The Radial Arm Saw, is a great example of a tool that has gone from pearls to swine. As proof I offer the
Craigs list to you….A SCMS ten years old will average $ 200.00 to $ 300.00, with a new list price of
$ 250.00 to $ 600.00. A RAS ten years old will average from $75.00 to $ 150.00, with a new list price of
$ 700.00 to $ 2000.00. Portability, maintenance free, and the user friendly interface wins over practical,
versatile, and power. I love both tools and finally own both of them.
I purchased the above saw on Craigs list for $ 35.00, and with it I will receive a brand new table and blade
guard due to, recalls on craftsman RAS for years before 1993. Radial arm saws are the work horse of the
1950’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s. These machines were fitted with sanding drums, molding cutters, and router bits.
One machine, that had many functions. And yes they can dado grooves and rabbits, as well as make compound
miter cuts, rip, and cross cut.
I have purchased this saw soley as a dado cutter for 3/4” grooves, and maybe on occasion for other reasons.
I have wanted a RAS for several years now. and I think the low cost they sell for is not worthy of their
true value….( No I didn’t ask the seller to charge me more money). These machines add more capability
to any shop, and oppertunity to expand your skills.
This saw I purchased is missing the indicator arrow for the miter cuts, I may or may not replace it. It was
owned by a family that used it in the early years for home renovations, and then for the past 20 years
was moved from storage area to storage area without any use. Had they sold it in the late 80’s or early
90’s they would have got $ 400-350.
For now I am waiting the four to 8 weeks to recive my upgraded table and safety guard. I would welcome any
suggestions for -5 rake cheap dado blades model # and manufacture. Also any comments (positive) about how
you use your radial arm saw, things that work for you.
-- Bob Kenosha Wi.