I may have an opportunity to purchase a used radial arm saw soon and wanted to gather opinions on whether or not I should buy it. I have a decent table saw with a reliable sled and also a good compound miter saw. My shop is in my 3-car garage and it can be a little tight in there. The saw is a craftsman and appears to be in good condition. Pricing would be $100-150, I’m guessing. My first thought is to pass simply because I haven’t seen a real need for one yet. My concern is that maybe I’m missing something that I’ll stumble upon after this opportunity has passed.
For those of you that have a radial arm saw, do you ever use it? If so, is it set up for a special purpose that’s frequently used in your shop? Would you purchase it again?
For those of you that don’t, are you jones’n for one and, if so, for what?
In most of the larger shops I’ve seen, the radial arm saw sets in a corner collecting dust. I already have enough dust collectors in my shop! :)