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Old 09-07-2009, 05:09 PM
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Default Radial Arm Saws

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As you will see from the write up Philip did not add any progression pictures today as they would have just duplicated yesterday's. However, he sent a series of pictures showing the rebuild he did on a very old but obviously good saw. Very cool pictures.

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There is no WIP# 7 as it would be more of the same as #6, so I am showing pictures of a Dewalt Radial arm saw rebuild I did for someone here. The point of this is to show that these old models are very good machines, fully adjustable, and not deserving of the current reputation for being dangerous. It is those light weight DIY types which are the dangerous ones because the head is light and can just shoot back if the blade binds.
Actually it was a quick job, as nothing was broken. Motor bearings were smooth so did not disassemble that, but replaced the power cable to the motor and made sure the connections in the terminal box were in good shape. So the rest was a strip, clean , paint , reassemble , adjust and calibrate for squareness. A new tct blade was fitted which required a bush . The critical part is the guide roller assembly and the tracks in the arm which the rollers run on-all fully adjustable. This type of radial saw can be set up to cut dead square and remain so. Not as good as the British Wadkin type but still a nice machine to have in a home shop because it is industrial standard. They were made either 3 phase or single phase. The colour scheme is my own and the paint is a hammered type which is primer undercoat and top coat in one shot-sprayed.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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Default Philip - Radial Arm Saw Rebuild #2

Here are the last three.

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Guys,

As you will see from the write up Philip did not add any progression pictures today as they would have just duplicated yesterday's. However, he sent a series of pictures showing the rebuild he did on a very old but obviously good saw. Very cool pictures.

Enjoy,

Fred

There is no WIP# 7 as it would be more of the same as #6, so I am showing pictures of a Dewalt Radial arm saw rebuild I did for someone here. The point of this is to show that these old models are very good machines, fully adjustable, and not deserving of the current reputation for being dangerous. It is those light weight DIY types which are the dangerous ones because the head is light and can just shoot back if the blade binds.
Actually it was a quick job, as nothing was broken. Motor bearings were smooth so did not disassemble that, but replaced the power cable to the motor and made sure the connections in the terminal box were in good shape. So the rest was a strip, clean , paint , reassemble , adjust and calibrate for squareness. A new tct blade was fitted which required a bush . The critical part is the guide roller assembly and the tracks in the arm which the rollers run on-all fully adjustable. This type of radial saw can be set up to cut dead square and remain so. Not as good as the British Wadkin type but still a nice machine to have in a home shop because it is industrial standard. They were made either 3 phase or single phase. The colour scheme is my own and the paint is a hammered type which is primer undercoat and top coat in one shot-sprayed.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:53 PM
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Another fine, long lasting product hand crafted in our Pennsylvania...
Absolutely! Those DeWalts built back in the forties were of that old fashioned superior quality that America used to be known for. These saws have almost a cult following with guys rebuilding them to almost perfect condition. Good ones a still going for big money.

I'm in the process of rebuilding a RAS right now, only it's a Maggi from Italy. I chose it because of it's extra long 31" crosscut and 14" blade. I'm not sure the project was a good idea because the price of the parts has been OUTRAGEOUS. But I'm in too deep now, and I have to finish it. Still, I'm sure I'll enjoy using it.

Here's a photo of the day I bought it (no, that's not my shop, it's the seller's). I'll take some photos of the progression and post them over in the proper area.


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My Dewalt was built in the early 60's, still when they were building fine machines. I honestly wouldn't sell it but I never use it anymore because I have my 12" sliding miter saw.
When I built my house I used the RAS to cut virtually every stick of dimension lumber to length.
Now it's table is stacked with Systainers.
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I have an old DeWalt 740 Powershop RAS that I just moved from my garage to the "Blank Slate" shop. I haven't even plugged it in in 6-7 years. The last time I used it, I think it sounded like the motor bearings were going out.

It is in good shape otherwise, so I am planning on working on it after I get a few more projects out of the way. It was my first major power tool and I used it all the time untill I got my 10" Jet tablesaw. I have thought of building a station for it and taking the legs off.
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My Dewalt was built in the early 60's, still when they were building fine machines.
AMF bought DeWalt out in 1948, and Black and Decker bought the company in 1960. B&D started making a lot of design changes, most to lower the cost of manufacture.

Philip's is in terrific shape for its age, my research shows that the "GK" was only made from 1938-1943:

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These saws have almost a cult following with guys rebuilding them to almost perfect condition. Good ones a still going for big money.
Almost...... that is like saying the Sun is Almost Hot

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Sweet! Does he do flames?
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:54 AM
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That looks sweet
I'd like to have a RAS, they are so useful in the woodshop.
I used one for a few years while I was at College. It was always set at 90 degrees, and was dead on. It wasn't a DeWalt though, it was a Wadkin Bursgreen.
I have been looking out for a RAS, but they are very hard to come by in these parts.
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