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Forum topic by lieutenantdan posted 05-02-2012 08:51 PM 1520 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2012 08:51 PM

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 08:54 PM

it’s a funk-ur-jum-barkum device..

either that, or a radial arm saw ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 09:00 PM

What he said. It’s a radial arm saw. Instead of running a workpiece over the blade like you would with a table saw, you run the blade over the workpiece. Great for crosscuts. You can also adjust the depth and use repeating strokes to cut half-laps, rabbets, or dados.

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 09:20 PM

Looks like an oldie too. Should be a good one

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 09:46 PM

Late 40s, early 50s DeWalt Radial Arm Saw, with stand. A wonderful tool. Looks like it’s pawl is missing (the fingered safety device that prevents kick in front of the blade) but those are available new for about $30. Maybe a little rehad done to it as the colors don’t look familiar. Is it yours, Lt. Dan?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 12:01 AM

Not mine. I thought it was the first Kitchenaid mixer ever made.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 12:12 AM

its an rastasaurus an realy evil creature that even tynosarous rex was scared of meeting on his way

just ask Neil Nbeneer

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 03:25 AM

it’s a sawasaurs, the only real advantage I’ve ever seen with radial arms is their cross cut depths. However most I’ve ever encountered, were a bear to keep square, or anything resembling square. There’s just not much that can be done with these that can’t be done with another, more space efficient tool.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 02:14 PM

Some of these old monsters were super accurate, the saw can be swung 90 degrees and used to rip
wood. We used one with a solid center post to cut 30’ and 50’ radius curves to make slip forms when
we were pouring the silos at the cement plant outside of Helena in 1962.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 02:28 PM

I saw one of those things listed in Memphis as a “Radio arm” saw. Never heard of those either.
Now, you better go cut some wood and tune it up.


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#10 posted 05-05-2012 11:18 AM

Some love them , some hate them.
I believe that they are obsolete.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-05-2012 11:42 AM

The table area of these saws are great for collecting junk you have nowhere else to sit.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 05-05-2012 08:34 PM

We keep ne set up with a dado stack at work.

It’s nice to see your dado as it’s being cut

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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