Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (May 1986)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Most hobby books are generally very specific 'how-to' texts and devoid of organization, background and usually are either too basic or start at a level where some have to 'look up to see the bottom'. This book, like Cliffe's 'Table Saw Techniques' is so very well organized, that it is almost like a novel, with excellent transition between topics. The book starts with a review of the history of the Radial Arm Saw, what models are available today, operation, accessories, and very, very important SAFETY hints. The radial arm saw like many power tools is dangerous if used improperly. Cliffe gives an excellent treatment of safety measures, and techniques to work safely. For example, his treatment of the use of a moulding head, a procedure which many bulletin boards reflect fear or anecdotal horror stories is great...I read his hints and have successfully completed what many consider too 'hairy'. I'm a hobbyist not a cabinet maker. After the thorough treatise on the techniques, the book concludes with many detailed plans for woodworking projects. Well worth the investment and should be on your Christmas 'Wish List'. It was on mine a few years ago and my wife listened.
I purchased a used unit and following the manufacturer's manual I was unable to get 100 % results.With the book "Radial Arm Saw", by Roger W. Cliffe, I was able to compreend the steps and make the necessary adjustments.Very pleased with the book.John Monteiro
It has all kinds of interesting methods that I've never thought of before for making cuts. For the longest time, I thought the table saw could only do some cuts. This book definitely proves that wrong and shows the true versatility of the RAS
Excellent book, pretty dated ( since no one uses these awesome tools anymore) but still has everything you need to know from set up to refurbishment to construction projects. I docked a star since it continually references commercially made products that are no longer available.
There is alot to be learned from reading this book. Lots of safety instruction and techniques as was it's intended purpose.A few more projects would have been a great addition to this book. But other than that; if you really intend to make use of the $400 to $1200 machine AND get your money's worth then you need this book.
I was hoping this was something more than what it is. For comparison, it's basically an expansion of DeWalt's Radial Arm Saw by Howard Silken with more pictures and some expansion. It's a good book to start if you don't have anything else. I found that it was mostly repetition of what I already had in the Silken book.
Well written book with alot of information. While dated, if you you have a radial arm saw, it's worth reading. I hope I'm never so old I can't learn something new.
It is an older edition (1986) than I would have liked and as a result the book is out of date with more modern radial saw models.
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