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Radial arm saws are pretty much dinosaurs - just about everybody has gotten rid of them. Too big and heavy to haul to a site was what I always thought. I never knew there were 9" radial arm saws. Old ones, but they're luggable by one person. You can see where this is going - I may be doing an about face on RASs for job sites. So I picked one up, and I'm getting ready to tune it up and see what it will do. It's an old Craftsman 9".

Sometime old saws surprise me with how good they are, we'll see.
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For awhile craigslist had a lot of old delta ras. I thought about getting one. Even found a old ras book from the 70's and learned a lot about them.

Still undecided
I've been seeing 10 inch RAS on Craigslist for years for $75-175. Every once in a while a 14-16" one is up for sale. I'll see how it does on trim and take it from there.
I gave mine away, too bulky and takes up too much room. Mean sob for throwing boards too if a rookie was operating it.
Exactly why I haven't used one in years. The now obsolete 9" ones take up about as much room as a SCMS, with the advantage of being able to do rips and dados.

The big question is how accurate/smooth of a cut can I get off of an old relatively lightweight one. Getting blades for one is a whole other issue...
I gave mine away, too bulky and takes up too much room. Mean sob for throwing boards too if a rookie was operating it.
Then get a 10 inch guys like me give them away.
Exactly why I haven't used one in years. The now obsolete 9" ones take up about as much room as a SCMS, with the advantage of being able to do rips and dados.

The big question is how accurate/smooth of a cut can I get off of an old relatively lightweight one. Getting blades for one is a whole other issue...
I even gave away the dado blade I had for it.
I have two Dewalt 925's with the 3/4 hp motor and 9" blade. Blades are not hard to get, but you won't find them on the shelf at HD.

I did drag one to a job, left it set up outside the whole time. Strapped a tote over it. Too heavy for the common criminal to steal.

Personally, I love those little 9" ras.
What do you think you'll use it for.



trading in a kapex for RAS
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10" is too heavy / bulky. I'll see how well it replaces a TS and a SCMS.
Then get a 10 inch guys like me give them away.
There's one (also Craftsman) out in the tractor shed. Last used in 80s for cedar siding installed at an angle on a dental clinic.

Can't imagine what I'd use it today for...
Radial arm saws are pretty much dinosaurs - just about everybody has gotten rid of them. Too big and heavy to haul to a site was what I always thought. I never knew there were 9" radial arm saws. Old ones, but they're luggable by one person. You can see where this is going - I may be doing an about face on RASs for job sites. So I picked one up, and I'm getting ready to tune it up and see what it will do. It's an old Craftsman 9".

Sometime old saws surprise me with how good they are, we'll see.
That's what I'm thinking. This one's an old Craftsman, so maybe it'll cut and maybe it won't. First I have to replace the table.
I have two Dewalt 925's with the 3/4 hp motor and 9" blade. Blades are not hard to get, but you won't find them on the shelf at HD.

I did drag one to a job, left it set up outside the whole time. Strapped a tote over it. Too heavy for the common criminal to steal.

Personally, I love those little 9" ras.
If it's one with no blade guard, there's a recall. I think you get $100 for it:

http://www.radialarmsawrecall.com/

I'll take the blades:whistling

The one I have in under recall, but I'm not giving it up unless it doesn't cut well, or it turns out I really need to have a TS on site. I'm thinking I can get by with the RAS and just my circ saw with guide. One trip to my truck instead of two.
There's one (also Craftsman) out in the tractor shed. Last used in 80s for cedar siding installed at an angle on a dental clinic.

Can't imagine what I'd use it today for...
Don't even remember if it's a 9 or 10 inch...

Seriously, a recall on a 40-50 yo saw?!

I do recall that I got it cheap, because the guy had it at the flea market, but had driven it there without locking down the arm. The arm swung, breaking these cast iron stop-things inside the column.

All I recall, except even with a RAS, it's a PITA to cut every steenking damned cut of every damned steenking cedar clapboard on those odd angles - AND every board had to be perfect, because the building was finished in semi-transparent stain.

But oh man, was it boo-tiful!!!
If it's one with no blade guard, there's a recall. I think you get $100 for it:

http://www.radialarmsawrecall.com/

I'll take the blades:whistling

The one I have in under recall, but I'm not giving it up unless it doesn't cut well, or it turns out I really need to have a TS on site. I'm thinking I can get by with the RAS and just my circ saw with guide. One trip to my truck instead of two.
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