|Forum topic by Dan_123||posted 09-06-2016 01:08 AM||252 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
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.