I recently bought a 1956 vintage Dewalt MBF RAS, which I’m refurbishing.
I looked on several sites for references. I found a few books. I’m an avid reader, so I bought them all.
Here’s my critique of the ones I purchased:
“Mr. Sawdust’s how to master the Radial arm saw”
Available from: http://mrsawdust.com/index.php
In my opinion this is the “defacto” reference for vintage Dewalt radial arm saws. I love the late Wally Kunkel’s layed back writing style. I found the book to be easy to follow. The “MR sawdust table design is probably worth the price of the book alone.
If you’ve acquired an old AMF Dewalt, you must get this book. It’s kinda pricey, but it’s worth giving up a couple of week’s worth of lunches to raise the funds.
The next book I’d recommend is: “Easy ways to expert woodworking”, by Robert Scharff.
It’s available from Amazon used books: http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Expert-Woodworking-robert-scharff/dp/B000J4K2R8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298472089&sr=1-1
You need to watch when one becomes available at a decent price.
The one I bought was printed in 1956, the same year as my MBF.
This book is a very good reference for the AMF Dewalt 9” RAS’s. Great references on alignment.
`Also it has instructions on doing a lot of operations with the saw, some of which I’d be terrified to do!!
If you don’t want to get the Mr. Sawdust book, this would be my second choice.
The next book has a similar title: “Newest ways to expert woodworking” By the editorial board of B&D Dewalt. This is also available at Amazon; http://www.amazon.com/Newest-ways-expert-woodworking-yourself/dp/B0007EGIXW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298472820&sr=1-3
This book is early 60’s vintage, after Black and Decker took over. It’s good for just a generic reference of RAS operations.
The next is: “The magic of your radial arm saw” by R. J. De Christoforo. This is available on E-bay from Wolfe Machinery. (1980)
Again this is a black and Decker book. Generic RAS reference. Although I do love Mr. De Christoforo’s books, I have several.
Next: Radial arm saw techniques, by Roger W. cliffe
Another Generic RAS reference
Lastly there’s Publications from the OWWM, (now vintage machinery): http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=252&tab=3