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Wadkin BRA 350 Radial Arm - Safety Help

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partsandlabour

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Hi

My new workshop has a wadkin BRA 350 radial saw saw left over from the building's former life as a coachworks in the 70's. The saw is in good order and runs very smoothly. It's got a metal roller bed and flip over finger stop on each side - it is awesome. I've got a new blade for it too.

What's the problem huh? Well, it's far from legal - front blade guard only, no spring return, no e-stop, no brake (stopping time 1 minute 47 seconds!!). I've got a lot of timber to chew next week and this saw would be great for it, but I'm pretty wary of this beast!
We had a holytech radial arm saw at work which was fully compliant with the regs and had side blade guard too, I've always been very happy using that.
Is there anything that I can do to the wadkin to make it safer for my work next week with a view to making it fully compliant later?

If I can't add some guarding I may just use my makita LS1013 chop saw.

What would you do?

Does anyone have a good source for cheap retrofit brakes for woodworking machines?

Ta
 

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Do you employ anyone or are you a one man operation. If you work by yourself you don't need a brake, I think. If the saw returns into boxed enclosure you don't need a break. One way to install a break would be to use an inverter then you could program it to stop within regs.
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Thanks for the replies fellas.

Anders, that brake looks like just the job. Doe's it get the machine to stop in under 10 secs? A single phase version would be good for my table saw too.

Wallace, I don't have anyone on my books as such, but I do use freelancers to help me with bigger jobs, so I'd prefer the workshop to be compliant, otherwise I'd have to do all the cutting!
Do you have a source for an inverter? I'll compare and contrast to Anders' solution.

cheers!
 

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