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Tom Coster

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 11:42 PM

Why are radial arm saws that dangerous? I hear people discuss them with fear & loathing. But what exactly is so bad about them? Or, for that matter, what is so good about them? I inherited a Black & Decker / Dewalt from my father. He did remove the ends of four fingers with it back in the late ‘60’s which were successfully reattached. He told me it was his fault, not the tools. He continued to use the RAS for decades. All the while not letting any of us kids touch it because it was too dangerous. When my dad died I collected all his tools and moved them to my shop. Except for the RAS which is built into a long bench. I don’t use the RAS because I have other tools that will do the job: TS, miter saw, etc. Or maybe, in the back of my head, I’m a little scared, which is silly because I don’t even know what makes a RAS’s so dangerous.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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