I gave in and sent my RAS back to Emerson. I had compelling reasons...
Anyhow, is there any use for the rest of it? I could hang a router from it,
and it would be great for routing dados, but that doesn't seem worth the
room in my workshop or the work of building a carriage. It just seems too
nice to put in the trash.
Any suggestions? No, I mean useful suggestions.
The $400 Performax 22/44 kit requires the radial arm saw motor. And the
bottom conveyor belt is not included. By the time you buy the conveyor
belt, and in this case, a motor, you could buy a whole drum sander.
I would put the frame on ebay, craigslist, etc. and if no one picks it up,
What did you send back? What do you still have? I have used mine, as is
with an added collet, for an overhead router, but it isn't really rugged
enough. Wanders too easily for accurate work. Maybe you could set up a
spindle sander. You could put a top on the legs for a router table.
The carriage, along with the motor, just slide off the track after I removed
a bolt. They wanted that all back, less the blade and guard.
I have the arm and the arm support. And the base with nice wheels on it; I
am putting my planer on that. The base is almost worth what I paid for the
RAS; but it would be nice to find a use for the arm.
Yeh, I figured it would be easy to rig up a carriage, but it might not be
firm enough for routing.
so what do you need in your shop in light positioning jigs? I could
see a holder for the dust collector hose as a pickup for lathe chips
for spindle work. or an overarm pin jig for the router table. or a
swing away tool tray for the small parts tinkering bench.
at this point the hardware is free. play around with it- just stop
thinking of it as a radial arm saw.
Since I own one of these saws, I'm really curious regarding the
"compelling reasons". If you're going to trash the rest, I might like a
chance to claim some of the small parts such as knobs etc.
Post on Old Woodworking Machines, some of those guys may be looking for
My workshop is 280sf. I couldn't get a RAS because I have no place to put
it. My wife got sick of my overflow in the rec room and told me to move a
wall over this winter.
I was at an auction and put a small bid in on a RAS for my future workshop,
never thinking I would win; but I did. So, it goes in the rec room; which
will just make the remodeling harder because I will have that much less
space to move stuff around in.
Trying to find a manual, I hear about the recall. They take the saw I
foolishly bought and I get a nice wheeled base for my planer. I can buy one
with a proper guard next spring when I actually have someplace to put it.
Works out great for everyone. Compelling might have been a slight
It was a 113.23100. If there is anything there you can use, let me know.
Aside from the base, the only thing I can use is a replacement washer and
bolt for my table saw.
Oh. I was curious in case there was a problem with the saw that led to
the decision. Too bad about the space. As I said in my earlier reply
it's handy to have the RAS around. I use mine quite a lot but since
you've never had one in the shop you won't really miss it.
Do you have the table/fence clamps? Those are about the only things
that I can think of that I need.
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