Purpose of the Radial Arm Saw Cross Cut Rip Miter Bevel Rabbit Dado
Purpose Of The Radial Arm SawIn Our Shop Rough Cross Cutting is only done on the Radial Arm Saw. Rough Sawn Lumber can be safely cut to a manageable length or a desired Rough length. The saw will always be set to make a Square cut on the End of the board.
Guards are the most important part! Upper Blade Guard Dust Collection Hose Lower Blade Guard
Anti-Kickback Cutting Area Device Margin of Safety (6” on each side) Kerf Area
Parts Considered for Hand Placement Handle Motor
Check The Guard! Wiggle the Upper Guard to make sure it is tight. If the Guard is loose, it is not in proper working condition. Do not use the machine if the Guard is loose. Get instructor if the Guard is loose. The Wing Nut is used to lock the Upper Guard if necessary.
Blade Facts When viewing from the Clockwise Rotation left side, the Blade rotates Clockwise, toward the operator. The Arbor Nut will have a Left-Hand Thread. If it were Right-Hand Threaded it would loosen the Arbor Nut. Blade Nut and Washer
Safety Checklist Check the Guard Make sure the wood is flat on the Table and tight against the Fence. Hands out of the Margin of Safety. Thumb tucked in. Arms straight and Parallel, never cut Cross Armed. Saw needs to reach Full RPM before feeding the Blade into the wood.
Cutting with the wood on the LEFTside of the Blade Right hand is on the Saw Handle with the saw as far back as possible. NEVER let go of the saw when the Blade is moving. Left hand starts the saw. Left hand is then placed on the wood and out of the Margin of Safety with your thumb tucked in. Start the cut after saw reaches Full RPM. Check the Kerf Area behind the Blade for Debris before returning the saw to its starting position.
Cutting with the wood on the RIGHTside of the Blade Right hand is on the Saw Handle with the saw as far back as possible. Left hand starts the saw. NEVER let go of the saw while the Blade is moving. Carefully switch hands so that the left hand is on the Saw Handle. Right hand is then placed on the wood and out of the Margin of Safety with your thumb tucked in. Start the cut after saw reaches Full RPM. Check the Kerf Area behind the Blade for Debris before returning the saw to its starting position.
Kerf Area Check the Kerf Area before and after the cut is made If there is Debris behind the Blade after the cut, then stop the saw in the outer position and turn off the saw. Never bring the Blade out further than necessary. Never reach into the Margin of Safety for any reason while the Blade is moving.
Cutting a Crooked Board CROOK IN CROOK OUT INCORRECT CORRECT GAP BETWEEN THE EDGE NO GAP BETWEEN THE EDGE AND FENCE AT THE KERF AND THE FENCE AT THE KERF
Cutting a Cupped Board CUP DOWN CUP UP INCORRECT CORRECT GAP BETWEEN THE WOOD WILL NOT COLLAPSEFACE AND TABLE CAUSING THE DURING THE CUT, BUT MAKEBOARD TO POSSIBLY KICKBACK SURE TO HOLD IT STILL
Cutting a Bowed Board BOW DOWN BOW UP INCORRECT CORRECT GAP BETWEEN THE FACE NO GAP BETWEEN THE FACE AND TABLE AT THE KERF AND THE TABLE AT THE KERF
Cutting a Twisted Board TWIST OFF THE TABLE TWIST ON THE TABLE INCORRECT CORRECT GAP BETWEEN THE WOOD WILL NOT COLLAPSE FACE AND TABLE AT THE DURING THE CUT, BECAUSE KERF AREA CAUSING THE THE WOOD IS TOUCHING THEBOARD TO POSSIBLY KICKBACK TABLE AT THE KERF AREA
Radial Arm Saw Operation Clear Debris from Work Area and the floor before using any machine. Operator is responsible for keeping other people out of their Work Area (Arm’s Distance). Operator must be focused on the cutting area while the Blade is moving. Always hold on to the Saw Handle while the Blade is moving. Always keep your hands out of the Margin of Safety while the Blade is moving. When finished, clean up your Work Area: tools, materials, etc.