Radial arm saw stored outside?

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Forum topic by Majik365 posted 08-04-2014 08:49 PM 1343 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2014 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arms saw tool storage small shop tools outside

I know it’s never a good idea to store tools outside because of the moisture in the rust factor however I have a very small shop and no room for any more tools. I found a radial arm saw that works but has seen better days for about 50 bucks on Craigslist what do you guys think about storing something like that outside since I have no more room in the shop. I will deffinately use it!

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 09:27 PM

Due to space limitations, I once stored my RAS outdoors under a vinyl cover for about 3 years. I checked it often for rust and any gunk. Didn’t seem to hurt it.
Just so ya know.


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#2 posted 08-04-2014 10:17 PM

Depends on where you live. If you live in an area that has hot humid weather; not a good idea.

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 10:20 PM

I’m located in Utah

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 10:50 PM

I wouldn’t be bothered by it. I store a lot of machinery
outdoors. I live in Los Angeles and it does not rain a lot.

I have metal roofing I have put on simple structures to
keep the machines relatively clean and dry. That’s
generally sufficient. I also have HTC machine covers
I put on things with cast iron tables. As long as they
aren’t getting moisture raining right on the cover, they
tend to work pretty well.

For a radial arm saw one problem you may have is
the wood table swelling or warping. You might
want to paint it. Other than that try to keep the
water off the machine and the cords and printed
scales will hold up better if not exposed to a lot of
direct sunlight.

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 11:08 PM

Loren’s comments are spot on as far as I can say.

In relation to covers, I have had horrible results with plastic covers. They don’t breathe and they cause more damage from condensation than direct rain would.

I have often wondered if Tyvek house wrap would not be a good alternate. It allows moisture to escape and it can breath, but liquid water can not get through it. Seems like that would define a good material for a machine cover.

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