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04-21-2011 05:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question radial arm saw

Ok what do you think Is this saw worth 70 bucks

8 1/4” Dewalt Radial Arm Saw

I’ve had it for years, kept indoors. Works great. Noisy

Comes with stand.

$70 Cash




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#1 posted 04-21-2011 05:48 PM

Looks like an MBF. If it is, then it’s a 9” saw, but … most people buy an 8” blade for it (much more common).

Sounds like it needs new bearings.

So … IMHO … yeah: that’s a GOOD price.

If interested, go to my home page > my blogs, and find my series on MY purchase and mechanical restoration of a 1956 MBF. You’ll find steps, parts, part #’s, and $$$s involved. At the end, I have an RAS that I truly enjoy using.

Good luck !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 05:50 PM

Its worth about 3 times that

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 06:02 PM

I did some checking and couldn’t find a 8 1/4 so I thought it might be a 9in

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 06:44 PM

Ken: IMHO … only if it’s fully restored, and needs nothing.

Otherwise, I fairly regularly see them in the +/- $100 range.

The MBF is a small-ish, 3/4HP model.

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 07:38 PM

If it was me, I’d snap it up. I love mine. I probably use it more than the table saw.

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 08:04 PM

Back in the day, I had a craftsman RAS and loved it. I now have a cabinet style table saw…but there are things that the RAS can do that a TS is not that good for.

With that said…I would say that the price you quote is very nice. If I were in the market…I would snap it up also. If I had the room for another saw in my shop it would be a RAS….but I need a bigger jointer more….so an 8” or larger jointer is on my tool list.

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#7 posted 04-22-2011 02:01 AM

Well Neil looks like your gonna be hearing from me a lot.
That little sweetie is setting in the shop ,needs some TLC ,but I think it it may do the job better than any SCMS
The size is prefect

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 02:08 AM

WOO-HOOOOOOOOooooo !!!

Congrats on the purchase !

In one of my blog entries, I put up a LONG list of really good website links, and a couple titles of incredible books on the RAS.

It’s really a GREAT saw. Many RAS enthusiasts consider the MBF to be the best in its class (home use/hobbyist).

Very cool !!

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 02:23 AM

I see I have lots of links to check out, did you ever find a manual ?
Man ! for a little saw ,it’s heavy
Things are a little gummy
Cut a 4in board ,,WOW it’s square

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 02:24 AM

I’ve got a manual from the series, if not the actual MBF model. If you want a copy, PM me your e-mail, and I’ll send it to you.

If it’s cutting square, then … you’ve already won half the battle.

Motor (replacing) and rollerhead (cleaning, first; replacing, if that doesn’t fix you up) bearings are probably in your future.

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 02:39 AM

I don’t use my trailer much, so I had to get it out (well it lives outside) get ready to go, the lights. Wouldn’t work but half a,
I grabbed a coupon from harbor freight for some stick on magnet lights, got those home, okay, tires are aired up,, lights are working,, half a mile from home, bam , flat tire, I have a spare mounted on the trailer, okay change that, next—-
out in the boonies ,wow what’s that noise, oh man, tires going flat, what the H
am I going to do now !!!!!
Lo and behold the spare for the car is the same lug pattern,,Un FREAKIN believable,, thank you God

Tire 1

Tire 2

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#12 posted 04-22-2011 06:34 PM

Now that’s a flat.

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#13 posted 04-22-2011 06:48 PM

Nah.

A few squirts of Armor All, and you’re good to go ;-)

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 07:40 PM

Armor All and a can of that green, gooie stuff ya squirt in the tire.
Looking forward to reading about your resto project.
You guys have me drooling over an RAS.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 04-23-2011 11:56 AM

Looks like I should have built some of those plywood tire covers, so maybe I will after I get new tires

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