Overarm router from Radial Arm Saw

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Forum topic by Abe Low posted 03-09-2008 02:46 AM 2378 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Abe Low

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03-09-2008 02:46 AM

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Has anyone removed the motor from a radial arm saw and replaced it with a router? I have an unused old Dewalt radial arm saw that I think was built before the invention of plastic and have been thinking of installing a router in the saw’s motor cradle. Any thoughts or suggestions?

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 03:34 AM

I’m not sure if your saw has the feature but, on some radial arm saws you can pivot the motor and use it as an overarm router with an accessory chuck. Not sure how old your machine is, do you have a book on it? You might be able to find one online or at…


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#2 posted 03-09-2008 01:19 PM

I’ve got an OLD Montgomery Ward’s (Wow remember those stores?) radial arm saw that has the arbors on the opposite side as the blade for accessories, but have never tried it as a overhead router. I have put polishing wheels on it and the drill chuck, but not much else.
But to answer your original question I don’t see why it wouldn’t work if you could make something to hold the router.
Let us know what you come up with! <grin>

-- Jim

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 07:57 AM

I have an old monkey ward ras and have used it as an overhead router. Works OK but not great. That ras is now set up to power a performax drum sander head that was made precisely to be put on a ras. I made a moving table that is powered by an old wheel chair motor, dc, with a speed controller.
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-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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