Radial-Arm Saw RS1000 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Radial-Arm Saw RS1000

Ridgid - Radial-Arm Saw RS1000

Ridgid no longer produces a radial-arm saw.

$ (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 Ridgid saw, made by the Emerson Electric Co., was the only one that came with a videotape that gives a good overview of putting together and using the machine. Ridgid gets high marks for a clearly worded and printed owner’s manual that lays out a step-by-step instruction of assembling the saw and making the myriad adjustments necessary to get it in working order. The instructions more often than not spelled out the why as well as the how to make a given adjustment.

This saw cut through 8/4 lumber and 3/4-in.-thick plywood easily and cleanly with the carbide-tipped blade supplied with the machine. The uniquely designed clear plastic blade guard is activated by a lever attached to the handle on the motor carriage (right), and it takes some getting used to. If you don’t pull on the lever, the front of the guard will bind on the back of the fence when you try to pull the saw forward. After I made some crosscuts 90° to the fence, switched the setting to cut some miters, then returned the saw to the original 90° setting, it was cutting about 1/16 in. out of square on an 11-in. width. The automatic brake took an average of five seconds to stop the blade.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.0005 in.
Accuracy of Cut N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ridgid
Manufacturer's Web Site www.ridgid.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-474-3443
Crosscut Capacity N/A
Maximum Depth of Cut 3 in.
Maximum Width of Cut 15-1/2 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

Radial Arm saws can be challenging and dangerous. The RS1000 is very precise, easy to calibrate and accurate in mitre cuts and other situations where measurement is critical. I have not yet attached the molding heads that come with the product - after having it for two years, but anticipate when the need arises I will do so. I got accuracy and control with dado cuts, cross cuts and thicker and thinner kerf blades. I do a lot with it. I have tried so far without success to order the dust collection system.

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