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#1 posted 04-24-2010 05:07 AM

Jordan, ignorance is OK, it can be fixed by asking questions, as you did. Stupid, in contrast, can’t be fixed. As has been stated, this is a radial arm saw. I would ask that you pull the saw head all the way towards you, and try to pull it left and right (doesn’t have to be turned on). If you get some sideways movement, do what I did and recycle it for the metal. It won’t make square cuts if it’s worn out. You’ll be way better off with a table saw and sleds.

Yes, my father’s old ‘60s RAS got recycled due to slop when fully extended- I do much higher precision work than lopping off studs for building a house. But I saved the table frame for my new birch workbench top, since that table frame was so solid.

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