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#1 posted 02-09-2017 03:09 AM


I think you might be correct; it is the blade. Last year I tried using the included Craftsman blade to dial in the radial saw’s settings. I could get it close but not just right. It was only when I replaced the Craftsman blade with the Forrest Woodworker II blade that I achieved success.

I also agree with bondogaposis. Follow the manual carefully. I also keep mine set at 90 degrees and do not adjust the carriage for bevel or mitre crosscuts unless there is absolutely no other way. For 45 degree mitre cuts, I made a 45 degree triangular fence that sets against the saw’s fence. For other mitre cuts, I clamp a straight edge to the radial saw table at the correct angle or use the table saw. I use the table saw for bevel cuts unless that is not possible, in which case I use the radial saw and spend some time re-setting the saw back to 90 after cutting the bevel.

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