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I know that Radial Arm saws are not in favor these days , but what can I say I cut my teeth on these saws and have my old Craftsman set up for cross cutting. I use it for just that purpose, no angles or ripping. The saw is known for making lots of saw dust and it piles up in the most inconvenient place, behind the saw.

I rigged up a dust collection box behind the blade that the blade is buried in when not in use. The dust collector 6" duct is attached to the top of the box, the front of the box is the fence. Then I made a ZC insert for the blade that slides in and out of the table to the front with a dado under where the saw blade cuts that extends back to the DC box. This system works 98% to remove the saw dust, and the ZC is replaceable.

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Did the same thing with mine a while ago, but yours is a lot more thought out than mine ....
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Gees...I don't feel alone any more knowing there are more than me still using a RAS. I do have a 12" DW Sliding Miter Saw under the bench that I use outside on saw horses for big miter cutting. It just has too much travel forward and back for the shop. If I was to set up a SMS in the shop I would buy the Bosch with the articulating arm.
Hey, I like all you guys ideas, I too fought the saw dust problem for years. Also like that newer Electronic saw, the old WWII Dewalts were the ones I started out on, and used them for years on the job sites, they were real workhorses. I picked this one up off Craigs list for $35 years ago and I use it on every project. It is so handy to just walk over turn on and wack the end off a board, with that 80t Freud blade it gives a glass smooth crosscut.
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Gees...I don't feel alone any more knowing there are more than me still using a RAS. I do have a 12" DW Sliding Miter Saw under the bench that I use outside on saw horses for big miter cutting. It just has too much travel forward and back for the shop. If I was to set up a SMS in the shop I would buy the Bosch with the articulating arm.
Hey, I like all you guys ideas, I too fought the saw dust problem for years. Also like that newer Electronic saw, the old WWII Dewalts were the ones I started out on, and used them for years on the job sites, they were real workhorses. I picked this one up off Craigs list for $35 years ago and I use it on every project. It is so handy to just walk over turn on and wack the end off a board, with that 80t Freud blade it gives a glass smooth crosscut.
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I bought mine new from Sears around 1990 .....$288 on sale .....
They sent me an upgraded blade guard a few years ago, but was too combersome
to use ..... It also came with a new high density table to replace
the particle board original.....
I have a DeWalt chop saw, but rarely use it .... The RAS is my go-to saw
for cross cuts ....
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A million years ago when I installed hardwood floors in my house there were occasions where I needed to tounge n groove some boards...

I aligned the RAS on it's side and sliced away...end cuts and along the lengths...

Not all boards were finished as I bought the wood from a saw mill...

RAS worked flawlessly...
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A million years ago when I installed hardwood floors in my house there were occasions where I needed to tounge n groove some boards...

I aligned the RAS on it's side and sliced away...end cuts and along the lengths...

Not all boards were finished as I bought the wood from a saw mill...

RAS worked flawlessly...
Do you know a guy named Stick? he is that old too.
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Do you know a guy named Stick? he is that old too.
Yes...but @Stick486 is sooooooooo much older than me...

In fact, when he started the Big Bang, it was him blowing up the first RAS...he thought he got rid of all of them...
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A million years ago when I installed hardwood floors in my house there were occasions where I needed to tounge n groove some boards...

I aligned the RAS on it's side and sliced away...end cuts and along the lengths...

Not all boards were finished as I bought the wood from a saw mill...

RAS worked flawlessly...
I still have a moulding head that accepted sets of three knives in various profiles, one of which was T&G. Haven’t used it since I got my first router. Even bought the DeWalt moulding guard, which was designed for use with the motor axis in vertical plane.
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While surfing the internet recently I saw a diy dust collection method for a miter saw or RAS and I liked it, but I didn't save the picture. The guy had built a box behind the saw with two sliding doors on the front side of it. He just moved the two doors each time that he changed the saw angle, so the gap between the two sliding doors was as narrow as possible and in line with the blade, to keep the velocity of the air going through it high enough to catch the saw dust.

Some day I'll build one of these for my miter saw. Until then, the saw dust will continue to hit the wall behind my saw.

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