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04-24-2011 10:35 PM

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Just picked up an old RAS from someone that bought it, he thinks around 1972 for a home project. Beautiful condition but I don’t have a camera for picks yet. The 3 drawer cabinet had some accessories and original owners manual as well as this book. Anyone ever seen one of these books before?

-- John

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 12:34 AM

Yup, looks just like the radial arm saw book I got from Sears when I bought my radial arm saw back in 1972. I still have it in my bookcase and review it every once in a while. By the same token, I just finished refurbishing that radial arm saw with a new table (I replace them every 40 years), removed some surface rust that had accumulated, turned a new handle on the elevation mechanism that I had broken a couple of years ago, and generally brought it back to semi-new condition. It’s still a workhorse and so accurate that I have often told my kids I thought I could shave with it. If yours is like mine, you’ve got a gold mine. I realize Craftsman may not have the best reputation, but 40 years ago they were tops. And they just keep working.

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 01:17 AM

I think their new tools have givin them the bad rap. I had access to my Brother-in-laws Craftsman which he bought about 3 years ago but it always seemed to lose it’s accuracy. This one has been really good so far. It’s been the best 100.00 tool i’ve bought in years. The only thing i’m thinking of doing is Laminating the MDF top for better protection.

-- John

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 12:28 PM

I’ve got my red book too. Bought it in 1978 when I bought the RAS, and still have both of ‘em.


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#4 posted 04-27-2011 06:35 AM

You might want to check we got a new guard and a new top for ours—free!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 10:38 PM

I bought by fortune from a dear friend of mine who was in the tool business a large dewalt r.a.s three phase 440 volts complete with the large dewalt table completely dismantled and sold to me for a fair but not small price.I am very pleased with it.I guess many people didn’t want a three phase industrial model with key locking electrics but I love it. Always have a set up for three phase which I don’t have directly in and has to be accomplished via rotary convertors and invertors great fun.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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