Since its invention by Raymond DeWalt back in 1923, the radial arm saw has had quite an interesting history. Once held as the ultimate home woodworking machine, the saw could crosscut, rip, dado, cut joints and do other tasks with specialized attachments.
While the saw was enjoying its reputation, questions about its accuracy, space utilization and – most importantly – safety were being raised.
With the invention of the power miter saw in the 1970’s, radial arm saw use declined precipitously. While radial arm saws are still produced today, table saws far outsell these machines.
Where do you stand when it comes to these tools?