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Floyd Hall

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11-14-2017 07:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vintage dewalt radial arm saw

Hi,

I’m looking at the above RAS, but I don’t know much about them. It’s an older model—green—and looks to be in pretty good shape. Can anyone tell me anything about it? I might want to rip on it, so I need to understand how much hp there is and if it will rip properly. Also, would dado blade be hard to find?

Any opinions?

Floyd


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poospleasures

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#1 posted 11-14-2017 12:02 PM

I have that saw. Have had it since 1976 and think it was a 1966 one owner, my neighbor. Have used it a lot, built 4 houses and countless crafts with its help. Most folks advise “do not rip” with these and I agree. Have thrown pieces of lumber thru the garage door trying to rip with it. They are PITA to keep adjusted if you move the settings to cut angles and stuff. All that being said I would not want to be without mine. I only use it for cross cuts both large15” down to very small stuff. It is set to 90 degrees and I drilled it and put bolts in to keep that setting. It has not needed adjustment for years that way. My 2cents

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#2 posted 11-14-2017 12:03 PM

That’s not a useful identifying number that I’ve ever seen. However, when I searched it, I came up with this. If that’s the one of interest to you (sorry for revealing it) then it is indeed one of the saws considered to be a good one, and it does look like it’s very good shape. Without more info, I’ll guess it’s actually a Dewalt 1400. If that’s true, I think it has what’s called a Frame 235 motor….and they were rated at a (true) 3/4 HP. It’s quite useable with todays carbide tooth blades, although it is slightly underpowered for them. That saw actually started life as a 9” saw, then Dewalt rebadged it and gave it a 10” blade guard to compete in the market. With the thinner kerf HSS blades in use it was adequate, but suffers slightly with today’s blades. You ask about ripping “properly”...not sure what that means, and I don’t rip on an RAS. But devout Dewalt fans will tell you that saw is perfectly capable of “properly” ripping a board. Still strikes me as a bad idea since there are better ways to do so (IMHO). Finding a dado blade is a piece of cake; any of the commonly available ones will fit it. Lastly, you didn’t ask about price, but I’ll offer this…if the on I found is what you are looking it it has already exceeded what I would be willing to pay. Not that’s it’s not a nice saw, but you can usually find them for less. I will say that is an extremely nice cabinet it’s on, and that may add to the value.

I want to disagree with poospleasures on a point though. I’ve had 5 Dewalt saws, and if properly tuned they always return to dead nuts zero in use. The design is so simple (a notch machined in the column takes a tapered lever to position it) it’s pretty much fool proof, unlike the extremely complicated Craftsman design that wouldn’t ever stay in alignment). Should you choose to buy it or any other Dewalt, I have a couple of articles in pdf form I can e mail that will give you a keelier tuning approach as well as some maintenance tips for it. MY RAS replaced my miter saw in my shop because it’s more accurate than it was.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 11-14-2017 07:01 PM

Here it is. I ask about ripping because I’m having trouble getting my contractor’s saw to rip without burning. He wants $150. Looks like a good saw, especially for that price.

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#4 posted 11-14-2017 07:04 PM

Sorry. Here it is.

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#5 posted 11-14-2017 07:10 PM

Hope this works.

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 07:41 PM

Great saw! I have ripped wood many times using a RAS and never had a kickback; just make sure the anti-kickback pawl is adjusted for the thickness of the wood and the fence is parallel to the blade. Like ripping on any type of saw, it’s important to maintain firm control over the wood. Let up on the pressure and bad things can happen. Going by the picture, looks like he never did ripping (maybe one) other than Xcut and miter cuts

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 08:14 PM

It sold. Didn’t even last 24 hours. Oh well.

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#8 posted 11-14-2017 08:16 PM

Thanks, though.

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#9 posted 11-14-2017 08:25 PM



It sold. Didn t even last 24 hours. Oh well.

- Floyd Hall


Bummer. Next time don’t wait. Get there first.

I agree with the above comment from Fred. My 1954 DeWalt RAS gets back into perfect alignment after every time I make any kind of bevel or miter cut. I’ve also used mine to rip wood without issue though my table saw is my go to tool for that. If used for ripping, the anti-kickback pawl is a must, however. Unfortunately, the pawl is often the one accessory that gets lost and is missing from many such older model saws found at auction or on CL.

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

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#10 posted 11-14-2017 08:31 PM

I got rid of two radial arms saws. Both perfect, both precise, 10” blades with large motors.

The very last thing I would do is try to rip on an RAS. I’d clamp down the board and use a reciprocating jig saw before doing that. At this point I know there will be some RAS folks that tell me I have that wrong, so be it – i would not do it on the RAS.

I did think the use of a dado set on it was handy at times, but now that its gone, i don’t miss it.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 11:16 PM

Thanks again. Like I said, I was looking at this in part to maybe compensate for an under-powered contractor’s saw. But I can see where it might have problems with kickback. If I get more space, I’ll probably look into one. For now, I’ll probably pass. It was just a good looking saw, so I thought I’d give it an ask. Then make it fit.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 11-15-2017 12:03 PM

Floyd, you could post a thread about your burning problem with the contractor saw and get some good suggestions to resolve it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#13 posted 11-15-2017 04:59 PM

The RAS is a great tool to have if you have the space, and the knowledge of how to safely use it. The Craftsman offerings were also good saws, even though we have all mostly come to disparage that brand name. There is also a great book or two on how to really tune one up, which can be located on ebay for Amazon.

In addition to the overall issues of ripping with one, they almost always end up against a wall when set into a shop environment. In the three shops I have had, that arrangement really limited the useful length of the saw for ripping.

If you see another one that is in good overall condition, and you have a place to put it, just grab it. They can always be resold for something, and they will sell at “proper” prices, so asking about it here likely leads to a long enough lag time to see someone else get it (if it isn’t priced at a crazy level, which at least in my area, is surprisingly common).

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Floyd Hall

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#14 posted 11-15-2017 07:47 PM

I’ve been posting on my contractor’s saw problem extensively on a Facebook site. Anyway, I just upgraded the wiring to 220 and I have a guy coming over to look at it this weekend to take a look at it. I’ve checked the alignment repeatedly, bought new blades, a stiffener and now some splitters. The problem is I’m probably trying cuts at the outer edge of it’s capability, but if I can just get a little bit more out of it I’ll be happy because I need the mobility a contractor’s saw gives.

Anyway, if I keep having problems I will post here. Thanks.

As for RAS, it was just a good looking saw. I tend to move slow on this stuff. If the piece gets sold, that’s okay. At least I learn something for the next time a tool pops up.

Anyway, thanks again everyone.

Floyd

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