I have been resisting buying a Radial Arm Saw (RAS) for at least the last year. I have a great Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Router, and Table Saw. The only operation that seemed to be quick with a RAS that I could not easily do with the tools I have is making cross cuts using a dado set.
Last week Blake posted a project where he did a wonderful job restoring a 1959 DeWalt Radial Arm Saw. I really loved the job he did. Sunday afternoon I was browsing Craigslist and saw an ad for a saw similar to Blakes. I thought about it and tried to talk myself out of it. Deal was it was only $50. I called the man offering the saw and after a short discussion told him I would come up and get the saw.
After a beautiful drive into the foot hills where we saw a number of deer and other wildlife we arrived at his house. It was quite a trick to load the saw in to my Tahoe. The guy I purchased the saw from had a wonderful shop including an old 12” industrial jointer and 24” industrial planer.
Anyway, here are some photos of the saw.
The cabinet has wheels and can be easily be rolled from place to place.
I spent some time rearranging the shop to make room for the saw. I belive I am going to rebuild the cabinet and raise it to match the height of my router table.
Next steps are to rework the top. Shim and level the saw and begin the restoration process. I need to order a couple of books and have found the user’s manual on-line.
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