Radial Arm Saw Overhaul

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Forum topic by OnlyJustME posted 06-22-2012 05:09 AM 2810 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2012 05:09 AM

Hello all you RAS aficionados. I need your help. I have this old Montgomery Wards 10” RAS that was passed to me and i’ve been toting around from place to place but have never set it up proper and used it. I’ve decided to get it set up and tuned in and give it to my father-in-law since i dont use it. It had no table so i tried to make one but now i can’t get it to cut square. I was hoping maybe someone not too far from me could come give me some hands on experience with it and show some tricks to tuning it up. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Here is what i’m working with.

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 05:34 AM

Buy the book “Mastering the Radial Arm saw” by Wally Kunkel. Its Geared toward Dewalt Ras but still would apply here. I learned everything about mine from it. Have two of them now and use them daily.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 08:15 PM

I have one of these. I would consider making the table wider if you have room in your shop. If you set up the fence with a movable stop radial arm saws can cut many items the same length quickly. I use it for 90 deg cuts mostly. You can download the manual here.

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 08:48 PM

That saw is similar to the Craftsman of the 70’s. Their saws had a recall that caused me to get a new table, handle upper guard, and other improvements FREE of charge NO shipping charge and my saw now really works nicely, after I’d given it many years of hard use including cutting masonary blocks. RAS’s are very useful tools. My saw has a hexheaded cap screw(hex recessed uses an Alan stock to loosen and tighten). Loosen it slightly and use a rafter square against the fence and table long side running out the table width. Pull the saw back and forth twisting the arm on its shaft till the blade touches the edge of the square for the entire length of the pull. Tighten the screw. The saw carrige also runs on two steel rods in the upper arm they should be adjusted slightly snug so as not to allow wobble as the saw is pulled back and forth. Like wise the vertical line of cut is adjusted by the bevel cut mechanism and its locking lever should work securely. Does this help? Russell

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 09:06 PM

I have a DVD about tuning it up if you wish to borrow it. Just send me a pm


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#5 posted 08-06-2012 01:38 AM

My advice is to purchase an electronic copy of “How to fine tune your radial arm saw” by Jon Eakes. This is THE bible for setting up and tuning radial arm saws. You can find it at:

Good luck and have fun!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 03:31 AM

Thanks for the responses. I decided to start from scratch with the table again and made a new one (wider this time) and did get it adjusted to cut square. I’ve been trying to tighten up all the adjustments so there isn’t as much slop. I actually still have the original manual that was with it and the original Monty Wards blade. I find the manual not detailed enough to be of much help though. Project has been on hold do to other things lately though but i will try to check out those books.
Dewshan, have you ever used anything on the “power Panel”?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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