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Forum topic by KRR posted 03-24-2016 02:21 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KRR

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03-24-2016 02:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rockwell radial arm saw delta beaver

Hello All,

I found this saw on Craigslist today, bought it and took it home this evening. It was sold to me completely assembled, it functioned well. I only took it apart to move it, as I did not have a friend available to help me move this heavy piece.

I grew up with a radial arm saw, so I know a bit about the dangers of operating them. However, I would be curious to hear thoughts on this model, and what I should look out for as I bring it into my shop and begin incorporating it into my lineup.

It is a Rockwell Beaver. I don’t have pictures of the serial number or specs, but I can get to them easily. (Sorry, just didn’t have time tonight and forgot to get a picture)

I do have some pictures here, so if you’re feeling like passing some tips on, I’m all ears. I plan to use this saw in my day to day hobbies, so any and all opinions are welcome.

First post here, so thank you for reading! Have a great day!

-- The most dangerous tool in the shop is always a human.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 02:44 PM

I think you just made a wonderful addition to your. Once tuned it will be very accurate and usable. Congrats. The only suggestion I have at this point is to make a really flat table (one called a Mr. Sawdust table stays that way), install and align.

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

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KRR

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 04:33 PM



I think you just made a wonderful addition to your. Once tuned it will be very accurate and usable. Congrats. The only suggestion I have at this point is to make a really flat table (one called a Mr. Sawdust table stays that way), install and align.

- Fred Hargis

Thank you Fred! And I will certainly read up on the Mr. Sawdust Table.

-- The most dangerous tool in the shop is always a human.

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MalcolmLaurel

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 04:59 PM

I just bought a similar saw (a Rockwell Delta Deluxe 105) and it’s night and day better than my old DeWalt 7749 it’s replacing. Spend the money on a good blade made for a radial/miter saw (I got a Freud LU91M010).

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com

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KRR

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 05:53 PM

To follow up, the model number of mine is a 1555. It’s a 10”.

When the guy was helping me load it onto the truck, a bunch of things rattled around in the cabinet so he said he should probably check to see if there was anything important in there.

There was probably $150 worth of 10” blades, one was a decent finishing blade. He shrugged and said I could keep them because he wasn’t going to need them anymore anyway.

Weeks of patrolling Craigslist really paid off this time.

-- The most dangerous tool in the shop is always a human.

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