I bought it. It doesn't have a blade or a table, and
it's pretty dirty all around. But it looks like it will
clean up nicely, the parts move, and it runs well, so
it should be a nice project to get going.
I've never used a RAS before. What are the major benefits
over my CMS and my TS?
Should have a longer stroke than the CMS. Does dadoes. Blade can be
adjused to a horizontal position. Fence is a throwaway--you can make
special ones for different purposes.
Two books you want. "Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw" by Jon Eakes
(hard to find right now--Jon is supposed to have a DVD out this year
that includes it, and no, you can't have mine <grin>) goes into great
detail on setting up a radial arm saw--to get the most use out of it
you really need to go through the procedure. "How to Master the
Radial Arm Saw" by the late Wallace Kunkel http://www.mrsawdust.com/
tells the basics and some advanced techniques for using it and also
covers setup, but in less detail than Eakes.
Crosscutting is lovely. Ripping is scary. Don't be afraid to throw
away a fence and make a new one.
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