Do not flame me right away. I can usually find a 4 or 5 saws on Craigs list for $100 or less ever week. I had a saw for 15 years had leak in roof saw got damaged. It did a nice job of ripping wide stock. I had about a 6 foot top 30 inch deep. Replaced it with a table saw from sears small table for 6 to 12 inch wide boards works great with featherboard. But not for wide plywood panels. you can ripp to the center of 48 inch sheet of ply wood. You have a longer fence. Thinking of making a tabletop out of maple 8 to 10 long.
Gary I have a Craftsman radial arm saw and I have used it to rip it is more than a little scary. First the saw trys to lift your wood then you have to push your hand and arm under the saw arm next to a 3500 rpm saw blade that is trying to pull the work out of your control. Yes you cad do it JUST BE CAREFULL it is tricky. why would you buy a radial arm saw and not a bigger table saw they are on Craigs list to?
great for cutting rabbets and dado's,
as well as cross cutting and ripping.
The models with the auxiliary spindle, is a bonus for routing.
Great saw I use it more than my miter saw but dont rip on it
1956 or 7
Thanks for sharing your photos of your shop.
Very nice setup you have there.
I haven't seen one of those RAS Delta 'oldies in a looooooong time.
I'm sure it still works fine.
I have my Dad's mid 50's Delta-DeWalt tilting table model.
This machine still cuts very accurate ---
I can get repeated rip cuts to within .005''---
the saw blade is parallel to the miter slide within .003---
level within 0.1 degrees (measured with a digital level).
It can handle a 3/4'' dado and molding cutters.
The cast iron top and extensions, seem to weight a ton.
It takes 2 people to just lift the top.
I have it set-up mobile, so as to move it around, to rip long pieces---
using roller extensions, for single person operations.
I'm very satisfied with it.
Can't get much better than that.
I at the time didn't have a good table saw. when I posted. I had a ras for 20 years and worked well for cutting notches and half laps. Lost the saw had a leak in garage roof and got water in the motor and didn't know it started saw up and fried the motor. I would still like to have one for dados. Living in a mobile home park now only have a 10 x 10 shed. Need to make tools mobile to work out in carport. My dust deputy helps keep things cleaned up.
We lost our home in a flood last year on Sept. 7. We had lived there for for thirty one years never flooded. I did not keep the flood insurance level up when I retired . So we are retired and down sized to a mobile home. One good thing I now have a couple good wood working buddies. So thanks for the new posts but probably not going to get a radial arm saw.