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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #1: The Mean Green Machine

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Blog entry by bubinga posted 04-24-2011 03:45 AM 4265 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this little gem on craigslist, came with stand 70 bucks, called the ,guy picked it up the same day,
This is only a 20 min. drive one way
Although it was a little rough getting their, here is what happened.

I don’t use my trailer much, so I had to get it out (well it lives outside) get ready to go, I couldn’t get the lights working right, they get corroded setting outside, and had to be replaced every so often. Sooo !!!
I grabbed a coupon from harbor freight for some stick on magnet lights, got those home, okay, tires are aired up,, lights are working,, half a mile from home, bam , flat tire, I have a spare mounted on the trailer, okay change that, next—-
out in the boonies ,wow what’s that noise, oh man, another tire going flat, what the H am I going to do now !!!!!
Lo and behold the spare for the car is the same lug pattern,,Un FREAKIN believable,, thank you God

Craigs list pictures

Got her home

Okay, I got her partially disassembled, and partially cleaned, next will be new roller bearings , and motor bearings

More pictures coming

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool



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Mickey Cassiba

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:40 AM

suweet!!!

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 05:54 PM

What model did you end up with? I’m bad at guessing. Is it an MB or GW model? I’m still working on my restore slowly but surely.

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 05:57 PM

MBF.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 08:31 PM

Man, I have days like that too. Life seems to work out ok, though.

I gave away my old Sears RAS years ago. But a classic like this might tempt be back.

Glad you got her home safe and sound,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 08:43 PM

Congrats, man Welcome to the RAS club.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 07:09 AM

Thanks for answering HokieMojo’s question there Neil . I have been off working on the saw.
One of the motor bearings was good, all the rest are shot.
The positive stops were both frozen, got them working fine now.
I got it all takin apart, mostly cleaned up, got all the, carriage, and motor bearings out and ready, for new ones.
I have been making good time on this thing, now I guess I have to wait for parts.
I was surprised to discover the stand was made from maple, although I probably won’t be using it.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 10:21 AM

Anybody live in California ,Here’s one unsold

De Walt (DeWalt) MBF 8” Radial Arm Saw US $100.00
Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
Local Pickup
http://cgi.ebay.com/Walt-DeWalt-MBF-8-Radial-Arm-Saw-/150594370243?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23101fbac3

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#8 posted 04-25-2011 07:57 PM

I’m always hoping to see GW’s but those seem to be fewer and far between. The MB’s are pretty similar though so I’ll live. (-: Doesn’t look like you are missing any pieces.

Are you keeping the table that came with it or planning to make a new one?

The cleanup looks real good. I hope mine comes out that well. I’ve got a way to go though.

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 03:06 AM

HokieMojo
This saw is exactly the right size, because, I plan to put it on a bench, and replace my sliding miter saw.
The only thing that I’m missing is the antikickback Pawl
But I don’t plan on doing a ripping with it.
I am planning on making a new table, I have a 1 inch thick piece of MDF ,that will work just perfect,
1 inch thick MDF is hard to come by.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 04:52 AM

I def have never seen 1” MDF.

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 07:32 AM

Nice ras slick model, I like the lines on it.. .. Sexy. :)
Check out Philip marcou’s, it’s similar to yours.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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