|Forum topic by Robin1||posted 11-05-2014 05:31 PM||5155 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
11-05-2014 05:31 PM
Back in August, a children’s theatre company that I work with was in need of a replacement for a Radial Arm Saw they had been using to produce scenery. They gave me a modest budget- $350. I made some posts on the site and got some leads. I knew that I had to find an older model and only certain brands were any good. I located a Red Star (predecessor of Delta) Multiplex 30-A turret saw in excellent condition. It was a considerable drive and, since it was at the limit of the budget, I paid gas and tolls. When I got it back, the Director’s husband had located a Dewalt 7740 that they got for fee. They wanted me to cart the Red Star back! I thought this was ridiculous as I wasn’t going to drive another 4 hours round trip, pay more gas and tolls and ask the guy to give me the money back. I’d just like to sell it for the $350 that was paid.
As shown in the second photo, the RAS was mounted on a bench. Unfortunately I still have to photograph the saw while it’s mounted on the original cabinet, so the cabinet is shown separately. I will post a photograph as soon as possible of the saw mounted on the cabinet.
Although the Red Star has no detents for commonly-used angles as modern machines do, once set it holds beautifully. The Red Star combination of the “overarm” and the “elbow” allows for much longer angle cuts than possible on single arm saws of the same size (See 90- and opposing 45-degree cut lines on table). Delta, which acquired Red Star around 1950, has continued the overarm/elbow feature on most of its radial saws but with some modifications over the years. With a good blade, this saw handles 8/4 white oak quite easily.
I am located in upstate NY between Rochester and Syracuse. This saw IS worth the drive- I just don’t have room for it. PM me if interested. Thanks!