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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 08-16-2012 06:41 PM 2327 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BerBer5985

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08-16-2012 06:41 PM

I was perusing craigslist like usual and I came across a Dewalt Radial Arm saw, looks to be a GP model I believe, but I’m not sure. The ad wants $100, which I may be able to talk him down I’m sure. Is this a decent model? I regret giving away my dads craftsman radial arm. For years, that’s all he ever used to build anything with. He never owned a table saw. Is this this dewalt saw worth it, and what should I look for when purchasing:

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 06:54 PM

If it’s in good condition or repairable that is generally considered to be a better saw than the Craftsmen saws of the same time period. DeWalts were generally considered to be professional quality while the Craftsmen were targeted to the home shop market.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 08:23 PM

If it runs, there’s very little that can be too wrong with this saw. The ways (the little grooves the carriage bearings ride in) can sometimes have an unusual wear pattern, a bump in them. That usually happens in some kind of commercial use where maybe the saw is repeatedly used to just cut narrow boards or some such service. Check that everything moves (so you don’t break any cast iron parts trying to free them up) and those ways, and you’re probably good to go. Ditto on that comment of this being a better saw than the C’man. Properly tuned, these things are dead nuts accurate and repeatable.

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 01:59 AM

Run, don’t walk. I saw it, too, and would buy it if I weren’t picking up a 20” DeWalt this weekend.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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