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NBeener

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03-04-2017 09:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw ras dewalt history video

I caught this on YouTube the other day. Well worth the 24 minutes to watch it, IMHO.

How great would it be to have one of these original DeWalt RAS’s ? I’m just going to have to be satisfied with my 1956 … safely in storage ;-)


View on YouTube

OR: https://youtu.be/HiGH0Qsu3ak

I still think of y’all … all the time. Still watching all the woodworking vids I can, trying to keep my head in the game and my skills sharp.

Will pop in as I’m able.

Y’all be good now. Y’hear ??

NBeener

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#1 posted 03-04-2017 09:56 PM

Been a long time since Ive heard from you. Hope alls good.

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#2 posted 03-04-2017 10:08 PM

Beener, good to hear from you.
‘Bout time for an update from ya.
Bill

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#3 posted 03-04-2017 10:53 PM

Very cool video. I spent a lot of time in those quarters, some are still there. Well they were when I was stationed there 15 years ago.

Thanks for the memories,
Bill

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#4 posted 03-04-2017 11:35 PM

Nice to hear from you sir.
That video is kinda cool.

Steve

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#5 posted 03-05-2017 12:31 AM

Beener, you have returned !!! Outstanding !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#6 posted 03-05-2017 01:07 AM

Awesome! Looks like terribly dangerous work. No respirators, masks. Not even a rag tied around their faces. Non-stop, lightening speed production all day long. Must’ve been plenty of injuries. “The Greatest Generation” is an apt description of those folks.

Frank Howarth has one of those 16” DeWalts set up in his shop that he video taped during the transport and setup. Pretty cool.

I’ve got a 1954 10” that cuts dead on and is solid as a tank. Great machines, those old DeWalts.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#7 posted 03-05-2017 01:08 AM

At first glance I thought “There’s no way I’m watching a 24 minute video”. But once I get started I couldn’t stop. THAt was fascinating !

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#8 posted 03-05-2017 01:11 AM

Wow, a voice from long ago.

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#9 posted 03-05-2017 01:51 AM

Glad to see you are still around, Neil! Been a long time!!

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#10 posted 03-05-2017 04:19 AM

A tremendous machine operated by people united in purpose. My parents generation, and yes they were great, but today’s generations could be just as great if we would become united in purpose against a common enemy as they were.

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#11 posted 03-05-2017 06:07 AM

Neil,

It’s good to hear from you! Hope all is going better & better,,, We’re doing all we can from here.

This was the only link that worked for me: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/208418
Very good… I didn’t think DeWalt was that old… They did a fantastic job! The RAS sure did a GREAT job back then!

DeWalt sure makes good quality stuff…

Thank you… That was very good…

Thanks for dropping back in!
Hope you’ve been able to LOOK at what I have suggested… Been praying for you! You WILL MAKE IT!

Later,
Joe

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#12 posted 03-05-2017 07:04 AM

Way cool

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#13 posted 03-05-2017 01:00 PM

Neil, good to see you’re still doing well!
We had a 7.5HP, 18” DeWalt at a lumber yard I used to work at that for the longest time only had a 16” blade installed, after installing a proper 18” cross cut blade and modifying the fence a little it was able to six 6” x 6” at once all without ever bogging down. It was an outside roughing saw that sat under an overhang to keep it from most of the weather so our method of dust collection was much like that seen in the video. Given the production scale of the operations in WA I’m surprised a little more effort wasn’t put into dust removal especially with the shaping heads or the 6” wide dado cutting over 2” deep per pass. That would keep any young lad on his feet with a grain shovel to haul away the inevitable mountain of chips & dust!
Sometimes I wish I had bought it at the auction when the place closed but it was rough needing the ways reground, not to mention it was 3 PH, very large & very heavy.

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#14 posted 03-05-2017 01:47 PM

Wonderful travel down the timeline.
Thanks.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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#15 posted 03-05-2017 02:19 PM

Amazing.

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