|Project by Tim Gates||posted 12-29-2010 09:35 PM||5009 views||8 times favorited||15 comments|
I have been a fan of radial arm saws since I started using my Dad’s 1967 Craftsman which is a pretty good saw. However, I bought the Mr. Sawdust book and read some of the posts here and got bit by the Dewalt bug. When this 1959 Dewalt showed up on Craigslist, I couldn’t resist.
An old-timer had to be moved to a nursing home and the family sold off his apparently extensive collection of shop equipment and this saw was the very last item in the shop.
I use the term “restoration” lightly here becauase it was in decent shape. I broke it down and cleaned it up but nothing was replaced. A couple of the adjusting screws and bolts needed some significant persuasion to break free which in turn dictated that I paint the guard and the arm. Krylon satin Jade Green from Walmart is a very close match to the original color. I polished other parts to clean them up.
The dust collection device may be of interest. It is friction fit between the table and the frame. I think it looks good and it’s pretty effective. It also doesn’t add any depth to the saw.
It seems like the significant difference between the C’man and the Dewalt is that this saw holds it’s alignment much better. In particular, the arm lock on the Dewalt is much superior to the Craftsman.
I thoroughly enjoy this saw and the capability it brings to my small shop at a fraction of the cost of a sliding CMS.