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02-05-2011 09:31 PM

I am trying to learn when this radial arm saw was made, and about what it might be worth. I can not find it on any web search page. Any body out there that might be able to assist me would be greatly appreciate. The saw is a Powr Kraft and the model is 84-tma-2278. Trying to find it a good home. It was my grandfathers.


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#1 posted 02-06-2011 12:14 AM

Sold through Montgomery Wards.

More info: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=657&tab=3

Worth about $50 to $100, depending on your part of the country. Not a
collectible machine.

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 07:32 PM

Cool Thanks for info sorta disappointment. Any idea what year it was made in?

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 11:38 PM

Can’t find anything specific for your model number, but similar model numbers were sold in the 1956 to 1958 catalogs.

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

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 03:40 AM

Loren found one close to it. Hey Loren so you say it is only worth 50 to 100. I looked around at new ones, that can’t do what this does, and they only have 12” blades this has a 16” blades and has a 220 single phase motor? Any different there? Thanks for the help Brianinpa, Loren gave me a web site vintagemachinery.org really cool site. Thanks again Dan

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#5 posted 02-08-2011 03:50 AM

Dan,

Your saw is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Are you hoping to use it or sell it? If you were to research the subject and simply look at craigslist or ebay, you will see that most RAS of that vintage do not sell for more than $100.00 The saws that sell for more are a lot more rare than a Powr-Kraft.

I wish you good luck with your saw.

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

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 04:50 AM

Dan, I assumed it was a 10” or 12” machine because I’ve never
heard of a bigger Powr-Kraft 16” saw. A 16” machine is a more industrial
tool and may have been sold for lumberyard use. There is some
demand for heavier-duty machines but supply outstrips demand
in many parts of the country because radial arm saws are not
much use in modern cabinet shops.

They used to be used a lot in lumberyards, cabinet shops and furniture
factories. These days the lumberyards are dwindling and the cabinet
shops don’t use as much solid wood so there’s something of a
glut of used machines on the market.

If the machine is in good condition, has a 16” carbide blade, intact guards,
a long arm and a 2.5 Hp or more motor, you may be able to get a lot
more than $100. I quoted that figure because there are a lot of
the 10 and 12” machines around and supply exceeds demand for those.

I’ve bought and sold machines for many years and I’ve noticed that
it’s hard to sell broken stuff or dirty stuff, so it’s worth making the
machine look its best and make sure everything works.

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 03:21 PM

An older radial arm saw is a better radial arm saw, so if it is in good condition without too much wear and keeps it’s settings wel, it’s worth more. BUT Powercraft is not as good as the Dewalts, so that hurts it. HOWEVER, most radial arm saws are 10”. A 16” saw is something special and that would bump the value way up. I’d estimate you could get as much as $500 from the right buyer. If it was a 10” Powercraft it’s be worth less than a hundred. That bigger blade is a huge plus.

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 06:31 AM

Was not sure if wanting to sell or not. Thought for how old it was and the size it would be worth more. It was my grandfathers saw and he is the one that taught me how to work with wood and my hands, I think I will keep it. just don’t have room for it. It has a 15’ table on it.

I rebuilt my deck a few years ago and pulled out ( the dinosaur) and used it to re cut the pickets for rails. I was cutting close to 40 pickets at a time. never had to readjust settings or anything. I cut wood to heat my home. I have used it a few times for making clocks on the rough cuts. I have a 42” cedar tree still out there that I am trying to get out whole. I sold some mantel piecies out of a little one and did good with them. I have alot of fun playing with the dinosaur! Would have to modifie the table or something to slice length out of that tree trunk.

This is a really cool web site. Whole better than face boo!! For the saw it has more value in it to me than $500 going to restart figuring a way to fold table table so I can move it. I do have it listed on Craigslist.com in Show Low,AZ. Hey Loren: I was not trying to be rude or any thing I really didn’t give all the info for you to go on.
Really Thanks for the help the web page you sent was really good. I spent allot of time trying to find something.

THANKS AGAIN EVERY ONE DAN

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