Radial-Arm Saw 33-891 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Radial-Arm Saw 33-891

Delta - Radial-Arm Saw 33-891

Delta offers three versions of its 12-in radial-arm saw. This one features a 2-hp motor.

$1,999 (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

The steel combination blade that comes with this saw is nothing to write home about (no carbide here), but the machine itself is tuned to perform with accuracy. Switching back and forth from 90° square crosscuts to 45° miters using the built-in indexed settings, all of the cuts were consistently true.

Instead of pivoting from the top of the column, all the way at the back, as other saws do, this machine pivots on a turret located about halfway out on the length of the arm. According to the Delta literature, one benefit of this design is that the saw pivots 360°, which probably makes it easier to set up the saw for unusual and steeply angled cuts. I suspect another big benefit is that there’s less stress on the overhead arm because less weight is cantilevered away from the column, which translates into less trouble with the adjustments on the machine.

For safety, a keyed lock is mounted at the top of the arm, near the switch. The mechanical brake took 15 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 N/A
Maximum Depth of Cut 3-3/4 in.
Maximum Width of Cut 14-3/8 in.
Maximum Miter/Bevel N/A
Double Bevel N/A
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 230v
Blade Size 12 in.
Blade Type N/A
Blade Tilt 45°
Product Warranty N/A
Laser N/A

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