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Robin1

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08-18-2014 12:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw need ras looking for help childrens theatre

I love furniture construction- but it is my hobby. My day job is as a Technical Director/Production Manager of a college theatre- with this goes scenic design and construction. I also work with several not-for-profit theatre groups in the area. One of these, a children’s theatre, is in need of a replacement radial arm saw. Before someone suggests a miter saw or a SCMS, these don’t work as well in a production shop and they are cost prohibitive.

We are located in upstate NY between Rochester and Syracuse and have been searching CL for a while now. I have contacted a few people over the last couple of weeks. I explain that I am looking for a saw for 90 degree cross cuts and dadoes and that it has to be accurate and in good shape. I explain that I am replacing a RAS for a small group with very little money. I travel to their location and find something with bearings that are shot or bent rails. I realize that for $200 or, hopefully, less that they’re not going to be perfect. However, most of it has just been abused.

I’m trying to find a 10” DeWalt or Delta- well cared for. We won’t be ripping or mitering with it. It doesn’t need a stand as we can build one.

If anyone in our area has one or has a lead on one, we’d greatly appreciate the help.

Thanks!

Jim

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 01:08 AM

Get an account on OWWM.org and post a request
on the “BOYD” subforum. You can’t see it unless
you’re signed up. That’s where the crazy machine
collectors are and as you should know, radial arm
saws have become somewhat unpopular. I’ll bet
somebody can help you out if your offering a good
home to a vintage turret or DeWalt RAS.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Robin1

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 11:35 AM

Thanks for the tip- I’ll give that a shot.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 12:21 PM

My father has an old craftsman one in good working condition sitting in his basement in Syracuse, not sure if he uses it. I cleaned it up and used it a few years ago but didn’t have the room at my place and didn’t like that it had to be recalibrated to 90 after using it for miters. I could ask him if he would like to part with it, if you like.

Edit : This is not his, but it is, I believe the same model, and in the same condition. His has the stand.

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

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Robin1

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 01:11 PM

I’m not as familiar with the Craftsman models but that looks like an older model which, I’m told, is a better unit than the newer ones. If it’s accurate at 90 degrees and will hold that setting (as I said- we NEVER miter with it. It’s used for production cutting- think 2×4 legs for platforms. We set up a stop block and keep sliding pieces over and cutting. RAS is better because we don’t have to start the saw and stop the saw with every cut like a miter saw) and we can afford it, we’d be interested. The only other thing we would do with it is dado. Thanks for taking the time to help.

Jim

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 08-18-2014 01:43 PM

I sent him an e-mail and we’ll see what he says. It is true to 90 until you change the setting, and then it’s within +/- 2 degrees, which IMO is not accurate. I do know that he does not own a dado set.

I help build sets for my wife’s high school musicals, and we have to set up, build, and clean up every day during the build so we mainly use miter saws on the floor, and my Bosch TS, so I understand the annoyance of the miter saws.

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

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Robin1

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#6 posted 08-18-2014 01:57 PM

We have a dado set- in truth, we do that so rarely that we usually just use the crosscut blade and make multiple passes. You’ve obviously built scenery so you can understand the different construction techniques we employ. Thanks again for your time and effort.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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Robin1

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#7 posted 08-19-2014 04:59 PM

I assume he’s wrestling with the question at this point? LOL

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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BinghamtonEd

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#8 posted 08-19-2014 05:08 PM

I’ll give him a call after work tonight. My sister and her family are up visiting so he probably did not check his e-mail. I’ll reply back tonight as soon as I get a hold of him. I’ll be up there this weekend, as well, to take the kids to the fair.

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

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Robin1

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#9 posted 08-19-2014 05:09 PM

That’s fine- you’re going above and beyond. Thanks.

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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BinghamtonEd

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#10 posted 08-20-2014 12:36 AM

PM sent.

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

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Robin1

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#11 posted 08-23-2014 02:44 PM

Still searching…

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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Robin1

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#12 posted 08-25-2014 12:15 AM

Found a Red Star Multiplex 30a . Thanks to Loren and Binghamton Ed for your time and help!

-- Jim, Upstate NY, JT Perri Custom Furniture

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