Should I take a flyer on this used radial saw for $15?

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Forum topic by dbockel2 posted 11-22-2015 04:10 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2015 04:10 PM

Guy on CL says it won’t turn on and had it listed for $30. I told him I’d be willing to throw $15 on the chance that a minor investment might be required to make it work and he seemed agreeable to it. That said, is it worth it for $15 to see if I can make it work or would I just be throwing $15 away? I just figured I might try to take the whole thing apart and put it back together again to see if I can find where the “break” is and maybe get it working and clean it up without having to put much into it. I assume the table would come with it. Thoughts? Would I even use a radial arm saw? Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 04:16 PM

Is it eligible for the $100 rebate to junk it?

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 04:18 PM

Craftsman has a recall on some radial arm saw models, paying $100 for return of the motor. Do some research to see if this is one of the models. If it is, then you could turn $15 into $100 if you can’t get it working again. I use my RAS a lot.

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 04:21 PM

I would do it.

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 05:03 PM

Wow—that is good information to know. I would have never known. Thanks for sharing it! Hopefully this guy will call me back and I’ll see what happens.

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 05:08 PM

very well could be a bad on/off switch. Cheap fix. Buy it.

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 05:42 PM

If it’s died how hard would it be to mount a router to the arm?

What would you call it a radial pin router.

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 05:44 PM

I have purchased quite a few machines that were claimed to be ‘dead’ by the seller. In every instance, it turned out to be something stupid simple to fix. Disconnected wire in the motors junction box, bad switch, blown thermal protector in the motor, simply wired wrong, etc..

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 06:48 PM

The above comments are correct. It is usually something simple like a bad switch. If it were me I would grab it as I would think it worth the gamble. Hell, you would blow $15 on a bad lunch! : )


P.S. Copies of the original instruction manual can usually be found somewhere online. Craftsman always had an exploded view and parts list in their manual. Do a little searching.

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 06:55 PM

For 15 bucks??? Oh hells yes! I’m 3 – 4 hours from mid-town and for 15 bucks I’d drive up there and buy that in a heartbeat!

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 07:19 PM

Agreed, $15 is no big deal.

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 07:41 PM

I bet it it is the switch, easily worth $15 bucks if you have the time to deal w/ it.

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 08:07 PM

Switch or brushes. Both are cheap.

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#13 posted 11-22-2015 08:19 PM

I see he has it plugged into a power strip taped to the leg. I’ll bet the power strip is turned to OFF or it has a blown fuse. Maybe not that simple, but it IS something simple. The fact that he took a picture of it in the snow and it’s all wet and has surface rust makes me think he doesn’t take care of stuff, though.

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#14 posted 11-22-2015 10:54 PM

I’d buy it for $15 just to see if I could make it run. Then sell it on CL for $100. To me, this is a no-brainer. I do this kind of thing all the time picking garage sales with my wife. Latest was a Tristar vacuum cleaner that I picked up for $15, put in about $20 worth of parts, sell for about $120. That kind of thing.

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#15 posted 11-22-2015 10:58 PM

I bet it it is the switch, easily worth $15 bucks if you have the time to deal w/ it.

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Or a bad cord

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