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Forum topic by Florida_Jim posted 02-23-2011 05:28 PM 3964 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida_Jim

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02-23-2011 05:28 PM

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


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#1 posted 05-07-2011 02:02 PM

I’d like your advice please, since you appear to be a bit ahead of my in the process, as I just acquired a 1957 MBF – well, rescued is a better word, as the RAS was about to be tossed in a dumpster, having been donated to a local job training facility.

My intention is to first clean and lubricate the machine, as (among other things) the height adjustment crank is sticky, the tracks that guide the roller bearings are bumpy . . . SOMEONE has been down this road before and I’m wondering if you have identified a place on the site with step-by-step instructions on cleaning and lubing?

Yes, I’ll take your advice and buy “Mr. Sawdust’s how to master the Radial arm saw”

-- Christopher, San Francisco CA, www.onthepathproductions.com

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 03:41 PM

Tehama

Here you will find many good links for info,,scroll down to find http://lumberjocks.com/NBeener/blog/21866
NBeener, has 9 parts
I am restoring one myself, here 4 parts so far, http://lumberjocks.com/bubinga/blog/22776
Many others on LJ just search, Radial Arm Saw

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 05:26 PM

EJ

Thanks for the quick response. Valuable information. I’ll take your advice about the cleaning the roller bearings and see what happens. I’m also working on cleaning the “ways;” however, my understanding is to NOT use a grease – either nothing or a dry lubricant. Do you agree with that? That’s been my experience with farm machinery that is immersed often in soil, that a graphic lubricant is best.

-- Christopher, San Francisco CA, www.onthepathproductions.com

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 06:54 PM

The ways on mine were very greasy I cleaned them with carburetor cleaner , and lubed with dry lube
Do not use graphite based lube

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 07:01 PM

Ahhhh, got it! Carb cleaner – great. What (spray) dry lube are you using? And . . . what did you do about your rollers? They are not too expensive and I suspect they are circa. 1957.

-- Christopher, San Francisco CA, www.onthepathproductions.com

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 07:46 PM

I used Super Lube® DRI-FILM lubricant, Blaster’s Dry Lube is about the same
If u need new bearings u can buy them here, http://www.wolfemachinery.com/

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Tehama

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 08:16 PM

Thanks – I’ll get some – here’s a great site that you may have seen:

http://dewalt925rebuild.blogspot.com/2009/12/day-1.html

The carriage and motor are out – ohhhh, those support bearings are funky. Not dirty in appearance or rusty, they just turn lump-a-dump-lump-a-dump. Two choices: just replace them or clean them. I vote for replacement.

-- Christopher, San Francisco CA, www.onthepathproductions.com

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