Both should still be available at Sears.
I noticed the router bit attachment on the rack in my local store just 2
weeks ago (last time I was there). The drill chuck is even more common and
should be even easier to find. I bought one of these off the rack at Sears
last year with no problem. All Craftsman radial arm saws use the same part
numbers, which is why they are still available. In my opinion neither part
is very useful though. The saw's motor doesn't turn fast enough to get good
results with a router bit and unless you plan on using a buffer or something
with the drill chuck it isn't very useful either. It's a very difficult way
to drill holes.
"V" < email@example.com> wrote in message
I second this reply. I have an RAS and bought the router attachment many
years ago. The 3400 ish rpm is just too slow. This is a result of the
motor being designed to be direct drive and so spins at a speed designed for
In addition the RAS deflection under load can result in inconsistent
There are times I would like my RAS carriage to hold a router, and I have
come close to "converting" my RAS by removing the motor and building a
carriage, but have not gone beyond the pondering stage.
I recommend a regular router. Even a cheapo router will likely provide
better results than this inconceived attempt to have the RAS do something
for which it is not designed.
Some time ago Hitachi used to have an RAS whose motor spun at 15 or 17K and
so was possible to use with a router attachment. The blade was then geared
down to the normal 3400 ish rpm.
I agree with the router part; 3400rpm is too slow to do anything useful.
But I have use the drill several time as a horizontal boring machine. It
drilled holes I don't think I could have gotten any other way; at least not
with the same precision/ease..
I bought a plain old chuck at a garage sale for a couple bucks; luckily it
fit the RAS. I don't know what the thread is, but is pretty standard and
should be readily available.
No luck on Ebay or Sears. Sears was able to find the saw, but the
parts person laughed when he found out it was made in 1954. Oh well,
it still cuts like a champ, and has one of the most powerfull and
quietest motors I've ever used.
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