|Forum topic by TTF||posted 09-25-2015 03:59 AM||732 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
09-25-2015 03:59 AM
I bought this radial arm saw a few months ago. It the next size up from the more common green ones, and manufactured in the mid 50’s.
I got the saw for $30 (yes – I suck), from a guy who was moving. He had the story I’ve heard a number of times: It was his dad’s saw, he never actually used it, and now it had to go. The metal stand came with it.
A few hours of cleaning, lubricating and dialing-in, and it’s become a really useful tool. I keep a 1/2” wide 8 1/2” dado set on it, and use it to cut slots and hog out material.
The switch is a small toggle on the side of the motor – not really easy to find. It stays on now and I mounted a switch on the front. I also grounded the frame in the switch box and added an outlet for convenience.
I put a plywood side-guard – I always stand to the left of the blade – just to add a bit safety. I may upgrade this to ploycarbonate or Lexan so I can see more of the blade.
I made a 4” dust collection box behind the fence, that also connect to the blade guard. It works OK, but I may try to make the intake larger to capture more dust.
So the saw was $30, and the blade was about double that price :).
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