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david pierce
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Radial arm saws when set up and adjusted properly are incredible tools. There are a couple of videos on Youtube showing some of the things these machines are capable of, such as being set up as an overhead adjustable cutter angle moulder. There is also an old out of print video by Curtis Eplinger showing that incredible joint and dato work can done on these machines. Sadly, most of the newer woodworkers coming up have no knowledge about these tools and in fact use a bandsaw for almost everything. Like many large powerful fast moving machines, radial arm saws can be extremely dangerous if safety precautions are not followed. It always puzzled me however that most woodworkers consider router tables, band saws and table saws to be safe machines, and radial arm saws and shapers dangerous. The actual injury numbers show that they are all dangerous.
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