Step 3: Rip cuts
The radial arm saw motor has an in-rip and an out-rip position. Choose the one that is most comfortable for your job. The in-rip position places the blade end of the motor closer to the fence. The out-rip position places the blade end of the motor nearer to the front edge of the table.
The front edge of the table can be used as a saw guide for special ripping operations, as when the edge of a panel needs to be made true.