Radial-Arm Saw 33-830 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Radial-Arm Saw 33-830

Delta - Radial-Arm Saw 33-830

Delta’s only 10-in. radial-arm saw features a cast-iron arm and sheet-steel base.

$850 (As of 8/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Radial-Arm Saws

by William Duckworth

review date: August 1, 2002

Of the 17 models of radial-arm saws that Delta Machinery offers, this is the only 10-in. version. This saw is priced to compete with the Ridgid and Sears models, and the construction is of a similar quality, though the cast-iron arm and the heavy-duty sheet-steel base make this machine feel more solid. It is fitted with the same motor (made by the Emerson Electric Co.) found on both the Ridgid and Sears saws, and it can be rewired from 120 volts to 240 volts.

This saw cut through 8/4 lumber and 3/4-in.-thick plywood easily, but I noticed some marked tearout on the crosscuts through the face veneer of the plywood. Tweaking the bearing settings on the arm improved the quality of cut.

Changing the blade can be a difficult process. The heavy-duty, all-metal blade guard must be mounted on the motor but not fully fastened in place. As with the blade guards on most of the machines I looked at, what you gain in safety you lose in facility, which, I suppose, is a small price to pay. Rather than being mounted out on the front of the arm, the switch is on the top of the yoke carriage, which makes it hard to see, depending on where you’re standing. The automatic brake took an average of eight seconds to bring the blade to a full stop.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.001 in.
Accuracy of Cut N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Crosscut Capacity Miter: 45° left and 11 in. at 45° right
Maximum Depth of Cut 2-3/4 in.
Maximum Width of Cut 16 in.
Maximum Miter/Bevel N/A
Double Bevel N/A
Horsepower 1-1/2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 120v
Blade Size 10 in.
Blade Type N/A
Blade Tilt N/A
Product Warranty N/A
Laser N/A

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