I realize the recall is old news, but for anybody who hasn't heard about it
the info is at <http://www.radialarmsawrecall.com/ . Just had some
comments about it. I wasn't aware of it until I read about it here--thanks
Lance and Jim.
When I ordered it the web site kept giving me errors so I wasn't sure that
it had taken the order. Decided to try again with a different browser
sometime but never got around to it. Was surprised today to open the front
door and there was this big box.
What comes in the box is a new table, new table mounting rails, new table
clamps, the guard, a new carriage handle, and instructions. There is no
Of course I put a new table on the thing a couple of months ago, so the one
from the recall is I suspect going to end up either gathering dust for a
decade or be turned into project parts.
The mounting rails are identical to the old ones except that they have a
square cutout in the back for mounting the table clamps.
The new rear table is about a quarter inch wider than the old one. The
spacer board is more than twice as wide as the old one, while the front
table is narrower in proportion. All are 1" MDF.
The new guard seems to have been optimized for ripping. It has to be
manually lifted (squeeze the new handle and it lifts) to clear the fence
and the work during crosscutting. During rip the guard is lifted by the
The old round splitter that one had to diddle around with to get located so
it went into the cut has been replaced by an honest to God riving knife.
An adjustable front hold-down has also been added. These two changes
address the biggest gripe I've had about the saw and are worthwhile
improvements in efficiency IMO regardless of any safety issues.
The new guard is retained in the same manner as the old one, however the
clamping screw is in a different location and a key has been added to keep
the new guard from rotating about the shaft axis--the key has no effect on
the old one. The old guard still fits fine for those circumstances where
it might be a better choice--I suspect that I may end up using the old one
for crosscut and the new one for rip. Haven't got enough experience with
the new one to decide.
Hope this is helpful to somebody.
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