosscut and control very small pieces on the band saw.

The table saw's big advantage is speed and repeatability in multi-part rip runs. I use a Systematic glue-line rip blade in the table and the cut quality is such that a single pass on the jointer taking the barest of bites is enough to produce a hairline join.

Both machines have their place. If I had to be without one, the band saw would remain because of its applicability to the much wider range of cuts.

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