Dewalt Radial Arm Saw - 925

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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 02-18-2016 03:42 PM 1042 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2016 03:42 PM

My father bought this radial arm saw about 1960-1962. I am trying to figure out if I want to have it in my shop. It is a great saw and very solid. I have a miter saw, table saw and band saws in my shop. The saw is in great condition. The picture I am posting is of another one just like it that I found online.

It has sentimental value but I think that it takes up space in my shop that would clog things up. I am really struggling what to do with it.

Does anyone have one and how useful do you find it?

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 04:12 PM

I’ve had 2, and they are fantastic saws. If they have a downside, it’s the fact that the motor is just a tad underpowered for today’s carbide tipped blades. They can be tuned to be (and stay) dead nuts accurate and in my shop the miter saw got relegated to the shed to make way for the RAS. Should you decide to keep it, I can e mail you a couple of articles on tuning and maintaining them that I’ve found pretty useful (PM me your e mail address). BTW, 9” blades are fairly scarce these days, “but Freud makes an 8 1/2 one that is the cat’s butt. It ain’t worth a hoot for rip cuts, but I don’t rip on the RAS anyway.

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 05:16 PM

i got a RAS quite by accident. 5 years later, i wouldn’t be without it.

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 05:25 PM

I have a ‘58 DeWalt 9” RAS and it is the most used stationary tool in my shop. I use it to rip and crosscut. I seriously don’t understand the collective wisdom of RAS’s taking up an inordinate amount of space in a shop. Put a SCMS on a stand and you’ve got the same real estate challenges, maybe a bit less front-to-back with the mitre saw, but not that much.

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 05:52 PM

Cool saw! I’d keep it. I’d like to have an old timer like that to replace my Craftsman RAS…

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

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