With wooddorking machinery there is a direct relationship
between what you pay for something (new) and it's quality
Actually the first radial saws were huge chunks of machined
cast iron columns with huge arms fixed to the tops and huge
motors and huge blades attached to the arms. Some models
were designed to be hung from the user's building columns.
Later, 30's/40's ish (last century), Skil and Porter-Cable
did come along with a unit similar to the one being sold by
Harbor Fright but they make the one being sold today look
You'd be better off spending some quality time (and your
hard earned money) in the shop some Saturday and making
up a cross cut jig.
Look at how the whole assembly is attached. Looks like you just clamp it to
a piece of plywood. With all of the weight hanging out there I don't think
it's going to be very safe or accurate. If you were to attach it to
something more substantial, i.e. a plate of 3/4" aluminum, it would be
better but still pretty cheesy.
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