Three times?!!!!! I've aligned mine three times in two days. I
couldn't begin to count how many times I've done it. It's just not
possible to keep a Craftsman RAS (I don't care what vintage) in tune
over a nearly 40 year period with just three alignments. Unless you
never use it. And then it's still not in tune. Just doesn't need to
Au contraire, bonhomme. Excuse my French but I have a Craftsman radial arm
saw, circa 1970, that I use almost daily and if I had to give it a tuneup
more often than about every 6 months or so, I would give it away. Either
you're doing something wrong or I am. But I'm getting accurate cuts so what
Well, once/10-years is probably a stretch, but it depends more on
_which_ RAS than even vintage. Of course, there was a stretch of time
in which I'm not sure they built any very good ones...
The biggest problem is generally that the table supports are inadequate
or that a kickback causes a rapid readjustment... :(
Larger here, of course, is better. Stuff is more solid and the power
means fewer of the latter.
I've recommended before (and will again :) )if one is really interested
in RAS to go the used, larger route. One can almost always find one
quite inexpensively and even if need to by the 3-phase converter to run
it, still come out ahead over new in initial cost w/ no comparison to
equivalent for the price capabilities...
I have a Craftsman from the mid-60s. Once I learned not to use the
table as a workbench or for storage of heavy stuff, it has been just
fine. I check it out before any major project and align as necessary
(perhaps once per year). It must be said that I use it for crosscuts
and dadoes mostly.
My primary beef with Craftsman _anything_ is tolerance from one example
to the other.
One guy having great results and another having poor, with different
examples of the same tool, sounds like Craftsman power tools!
You're right about inconsistent quality.
When I bought this RAS, I took the first one back because of too much arbor
I have noticed that Sears has *lately* been working on the quality thing.
I happened to be in the store just before Christmas and saw this router on
sale for $69. It has turned out to be great for roundovers, chamfering etc.
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