Ridgid RS 1000 and what to look for when buying a radial arm saw

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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 12-14-2014 06:25 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2014 06:25 PM

Going to look at a Ridgid RS 1000 tomorrow. Guy is selling it for 100 bucks and it looks pretty clean. Does anyone have this saw? Also when purchasing a radial arm saw, what are things I should look for? Thanks- Andrew

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 06:34 PM

Don’t take this wrong way, but I would look for age. The best ones (IMHO) are the older models, especially the Dewalts and Delta turret arms) that are accurate and repeatable. Once tuned they are excellent saws. All the newer models suffer the same malady…in trying to balance “cheap” with “useable”, cheap won out. Again, my opinion. Stick to the Dewalts that have a solid cast iron arm (pre 1965 or so) or any of the Delta turrets and you will have a saw that really earns it’s keep.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 06:42 PM

Not a big fan of Ridgid tools.. but that RAS was made by emerson (same as the older craftsmans), so it’s probably ok. Around here, I haven’t seen a lot of Ridgids for sale, but the Craftsmans can be found in the $50-$75 range.


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