1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw Project #3: An End to the 1969 Craftsman RAS Project

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 01-07-2014 06:32 PM 1733 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok… so… Lets face it. I don’t like the RAS. It’s HUGE! Takes up ALOT of room. It’s too heavy for me to even move an inch on my own. It needs some tuning up, a new table, and… well…. all of that is telling me one thing… I don’t really have an interest in it. Not to mention the fact that the danger of it makes me even more against keeping it.

LOL…. So… two things have been going on. I’ve not had the room so I moved the RAS to my storage garage. Then… I moved it to a flea market booth nearby. Nothing!!! Put it on facebook for sale… in the booth… nothing. I think it’s got a price of $50 on it. The recall on it makes it worth like $100. And to be honest… I don’t even have an interest in retrieving it to send it off for that. So now I’m stuck with it. I don’t think I could give the thing away.

But… Just wanted to wrap up this blog series by letting you know… I’m trying to get rid of it and won’t be keeping it.

I know… I know… some of you are like… SHE’S CRAZY!!! But I have a table saw and miter saw and I don’t have room or a desire for it. It won’t be used. Need to keep my shop open for things I will use.

Thanks for those who commented and followed this. :)

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 06:35 PM

You’re the one that has to be happy in your shop. That’s all that matters. I wouldn’t have it either.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 07:18 PM

I think you made the right decision. RAS are big and heavy and, from what I’ve read, pretty dangerous. A miter saw or SCMS and a table saw sled really makes it unnecessary. Have you tried Craigslist? You could always try to give it away. I suspect somebody might take it off your hands.

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 12:21 AM

Try Craig’s list?

Is there a senior rec area near you?

It’s really not the greatest time to sell something LOL!

Can you be patient? LOL! when I step back and don’t do anything things happen for me? It’s usually after I’ve acted rashly. LOL!

I’m sure some poor Lumber Jock in your area would be VERY HAPPY to own it.

Best of luck with your decisions. Some of mine are made for me.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 12:30 AM

Wish we lived closer… I’d take that thing off your hands in a new-York-minute!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 01:20 AM

DocSavage45… While patience is not my strong suit… I’ve had it for over 6 months. That’s a lot of patience for me. LOL
Also… I’d love to pass it on to a fellow LJer.

And yes… joein10asee… I’d love to give it to you.

I was going to put it on Craigslist today. But I have the pics on a flash drive and my laptop is not reading them right now. Frustrating!

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 01:38 AM

Angie, I did the recall on mine and they sent me the new safety shrouds and new table. I would love to help you out but I’m not sure what I would do with another one…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 01:42 AM

I had a Craftsman RAS I bought new in 1973. Just when I decided to part with it last year a local college sponsored a recycling event. Someone there representing Habitats for Humanity was happy to take it from me. Perhaps this would be an option for you to consider as well, in the event you aren’t able to unload it any other way.

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 01:45 AM

Might be telling you something? LOL! “Step away from the saw Mam” LOL! I’m very impatient when I am waiting. So I do something else. Changes my perspective. D what feels right. But you have snow and we have super coldest winter in many years. On many things I’m refocusing right now. Really wish you well on this. “)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 01:48 AM

We have a re Use Habitat store in Mankato MN. I’ve gotten some things I needed there, and it’s a double win for charity.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 04:21 AM

I love the Restore. So if they’d come get it I’d be happy. I have no way at the time to move it.

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 12:28 PM

I faced the same decision and ended up at the same point.

I needed cross-cut capability and was torn between a RAS and miter saw. I finally ended up with a 12” sliding miter saw. I don’t think it saved any space, however. By the time I added support and fences to support long pieces for cross-cutting (there really isn’t any reason to have dedicated cross-cutting capability otherwise IMHO) it took up as much space as a RAS. But I am happy with it.

And that is the point – you have to be happy with whatever is in your shop.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 12:40 PM

I never did like RAS. Had one for a very short time, sold it. Whatever floats your boat Angie. Make no.1 happy, happy, happy. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 12:55 PM

Angie, if all else fails you could donate it to goodwill or Salvation Army for a tax wright off.

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#14 posted 01-08-2014 01:13 PM

I have had one for 40 years you either love them or hate them. Take the motor off and send it in for the recall and get the $100. All they want is just the motor.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 01-08-2014 08:15 PM

Just another thought here. Have you thought about using it not as a saw, but as a sander? You can take the blade off and get a large disc to put back on in its place, pull the saw out and lock it down and bam! You are now the proud owner of a really nice large disc sander

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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