I picked up an old Sear RAS at an estate auction. I know it is old because it came with 4 steel blades. It is the same model as: http://cgi.ebay.com/Sears-Craftsman-Radial-Arm-Saw_W0QQitemZ4405658283QQcategoryZ632QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Anyhow, there are a few things I can't figure out about it.
1) How does the yoke pivot (for ripping) work? There is a large chrome lever, but moving that doesn't free it up. Is there something else, or is it just stuck. I don't plan on ever ripping on it, but would like to know how to.
2) There is a rod coming out of the left side, going up past the arm, with a plastic knob on the end of it. Turning it doesn't seem to do anything. What is that for?
3) The table is partially missing, so I guess I will have to make a fence. I really only want it to do cross cuts. Any advice on making a fence for that? (assume I know absolutely nothing about RASs.
4) In researching this, I found the darn thing has been recalled! It cannot be fixed, so Emerson will take the saw part back and send me $100. That would give me a $15 profit, but I kinda wanted the saw and it seems to work fine. Since I don't plan on ever ripping with it(that is what the recall was for) the defect doesn't seem to matter. Should I take the $15 and look for another? Is whats left after sending the saw part back of any use, or is it just scrap then?