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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 01-20-2011 06:42 AM 2379 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2011 06:42 AM

I picked up a very nice DeWalt MBC a week ago and just had dropped off. It is very clean and all original and for a machine from 1955 in remarkable shape. 1/2hp 8” blade and came with a couple of dado heads, original arbor wrench and a couple of grinder wheels. I will not completely replace my SCMS as it is not as portable but for the shop it will be the go to for cutting to length. I am really looking forward to getting it cleaned up, not that it needs any. I do have to replace the motor bearings, they are a little noisy and build a stand.

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 06:59 AM

Hey Congrats Ken. That is a clean looking machine. That looks like an original table – 4 quarter maple. I’ve got three DeWalts now: 1400, 925 and MBF. I’m planning on parting out the 1400.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 07:22 AM


Very nice machine…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 08:28 AM

That is a nice machine.
How much did you get it for?

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 01:09 PM

Oh, for the memories! That is identical to my first piece of woodworking equipment. Employees kept burning it up, so it was replaced about 25 years ago.
But the little 8” RAS is a worker. And it was able to take and hold adjustments.
Good Score!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 03:31 PM

Hi Ken,

That is a great looking saw.

What kind of stand are you thinking of building? I have four legs I took off of my 1970’s DeWalt RAS before I gave it away several years ago. They are yours if you want them.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 04:21 PM

Great find, Ken! I have a ‘55 MBC myself and wouldn’t trade it for anything (OK – I’d trade it for a GWI, but it does everything I ask of it. Once you’ve got a good table built for it and have it aligned properly it should hold its adjustments beautifully.

If you don’t already have it, get a copy of the Mr. Sawdust book. It’s worth it for the introductory chapter alone, but is the bible for the old DeWalt RAS’es. You might want to look into the DeWalt RAS forums as well.


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#7 posted 01-20-2011 04:25 PM

Ken, thats a great find. I am waiting to pick my up as well.

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 06:09 PM

I love these old saws. Built like tanks. I was lucky enough to find a GW 1 1/2hp. I restored mine last yr. It was alot of work but it was also alot of fun.

-- Whatever you do,work at it with all your heart,as working for the lord,not for men. ( Colossians 3:23 )

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 05:47 PM

Steven H…..$75

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 06:03 PM

Thats a nice looking RAS.

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 10:05 PM

That is in some of the best shape I’ve ever seen. Talk about a steal. It will go great with your other old machines!

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 08:05 PM

Yours looks to be in fantastic shape.

Once you get through “Ken-i-fying” it … it’s going to be a jewel.

If you were thinking about it … I, for one, would truly be grateful if you blogged this one. Your approach is good, your knowledge is good, your restoration blogs are excellent, and … of course … I’m still trying to figure out what approach to take to my 1956 MBF :-)

Nice score !

-- -- Neil

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