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jlabos

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06-03-2014 03:46 PM

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I came across an older craftsman radial arm saw on Craigslist.
The $30.00 price has me thinking maybe I should pick it up. I have a table saw and a non-sliding miter saw so I’m not sure if I really need the radial saw. Does anyone own all three and if so do you still use the radial saw? Also is this saw worth the $30?


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 03:58 PM

I had a craftsman RAS that was a few years older then the one you pointed to. It takes up a far amount of space, and I work in a small garage, so I got rid of it. I used it for one project, so my experience was limited. For crusscuts, after setting it up correctly, it worked great. On anything other than 90 degree crosscuts, it gave me repeatability issues as far as accuracy goes. If you have an excess amount of space, for $30, you could try it, and if you don’t like it, sell it for your money back and then some (assuming it is in good working order). In my opinion, it was not worth the space it took up in my shop. If you do a lot of crosscutting of large stock, maybe its for you. At $30, it may be worth it just for the experience of using one.

Edit : Having the manual is nice, it has a detailed section on setting up the machine.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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j_dubb

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 04:15 PM

Note that the picture he’s supplying may be older and not indicative of it’s current state as he’s saying there is no blade. Perhaps ask if that picture is indeed current so you’re not surprised if you go pick it up.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 04:19 PM

Like Ed said, get it and sell it later if you don’t like it.
There is a recall going on with them and I’ve heard they’ll refund you $100.00 if you ship the motor back.
Do a search on the interweb about that.
I have one and use it a lot for longer boards. I built it into a long bench along a wall. I paid $100.00 for mine.
I use my chopsaw for more accurate cuts and the table saw for ripping. The Radial Arm Saw will rip if you want. Very dangerous. I also use it with a dado blade for cutting 2x material lap joints.
Tom

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 04:26 PM

I have all three saws in my 1200 sf shop. The RAS and miter saw share the same wall mounted bench. The miter saw can handle dimensional lumber any length up to a 2×6. The RAS does the same , but can handle lumber 2×12 and bigger. With three saws at my disposal, I can cut anything. I do use a portable saw and straight edge guide to break down sheet goods to easily handled sizes for further processing on the table saw. The miter saw can be quickly removed for field use. As they say, “you can never have too many tools”. $30 is a great price, especially if the saw works. I’m not a great fan of Craftsman tools, but for the price; what the hecik. Mine is a Dewalt I paid $100 for. My miter saw is an old B&D 10”, probably about 30 years old. I bought it new for around $69. Nothing fancy; no laser, no tilt, no slider, no hold downs, but it works great. I use it only for construction projects involving 2x lumber. I can even do crown moldings on it. I couldn’t justify paying the big bucks, new miter saws cost.For that, the RAS fills the bill. I also have a 14” band saw for resawing and a metal cutting band saw to support my metalworking. Can’t think of any other saw I need at the moment.

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 04:31 PM

Can’t think of any other saw I need at the moment.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 04:45 PM

http://www.radialarmsawrecall.com/

Craftsman radial arm saws do not hold settings as well as
the old ones by DeWalt and Delta. I won’t say “no” to the
radial arm saw because it really is very versatile, for
joinery in particular.

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 04:46 PM

BinghamtonEd
”Can’t think of any other saw I need at the moment.”

Actually I’m working on building a band saw mill. That’s one wicked looking saw.

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 05:10 PM

I have a sentimental attachment to the RAS. It’s the tool my Dad had that represented woodworking for me.

That said, mine is a little out of whack right now, not cutting square. I expect to spend another couple of hours fiddling with it to get it squared up.

I can’t imagine my shop without it.

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-Paul

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 05:14 PM

I’d buy that one, send it in for the recall (radialarmsawrecall.com) and then take that money and buy a Dewalt or Delta turret arm. I have a TS, miter saw, and 2 RAS for the shop. Actually the miter saw got moved to the shed for home improvement projects, my RAS s do miter cuts much more accurately. The thing about them (RAS) is that a bad one will make you curse the day you heard the acronym. But a good one will have you dancing in the streets, and for the record (at least IMO) most of the bad experiences with an RAS were at the switch of the Craftsman saws; they almost single handedly killed the category.

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 05:16 PM

I thought the recall was no longer active, but I see they still offer the $100, just not the guards.

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#11 posted 06-03-2014 05:30 PM

I have tried to get the recall and was on hold for 45 minutes with
no answer. Then I left a message as directed and was never
called back.

This was 6 months or so back.

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Grandpa

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#12 posted 06-03-2014 05:59 PM

I got the recall package to upgrade mine. I did it over the internet so I wasn’t on hold. Just took a couple of minutes. You will need the model and the serial number.

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#13 posted 06-03-2014 06:50 PM

I had a neighbor give me a Craftsman RAS, for some work I helped him with.
I have a 1/2 dado set mounted on it and it works great for that.
I will leave it dedicated to making dado’s and rabbits.

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 06-03-2014 07:01 PM

It’s my understanding they ran out of the guard kits for the newer models, so now it’s just a $100 buy back for all the effected saws (not exactly sure where i got that). The website was off line for a while, not sure if they were updating it or maybe the switched whatever contractor was handling the recall particulars.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#15 posted 06-03-2014 07:15 PM

You cannot go wrong for that kind of money.Why does the seller not take the company up on this generous offer?It doesn’t make sense ,Anyway The parts alone would be worth that and you could always beef it up and even use it with a dado blade for trenching or fit a router have fun. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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