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Old 02-28-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Anyone Still Using A Radial Arm Saw?


As I cut the hundredth 4 3/8" block for this house, I thought "I need a RA saw right now. Who still drags one out from time to time?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:02 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone Still Using A Radial Arm Saw?


I wish I still had one for the shop! After sliding miter saws hit the market a Radial Arm seemed bulky and redundant. But every time I do production work I really wish I had one again.

What companies still manufacture them?

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I have an old dewalt one. sits in the garage. rarely gets used anymore....
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Always on sale on craigslist.
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I have one of these I use from time to time.

https://www.google.com/search?q=delt...95%3B400%3B300
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Oh my:
http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/tls/3646333908.html

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My girlfriend's grandfather told me he had an old school craftsman one kicking around that he would give me but I wondered if it was worth taking. I'm young and grew up in a family with no handy people or tools so I've never even used one. From my limited experience, those older "obsolete" tools can be pretty great if you have space for them, and they don't break like the new plastic crap. Probably shouldn't argue with free!
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If you are framing a new house with lots of windows they are the ticket. Otherwise I'd probably never take the time to set one up on a job.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:47 AM   #9
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$100 all day long on craigslist. I remember them from shop class as being a bit dangerous. Not much for portability either.
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I frame all day everyday and a sliding 10" mitre saw will do the trick just fine.
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Not anymore....Had a heavy beast used when we had cedar siding on the frame jobs, it was sweet. (back then)

LOL though not as sweet as a compound slide miter box and certainly will never miss the pain and whining that came with dragging it in and out of the van
that hurt - everyday
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I use one for storing cr@p on. It's tucked in the corner of the shed and I forgot it was there.
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This is mine before the new table.

I can get a 32 inch crosscut in 3/4 stock.
I like the production capabilities, which I do allot of.
Set up a few stops, turn it on, and go to town. No waiting for motor wind up. or electric motor brake, as I burned out the motor brake on my Dewalt 705 trying to do production cuts with it.

Also I hand built thirty 4/12 trusses with it, I forget the degree of miter, but I couldn't have done it on a SCMS

I'll dig up that pic.....

Personally, I will never NOT own a RAS.
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I bought one when I was about 15 years old and used it many years, then I couldn't get it to start once after it tripped the reset. That night or the next day there was an auction, so I picked up a better one for $100 and took it home.

I was telling my dad about what happened to the first one, and he recommended I hit the reset button, so I smacked it with a deadblow mallet and it reset just fine.

So I sold that first one for what I gave for the second one and I'm still using the second one.
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I bought one when I was about 15 years old and used it many years, then I couldn't get it to start once after it tripped the reset. That night or the next day there was an auction, so I picked up a better one for $100 and took it home.

I was telling my dad about what happened to the first one, and he recommended I hit the reset button, so I smacked it with a deadblow mallet and it reset just fine.

So I sold that first one for what I gave for the second one and I'm still using the second one.
That belongs in the " a hammer can fix anything thread"!
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I just drag out the Dewalt 12" SCMS, if I have a lot of production cuts.

If I hit the lottery, I would love to put this one in the shop.

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I bought my 1st ras at a yard sale for $5.
Built a new stand, replaced the table, and then sold it for $300.

It was a craftsman.
The 14" Dewalt I have now cost me $400 and a 300 mile drive.
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Old Dewalt with a 10' table in the shop. I use it about everyday for crosscuts only.
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I think they're great for making dado and rabbet cuts on long pieces when building book shelves and other furniture. I agree with the SCMS for normal crosscuts though.
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Mine has a large table, so I use it for ripping down 4x8 sheets. I also do a lot of crosscutting on it, and I rip with it.

I have a dado blade and I prefer to use it in the ripping mode. I recently was dadoing a bunch of drawer fronts/backs and I was doing it as a crosscut. I think this is about the worst thing you can do with this saw.

Obviously, we were taught to make the cuts in increments, but I like to set my depth and leave it.

In order to do such a crosscut dado, you have to keep your arm straight and locked and just move your shoulder and your entire body. The moment you release your elbow, the saw will come at you and stall.

I remember in high school they warned us about these saws. The only thing keeping the saw from heading straight towards your chest is the wood and two screws in the end cap on the rail.

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