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    Old DeWalt RAS question

    We have an old DeWalt RAS at work and we are trying to bring it up to safety code. There is an adjustable bar in front of the blade that has what seems to me kickback fingers. Does anyone know what these are for and how to use them?
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    Re: Old DeWalt Radial arm saw question

    Not sure if this helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma3826fC7tU

    I believe the kickback fingers are used while using the RAS in ripping boards not in cross cutting.

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    Re: Old DeWalt Radial arm saw question

    Quote Originally Posted by LocoWoodWork View Post
    Not sure if this helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma3826fC7tU

    I believe the kickback fingers are used while using the RAS in ripping boards not in cross cutting.

    I AM NOT an expert, just sharing what little info I know.
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    Re: Old DeWalt RAS question

    Yes, most likely anti-kickback pawls for use when ripping.

    Grab yourself an operator's manual from here http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgIndex...x?id=252&tab=3. You'll find info on setting the saw up for various operations, as well as an explanation of all the parts...

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    Re: Old DeWalt Radial arm saw question

    back in the day I used a RAS all the time. I never experienced any kickback whatsoever. Since on a RAS the blade is spinning away from you verses a TS toward you thus the concern for kickback. Also kickback usually happens when the material is between blade and fence. RAS's don not present this issue. Personally I believe an anti kick device would create more of a issue than it'd solve. JMHO

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    Re: Old DeWalt Radial arm saw question

    Yes that is an anti-kickback device. You use it for ripping ONLY. Ripping on a RAS is not for the faint of heart. It's more like a death wish. Back many years ago I only had a RAS. So that being my only saw I ripped with it. The problem is that ripping thinner stock can result in the blade riding up onto the stock with very interesting results. Like taking a 1/4 in. piece of ply spinning it around and chopping it into small pieces and throwing it all over the shop. If you do decide to rip, be very careful and set the blade at least 1/4 in. in the table. I still have and use my RAS for heavy cut offs only.

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