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Forum topic by lewbank posted 10-28-2016 01:17 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lewbank

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10-28-2016 01:17 PM

Hi, newbie to the forum here.

I just picked up this 1961 DeWalt 925 RAS with 6 older blades and all original paperwork off of Kijiji for $50CDN. Got it home last night and haven’t had time to work with it yet. Based on a quick once over before I bought it everything seems to be in good working and running order. Once I have time I will replace to cutting top and fence, as well as a quick clean and oil job on everything that needs it. Any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated.




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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-28-2016 01:50 PM

Boy, that’s a beauty; for what you paid it was a steal. Congrats! I have a couple of PDF files written by one of the gurus over at the Dewalt RAS forum. They are a cliff notes version of a rebuild, what to look for , and a killer method of tuning. He uses a Dewalt 925 as the example, so t all directly applies to your saw.If these would be of use to you I can email them. I think you have to have 5 posts before you pm on this board, so I’ll send you a PM and I think you can reply.

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lewbank

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#2 posted 10-28-2016 01:58 PM

Hey Fred, I was able to reply to your PM, thanks!

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#3 posted 10-29-2016 12:18 AM

Nice saw for the price. +1 on the Delphi Forum as a resource. Also check out Jon Eakes’ ebook “Fine Tuning a Radial Arm Saw” and Wally Kunkles book, “Mastering the Radial Arm Saw”.

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#4 posted 10-29-2016 04:05 AM

You may want to seriously consider building a “Mr. Sawdust” type table for it. It’s a bit of a project but worth the effort. Getting the table and the saw arm true can be a challenge but once set these machines are solid.

The other thing you need to consider is dust collection. A radial arm saw is a messy beast. I copied this design and it works great. But, of course, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat.

Congrats on getting a great deal on a much coveted wood working tool.

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lewbank

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#5 posted 10-31-2016 01:45 PM

Thanks for all the help guys! What blades would you suggest for crosscutting, mitre cuts, etc?

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 10-31-2016 03:21 PM

The one I suggest is the Freud LU 91, in the 8 1/2” size. It’s very tough to find 9” blades, and that saw isn’t overpowered so the 8 1/2” makes it work a little easier. The only 9” blade I was able to find was the Ridge Carbide RS1000, and I’m not sure they still make it. It was not cheap, about $110. With an RAS, unless you intend to rip having a negative hook angle makes the saw a lot easier to control. I never rip so the LU91 was perfect for me. If you do intend to rip something with a 5° hook angle (or less) would work better…the LU91 sicks at ripping. Over at the Dewalt RAS forum, they do rip cuts, and prefer the LU83. Note in the loink above, you can get the LU91 without that hideous red coating…looks much better on the saw IMHO.

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lewbank

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 01:34 PM

Thanks Fred. I will most likely go with the LU91 and LU83. Any suggestions on a dado set?

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