I was given a circa 1970 Sears Radial Arm Saw that I am not sure what
to do with it. I researched it and it was recalled but there is no
repair kit for it. My options are to keep it and use it as is or
return the motor and get $100 for it. The saw is in working condition
but has a light coat of rust on it as it has been sitting in a
basement for 5 years and not used during that time.
I am a fairly newbie to woodworking and I already have a approximately
10 year old Ryobi 8 1/4 inch RAS that is more portable that this saw.
Is this saw almost as good as the Sears?
I am not sure if I should take the money and put it toward other
tools, keep the saw for myself or sell it to someone else. Please let
me know your opinion on the saw and what I should do.
I've used my Sears RAS since it was new early 1970's. It outlasted 2 boys
and my heavy woodworking. It's still runs well, (Knock on wood). So my
thought would be to take the motor to a local motor shop and have it worked
on or buy a new motor. It would be cheaper than a new saw. However, this is
a perfect time to up grade to a 12" RAS!!!.
If it's working then clean it up and use it--one thing Sears does well is
radial arm saws (at least they used to--mine's over 20 years old so can't
speak for the new ones). If you have two RAS then you can run two setups,
which is sometimes handy.
The recall kit is nice but not essential--just be careful.
If you're tight for space, keep the one with the larger blade unless
portability is your number one priority.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Get a book or two, and some local advice. I think they are safer than TS,
when used properly, and much more versatile. But don't be tempted by the
Sears used to put out a comprehensive instruction book that was pretty good.
Get the manual and spent the time to learn to keep it in adjustment.
On 18 Oct 2004 09:56:44 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (GTANNENB)
My "Craftsman" Radial arm was purchased by me in the very early 70's
and it also does not have a "kit" available to qualify for the
recall.. Yes they will give you 100 bucks for the motor IF you return
it...then you have to haul the rest of the saw to the dump...not a
good deal in my opinion...
In other words it is worth more then a 100 bucks to me...
My saw still functions very well... I will admit that I "tune" it
every now and then and I also have not moved it off the 90 degree cut
mark in at least 10 years... BUT if makes a darn good cut off saw...so
good in fact that I have not purchased a CMS to replace it...not
enough bang for the buck so to speak although if I were now just
beginning to set up shop I would buy a CMS long before I would a
Radial Arm saw...
Sorry but I am NOT a fan of Roybi (nor am I a fan of new Craftsman)...
given the choice in my shop I would take the 10 in Sears saw hands
down without blinking an eyelid over the 8 1/2 in Roybi... BUT I HAVE
NO NEED FOR PORTABILITY...
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