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Cost of dewalt radial arm saw

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by johnad, 17 Nov 2018.

  1. johnad

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    I just need some help with what this may be worth to sell
    IMG-20181117-WA0001.jpg IMG-20181117-WA0003.jpg
    It comes with a few blades
    Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. big-all

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  3. EddieM

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    not so much demand these day for a RA saw.
     
  4. EddieM

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    That's also a pretty old model £100 if lucky (and working)
     
  5. lostinthelight

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    Ive never used one but a friend of mine has one that looks like that and said it was the most dangerous thing he'd ever used.
     
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    Am I right in thinking the guard is missing?

    If so £50
     
  7. EddieM

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    Hmm, if so not £50, scrap metal.
     
  8. SammyInnit

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    If the motor is in good order someone will no doubt have that for something
     
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    Hmm, maybe if they can be arsed, radial arms have by and large been replaced with more accurate safer kit.
     
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    Anyhow, to answer the OP's question, likely little to nothing.
     
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    I'm talking in general. I have a small collection of motors just for any projects I might take on - cheaper than buying new ones.
     
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    But it's the so-called "portable" (lightweight) model which I believe were under £200 (street price) when new in the 1980s. My DW125 cost me about £250 back then (1981). As others have pointed-out, though, this one has no guard, so it's probably only fit for spares because DW just don't supply spares for them any more (the model didn't survive the transition from original DW, through Elu to yellow, current DW which probably makes it 30-odd years old)

    In general the modern sliding compound mitre saw is far safer and more accurate/repeatable in use than radial arm saws (hobby model radial arms all seem to suffer from base frames which twist and flex in use meaning absolutely no repeatability when cutting mitres - industrial models are a different ketle of fish in my experience)
     
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    i must admit i had looked at buying one about ten years ago as the dado head sort off appealed as being ever flexible as well as trenching angle cuts and sheet material capacity
    but a dewalt 18v track saw a pull saw and decent collection off routers made a set up much lighter much more flexible and takes up far less space as well as far less danger in use as proper guarding in dado mode is nearly impossible without chain mail and gloves :D
     
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  14. JobAndKnock

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    The problem, though, is that with that particular model (the DW320) the saw was just too lightweight. The older hobby models (e.g. DW125, 1251, 1501, 1751, etc) are more suited, although DW stopped selling dado guards back in the 1970s which therefore restricted you to their 2-part 16mm wide trenching head in the standard saw guard. Good head, cuts well and far safer than a stacked saw set, but a tad restricted - and sadly long since discontinued

    Guarding an RAS for a dado or trenching head tends to be a make-it-yourself thing, I reckon. On industrial machines there are appropriate guards available, as on this Maggi:

    Maggi Junior 640 Radial Arw Saw 001_01.JPG

    Note the white line at the bottom of the main guard - it's a sliding skirt which is dropped into place just above the level of the timber for cutting (or at least it was on the last Maggi I inspected) - also the built-in metal box by the column which acts as a safe "home" position for the sawing head
     
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