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Dan_123

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09-06-2016 01:08 AM

Hi folks. My first post here as I was trying to figure out what to do. I’m renovating my garage and need to clear everything out. I’ve had this old Rockwell 33-310 RAS since my father bought it in the early 70’s. I’ve used it on occasion, but the projects I do rarely involve more than a chop saw and a circular saw. Overall it is in good working condition, but needs a new fence. It has a nice metal cabinet base.

Anyway, I was thinking of giving it away to whoever would pick it up, but I’m torn with the idea of possibly refurbishing it and just keeping it. I’m reading that it is a quality piece of equipment on the one hand, yet surely there is something out there today that is more user friendly/safer and also good quality? I saw someone mention that RAS have a bad rap because you can lose a finger more easily than with a table saw, but it seems the other way around to me. Who came up with the idea of sticking a high speed blade in a table with not safeguards?

So maybe this is hard to answer, but if I’m willing to spend say under $1000 on something new, is it a better option to hang on to the Rockwell and just clean it up a bit, or give it away and get something newer/safer(?).

Thanks for any help for this newbie.


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#1 posted 09-06-2016 01:16 PM

Where are you located? I’d love to have it !

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#2 posted 09-06-2016 01:24 PM

I’d keep it, but then I’m a fan of the RAS. There are others (lots of ‘em) that dislike the RAS and wonder why it was ever invented. A lot of those folks had their opinions formed while using a Craftsman RAS, which (IMHO) killed the category with it’s lousy design. The Dewalt and the Rockwell/Delta RAS are well worth worth and (again IMHO) are much more versatile than any CMS or SCMS. In the end it just depends on your personal opinion of that style saw, but if you like them that’s a good one!

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 03:05 PM

Fred is right on target. I have a Crapsman RAS which I still use and a Milwaukee miter saw but for some cuts this old Dewalt does it best.

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 04:43 PM

@JoeinGa: Well, I’m not in Ga! I’m in northern NJ.

Are there additional features in good quality modern RAS that I should consider before deciding to refurbish this one? It sounds like it might be worth keeping.

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#5 posted 09-06-2016 05:17 PM

KEEP IT!!! There are no modern affordable alternatives to what you have that wouldn’t represent a tremendous disappointment vs. what you could have with your current saw after a function restoration.

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#6 posted 09-06-2016 11:27 PM


@JoeinGa: Well, I m not in Ga! I m in northern NJ.

Are there additional features in good quality modern RAS that I should consider before deciding to refurbish this one? It sounds like it might be worth keeping.

- Dan_123

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Well, since there’s like ZERO CHANCE of me getting it anyway, then yes I’d highly recommend keeping it and tuning it up. I’ve had several Craftsman Radial Arm Saws and couldn’t imagine being without one. And those old swing-arm models are pretty dang bullet proof when cared for.

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#7 posted 09-07-2016 02:24 AM

”RATS!”

- JoeinGa

LOL, Joe. You ever watch that show “American Pickers” where they go to old barns and try to buy stuff from some old codger? They dig down through 10 feet of junk to find an old rusted out spoke from some ancient bicycle. “Hey, is this for sale”? The old codger replies, “No, I’ve got plans for that spoke.” So as soon as someone shows an interest it becomes important again!

Thanks for the replies,

Codger Dan

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