Yesterday I had the opportunity to purchase this DeWalt RAS, model MBF-223, serial# 212800. From the serial registry on the OWWM mothership, the saw was born in January 1957. The machine is considered a bit underpowered with the original 3/4hp motor, however, it was marketed to the DIY and handyman of the 1950s, not for heavy commerical use (as in cutting 8/4 or larger hardwood all day long). A 9” blade will fit on the machine, however an 8” blade works better.
I have lusted for this particular model over the past 4 years and I am actually humbled to have it in my garage. The older DeWalt RAS models don’t appear much on CL in my area and when they do, they are usually larger models in pretty bad shape, or overpriced in my opinion. I paid a fair price with no regrets. Besides another galoot drove up right behind me so my bargaining power diminished exponentially!
It is in exceptional condition considering it’s age with all the cosmetics intact – knobs, balls, levers and guards, and the motor runs like a top. The bearing appear to be in good condition. I removed the nose cap and cleaned the ways and bearings, and wire wheeled the cap just for fun. The previous owner, I believe deceased, was an architectural millwright in the Galveston Tx area. A nephew (not a young man himself) is selling off his uncle’s old equipment. It has been in storage. The nephew led me to believe the uncle was the original owner. Based on it’s condition, I believe it. I only plan to clean it up, not much, and build a Mr. Sawdust table.
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.