New Stuff!!! #1: NEW Radial arm saw!!! <<obviously not new, but new for me....

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Blog entry by Matt posted 02-22-2016 09:24 PM 1321 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey everyone,

Not sure who is reading this at this point because it’s been a while since I have been out in the shop due to the freezing michigan weather. Also the fact that my barn doesn’t have heat other than in my man cave which I do not woodwork in.

Anywho, today I went and picked up an older Dewalt “Powershop” radial arm saw that my uncle Tim gave me. He bought it from a garage sale a while back and just doesn’t have the use for it anymore, so he gave it to pack rat tool junkie me…..

Regardless, this is a nice machine for being as old as it is and will give me a nice addition to being able to rip wood and use in place of what would be my crappy sliding compound mitersaw. The thing purrs like a kitten, and there is barely any noise when it runs other than the motor. It sounds great.

Anywho, give me your thoughts, and let me know what you think. I haven’t used one in my shop yet, but I have used one before. I plan to redo my station and replace my crap sliding compound miter with this. I will eventually get a new one of those too, but i digress.

Thanks. later.

-- Matt

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 11:02 PM

Lot of folks dont like the radial arm saws, but I cant see being without one myself.

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#2 posted 02-23-2016 12:38 AM

Back in, I mean way back in the early 80’s I used a DeWalt 740 10” Powershop [I think it was a 740]
Had the crank on the top which I loved.
Was a great saw and I build many sets of house cabinets with it and a belt sander and not much else.
Just get the right blade for it and your all set.

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#3 posted 02-23-2016 05:04 AM

Like any tool they have to be used properly and with attention being paid to it. I do not have one, used one back in shop class a fair number of years ago and if I found one for a good price and shape, I would obtain one.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 02-23-2016 05:54 AM

It’s funny how yesterday I was thinking how much I really like my Radial arm saw. I only use it for breaking down lumber. I am also in the process of replacing the legs with a cabinet, That I’am almost finished with. I bought my saw used and the first thing I did was to replace the blade with a Freud that has a neg hook angle, I think 5 degrees. I think it made a big differance .

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#5 posted 02-23-2016 01:45 PM

I suggest you buy the book, Easy Ways to Expert Woodworking, by Robert Scharff. It’s a great book/resource put out by DeWalt in the ‘50s that addresses your RAS (or at least an earlier version). You can find it on line at Amazon, etc., for a few bucks…worth the cost.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 04:02 PM

Congratulations on your tool addition. I think you will enjoy it. I bought a 10” Craftsman RAS in 1984 and spent all day setting it up according to the directions. It has served me well and still cuts square today without any other adjustments. I can’t say that about my other power tools. If used correctly it is one of the safest tools in your shop because the blade only goes where the track leads it. Keep you body parts out of the path and you are safe.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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