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11-27-2011 11:55 PM

So i was at my wifes uncles house last night and he told me that he has a like new Radial Arm Saw that he would give me a great deal on if i wanted it. So he showed it to me, and its a 2001 Craftsman Professional 10” model 315.220381, that is literally like new. it has been used one time, and has been stored covered in the garage ever since. The MDF table literally has one saw kerf in it. Comes complete with everything it had new.

so my question, does anyone know what this saw would be worth in current condition, or even what it sold for new? Evidently Craftsman doesnt make RAS’s anymore cause i cant find any on their website. He said he would sell it to me for 50 cent on the dollar, so looking for some ideas of what i should look to give for it.

thanks for the help

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 12:27 AM

Hi Josh
I find people have less and less interest in RAS saw’s I had one I tried to sell that was in great shape and I kept dropping the price down to $25 at my garage sale but still had not takers. I think most people are buying sliding compound miter saws instead. Sliders can do almost everything a RAS can do other than rip which I always advise against on a RAS. The other thing a slider can’t do that a RAS can is that you can install a dado blade on it. The reason Sliders are more popular than RAS saws is that they take up much less room and are much more mobile if you want to change where you have them in your shop or if you want to take them on a job site or just outside. I find sliders much easier to adjust also. The last thing to consider is that sliders have much better resale in you should decide to up grade later on.

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 12:45 AM

Most people don’t use radial arm saws. But those who do, often LOVE them. If it’s expensive and you’ve never used one, you can likely pass on it. But if it’s a good quality one (the Craftsmans of the 1980’s were junk, but the newer ones appear a lot nicer), and the price is right, buy it.

A radial arm saw makes crosscuts very nicely in wide boards. Yes, a sliding compound miter saw can do that too, but you can also put a dado set on a RAS, and that is a great plus. It’s wonderful to see your dado as you cut it.

Keep in mind that a RAS is a great tool, but not a vital one. Everything you can do with a RAS, you can also do with good table saw and a few jigs. However there is something to be said about having the work piece stay pt while you cut a miter, etc. But with that additional accuracy comes additional tuning to keep it accurate.

Unless you are a RAS kind of guy, you may be better off limiting yourself to a couple hundred dollars for it. Above that and your money can better be spent elsewhere in the shop. But, if you like to use a RAS, and it is truly like new… well, they can sell for a couple thousand new, so use your best judgement. Send us a photo!

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 12:55 AM

These sold for roughly $550 new, I have one. Unfortunately 50% on the original price is not a great deal. You can find a lot of used RAS for $50-200 on Craigslist. If this was an original Dewalt, different story.

I love my RAS but it is because I grew up with one. If you have room in your shop, I find the RAS very helpful. But now that I have a good quality table saw, it pains me to admit that I use the RAS a lot less often.

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 01:13 AM

Sears apparently still sells Radial Arm Saws. I was in Sears a couple of weeks ago and they had 2 on display.
I previously had one and sold it for $100. Always a problem to align accurately and it took up alot of space. I have other tools than do a better job than any RAS can do.

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 01:14 AM

They’re pretty much a “luxury,” if you have a CMS or SCMS, and a table saw.

But I like mine, and had a ton of fun rebuilding it. I don’t think it would be worth more than a couple hundred bucks to me, in any case….

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 01:15 AM

I guess if you have limited funds a RAS is better than no saw at all but I would not spend much on one(a max of $100) because chances are as your experience grows you will find better and more accurate ways to mill wood. I agree as with any subject on LJs there will be those who love their RAS because that’s what they have gotten use to using and it works for them. This is true of all woodworkers they get use to their tools and techniques and some of them think that there’s only one why to do things THEIR WAY. I know I’ve been in that camp before. It makes it hard for someone new to choose which person is correct in their evaluation of any particular tool or technique .

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 02:02 AM

thanks for all the great advice guys. actually making my decision even harder…. I currently have a very nice Dewalt 10” double bevel SCMS that i use on the job all the time and have gotten pretty good with. Also have a brand new Dewalt 10” DW744XRS. Both will be used in my new shop until i am able to upgrade in the future. i did grow up with a RAS in my dads shop. he used his often as I was growing up, but believe he has also moved on to using other tools more. So i have used a RAS quite a bit when i was growing up helping my dad.

Guess i will see exactly how much i can get this saw for. I know i am currently saving my money for a nice thickness planer which i know i will use more. Just thought if i could get this saw for a great deal, would be hard to pass up.

thanks again for all the help! if anybody else has some help, I’m all ears


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#8 posted 11-28-2011 03:14 AM

I agree with a1Jim and wouldn’t pay more than a $100.00 for any RAS. Unfortunately people in my local still think the Craftsman name still brings top dollar in resale value.

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#9 posted 11-28-2011 04:17 AM

I’m not trying to be a smart ass here, but is there such a thing as Craftsman Pro?

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 04:29 AM

CRAFTSMAN?? Turn and run as fast as you can. Craftsman hasn’t made a good tool since the early 1970’s

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#11 posted 11-28-2011 02:32 PM

I’m an RAS lover, would not be without one. That said, my advice would be to avoid any that have the Craftsman name except maybe the late 60’s Model 100 or one of the early 70’s model. Even then, the one I had (early 70’s) still would not hold, nor return to zero despite hours and hours of tuning it. A better choice, if you want an RAS, is to look for a Dewalt; one of the early models with solid cast iron arm….or a Delta turret arm saw. These can be tuned to be dead nuts, and they stay that way. They are also generally fairly inexpensive on CL.

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 03:04 PM

Craftsman is synonymous with Black & Decker.
‘Nuff said.

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 03:13 PM

I bought my older Craftsman for a couple hundred bucks. I’m not a big Craftsman fanboy but I can’t agree with avoiding all Craftsman tools by default. Mine is well built and I’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve never used it for anything other than a 90 degree cut but I don’t consider it junk.

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 03:24 PM

I would like to have a radial arm saw if I had some space for it. However, all I would use it for is to crosscut. With my table saw sled I can already crosscut at least 23-3/4 and I certainly don’t have any spare space so I doubt that I’ll ever invest a penny in a RAS.

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 03:51 PM

Older Craftsmans are not the same as newer ones. Older ones were junk. Newer ones have been redesigned.

If you have a couple CMS’s, and you don’t have a planer yet- PASS ON IT! Every woodworker should get a joiner and a planer if they can!

(BTW- The new RAS’s sell for between $750-$2000. The Craftsman website only has a $750 one for sale, maybe they don’t make the high end ones any more…)

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