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I bought an old 1955 Craftsman Radial arm saw about 3 or 4 years ago and restored it. I then bought another one to use as parts and ended up restoring that one too. I sold the first one for $300 about 6 months ago and now, the one I thought I would never sell might be on it's way out :(

Why would I get rid of such a beautiful machine?

A buddy of mine asked if I wanted to buy a 1 year old Ridgid 10" Radial arm off of him for $75 and I couldn't pass it up. It cuts true and works great, I'll miss the jacobs chuck on the end however, I can buy a TS arbor mount that has a Jacobs chuck for $9 through Grizzly.

I'm also going to remake the cabinet it sits in, I want one that looks better and has more wood storage.

Now I've godda figure out how much to ask for this bad boy.

Pictures of the restore.
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=12551
 

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Do you think the Ridgid is better than the old Craftsman? If so, in what way? That model CM is in my opinion, the best model they made. I've had a number of them, before buying an old Red Star ras. A big step up from the CM.
As far as the "electronic" CM ras's. Quite a few steps down, in quality, from what I've seen.
Value of the old one? Maybe $200, if you find someone who really wants it.
 

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nice RAS. +1 on the c-man over the ridgid. CI (c-man) components vs. steel and aluminum (ridgid). i have that same c-man and wouldn't be without it. what do you do for dust collection?
 
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