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NBeener

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01-15-2011 01:25 AM

I just ping’d CraigsList, and saw an ad for this 1956 DeWalt RAS.

A hundred bucks.

A hundred bucks.

A HUNDRED BUCKS

I bought it. Pick it up, tomorrow, at 10am.

I’ve honestly NEVER used an RAS, and NEVER refurb’d any old iron. Guess I’ll be over at OWWM, soon.

Any advice ?? I understand the early DeWalts were great machines. Any thoughts ?

I’m feeling PRETTY good, about now !!!

Should I be, or … can somebody (gently) burst my bubble ???

-- -- Neil


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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 01:30 AM

Neil thats a nice find. But you need to sent that me, since you dont know how to use a RAS. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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patron

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 01:32 AM

now there is a good deal

when you come by
i’ll show you all i know about it

great score neil
ya done good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 01:35 AM

That thing is nothing more than a boat anchor. Why don’t you let me take it off of your hands! :)

Looking at the photo’s it doesn’t look like it needs much other than a little cleaning and a new table and for that I suggest a Mr. Sawdust book for the place to get the designs. Any questions, owwm.org and owwm.com are great places to get info from.

RAS’s are a great tool to use just like any other power tool in your shop. Enjoy!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 01:40 AM

Neil, welcome to the RAS.

You are going to love it.

So much can be done with it.

Did you get a manual with it?

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 01:48 AM

Dang “Beener” you made honorary ARRP and TOOL GLOAT all in less than an hour! Man! You dun’ good! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 02:05 AM

Good catch. You’ll be happy with it once you get her ready.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 02:08 AM

Neil
http://www.wolfemachinery.com/
Wolfe Machinery has some parts; call and ask after finding a manual.

I also own a Dewalt 1400, 8 1/2 inch that a customer asked if I’d be interested in. Sure I said (all to quickly) as
she lead me out to the car port to a bunch a card board boxes. It’s right there… in parts.
Come to find out her husband brought it out of storage to bring it to life only to suffer a heart attach.
Well I was able to put it together; believe it or not does work as good as my chop saw….but….
I too will probably not use it often but it was fun playing with.

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NBeener

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 02:19 AM

Charles: LOL ! If memory serves, you HAVE an RAS, and … didn’t somebody already GIVE you a mortiser ??

David: It very well MAY BE sitting in the back of my car, at that point ;-)

Brian: Actually, my yacht DOES drift, when it’s moored. A boat anchor COULD be handy ! Thanks much. I ordered the Mr. Sawdust book, after reading your comment !

Jamie: Thank you ! I didn’t see a manual in the pics, but will ask, tomorrow, when I pick it up. Some of those things are in PDF files, on OWWM.

Mike: LOL ! I’m not sure which is a bigger honor !!

Greg Thanks ! I think I’ll blog the renovation and rehab of the machine … if I can figure it all out !

Kerfless: Great link. Thanks. I’d seen references to them in an online manual about fixing up the old DeWalts ! If this were a box of parts … I would have had a heart attack, myself ! I’m sure this will NOT be the main saw in my shop, but … it will be a great project. Who knows. If the fix-up goes well … I may just flip it. RASs … scare me … JUST a little ;-)

Fresh pics when I get it home :-)

-- -- Neil

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Richard Dunlap

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 02:32 AM

I have and use a 1958 9” model that my father purchased new. Other than the blade size being hard to find good ones I love it!!! If you do much crosscutting you will too.

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 01-15-2011 02:56 AM

What’s the blade size, Neil, 10”?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Frankton

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 02:56 AM

AWESOME EYE CANDY BROTHER! I have an old Craftsman RAS. I love it! Set it up Square it up and cut away.
Make sure you set it so the front of the saw is higher than the back so the saw returns to start position and dosnt roll forward on you. I use a screen door spring on mine. I’ll send you pictures.
Happy Cutting my friend!

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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Frankton

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 03:01 AM

Here is my old cutter, welcome to the club!!!

Picture supposed to go here, I’ll try again

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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Frankton

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#13 posted 01-15-2011 03:02 AM

Here is my old cutter, welcome to the club!!!

ooops

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 01-15-2011 03:02 AM

Funny, I was using my RAS today, I don’t take the blade out of 90 deg anymore, but haven’t built the jigs for the angle cuts. I needed a 10deg cut, so just used my digital angle reader and propped one end up to make 10 deg, clamped it in place, and it worked perfectly. It was a 3.5 by 2.125 inch piece and had to be angled on each end. It would have been a tricky crosscut on the TS, and with the thickness, a little marginal for the sled.

Gotta make those jigs, just not enuf time….........

As you are aware, I have had my RAS for 40 years, purchased new…......in perfect shape.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#15 posted 01-15-2011 03:03 AM

Richard: great news ! And …. dad’s old tools—doesn’t GET better than that !

Jim: 9”. Just found the original marketing brochure, online. 3/4HP. I figured I’d be tapping YOUR vast knowledge of—rooted in a deep love for—the RAS. Seems Freud, Forrest, and a few others DO make a 9” miter/RAS blade. Phew !

Frankton: Thanks much ! As is my way … I’ll learn what I can about the thing, maybe/probably rip it apart—after I figure out if/how well it runs, clean and restore it in any way I can, mechanically, first, then … absolutely align it the best I can, probably throw a 9” Forrest blade on it, and …. cut some stuff.

GREAT advice on the inclination and/or spring. Sure would take away my main concern with the thing !

-- -- Neil

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