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Forum topic by Somedude posted 05-20-2017 09:13 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2017 09:13 PM

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Hi all,
I ran into an old Dewalt Radial Arm Saw. This thing is a brute. I took a gamble on this one. It has some rust here and there but it looked like surface rust to me.

Any help on where to locate parts and the table itself would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 10:55 PM

try HERE :<))

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#2 posted 05-21-2017 11:59 AM

Parts are pretty much a “search to find” kind of thing. there is a Dewalt forum on the Delphi platform, you’ll have to join to access the stuff (I think). There are a lot knowledgable folks there and they are really helpful. One thing that will come up is “buy the book”. The reference is always to the Mr. Sawdust book, written by Wally Kunkel. It’s about $30 plus $7-8 for shipping, and my personal opinion is that is a useful book, but quite a bit overpriced. It has some interesting history on the Dewalt saws, and some good user info but comes up short on the rebuilding end. If you want I have a couple of pdf files i can email on rebuilding/tuning written by one of the guys over at that Dewalt forum (PM me your e mail). OWWM (linked above) is also a great source, especially for parts. My guess is that motor will at least need bearings (does it run?), no big deal and fairly cheap….and the rest just needs cleaned up. You will likely have to free up the carriage bearings as well (that can sometimes be a pain, depending on a number of things). Get a manual from OWWM and join them and the Dewalt forum, then ask questions as you begin the adventure. One last thing, someone will suggest “build a Mr. Sawdust table”...described in that book I mentioned. You should do that, it’s a clever way to get a table that stays flat. Many here and elsewhere can describe how once you’re ready to go. But the first thing is to assess what you haven and then ask specific questions describing what you found.

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#3 posted 05-22-2017 01:11 PM

Thanks to you both. I will look into these links. HEre is the order on which I plan to take on this task:
1. Check to see if it runs
2. Search for a base (I’d like the original but may have to rebuild one)
3. Clean up all parts from rust and reset.

Easier said than done but I’m looking forward to it. I hated to see this nice machine just sitting in a storage container rusting itself out.

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#4 posted 05-22-2017 02:31 PM

When you say base do you mean the legs, or the frame that the column bolts to? The frame may be a trick to replace, but to replace the legs it will be more stable and true on a well made cabinet, then bolt the frame to that.

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#5 posted 05-22-2017 02:42 PM


When you say base do you mean the legs, or the frame that the column bolts to? The frame may be a trick to replace, but to replace the legs it will be more stable and true on a well made cabinet, then bolt the frame to that.

- Fred Hargis

I mean the frame that the column bolts to as well as the legs themselves. I am already reaching out to a welder I know to get a good quote on it. I need something really solid and will approach the wood table top itself as suggested by Mr. Sawdust but combined with the idea of a torsion box for the top). I’d also like to place it into a wheeled base so I can move it around if need be. I am just starting out and my workshop space is quite tight as it is.

Thanks,

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