CL Rockwell Delta 990 Radial Arm Saw?

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Forum topic by cootcraig posted 02-12-2016 03:11 PM 495 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2016 03:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw

I’m slowly acquiring older equipment and have thought a radial arm saw would be useful. This Delta 990 (with turret) is nearby, asking $100 OBO. From what I’ve read here the older cast iron RAS’s are desirable. Any thoughts on this particular saw?

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 03:18 PM

I think I read somewhere that radial arm saws are more dangerous because of their tendency to climb on top of the wood, not sure about this, but you might want to look into it.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 06:48 PM

That’s a good quality saw, one that can repeat cuts accurately and do a good job. If you’re in the market that would be a good one to consider. Put a good negative hook blade on it and it will definitely earn it’s keep in the shop.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 06:54 PM

It’s worth at least $100…this is a decent RAS, although a multiplex 30 or 40 is better…buy it.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 07:17 PM

If it runs at all and the carriage isn’t too worn—that could be a very good deal. The turret design of the arm is said to help keep the cutting true.


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#5 posted 02-12-2016 09:15 PM

The only thing wrong with this saw is the table and fence, make them longer, straight and accurate and this is a most useful tool in the shop.

-- PJ

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 05:36 PM

If it was close to me I’d buy it. The older ones are built much better than newer ones…
I have no experience with this particular saw…
This a link to OWM, a good place for information on “Old Arn”

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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