Radial arm saws consist of a circular blade driven by an
electric motor. The blade and motor are mounted onto an overhead
carriage that allows the saw to be pulled through a cut. Typical blade size for a radial arm saw is
between 10" and 20" with the most common size being
a 12" blade. The blades on a radial arm saw are slightly
different then those on a table saw. They are designed to be
less prone to biting into the wood and have less tendency to
want to climb onto the piece of wood.
primary use of the radial arm saw is to perform cross-cuts
and miter cuts. Some people use their radial arm saw for ripping
but this isn't really
Radial Arm Saw Safety
- Like all other tools, keep the blades on your radial arm saw sharp and free on pitch.
- The blade has a tendency to want to pull itself through the cut so enough resistance need to be applied by the operator to counter this.
- Avoid ripping, it simple isn't that safe.
- Always make sure that your hand is no in the path of the blade.
recommended and is not really the best
use for this type of saw. That type of cut is better left to
the table saws.
A radial arm saw, much like a miter saw, requires
an in feed and out feed table extension to safely cut long pieces
of stock while being cut.
Radial arm saws aren't the most popular saws
in the work shop, especially since the new miter saws are capable
of making cuts wider then those 10 or 12 years ago.