Today while browsing through Craigslist for a planer, I happened on a listing for a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw which I’ve always wanted to add to my arsenal of tools. When I read the ad and looked at the pictures, the price just didn’t seem right. I’ve seen ads where the person didn’t pay much attention to what they were typing and left off a 1 in front of the price so this seemed like one of those ads. I decided to call and see so the curiosity would not drive me batty. I called them up and the saw was available which led me further to believe the price was wrong so I asked and to my absolute shock, the price was correct in the ad. Before the woman on the other end of the phone could say another word I blurted out “I’ll buy it”. Went a couple hours later to pick it up and it was exactly what I was expecting. money was passed and goods were brought home. The saw was complete minus the table and fence but that would be any easy enough thing to make out of some MDF so I hopped online and did a quick search for dimensions so I could build up a table and have the saw flinging wood chips in no time. The first site I came to after hitting up Google was a woodworking tool forum that someone had posted the exact same question I was searching for answers to. A little into the forum thread, someone made mention of a recall and that they could contact the company that manufactured the RAS for Craftsman and get a blade guard for free. I went to the recall website and if getting the saw for absolute dirt cheap, I will now be recieving in the mail a Brand new blade guard assembly, anti-kickback and splitter, Handle assembly, table supports with brand new table clamps and…. A brand spanking new table and fence. I always hear about finds like this from other people but have never, until now, been the recipient of such a find. The saw was an amazing deal to begin with and now it’s just a little too good to be true.
Now I can direct my attention to making a custom mobile stand with storage so I can actually use the thing in my shoebox of a workshop. :o)
-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?