DeWalt RAS Series

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Blog entry by davidroberts posted 09-20-2009 07:24 AM 2923 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought Mr. Sawdust’s book over a year ago anticipating I would soon find an older DeWalt RAS for the right price. The recent blogs by Blake and Patron really fueled the fire and I renewed my efforts. I’ve been cruising CL for the past months and while there must be 25 RAS at the moment on CL for my area, they were just not what I was looking for. My big problem is I don’t have a truck so would need to rent a trailer and all of the RASs I wanted to look at were up to a 2 hour drive away. The logistics were not in my favor.

Last night I decided to settle on a couple of older Craftsman to negociate over. I even sent out some inquiring emails last night. I was ready to pull the trigger.

Then this morning, I was driving my daugher back from an errand and in our neighbor she saw a garage sale sign. I wasn’t going to turn down the block but my daughter would have none of that. So I turned and drove a few hundred yards to the line of cars by the curb. I looked out the car window while pulling up and almost bit my tongue off. There in the front yard I thought I saw the outline of a RAS amoung the clutter of toys and clothes. My daugher says I got real quite, flung the car door open and basically ran up the driveway. I don’t really remember. I felt dazed.

There it sat, on top of an old planer. It is a DeWalt 1400 RAS, 2.5.hp, wired for 110V. I’d say late 50s to 1960s vintage, but I’m not sure exactly. It had all the knobs and levers and the tracks and bearings were tight. Someone had tried to repaint it but it was beutiful as it sat. It had a tag for $75. I ask the guy would he take $50 and then the Dad came out and we settled at $60. I used his dolly to wheel it around the block to my house and took these photos. And yes, I eventually retreived my car.

I plan to build a Mr. Sawdust table and do some refurbishing, but it really doesn’t need a lot of work. Just mostly alignment, and a new blade. Any suggestions on what blade to use? Hope the pictures are not to small.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 07:45 AM

david ,

perfect find !
set it up with a good table ,
and make some jigs ,
and you are cooking good !

i notice there are some cuts in the table
and the backstop ,
thats how everyone gets in trouble with the RAS .
eventualy they get so bad ,
the boards start to rock around
and bind .
by making dedicated jigs ,
you can eliminate this ,
and always have a clean and clear table ,
with a perfect 90deg cut line .

i will be posting more jigs soon for mine ,
p.m. me if you need any help.

i’ll be out tomorow and monday ,
but will be making jigs the rest of the week .

great find !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 03:37 PM

good things come to those who wait

-- gagewestern

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 12:03 AM

Cool! Make sure to post photos along the way. Those are good saws.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 12:48 AM

$60? How can you sleep at night: what a bargin! Click here match up your serial number to the year your saw was made.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 03:25 AM

Brian, the link showed as error. Hey, I slept pretty good last night! lol I did determine the saw was manufactured in 1962.

Blake, the original color is solid and I was looking forward to using the toothbrush paint trick.

Gagewestern – so true, so true. problem is, I arn’t getting any younger!.

Patron – I’ll be watching for the jigs. I’m gonna need a lot of help.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 03:33 AM

Hey David good find.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 01:31 AM

david ,
i just added a simple jig to my RAS blog,

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 08:25 AM

very cool story and saw!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 09-24-2009 09:47 PM

david here is a dado jig ,
for the miter jig details , go to
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 05:18 PM

David thats a nice find.

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