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559dustdesigns

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03-04-2010 07:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw machine purchase power tool buying

Need assistance with possible radial arm saw purchase.

I have never owned one before of any size.

The saw is an 18” Delta Rockwell with a single phase motor, model 18-RAS.

Any information will be appreciated and could be very helpful in my purchase decision.

What considerations need to be made while looking at an older radial arm saw?

This saw is in fair condition and runs, what is it worth?

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"


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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 08:46 AM

Most radial arm saws in this area used run from 75.00 to 150.00.
When they go on craigs list they just sit there for months. And
if it wern’t for the shop space I would have picked up one 2 years
ago. I have seen a lot of good looking saws cheap in these listings.
Most the Radial arm saws here are so under priced I know I’ll never buy one
new, many guys will sell them with extra blades and even dado’s.

As for checking it out, bring an indicator check the run out on the blade,
bring a piece of wood and see how square it cuts, then check and see if
it cuts nice 22’s and 45’s. Just a ton of good radial arm saw deals out there!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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SKFrog16

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 04:45 PM

Although the price for an 18” RAS maybe tempting, look into the cost of blades for said saw. It may make you think twice.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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Jesse

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:01 PM

The Delta/Rockwell saws are very well built, and you do not have to run a 18” blade. There is no reason you cannot use a smaller blade if the price becomes an issue. I even have two 12” 1” arbor blades I would give you free if you were interested.

If the motor runs, then the most important thing to check is for wear in the ways of the arm. Sometimes these were used in an industrial environment where they made repetitive short cuts and the ways may have worn unevenly. The pull of the saw should take a constant amount of force throughout the saws range. Of course, if the saw is in the condition that I have seen most of them in (I own 3) then the ways will be gunked with crud and the roller bearings will need to be cleaned and soaked in oil before you can really tell how the pull of the saw is.

Check owwm.com there are pictures of the saw in question I believe.

I would not worry about the accuracy of any miter angles and this is completely adjustable and is almost definitely going to need to be adjusted. Most people do not take the time to setup RAS’s correctly.

The best part about a saw that large is the crosscut capacity.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

#4 posted 03-04-2010 05:42 PM

If you’re concerned about blades this size, check out this seller's post on WoodNet. They don’t have 18” blades, but they do (or at least they did) have 17” blades, which I imagine would probably still work with a little adjustment to the tool.

...and I know many people think that WoodNet is just a good place to get ripped off, but after many purchases and sales there, I’d recommend giving it a try.

If you don’t have the ability to view the WoodNet post (I don’t remember if non-members can view listings), I’ll show it here, and you can decide whether you want to sign up and contact this person or not.
Here goes:

XCESSTOOLING
Member

Registered: 07/29/05
Posts: 240
Loc: michigan

BIG saw blades(16-26”) brush hog,buzz,mill or make a COOL clock #4753925 – 02/19/10 10:37 AM

Price is $25-$45 per blade.
I have some NOS saw blades that are (roughly)16”,17”,20”,21”,24” and 26”. Tooth count ranges from 60-72, most are TC grind.Make a clock that will put that old 10” Craftsman clock to shame or some folks use these for bush hogs,mills or Gravely (sp?) machines. The bores range from 40mm to 80mm but I will make a bushing for an extra $10 each as long as it is safe. Pinholes can be added for $3 each too.
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We take Visa,MasterCard,Paypal or you can mail a check or money order.
Shipping is UPS,list price minus 20%.

See my other ads for a bunch of router bits.

Picture is of the 670 mm (26.4”) blade
END OF POST

...just wanted to open your options a little. I hope this helps. Have fun!!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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559dustdesigns

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 12:14 PM

alanealane, Thanks for the contact for larger RAS blades. If I make this purchase that will be a consideration for new blades.
Jesse and Bob Kollman, This is what I was looking for.
This information is going to help me decide if this saw is worth restoring.
Just want everyone to know I really appreciate all of you comments.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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miles125

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 01:46 PM

My radial arm saw takes up too much space for the limited task i do with it. They come in handy if you regularly cut a lot of big boards to length before ripping, jointing and planing.

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

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Dennis Fletcher

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 02:30 PM

I have found that I use mine quite a lot, for cuts and for dados. I love it.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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Jesse

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 02:48 PM

I do not crosscut anything on my TS, all on my RAS. But, they have to be perfectly setup, and the table needs to be as flat as a table saw top. Mine are within .005 of flat across a 36” width.

I actually found it much easier to tune my RAS’s than to tune my contractor TS (what a pain).

If you get the saw check out the “Dewalt radial arm saw forum”. There is an abundance of info there.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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559dustdesigns

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 03:27 PM

I still have to wait until Saturday to go see the saw. THANKS for all the help with this guys!
With your help and suggestions, I found out the saw I’m considering was assembled between 1960-1975 not sure exactly.
The blade was not that scary average price is $65-$80 for general use.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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559dustdesigns

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#10 posted 03-07-2010 07:39 AM

Update, I went and took a look at the radial arm saw that I was considering buying. This machine was rough and very beat up. The seller said for sure it was a single phase motor on the emails. I think he just wanted to get me there to see what he had. This unit has spec plate on to of the motor housing which has the wiring for both 240 and 480 wiring but all the junction boxes had 480 v on them. I might be able to be wired single or 3 phase but I decided not to buy it. Every lever was missing its knob and it had some kind of foot switch hooked up to it. I can’t imagine this is the power, more like a gas pedal. Does anyone know what the foot switch would be used for? Even though I don’t have a radial arm saw to restore, I enjoyed learning about these saws and will keep watching for more deals. Thanks again for your comments.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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pcastleman

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#11 posted 03-21-2010 07:47 PM

hi there. I live in visalia and noticed you blog on radial arm saw. where was the saw located that you looked at?

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pcastleman

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 07:49 PM

i can not send a private message but i would like to talk to you for a second, but dont want to post my ph# on the blog if you are able to send me your email or # i would call you if that’s ok? -preston

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