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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 1368 days ago 2025 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieMojo

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1368 days ago

I bought a radial arm saw a little while ago and it came with an unlabeled blade. I was wondering if it is realistically possible to determine the hook angle on the blade without any special tools. my guess is that there probably isn’t an easy way, but some of you guys are pretty good at figuring out great solutions to problems like these.
Thanks!


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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 1367 days ago

Thanks, but I’m not sure if I was clear with what I’m trying to find. I’m trying to find out how I measure the angle on a blade. It is such a small surface, I don’t think putting a straightedge to it will give me an accurate measurement.

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#2 posted 1367 days ago

you can take a string from the center of the blade (arbor hole) to the tip of the tooth. stretch the string , and use a angle gauge to check the angle.

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#3 posted 1367 days ago

A RAS should have a blade with a hook angle that’s near zero degrees, roughly -5° to +5° (it doesn’t have to be negative, but it shouldn’t be a steep positive angle), which should be fairly easy to identify just from looking at it. If you want better precision, the methods Purplev and Bently suggested should work pretty well.

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#4 posted 1366 days ago

I like these ideas. I’m going to give them a shot. I really have no idea what angle the current blade’s hook is. I wish there was at least some kind of markings on the blade to determine the manufacturer too. I could be wrong, but want to assume that if there are no markings at all, it is probably a pretty cheap blade anyway. I don’t know any quality manufacturers that don’t put their name on their own blades.

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