never bought a radial arm saw but they were once so popular
am sure this has never been discussed here before
guess everyone buys a mitre saw instead but i would take a radial arm
saw if i saw one on the curb
good for large rough lumber
four bys and six bys etc
I don't think anyone is saying a radial arm saw is awful, horrible, terribl
e, evil. It just doesn't really have much use for the vast majority of peo
ple. It does some things very well. As you said, cutting large 4x4, 6x6,
big rough lumber. Something very few people do much of. If I owned a sawm
ill, I would likely have a radial arm saw sitting around because it can cro
ss cut a 24" wide board that is 4 inches thick. But other than a sawmill,
who needs that ability? A radial arm saw is good for cross cutting up to a
bout 24" I think. 12" is the most almost anyone needs though. Crosscuttin
g at 90 degrees only. Its not good to adjust the angle to 45 degrees or an
ything else. Not accurate except at 90 degrees only. Don't think its safe
or good at compound cuts either. Miter saws and sliding miter saws do eve
rything the radial arm saw does, except more accurate and easier.
An analogy. Hammers. Compared to air guns. Everyone owns a hammer or man
y. Cheap and easy to use. But if you go to a professional house building,
construction site, you will see few hammers being used. Everyone will hav
e one swinging from their belt. But not using them. Air guns are faster a
nd better for nailing wood together. Take installing trim. An air gun can
shoot a 15, 16, 18 gauge nail exactly where you want. Harder to precisely
nail with a hammer a little trim nail exactly. Air guns are just better i
n most cases. But like the radial arm saw, manual winging hammers are need
ed in some specific situations.
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:09:51 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 3:49:49 PM UTC-5, Greg Guarino wrote:
, except more accurate and easier.
The only reason I still have mine around is just for those two reasons. Al
though I don't know why at this time... I haven't built but a handful of ca
binets in the last ten years.
When I did a lot of office/warehouse finish outs they spec'd out "paint gra
de" cabinets, and it was a snap to dado in the sides for permanent shelf pl
acement. Likewise, turn the motor parallel to he fence and do rabbets.
Unless the fully spec the cabinets, I go to HD and buy their unfinished oak
cabs, ready for paint. I take the doors off, spray the carcass, then the
doors and reassemble. MUCH cheaper time/labor/material wise than building
them from scratch at this point, and the customers are more impressed with
getting the color they want than the quality of the cabinets. Besides, if
the cabs are a bit flimsy, it is easy enough to reinforce the frames, drawe
rs, etc. as needed.
Guess I should put the saw out to the curb for EC.
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 3:51:30 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
Not everything. It's pretty hard to cut a 12" wide, 3/8" thick steel plate on
a miter saw. Put a metal cutting blade on radial arm saw and make multiple
passes, increasing the depth of cut each time. It takes time, but if the
plate is properly secured and you have a lot of patience, you can make some
extremely accurate cuts.
Try cutting the steel for this on miter saw.
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:02:17 PM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I cut metal with a hacksaw, jigsaw, or reciprocating saw. Its also possible to cut on a table saw. Just put the metal cutting, grinder blade on it and run the metal against the fence.
Several people have mentioned cutting dadoes and rabbets on the radial arm saw. I've heard that is deadly and dangerous. Not something I would want to do when I have a nice table saw to safely cut dadoes and rabbets.
The radial arm saw can do lots of things. You can rip on the radial arm saw too! It just doesn't do much well. Its mediocre and/or dangerous for many of the things it does.
Put a metal cutting blade on radial arm saw and make multiple
On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 10:28:39 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Look at the edges on the pieces of steel shown in the image I posted. Do
you really think you could produce an edge like that on a 3/8" thick
plate with hacksaw, jigsaw, or reciprocating saw? Would you really try to
cut pieces that small on a table saw?
There is no way you could produce those results with any of the tools you've
Besides, your claim was that "Miter saws and sliding miter saws do
everything the radial arm saw does, except more accurate and easier."
Bull. They can't do this:
You just need a GOOD Radial Arm Saw, and there was a LOT of JUNK
sold as Radial Arm Saws. I had a cheap Craftsman round arm and I
smashed it up before putting it on the ketrb. A good De-Walt, or even
the expensive craftsman, is a TOTALLY different animal. My neighbour's
old dewalt is extremely accurate, but ever since he had the motor
rewound, if it gets overloaded it reverses, and kicks the work out of
the saw - which DOES make it dangerous!!
wrote in message
I don't think anyone is saying a radial arm saw is awful, horrible,
*** No only a Delta RAS is awful, horrible, terrible & evil. Most others
are fine within their power and size specifications.
most tools that get a bad rap are due to usage by the uninitiated
one has to be in physical control of the radial arm saw or it will
cut speed has to be controlled manually and that has surprised a
few people i am sure
there were some higher end radial arm saws that did well with angles
usually larger too like 14 or 16 inch saws
blade technology also makes a big difference
first time i used a freud on the skilsaw it really felt like a
something about hammering nails sometimes it is just fun
but palm nailers and air guns are a lot of fun too
hammers will always be around but looks like fewer and fewer choices
if you want a radial arm saw
On 7/3/2017 9:54 PM, email@example.com wrote:
But only when used to saw wood and wood byproducts over a long period of
time without using a HAZMAT suit and breathing apparatus.
Hell, even the Saw Stop carries a risk of cancer. Haven't you read
about the potential heath risks of nitrates in those hot dogs they cut up?
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