Dewalt Radial Arm Saw Restoration #1: Breakdown and Saw assessment

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Blog entry by john1102 posted 01-28-2012 05:12 AM 10472 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Dewalt Radial Arm Saw Restoration series Part 2: RE-Wiring, New Table (MR. Sawdust), New Mobile Base »

I found this saw out-of-state in Minnesota for sale by a cabinet making shop who had upgraded to an upcut saw. This is a 1962 Dewalt Powershop 1400, one of the coveted earlier models, powerful, 110 volts, and many nice features. I had a friend pick it up for me so it didn’t cost me any gas and the price was to good to pass up. At the shop he ran the saw and cut some scrap to test it out, it worked just fine. He traveled 600 miles to my house and we turned it on and it just hummed, no turn over. Let the fun begin…........

The above picture shows the saw post restoration, now rewind and lets start from the beginning.

Below is the saw before the restore (at the begining)........

To start with I sanded the contact points between both spots, and got the saw to turn over but it was evident the relay switch was bad. I was able to locate a switch in California by using the delphi forums (dewalt saw restoration forums). There were also a few other connections that needed some TLC and I wanted to change out the cord with a coiled one (like NBEAMER). I dissassemled and cleaned the saw and it is actually in great condition. Installed the new relay switch (sodered in place), new wiring (sodered in placed) and it runs beautifully.

Needed a little help in the shop.

I also installed new roller carriage bearings (from accurate bearings .com ) Much less $$$ than wolfe machinery wanted.

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 05:27 AM

Fantastic! What a nice addition to your shop!!!!

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 06:49 AM

looks like the same one I have in my shop. I was fortunate because my grandfather kept it in mint condition. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I’ve enjoyed mine. If you need to find more parts you may find these guys useful.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:58 PM

WOO-HOOOoooooooo !!!!!

Lemme’ get another cup of coffee, but … I’m definitely gonna’ watch this movie a few times :-)

Congrats ! Looks like a beauty, in great shape. Mighty cute shop helper, too :-)

Thanks for sharing. There’s been some pretty good RAS stand and table action, lately, but … not so much Old Arn !

-- -- Neil

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