radial arm saw rehab #2: Fun with rust

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Blog entry by ajb posted 02-11-2010 10:11 AM 1946 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Rebuilding a $30.00 Radial Arm Saw Part 2 of radial arm saw rehab series Part 3: finger painting »

So after a few attempts at using the saw it was obvious that it hadn’t been adjusted properly in a while. So let the tear down begin. After getting through the frayed wires and about a can and a half of PB blaster it is completly torn apart. I got the main cage to finally rotate properly and some of the rust/paint off. Another wire wheel is in my near future. If anyone has any quick tips or hints on DERUSTING nuts and bolts I would be more than willing to listen, if not its a trip to Ace hardware for a whole lot of hard ware. Hopfully the rain will stop by tomorrow, and I can get some work done. And some pics of the torn apart machine.

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 12:15 PM

What kind of RAS is it? I refurbished a Dewalt from 1953. For years it was my only “large” tool in the shop. There was nothing I could not do with it. Until I tried to cut 8/4 purple heart. The 3/4 hp motor was not up to the task so I bought my first cabinet saw.
I still turn to the RAS on a regular basis. A table saw cannot match some of the “trick” cuts you can do with a properly tuned RAS. By trick cuts I mean….well ya just have to read “Mastering The Radial Arm Saw” by Mr. Sawdust(RIP).
Once I tuned it properly, put a new “Mr. Sawdust” table on it, and learned how to really use it, I was amazed what you can do with an old Dewalt RAS.
Good luck with yours!

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 06:25 PM

Some of those old saws are great.

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 06:41 PM

Many of those old saws are great.

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 07:36 PM

Greetings ajb:... Sounds like you got it going your way with the refurb. On the rusted nuts and bolts…... get a can of “Knocker—Loose”. It works great. Spray it on, let it sit for a little while, and everything should break loose. I’ve used it for years….... works for me….

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 08:27 PM

try evaporust, just soak the parts and the rust is gone. you can get it anywhere including hf

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 06:24 AM

ditto on the evaporust. harbor freight, I believe $25 a gallon. good stuff.

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