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Forum topic by Trey posted 07-17-2015 02:13 AM 1166 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 02:13 AM

Found it on craigslist. I think it is a 1959. Around there anyway. Showed up to buy it, and started talking to the guy. We probably talked for 30 minutes. Long story short, he have me the saw for free. I need to find a switch for it. The one on it is broken. I might end up wiring in a paddle switch if I can’t find something original looking. Also, I need to find a 9” blade with a negative hook angle.

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 02:38 AM

That free acquisition earns you one obligatory…. YOU SUCK!!!

But, I have to say….
That saw looks familiar….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 03:41 AM

Are you offering to send Trey the switch off of yours, Randy? What a guy!
(Don’t hold your breath, Trey)
Nice acquisition! Hubby had one, different brand, but he really liked it. It scared me. Hope you get yours running like you want.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 11:02 AM

This is the switch I used one mine, the double pole breaks both the hot and neutral (120V), or both hots (240V). I used this switch on an MBF as well as a 925. As for the blade, finding 9” blades is a little tough. I lucked out a few years ago and got a Ridge Carbide that has 0º hook, and it works really well but they’ve apparently stopped making that size. A good alternative is the Freud LU91 M008. It’s an 8 1/2” blade (you won’t miss that 1/4” of cutting depth) and has a -5º hook making it a really smooth cutting blade. You can see in the link it comes without that hidious red coating that Freud puts on some of their blades; looks much nicer on these saws. The switch can be had from a number of places, I got mine at Menard’s ($5) and it fits right into the hole on the arm. Lastly, I have a couple of pdf files on rebuilding and tuning these saw written by a guru named Roger Hill. If you want a copy PM me your e mail address and I’ll send them to you. OH, yeah: you can date that saw by looking at the serial number on the motor. The first 4 digits will be the yr/mo the motor was manufactured, which is probably close to the saw’s date of manufacture. Congrats, it will be a nice addition to your shop.

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 12:43 PM

I have that same saw. I had the same problem with the switch. It is a great saw.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 05:53 PM

Free ???? Damn, You DO suck !

I’d kill to find a deal like that :-)

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#6 posted 07-17-2015 09:10 PM

Nice score. That appears to be the same model I used to have; wish I had it back. I bought it used around 1975, and used it for about 12-13 years. I felt less & less safe doing rip cuts, and bought a Delta contractor saw to replace it. At the time, I felt that I needed to sell the RAS to partially fund the new saw, so it went to a new owner.

I recall there being lots of adjustments on that saw, but when they were all dialed in, it was accurate & repeatable. I loved the operational versatility of it; I did end boring, used a molding head, and had a rotary planer head for it, that I think was made by Craftsman.

The motor on mine may have just been a little weak, but I always felt that it did better with an 8” blade than with the 9” that it called for.

Good luck with it!

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 02:09 AM

Thanks everyone. I’m pretty excited to have it. Now I have to figure out a table for it!

Fred, I’ll send you a message.

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#8 posted 07-18-2015 02:20 AM

Mr. Sawdust, and the resource Fred is offering should be what you need to dial in the RAS. Love mine, just a bit older than yours. I bought a RAS-specific, Forrest Woodworker I, 9” for it and absolutely recommend their stuff if you’re so inclined.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 07-20-2015 05:57 AM

I believe Tenryu makes a 9” blade. I got one for my vintage Delta turret arm. Can’t remember whether it has negative hook.

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