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Blog entry by GodofBiscuits posted 05-31-2011 04:13 AM 982 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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?



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oldcans

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 04:40 AM

you didn’t mention what you had to pay. Arm saws in that condition regularly sell for about $80 or less in my area. Have fun with it.

-- Dan, quartersawn oak = oak with stretch marks

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JL7

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 05:11 AM

Yep – Once in a while you get lucky on Craigslist – I picked up the same saw for free with a 2 drawer stand and a bunch of blades – the table was shot also – so I received the free “recall” table and parts in the mail about 7 days later…....gotta love it.

Enjoy your new toy!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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GodofBiscuits

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 05:25 AM

Whoa! Free? Well, ok. Ya got me beat. I thought 30 bucks was amazing but that about blows my deal outta the water.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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WoodArtbyJR

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:24 PM

Is this the one that has the cable recoil? You did get a great deal. Add in the “Recall stuff” and you got a SUPER DEAL…....
NOW USE IT AND MAKE DUST.

On the other item you were looking for (planer). They are nice but you have to sharpen the knives when they get dull. Problem is, the saw shop that we used to have available to resharpen them went TU in Jan. I haven’t found a replacement yet so have been using mine sparingly (drum sander addition helps here). I may have to bite the bullet and buy a Tormek (or whatever it’s called) system and sharpen my own. Still doesn’t solve my carbide saw blade sharpening problem though. With the price of cheap blades I just buy new ones. Can’t quite do that with a Forrest or other upper line blades though.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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wiswood2

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 05:08 PM

I got the same RAS. and I got the free table. very nice addition. I use mine all the time for cross cuting. I got a place that sharpihg saw blades for 18.00 dollars.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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WoodArtbyJR

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 06:00 PM

Chuck, problem is, you’re a few thousand miles away. Shipping would kill me.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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GodofBiscuits

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 08:29 AM

Yeah, I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for a place that can sharpen saw blades as well as planer blades but so far nothing relatively close by. I’ve been meeting more and more local woodworkers and will continue to ask any and all if they have someone they recommend. Besides, the Grizzly tent sale is coming up and I’m planning on nabbing me one at the sale so I’ll need a reliable sharpener as well. :o)

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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WoodArtbyJR

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 03:54 PM

Jeffery
You sign off, “Are you going to use that piece of scrap?” remind me of when I was taking a load of scraps and yard debris to North Mason Fiber in Belfair and the guy next to me was unloading a trailer load of decking scraps. The problem (GOOD PROBLEM) was, the scraps were cut off pieces of NEW TIGERWOOD deck install pieces. I took home about 20 lf of 3/4” x 4” tigerwood. So now I am always watching what is in the pile out there and what others are dumping.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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