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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 03-13-2015 12:39 AM 892 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2015 12:39 AM

looking at a nearly new rigid ras,,, guy wants 150 I do a lot of lap joints could use the ras for this , is this a saw that’s decent, iknow its not a dewalt old school

-- klcrd

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#1 posted 03-13-2015 01:05 AM

i’d pass. it the same design as more recent vintage c-mans with a clamped together column support. save your money and get an older saw with a CI column support. older dewalts have those as do 60s and early 70s vintage c-mans. got one myself and wouldn’t be without it.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 03-13-2015 02:12 AM

Yey we have someone in our city of Peterborough who still thinks his Ridgid RAS is made of gold and wants $1400 for it:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 03-13-2015 10:55 AM

A problematic RAS will leave you cursing the day you first heard the acronym. I’d leave this one be, and stick to the old school Dewalts, or a Delta/Rockwell turret arm.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 03-13-2015 11:10 AM

I have this model and I wouldn’t buy another one.

They are extremely underpowered and doesn’t hold square. Even with a negative kerf blade, the lack of power makes it dangerous to use.

I would let mine go for $100.

My plan it to take the RAS out and replace it with a sliding miter.

If you’ve got to have an RAS, I would be looking for an old Delta Rockwell or Dewalt, but a big one.
I had an old DeWalt (AMF) 9” saw years ago that was nice, but the motor got weak and too expensive to rewind.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 03-13-2015 01:28 PM

+1 on the old Dewalts.
I have a 1956 vintage “MBF” that I love.
It’s a little under powered, but with a little care I have no problem cutting 8/4 maple, and 3/4” dado’s with a 8” Forrest dado.

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#6 posted 03-13-2015 01:47 PM

I used the delta/ rockwell in the shop for years until we upgraded to a whirlwind up-cut. Now that is a saw that will get your attention quick.

I would pass on any RAS. I just dont like them.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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