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Brought back a few memories of going to Sears and looking at all the tools on display. The radial arm saws always impressed with all that it was supposedly able to do.

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Interesting Ray...brings back so many memories of their tools that I owned at one time or another.

That was back in the day when they had pretty good tools as I recall, and their guarantee was decent as well.

About the scariest tool I had was their moulding cutter set. I was always worried every time I used it. For some reason I always thought that the cutters were going to fly out. But, of course, they never did.

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There are a bunch of those tools I'd like to be able to buy for those prices now. I also have that moulding cutter and still use it occasionally.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Interesting Ray...brings back so many memories of their tools that I owned at one time or another.

That was back in the day when they had pretty good tools as I recall, and their guarantee was decent as well.

About the scariest tool I had was their moulding cutter set. I was always worried every time I used it. For some reason I always thought that the cutters were going to fly out. But, of course, they never did.
Local workshop I've sometimes worked in has a Wadkin radial arm saw. Never been keen on that thing, especially just after its had a blade change as I'm not so sure the person changing it fully understands the implications of blade tooth rake.
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Local workshop I've sometimes worked in has a Wadkin radial arm saw. Never been keen on that thing, especially just after its had a blade change as I'm not so sure the person changing it fully understands the implications of blade tooth rake.
In the early '70's I had a 10" Craftsman Radial arm saw. I was in the building business at the time and it was used on a daily basis. Only ever used it for crosscutting, although with careful setup it was supposed to be able to function for ripping as well. I never did try that because I always thought that it would be so easy for the blade to go out of alignment with the fence that serious binding would likely be inevitable.

I did witness such a problem on a job site and the wood being ripped was turned into a projectile, much the same as can happen on a table saw. No injury to anyone fortunately, but it scared us enough that I never dared try it.

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You can still get prices like that. It's called Harbor Freight.

Of course, the quality suffers a bit -- ok, a lot.

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Still uses a Craftsmen TS from the day. Not fancy, but gets the job done.
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I never knew that they had metal working tools. I still use a Craftsman RAS, router, palm sander and I still like my old Craftsman screwdriver set. I looked on the Canadian site the other day... it seems they have more categories of tools listed than actual tools now.
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I never knew that they had metal working tools. I still use a Craftsman RAS, router, palm sander and I still like my old Craftsman screwdriver set. I looked on the Canadian site the other day... it seems they have more categories of tools listed than actual tools now.
Most of the metal working machines,lathe, shaper, milling machines etc. were made by Atlas to Sears specs and were a lesser grade of material,i.e. potmetal in a lot of parts instead of steel that Atlas used in their machines.
But for garage mechanics they were great tools.
That was one of my childhood pastimes, reading the Sears tool catalogs and dreaming of the day I could own all those tools.

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I still have one that is older than the fancy 1959 model in the catalog but looks very similar. I have a lot of the attachments that were made for them including a planner blade, molder and others. It belonged to my uncle who made most of the furniture in his house. He and I made several projects during the summer when I was growing up and used this same saw. When I got it I was told it was purchased around 1950 when I was born.
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I still have one that is older than the fancy 1959 model in the catalog but looks very similar. I have a lot of the attachments that were made for them including a planner blade, molder and others. It belonged to my uncle who made most of the furniture in his house. He and I made several projects during the summer when I was growing up and used this same saw. When I got it I was told it was purchased around 1950 when I was born.
I use the 60's RA saw on all my projects. I only use it for cross cutting. With a Freud 80t blade it gives a cut as smooth as glass.
And I use the Craftsman 12" table saw with Freud blades for ripping.

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