12:16PM | 04/25/05
Member Since: 04/24/05
4 lifetime posts
Hello Everyone,

I am considering purchasing one of two older Craftsman Radial Arm saws. Both seem to be in really nice condition. I've shown the model numbers in the Subject area. What I'm hoping is that there are a number of experts out here that can distinguish for me which saw would give me the most bang, features, and power for the buck. Also, which saws may have been overly complicated to use or had inherent mechanical repair problems. I'm not sure on the horsepower ratings, but from what I've been able to obtain, the 113.19771 has 2hp., and the 113.197250 has 2.75hp. I see the 113.197250 also has digital readout, which I don't know is a good thing or not. Please help with any advice. Thanks a bunch


12:58PM | 04/25/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi John,

Not to be a wet blanket, but I'm really not a big fan of ANY radial arm saws.

I think it's a poor design, at least for homeowner use.

They've always taken extra safety and alertness to use, as the blade is above the work. In addition, adjustments are made to a heavy, overhanging piece of equipment--an engineering disadvantage.

I, personally, prefer the combination of a table saw (for ripping) and a chop saw (for miters and crosscuts). It's certainly possible to do many crosscuts on a table saw, but it's true strength is in ripping. A RAS, on the other hand, must be specially set up for ripping and it's a scary (I think) operation. A chop saw is quite convenient and accurate for crosscutting. The table saw is also much more versatile than the RAS for any kind of tricks, etc.

Just one man's humble opinion. Good luck!


-k2 in CO

Moderator, Miscellaneous Forum

doug seibert

02:18PM | 04/25/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts


05:14AM | 04/26/05
Member Since: 04/24/05
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for the input Kp. Actually, the reason I'm looking at the radial arm saws is because I will be using it for all rough cut lumber for farm out buildings. Since I don't need to get fancy, I like the idea of just having this one tool. Doug, all I could find at the site you mention is the associated part numbers for guards on the radial arm saws. Am I missing something? Thanks


05:51AM | 03/02/06
Member Since: 03/01/06
3 lifetime posts
radial saws are prone to kickback. USE a featherboard. u can make one from a scrap of 2x6 and greatly increase safety.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon