Radial Arm Saw Refurb #2: Everything is in parts

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 01-27-2011 05:27 AM 6372 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Tool Gloat Part 2 of Radial Arm Saw Refurb series Part 3: More disassembly and some cleaning »

I broke everything down. I’m working on trying to clean up all the parts. It is slow going because I’ve been cleaning up the garage trying to clear up space. In the pictures below, you can see the mess of parts. I’m afraid the project will be going on hold for a little while as I add a little bit of shop storage. The problem at the moment is that I have ZERO storage so EVERY tool I own is on my workbench. That leaves no space to actually work. I’m going to build a mobile cart that will have my drill press, miter saw, and bandsaw. It is going to be 4 feet wide, and about 3 feet tall (plus 4 inches for casters). Underneath there will be drawers and cabinets. I’ll blog that when I get to it, but here is are photos of the RAS all broken down.

Here are the roller bearings I’m having some trouble cleaning.

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 05:46 AM

That’s quite the project you have going there! Hope you remember where all the pieces parts go after putting on hold. I’d forget stuff like that.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 04:55 AM

Hey, HokieMojo:

Are you, by any chance, related to the HokieMojo who …. in seeing that somebody was refurbishing a classic DeWalt RAS …. said:

”this is going to be quite nice when you are done. I prefer to buy tools that work out of the box because I’m not very good at fixing up machinery, but I can certainly appreciate the efforst you are putting in.

Looks like you found your way to the dark side. How cool :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 05:07 PM

Guilty as charged.

I’m terrified that I’m going to get stuck 1/2 way through the rebuild and not be able to get everything back the way I want it.

I saw your other posts and will respond to those soon. Been a bit under the weather.

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 05:15 PM

Nice start on rebuilding the RAS.

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 05:32 PM

#1: feel better !

#2: take pictures as you go. That’s how I plan to get through it. Also, there ARE parts lists and diagrams on the net for many of those machines. That’s going to be my road map.

I also found a couple of “e-books” (not literally, but … almost) ON refurbishing the old DeWalts. Between those and the Mister Sawdust book, “How to Master the Radial Arm Saw,” I have more confidence than I should ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 05:43 PM

How old is that saw?
- SY
- aka JJ

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 04:00 PM

As best I can tell from the OWWM timeline, it is a 1957 saw. I think to tell for certain you’d need to look at the motor but mine might have a replacement motor (or it was just rewound, I’m not sure).

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