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03-06-2015 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router adapter radial arm saw

screws onto the motor to let you use 1/4 inch router bits on it. I found it at our local habitat store for a buck still in the package and bought it just because it was cheap and I’m cheap I didn’t have one.

Why would anyone use this instead of a router and what would they find it better to use this for?

I have a craftsman I bought in “88” and still use it a lot. It has the digital readout which is nice but uses a battery for that. Any ideas on how this could benefit me?

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#1 posted 03-06-2015 08:28 PM

Hey I’m like you. For a buck I wouldn’t have passed that up either. Even knowing that I’d probably never use it, the bargain would be too good to pass up :-)

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#2 posted 03-06-2015 08:33 PM

Dude hate to say it, it will be useless. I remember my saw had one when I bought it back in the 80’s. Had High hopes. I think the RPM is 3250, and the results will be underwhelming to say the least. I tried it a couple times and threw it in the tool box where it stayed till the day I gave the RAS away. Hope it works for you

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#3 posted 03-06-2015 08:44 PM

I have seen some people route dados with a RAS.
You would have to rotate the motor 90 degrees to get the bit pointed down.
You could mount a pivot point in the table and lock the carriage and make a circle cutting jig.
All that said I think a RAS is to slow(RPM) to route well.
I probably would have bought it for a dollar though.

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 08:54 PM

Shapers had lower RPM and they worked.
Look for router bits with 3 wings instead of 2.
You can angle to motor to create a profile that you would never do with a regular router and bit.
Feed the material SLOWER and let it cut.
For $1. you have the option to try new things at LOW LOW cost.
You might want to watch your fingers using it on saw. BE SAFE !

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 09:26 PM

I had one for many years, and don’t recall using it even once. I also had a key chuck that fit that end of the RAS, it did get a little more use since you could drill holes with (horizontally). I had a sanding drum that screwed onto that stub shaft, and the saw turned too fast for that, got a lot of burn. I wound up just using my saw to saw wood.

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#6 posted 03-06-2015 09:41 PM

You don’t have to put router bits in the chuck. You could put sanding disks or flaps, for example.

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 10:24 PM

There was an adapter that could hook up a router and that
was beneficial

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#8 posted 03-06-2015 11:57 PM

The typical RAS is too slow for router use unless you have a Sawsmith. The Sawsmith was made by Shopsmith and the motor was variable speed so router bits would spin at 15 to 18000 rpms. The Sawsmith was a multipurpose machine.I used to have one and I used it for routing with success.

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 12:54 AM

Wow, lots of good info here. I enjoyed each post as it is interesting the experience each has had with this. I guess I’ll put it back in the package and more than likely end up just looking at it. Thanks for all that good comment, makes my buck well spent. larry

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 09:38 PM

What you purchased is absolutely worthless. The RAS motor does not turn fast enough. Sears did this and similar things to a lot of people and is why I do not buy Craftsman products.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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