In multiple questions (this is one) having to do with sliding miter saws, we have been admonished how to correctly make cuts - to wit: with the motor off, pull the saw outward, push the saw down, turn on the motor, push the saw forward, turn off the motor. This is described as the safe way and even shows up in instructions provided by manufacturers.
Now, when I use my radial arm saw, I pretty much do the opposite, to wit: setup the cut, turn on the motor, pull the saw outward, push the saw back, turn off the motor. I think this is the safe way to do it - have made thousands of cuts without mishap and I'm sure it's the accepted procedure.
So my question is: why is the safe way to make the miter saw cut to push, and for the radial arm saw to pull?
In both cases the blade is turning the same direction and on both saws the cut board is against a fence.