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post #61 of 62 Old 01-13-2013, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Fred Hargis
It will be in the mail this PM...no telling when it will get there, what with the Christmas season and the storm. Postage turned out to be $7.26, regional priority mail.

Update, dropped it off at the PO, so it's on it's way.
I see you got my check and deposited it. Thank you again SO much for the sanding drum. I can't wait to try it out!

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I personally love my 1958 Delta-Rockwell 3hp, 14" RAS so much that it is the centerpiece of my shop, and I am getting rid of my Grizzly cabinet saw because it takes up far too much space, is far less versatile than the RAS, and is more difficult to get high-precision cuts from than the RAS. For those who are interested in getting the most from their RAS, there are certain references that are the right guides to send you on a path of great success and satisfaction w/ your RAS. 3 guides that I think are super are:

1. Wally Kunkel's Mr. Sawdust Guide to the RAS, available directly from the family's website mrsawdust.com This booklet is seriously overpriced, but is the critical start-point for DeWalt owners and for those just getting started w/ the RAS. Importantly, it describes the importance of and how to fabricate a precision top for the RAS, which is the first step towards precise and productive work on the RAS. He does a good job of covering the types of cuts possible on the RAS, but this is only a starting point resource.
2. DeCristoforo's - The Magic of Your Radial Arm Saw does a fine job of diving into the extensions of the obvious uses or the RAS and these are the things that will a believer of you.
3. DeWalt/Black & Decker produced a book that came w/ my ca. 1964 Deluxe Powershop 10" RAS, called something like Easy Ways to Expert Woodworking on Your Radial Arm Saw. This guide is great at introducing us to the many different techniques we can accomplish w/ the RAS, but since it was published by the tool manufacturer, it sometimes delves into the zone of "Gee, why would I do it that way?" I guess their assumption was that one would have only this 1, single tool in their shop.

Certain comments in this thread, and in many other places on the web, distract from the reality of the RAS. For instance, like the other stationary shop tools, once the RAS is properly set up and tuned, it performs its designed tasks extraordinarily well; the reason the RAS is such a superstar tool is that it is designed to perform many more tasks than any other shop tool -- use it within its design parameters and one will be rewarded. The other common misconception RE the RAS is that of poor safety, and I simply disagree w/ this because A) the saw blade is visible at all times, and B) a properly tuned RAS is less likely to kickback material than a TS because there is no table slot to swallow narrow workpieces and the blade presses the workpiece down into the tabletop instead of allowing it to lift and catch on the spinning blade as on a TS.

Even though my RAS arm can swing for mitered cuts, I prefer to use an adjustable miter jig, similar to what one might use on a TS, because it allows me to get the angled cuts w/o having to change the saw's setup -- it's faster and easier w/ the jig. Because the blade is right there, swapping blades is a snap, and the easily available moulding cutter heads can be used anywhere between horizontally and vertically for tremendous flexibility and high productivity in producing one's own profiles. Here's a tasty thought: there are ways to mount a router onto the RAS head for use as a pin-router and horizontal router!
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