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Old 02-08-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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I found a 10in craftsmen radial arm saw online. He is asking 100 for it. Don't know how old it is or what kind of condition it is in. What are y'all's thoughts on if this is a good deal. I know they are expensive and hard to come by but don't want to waste my money. What you I be looking for as far as problems?

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:39 AM   #2
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They are a very limited use tool and dangerous in the hands of a novice---could I ask why you want one?

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:43 AM   #3
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I don't have a table saw and would be using it for cross cuts, and dadoes.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:54 AM   #4
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All things a table saw can do and be much safer.
By far of all the tools I've owned I've came the closest to loosing a body part on a radial arm saw.
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I had one once long ago---it was to time consuming to use---making angle changes meant cranking the arm up--swinging the head right or left--then lowering it back down--and checking the angle --

And good god. the blade was right by your hand--if the machine rode up on the wood it could shift---skip that tool---I used it as a dedicated cross cut machine---

When my entire shop was stolen by burglars ,I never replace it---dangerous and semi-useless.
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Mine threw out a piece of wood and put it through a window.
Useless for ripping plywood.
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Thanks for the input guys. I reckon I will let this one pass.
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When I was in business I had a 16 inch Dewalt RAS, all we used it for was cross cutting which was really nice as this saw was big enough to cut 28 inches cross. A RAS is very difficult to get back in tune once moved. After making a angle cut then setting it back up once you wouldn't care to make any more angle cuts on it.

On the dado blades, have you ever seen a dado stack come loose on a RAS, it is not pretty because most times the blades are smaller and the guard is usless. If one came loose on a table saw your chances are a lot better of not getting hit.
This is one tool you can do without and you for a fact wouldn't want to try to rip on one.
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I don't have a table saw and would be using it for cross cuts, and dadoes.

Miter saw is far superior for crosscuts. Table saw is far superior for dados.
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I had a blade come loose off the arbor on a RAS. Damned thing dropped down, skipped on the surface, ricocheted off the wall and embedded in another. All while I'd stepped to the side, just enough, to adjust the wood I was about to cut. I've learned to be VERY afraid of using one the wrong way.

Get a table saw, it's a lot more versatile for dadoes and such, and quite a lot less dangerous. Same thing with a miter saw.
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You are reading some of reasons they are becoming hard to find. Try crags list for a used table saw or most companies make available reconditioned tools.
If you want to run dados be careful of craftsman years ago my wife bought me one for a gift. After looking at it the arbor was too short to run a full dado set. They may have changed this by now but be sure to check.
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I've had a couple of DeWalts and had no problems. I bought a craftsman recently to use in my basement.

I use them to build cabinet boxes. I rip down sheets of plywood on them and do my crosscutting, then I put on a dado blade and cut dadoes and rabbets.

I set them up on a solid core door and I have quite a long fence and table this way.

I prefer to cut dadoes on them because the wood is under the blade and can't ride up.

I haven't had any close calls with them but I can see how one could cut off an arm very easily.
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I've had a couple of DeWalts and had no problems. I bought a craftsman recently to use in my basement.

I use them to build cabinet boxes. I rip down sheets of plywood on them and do my crosscutting, then I put on a dado blade and cut dadoes and rabbets.

I set them up on a solid core door and I have quite a long fence and table this way.

I prefer to cut dadoes on them because the wood is under the blade and can't ride up.

I haven't had any close calls with them but I can see how one could cut off an arm very easily.
Not sure we are talking about the same thing.
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I could see having one set up in a dedicated wood shop for production work. They are too cumbersome to move and set up for utility. I've had one for 20 years and would have spent the money on a table saw instead if I had it to do over.
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I guess I should say I have a door AS the table and I have a fence on it. This means the working area on my table is somewhat less than 36" to allow a place for the saw to sit, and it is 80" long.

Most of the 3/4" plywood I'm ripping down to 22 1/2" or 11 7/8" for the upper cabs. With a couple of garbage cans the right height, or an infeed and outfeed setup, it is pretty easy.

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