I have recently come into an older Craftsman RAS without a table or clamps,
which I will be using for 90 degree crosscuts only. Since the table will
have to be rebuilt, I will need new table clamps. Sears does sell them, but
for about $15 each! I was wondering if anyone knows of a more economical
solution, or who else may sell something similar for less?
That is a great idea. I had the same one :)
I've already called the number on the website, hoping, like you had posted,
that I could get a whole new setup for nothing. However, when I called,
they said the saw was indeed a part of the recall, but parts were no longer
available. They did offer to give me $100 if I chose to dismantle the saw
and send them the motor (thus no longer posing a safety hazard). But since
the recall is related to making rip cuts, and I plan on only doing cross
cuts, I'll be keeping the saw. Hence my current position of trying to find
some table clamps. Any help you could give is really appreciated.
You might be able to cobble something up with some angle iron and
bolts. A couple of toggle clamps
http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2008/Main/367 should work but they
aren't a whole lot cheaper that the replacement parts.
A downside on the toggle clamps is that you'll likely need to readjust
them if you change the fence thickness.
A piece of 2x6 bolted to the back and some threaded rod might also
Or drill through the table extensions and fence and put some threaded
the table itself then bolt through from the back, but you'll have to
either slot the fence or remove the bolts completely to replace it.
I don't know about the clamps, but you might be able to get yourself a new
free top. There's a product recall/upgrade for many Craftsman radial arm
saws that were made by Emerson. If your serial number is in the list they
will either send you the upgrade package free or send you $100 if you send
them your motor head.
Go to www.radialarmsawrecall.com and see if your saw qualifies. Mine both
I have long had a thought of designing a better set of clamps based on
a horizontal action toggle clamp. I've even gone so far as to purchase
a pair, but I've not gone any further with it. However, maybe that
idea will give you an idea.
Thanks for all the feedback, folks. I really appreciate it!
Looks like a C clamp is the way to go. I just couldn't see spending $30
plus shipping when I knew something much more economical would work just as
Barry, I don't know if you're interested, but I have a set of table clamps
from a Craftsman RAS that became surplus after I received the update kit
from Emerson. They're yours if you want them. Contact me at
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