Blades should have 0 or slightly negative rake for safest crosscutting.Just replaced the bed on mine as it was MDF and due to damp workshop was starting to swell. I actually used an old 1" blockboard desk top. It is perfectly flat and slightly larger than the original bed. Going to give it a coat of mat varnish to seal it. Just need to get some new blades and I am set up.
I wouldn’t advise it, possible but dangerous.I have a Dewalt radial arm saw which according to the manual can be used for ripping lengths of timber. Is this safe as theres no riving knife. There is what looks like an anti kickback piece of metaI that can be lowered to the surface of the timber but I have tried it and the first piece went ok to begin with then shot accross the shed and nearly went through the wall. I may be doing something wrong. Only reason I am using it is my bench saw is too big for smaller work. Would it be safer to invest in a small bench saw?
Any tips or advice welcome
I’m sure the riving knife has a place to retract back up into the guard.Ha Ha just forund the riving knife. It was taped to the underside of the base frame. It had never been fitted. Should it be fitted for cross cutting? If not I think I will leave it there and just use the saw for cross cut. Definitely looking for a small bench saw for smaller work once I get myself organised.