1962 radial arm saw with hand book

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Blog entry by Edbowe277 posted 07-13-2012 08:49 AM 1865 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently giving and old but in very good shape 1962 craftsman radial arm saw. I was wounding if this is something people collect out there is something that will just be an oversize paper weight? Along with the saw I was given numerous craftsman items from the early 60s like a really nice dremel  in the box with the little booklet it comes with. Any tips?

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 12:13 PM

Craftsman radial arm saws have a bad reputation for accuracy. The early Dewalts are a lot better made. BUT,a free saw is worth tuning up and seeing if it works for you. I suggest tuning it to 90 degrees to the fence and leaving it there.

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 01:06 PM

I’ve got a Craftsman RAS. Wish I had a DeWalt but alas, I have a Craftsman. Mine, at least, it dead-on accurate for crosscuts and that’s all I’ve ever asked it to do. Dust collection? Forget it. Huge footprint? Absolutely. Safety? Although it’s argued, I find them to be quite safe.
If you’ve got plenty of shop space and want a dedicated crosscutter, I say go for it.

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:21 PM

Wow, wait a minute here. 1962, old? I resemble that remark…LOL

You might go to the Sears site and take a look for the model number of the RAS you have. There was at least one model that was placed on a recall a number of years ago as a safety hazard. They, Sears, was offering a $100 cash reward for the motors off that saw. As far as I know, they still are. Use this info as you feel necessary but there are still a LOT of those in use today.

As Bertha has mentioned the DEWALT is a much better saw and not considered a paperweight. I have never had much love to any of the Crapsman power tools, even the “OLD” ones.

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 07:07 PM

Had one since 86. Use it all the time. Nor that difficult to keep it aligned

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 07:36 PM

I believe one that old would still be a good user. You won’t know for sure until you tune it up and use it. I think it is a worth while investment in time. I believe that version is too old for a rebate.


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#6 posted 07-13-2012 11:09 PM

I took advantage of the Emerson offer and sold it back for the $100 and bought a new one. Mine was a 1964 and was 9 inch.

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