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post #1 of 7 Old 08-13-2018, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone please tell me anything about this rockwell ras

I am new to woodworking but have been acquiring tools and came across this older rockwell ras and was wondering if it was worth purchasing. It's Farly cheap.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-13-2018, 07:49 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Russell! When you get a minute complete your profile with location. This often helps us to help you.

As long as this RAS isn't worn out you probably won't go wrong getting, unless there's a DeWalt coming up for sale. That appears to be a turret RAS and they sometimes aren't the easiest to get cutting true. Do you have a table saw and miter saw? If so they will serve you better than a RAS, but that's just my opinion.

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Radial arms arenít as popular today as thy were 40 years ago. Their sales began to decline after sliding compound miters became available. A tablesaw is the centerpiece for most woodworkers. Easily the most desirable saw for the shop. If you donít already own a tablesaw I suggest you buy one over the RAS.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-13-2018, 09:59 PM
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If the saw is free and you have room for it then go for it. Radial arms are great for cross cutting and dados, even when you have a table saw you will likely keep it around for those two operations.

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What size is it and was it made in the 1980's? If it's a 12" saw of that period I would pass on it. I used to use one the saw would come off the arm while I was running it. It was brand new and only stayed in the shop until the saw came off the arm when the boss was running it. It wasn't enough it did it twice on me.
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I'm not overly fond of radial arm saws, I'll use them if needed and they can work out great but I'd vastly prefer a miter saw. If you sway your had a little bit to the right or left you can accidentally angle your piece, so if you've never used one before watch out for that. But if it's free and runs, take it. Why not?


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If its free like I thought i saw on the pics you posted then grab it for the motor if nothing else. Never pass up a free motor

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