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Forum topic by eljiggo posted 03-29-2015 06:45 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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eljiggo

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03-29-2015 06:45 PM

Hello there!

I have the option to buy a ridgid radial arm saw for $200. It looks to be in very good condition. Is this a good saw to purchase? I intend to use it for rough crosscuts and dados. At this price it is cheaper then most chop saws and has the dado capability.

Thanks!


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 07:45 PM

I’ll offer my opinion: pass. Here’s the thing: a good radial arm saw is worth it’s weight in gold. But a bad one will make you cuss the day you first heard the acronym RAS. $200 isn’t really all that great a price anyway, my suggestion would be watch for an older Dewalt (make sure it’s a model that had a solid cast iron arm, ask here about particular models) or a Delta turret arm. Both show regularly for less than $200…and either would be miles ahead of the Rigid.

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 08:18 PM

Fred nailed it.
Bill

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SamuraiSaw

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 08:32 PM

Run screaming from the building on anything from rigid

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 09:01 PM

Ridgid makes good pipe threading stuff.. or did. The rest is a crap shoot.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 03-29-2015 09:22 PM

Their pipe threading stuff is still good.

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#6 posted 03-29-2015 09:24 PM

Actually, I have a rigid pipe wrench that doesn’t suck…....

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#7 posted 03-29-2015 09:39 PM

DeWalt, Delta, maybe an older Craftsman if price is rigtht

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eljiggo

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 11:15 PM

Ill consider myself informed. Thanks for the input! Ill pass on this one.

My dad has an early 80s craftsman that is probably junk(and still has), but I remember it well from growing up and thinking it was the creme de la creme.

Maybe someday Ill have the opportunity to get a dewalt or delta and put his to shame.

Thanks for the responses.

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Randy Woodworker

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#9 posted 04-01-2015 10:13 PM

I just bought a used RAS. I have a Makita SCMS but wanted something with more oomph and dado capability.
I passed on all the cheap 10” home shop types. I got a 14” B&D/DeWalt model 3511 built in 1979. It can crosscut 16”, has a 3 HP motor and weighs 500 lbs. The motor carriage rides on EIGHT bearings about 1” in diameter. It is in like new condition (came out of a school) and is extremely smooth, powerful, accurate, and most importantly, repeatable.

Original Saw Company sells one almost identical for $6000. I got mine for about $600.

I love it.

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 12:54 AM

Ryan, I’d KILL to have one of those !

Oh yeah, and YOU SUCK ! :-)

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 10:55 AM



I just bought a used RAS. I have a Makita SCMS but wanted something with more oomph and dado capability.
I passed on all the cheap 10” home shop types. I got a 14” B&D/DeWalt model 3511 built in 1979. It can crosscut 16”, has a 3 HP motor and weighs 500 lbs. The motor carriage rides on EIGHT bearings about 1” in diameter. It is in like new condition (came out of a school) and is extremely smooth, powerful, accurate, and most importantly, repeatable.

Original Saw Company sells one almost identical for $6000. I got mine for about $600.

I love it.

- RyanIra


i had one like that with the longer arm though, could cross cut 25” at 1” if I remember correctly, great saw

-- Deano

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 12:35 PM

Ridgid pipe fitting tools are very good. They should have stuck with their core competency. I do not own any Ridgid woodworking tools, but I try to avoid power tool lines that are exclusive to a single retailer; and because they just don’t look to me to be a long term value. As far as the RAS, that is totally up to you, but I personally would avoid buying it for all of the reasons listed, and because there are a lot of older Rockwells and Deltas out there to be had for a good price. Right now, I have 0 room for anymore floor model power tools. JMHO

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