Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Power Tools >> Radial Arm Saw
I tend to think that these saws are not as common as they used to be. Time was when every joinery shop had at least one. I know that at one time we had three. The rise of the sliding table saw and the construction of kitchen cupboards etc. out of flat MDF sheets has made them somewhat redundant in many shops.
However they are not entirely relegated to history, and some manufactures are still making them.
The reason for the continued use of these saws can be stated in one word. VERSATILITY.
Like the shaper (spindle moulder) they can do so many things.
Never fall into the idea that machines like this cost money. They don't! They make money
The Nolex saw that I used for that job paid for itself in the first couple of weeks, the use of it for the next few years was all cream.
In addition to using it as a docking saw and for trenching framing; it saw use for making hundreds tenons. When turned sideways parallel to the fence it did a few ripping jobs when the bench saw was busy. We used to make timber door and window frames and the dado head again was invaluable.
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