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Radial Arm Saw Operator

Operate circular saws mounted on overhead radial arm to cut boards.

What does a Radial Arm Saw Operator do?

Operates circular saw mounted on overhead radial arm to cut boards and other woodstock to specifications: Reads work order or receives instructions from supervisor. Turns crank to raise and lower saw to depth of cut. Turns hand nuts and rotates radial arm and saw arbor to set saw for angle and bevel cuts. Lays material on table and aligns cutting mark under saw blade. Starts saw and pushes or pulls rotating blade against workpiece to make cut. Sets and locks blade at right angles to radial arm and feeds material into saw to rip lumber. May replace saw blade with attachments to shape, rout, groove, mortise, or drill workpiece.