Dewalt RAS Restoration #1: Planning my new saw!

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Blog entry by milbert posted 03-30-2011 12:43 AM 8302 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been inspired by web findings on Lumberjocks and elsewhere to restore a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw (GS). Currently, I don’t have a real wood shop because I am in college and all of my woodworking was done at home (in my dads workshop). Although I do have the necessities, as far as tools go, I don’t have the right tool-set for woodworking. So fixing up this old saw is the closest to woodworking I can get. It also gives me a chance to ignore homework!

This saw is in great working condition! The motor purrs and all the bearings, moving parts, etc work how they should (could use some lubrication). The gentleman that had it previously used it on a regular basis. However, he reached a point where he could no longer do any work and generously gave it to my dad and I. Since I’ve been away at school, it has just been in the garage collecting rust. I feel like its my responsibility to bring it back to life.

- Strip all surfaces clean (remove every spot of rust)
- Prime/Rust prevention
- Paint
- Replace or clean any bolts, nuts, bearing, parts, etc that are in bad condition.
- New switch box and power cords
- New table

Pictures of the Dewalt RAS

Progress So Far:
Thus far, I’ve removed the saw arm and assembly from the base. All of the legs have been stripped, primed, and painted. Originally I was going to replace all of the bolts. Instead I decided to see how well they cleaned up, so they were soaked in a rust remover then cleaned with a wire wheel. Most of them turned out in brand new condition while only a few had bad threads and need to be replaced.

Once I finish cleaning and painting the base, I will put up some pictures of it.

4 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 12:46 AM

Have fun, I did it to my RAS and was really satisfied.


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#2 posted 03-30-2011 12:54 AM


I’m going to THOROUGHLY enjoy watching your progress. I just finished the mechanical restoration (cosmetics are okay, for now) of my 1956 MBF. If interested … click on my home page, go to my “blog” page, and … see what I did.

If there’s anything I can do to help … just give me a shout !

OhByTheWay ….

FREE ???

You suck :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 04:59 AM

I love my old DeWalt!! I even have the original manual

Cheers! Mark

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 05:22 AM


Two forums that are all about the DeWalt RAS’s (in addition TO the OWWM/Vintage Machinery gurus):

The Delphi Group has a particularly knowledgeable couple of folks.

Also … for you, or for anybody else that might eventually come to this thread …..


DeWalt page: Serial Number Registry: SEARS parts has some parts:


-- -- Neil

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