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dustynewt

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Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw powr-kraft question

I recently inherited a Monkey Ward’s Powr-Kraft model TPC-2610A radial arm saw from 1966. I have the manual and parts list and the machine looks like it was hardly ever used. Trouble is, I can’t turn the darn thing on because it’s missing the key in the top of the trigger handle that has to be depressed to run. I would hate to rig something and mess up the “originality” of the saw’s condition, but if I can’t find the part soon, I will. I would also like to find the adapters for the auxiliary 3450rpm and 20,000rpm shaper/router spindles. If anyone has any ideas about this, please let me know.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/


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#1 posted 2381 days ago

You can make a key for it. When I bought mine it had a home made key in it. It’s not exactly right, but it works. Maybe someone has an original they can measure and let you know how to make. If not, let me know and I’ll get measurements from mine for you. My email addy is pofarm @ mchsi.com (remove the spaces. I put them in to keep bots from finding my addy.)

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dustynewt

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#2 posted 2381 days ago

Pofarm, Thanks for the input. I did just figure out how to make one and it works fine. The saw is in such good condition that I would like to eventually find the replacement part. Have you ever used the auxilary spindles for routing or shaping? I would like to know if it is worth the trouble of finding the parts.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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#3 posted 2381 days ago

I had one of these from a similar vintage. Unfortunately it froze up while in storage for a couple of years.

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#4 posted 2381 days ago

I just got mine a little over a week ago. Haven’t even had a chance to use it yet. I would think it would do great with the router attachment on that 20,000 rpm spindle. The guy who I bought it from made a new table for it, but I’m going to have to redo it. He made a one piece top and screwed the fence to it instead of clamping the fence between two pieces.
I am also looking for the anti-kickback pawl for mine, if anyone has one to get rid of.

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#5 posted 2348 days ago

Rikkor,
Interested in selling any parts?

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#6 posted 2346 days ago

I have the same saw in a slightly newer model. It was my dad’s and we lost the kay as well. I took the handle apart that housed the trigger and found I could disable the need for the key. If that doesn’t work, you can search for Powr-Kraft and Parts on the web and order a new trigger that does not use the key. I did that before taking the handle apart and finding I didn’t need to.

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#7 posted 2319 days ago

Hi, I work in a museum boatshop and found this model in our milling room. Apparently it was only used a few times before being donated to our shop. I’m wondering if anyone knows how to get the manual for it, i wasn’t able to find the company on the internet. If you know of any way to get the manual, it would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

kurt

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#8 posted 2318 days ago

This is my first post, so I do not know the culture of this forum to know if is rude to ask this question or not. If it it, I apologize and will repost as a new question:

I bought a PowerKraft 10” radial arm saw from a guy recently and I thought it was fine when we ran it at his place but now there seems to be a problem that I didn’t know about and am wondering if it is repairable and if so, how I might go about it.

The problem is that the blade stops turning when it hits the wood i am working on unless I go really slowly. A 10” blade should be able to go through a 2×4 much faster than this is. But when the blade stops, something inside still appears to be turning. I might have to go back and repeat this so I can describe it better.

Any help would be appreciated.

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#9 posted 2296 days ago

kurt

OLD WOOD-WORKING MACHINES at owwm.com has manuals for this in PDF you can download.

neil

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#10 posted 2296 days ago

Tesk

There is a clutch in the motor housing that can be adjusted. The manual shows exploded views and tells how to adjust. You can go to OLD WOOD-WORKING TOOLS at owwm.com to view/download the manual in PDF.

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#11 posted 2296 days ago

Boy you guys can bring back memories. Dustynewt, I checked the owwm.com site before making this post. That RAS was the one I used to demonstrate in the plastic cage at a Montgomery Wards store in Norwalk Ca. back in 1972. Taught a class in its use there too. Had to use a real good carbide blade then and I added an auxillary switch on the top of the over arm to make it easier to turn on and off when using the router shaft. I’m glad to hear that they are still around.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#12 posted 2175 days ago

dustynewt

I have the little red plastic key that goes in the trigger handle if you or anyone else wants it. I will probably just throw it away otherwise. You can email me directly at earlh.412@charterintenet.com

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#13 posted 2174 days ago

Thanks Earl, but I have already made a key that works fine. Maybe someone else can use it.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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#14 posted 2174 days ago

You could set up a separate power switch in an easy to reach place. Would help a lot with safety.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 2159 days ago

I just scanned the manual for this saw (plus some extra bits my dad had saved) and I think I succeeded in creating the pdf files. Large files though. I am new at this stuff.

If anyone is interested send me a message.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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