If you’ve ever eaten crow, and who hasn’t (I’m talking figuratively, of course), then what you’re about to read will not shock you.
A few years ago, I received a couple of messages from woodworkers who wanted more information on radial-arm saws. Woodworkers, as a group (myself included), are often slow to adopt new thoughts, ideas and tools, so I balked at the requests. Hell, radial-arm saws were what my grandfather used and what my dad grew up using and then immediately moved from when he had the opportunity. These were old-school machines that I surely wouldn’t need to follow.
What I discovered while in Atlanta at IWF was that the two or three woodworkers who contacted me may well have been ahead of the curve, not behind. Why? Because at IWF, we walked past The Original Saw Company booth and in it sat a radial-arm saw, front and center. I was shocked.
Yes, it’s been a while since I spent time looking at all the tool and machine offerings for woodworking. (I’ve had my head down plugging away helping to build 360 Woodworking.) I know that The Original Saw Company has been around since 1990, but I didn’t know that small-shop radial-arm saws were still available. Did you?
We didn’t take the time to study the saw, but I wish we had. It would be great to see what improvements have been made in the last couple of decades.
I’d like know your thoughts on these saws. I plan to contact the company for additional information (there is quit a bit online). If the interest is high enough, we’ll take a more in-depth look. It’s up to you!
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