On Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 4:26:43 PM UTC-4, kimosabe wrote:
the new news is they are no longer sending a kit, instead you make the saw worthless by sending parts to the company and they will send you $100. Then you can buy a new one for $800, in otherwards you have been screwed.
On 2/2/2017 12:12 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hmmmmmmmmm! There was the option of sending in the motor yoke (and
motor?) in a prepaid shipper and getting $100 back IIRC. Might try
going back to the well, so to speak, perhaps with a different name and
see if you can take advantage of Option B.
Then you'd have a kit available to sell.
Face it, RAS popularity is definitely waned. If it's working good, you
could probably get $100 to $125 for it without the modification. If you
modified it you could probably get the same $100 to $125. Sell the kit
for $75 and make some money. Just sayin'
My model was one that they NEVER made a kit for. My only option was to
sell them the yoke for $100 and dispose of the rest of the saw. Screw
that! It was and is a good solid saw that never gave me any problems
once I tuned it up. I can rip a 10' 1x or 2x using a good Freud rip
blade and come away with an edge that appears to have been run through a
If you used the anti-kickback devices on the original as intended and
know what you're doing you'll have no problems. This whole thing comes
about with the government and lawyers (as usual) looking to design
safety devices to accommodate morons at the expense of the rest of us.
When I am king! ;)
On Thu, 2 Feb 2017 17:28:45 -0600, Unquestionably Confused
Fraud? For a hundred bucks? No thanks.
It was working well the last time I used it (some time before '93 ;-).
I launched a spear once, after the cut but the worst was when I had it
come after me when cross-cuting, twice. Didn't much like that. I
feel much safer with the table saw. It does a much better job, too.
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:43:52 PM UTC-6, email@example.com wrote:
Your statement does a very good job of illustrating how antiquated, useless
, worthless, etc. radial arm saws are now. If you haven't used it in 25 ye
ars, its probably not that useful. $75-$100-$125? Once, maybe, that meant
something to me. Now, I might whip IT out to put out a fire of a $100 bil
l. But if it was the middle of winter and cold, I might keep IT warm and l
et the $100 bill burn up too.
On 2/3/17 1:12 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I wouldn't go that far.
I have a table saw with a sled, a really good compound miter saw, and a
radial arm saw.
The RAS is set up on the workbench, ready to use at all times with
dedicated dust collection in the hood and behind the fence. It's my
"go-to" saw for quick, perfectly square, clean cuts on any length stock
up to almost 16" wide and wider with a simply flip of the piece.
I would not want to be without it because of how convenient it is in my
shop, how great it cuts, and how it leaves virtually no saw dust in the
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I need to fit some sort of dust collection to my RAS, but other than that
it's a great saw. It took several days to tune up, but it was worth it!
I get square and true cuts with very little effort.
This guide was very helpful:
If you don't have a DeWalt, don't despair. You'll likely see the same
concepts expressed differently on other saws. There has to be a way to
set the blade true to the fence and true to the table, the arm parallel
to the table and so on.
A mini archive of some of rec.woodworking's best and worst!
I don't know, man, but if you're into woodworking and making jigs and
whatnot, then you probably already process the skills and mental
fortitude to get one of these things all trued up.
I spent a good day taking mine apart, cleaning and greasing the parts,
putting the new (recall) parts on and getting everything square,
parallel, and true. After that it was in better shape than new. Of
course, I enjoy doing that kind of thing while listening to music or a
game and having a beer or two. Beats watching reality TV. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
FWIW, Jon Eakes wrote a book about tuning radial
saws a long time ago--covers DeWalt, Craftsman,
and Delta in some detail and has some good ideas
about the principles involved.
Also, Wallace Kunkel's "Mr. Sawdust" book is a
good read <http://www.mrsawdust.com/index.php --
setting up the saw is only a minor part of it--
he started at deWalt in the late '40s or early
'50s and stayed there until he retired and he
knew radial saws inside and out. Note that the
family's facebook page
<https://www.facebook.com/mrsawdust/ is worth
seeing--several of his sons became woodworkers
and there's a good bit of their output on the
LOL! Having an impacted wisdom tooth removed without anesthetic beats
As the guide pointed out, the RAS CAN be (in most instances) a great
tool if one takes the time to understand the adjustments, makes them,
and keeps the saw in good repair. I can only speak to my ca 1969
Craftsman RAS but once trued up it stayed true and is a great tool.
After mine was made Sears started getting cute with lotsa plastic,
digital readouts and I doubt (judging from the feel of those later
designs) that they were anywhere near as good as most of the earlier models.
On Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:12:41 -0800 (PST), " email@example.com"
Sure, it also says something about how much that additional $100 would
mean to me. There is a far higher chance that I'll use the RAS than
my *&*$ PC biscuit cutter. I haven't sold it either, even though I've
only used it once (and never will again).
That's correct. My particular model was never eligible for the retrofit
kit like the others. In the end though, IF it is true that
Sears/Emerson Electric is no longer sending out the kits, to say one is
screwed is a rather ridiculous statement.
I'm not sure, but I'm reasonably certain that the retrofit offer has
been out there and fairly well published (and discussed) for at least
two decades, probably more. If you didn't take advantage of it, whose
fault is that?
OTOH, even though my RAS model was only ever eligible for the "turn in"
offer of $100, it still runs as well as it did when I bought it in the
early 70's. AFAIAC, it's one of the better Sears RAS that still had
some "beef" and, when properly set up and tuned was and is a great RAS.
The only thing the recall ever addressed was safety guard issues that,
again, are pretty much "non-issues" if you exercise the due care
required when using such tools.
Just my two cents.
Yep. To say that one is "screwed" is greatly overstating the case.
Getting a new table for free was nice, the new guard was more annoyance
than benefit and has been replaced with the old guard, so about all that
changed is that I saved the price of a half a sheet of MDF.
For what it's worth, I has a 9" Craftsman RAS stored away for possible resu
rrection in the future. Got it VERY cheap in a yard sale. I just realized
it was a candidate for the recall. I sent in the request in May, got the
return box in June and the $100 check last week.
So, if your saw is a candidate and you no longer want it, you can still get
On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 11:18:21 AM UTC-4, J. Clarke wrote:
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