Radial Arm Saw Operator

Operate circular saws mounted on overhead radial arm to cut boards.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Radial Arm Saw Operators 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.

Should I be a Radial Arm Saw Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Radial Saw Operator

    How to become a Radial Arm Saw Operator

    Most Radial Arm Saw Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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