I had a nice surprise last night
My Dad's old 12" RAS which I have had for about 10 years has set idle for several years after having a visit from Wisha same a Osha accept for Washington state. The only thing he found wrong in the shop was that the RAS had to have a guard that would knock my hand out of the way before the blade could get to it & a pull back system.
My shop is used for both business & pleasure.
Well on to the surprise. I swung the saw arm around from being turned sideways to the table installed the guard I had made & tried a cut across a 10" piece of material it cut perfectly square. I had to adjust the tilt of the head less than 1/32" to have perfect alignment that way also.
Now I will sometime in the future need to buy a negative hook blade. Although I have never had a problem in the past with a regular blade.
At this time I run a 10" carbide blade because all I have is the regular steel 12" blades Dad had & used on it.
I will say I started using this saw so long ago that a negative hook blade is something I don't think they had even thought of yet. Wow that was 38 or 39 years ago my how time flies. Dad purchased this saw in 1967 & first used it on his second spec house.
When I received the saw the guide bar & roller system was worn out. The bars were not round anymore.
This saw was used out on large jobs to include apartment complexes, elementary schools & restaurants by a lot of different people. So they didn't always take the care in keeping it adjusted properly. although Dad did check it from time to time. It had a roof built over it & the head was removed & stored inside at night. I think in the last 8-10 years Dad had the saw it was used to just cut up scrap small enough to burn in the shop stove.
All I've done to the saw is install a new guide & roller system & install the new table & adjust the saw following the instructions in the owners manual.
Dad still has a 10" Craftsman RAS that has been used for just cabinet & furniture building & is older than this saw.
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 01-18-2007 at 02:50 PM.
"Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
"If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart