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Forum topic by MarkwithaK posted 12-29-2009 06:48 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2009 06:48 AM

I have never given much thought to it but while tooling around on CL I found this radial arm saw:

The price seems like a can’t loose but I’ve never owned one. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Things to look for?

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 08:01 AM

I would go for it, others might agree but I have one just like that and as long as its adjusted right it cuts really good.

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 03:07 PM

Really good price. You’ll probably find as many folks who like them as don’t. I have a Craftsman RAS I’ve had for 20+ years and love it. Don’t use it as much as I did before I got a table saw, but still has a use in the shop. Don’t know if the one you’re looking at is on re-call or not, I’ll see if I can find the web site for you to check it out.

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 03:18 PM

if you haven’t already gotten it ,
do so NOW .

you will find that it can help so much ,
to me the RAS is one tool i cannot work without .
here is how i did mine , it leaves the table and the fence uncut ,
except for square ,all the innovations were added as i built them ,
further down the post .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 03:27 PM

I have two, 10 inch and 12 inch! They definitely have there place! Do it!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 03:47 PM

I agree with all of the LJs above.I have one although its not used as much as it once was, it has a place in my shop.
it takes more adjusting than other tools but to me its worth the time.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 03:57 PM

I have one and mostly regret the space it takes up for the sparse duties it perfoms beyond what a simple chop saw can do.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 04:23 PM

sorry also ,
these are some added features .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 04:34 PM

If you don’t have a sliding compound miter saw a RAS is a super tool and it makes it even more functional if set up like Davids.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 08:03 PM

The RAS is the most under-rated power tool out there. much better for cross cutting than any table saw, great for mitering and exceptional for dados and tenons. I really like mine and use it a lot. You won’t regret getting one.

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 09:18 PM

Assuming you have room in your shop for a RAS, this one is a steal at several times the price.

Just a WAG, but I would say the guy that has it listed doesn’t really know what he has. Even if it is in rough shape, you could easily afford to rehab it given his asking price.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 10:29 PM

I agree with everyone, they are very handy to have in your shop. They can be a bit of a pain in the @%% to set up but once set up I think they are so handy. There is so much you can do with them. I just looked at the picture and it is exactly the same one I have. It looks to have the old style blade guard. There is a recall on these saws It depends on the model number on the saw weather it is part of the recall. I just about have my saw dialed in. If you have any questions send me a message.

-- Ray

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