I was just installing a new table top for my older Craftsman RAS that
my Dad gave me. (I think it was manufactured in the 60's if that
matters.) While checking the mounting rail height at various spots I
noticed that the arm goes to 45 degrees left but a full 90 degrees to
the right. Examining the column behind the plastic cover at the top
revealed stops at those destinations.
Is this a typical alignment for RAS's or was it assembled (by my Dad
maybe?) imporperly. The yield is 135 degrees and the miter indicator
on the column head registers 60+degrees in each direction so I think
it may have been assembled incorrectly.
Dad can't recall what he did back then and asked me why I don't have
anything better to do with my time than to ask him a question about
something 40 years ago.
RAS should NOT go 90 degress in any direction..and the angle does vary
depending on whether you swing the arm left or right..check the manual
or go look at a typical RAS in Sears for reference...you will need to
adjust the swing properly..google adjusting a radial arm saw..
I cannot give you an answer however I had one that I bought in 1978. I can
assure you that on mine the arm was already assembled to the base when it
came out of the box so I doubt that your dad assembled that part
incorrectly. IIRC there may have been some adjustment stops that needed to
be checked. Yours "may have" been shipped with the arm in the 90 degree
I checked my owner's manual and I did not see any comment with regard
to the range of swing on the saw. There was a note that adjusting the
saw to square affects both 45 degree postions. This makes me think
that one 45 degree stop is fixed and the other 45 is a detent just
like the 90 (or "square" ) stop. I think they allow full swing to the
right so you can cut miters greater than 45.
The guage on the top of the arm goes to 60+ on both sides, bt I also
have bevel guages on a bandsaw and a scroll saw that go beyond the
physical range of the tool.
So, I don't think it is an unusual occurance and I appreciate any
feedback offered. Thanks,
For a definitive answer take your model # to the OWWM site where you'll
probably find the manual for it online.
I have a Craftsman RAS a little older than that. It swings 90 degrees
right and left. Yours may or may not have been built that way. Without a
specific model number you will not get the best possible answers to your
marc rosen wrote:
Since nobody else has mentioned it in this thread, I'll bring it up. I
assume you have already investigated whether this saw is covered by the
Emerson blade guard recall. (Perhaps that's where your new table top came
from.) But on the off chance you haven't, be sure to go to
www.radialarmsawrecall.com and see if your model is one of the ones that
To e-mail, replace "bucketofspam" with "dleegordon"
Yes, that is why I was installing the new top but I am a bit
disappointed with the way the new top is configured. If I understand
the instructions correctly, the new top forces the fence to be closer
to the operator, thus limiting the crosscutting capacity. The new
front piece is 2 & 1/16 shorter. I reverted back to the older
configuration by ripping a piece of the new top to fit. I really do
not see a need to replace the table top but I only realized this after
I finished the install.
There are two ways to change the angle of the cut: a) the arm itself
or b) the actual motor and sawblade leaving the arm stationary. I
assume the poster was asking about swinging the arm, not pivoting the
head. The arm will not got 90 but the head will turn 90 in either
direction, for ripping in either the "in" position or the "out"
position. It also will turn vertically for bevels, all the way to 90
degrees also. That is the great thing about a RAS = you can get
virtually any angle between all the ways of moving the parts around.
Swinging the arm more than 45 degrees to the left is not very useful
as the blade runs off the table very quickly. The full swing to the
right is probably intended as a storage position. I've seen bench
plans incorporating a RAS which used the saw table as a general
purpose work surface.
Sorry to chime in so late, just resolved a nasty XP connection
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