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jordanp

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539 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ras radial arm saw fence table surface craftsman saw

I picked this old ras for a song and wanted to see if anyone could tell me about how old it might be, i am also looking for any ideas or suggestions on replacing the surface top and making some type of fence/backplate

I am pretty new to woodworking

Also looking for a manual

Thanks in advance

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy


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sprucegum

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#1 posted 539 days ago

Do a Google search for craftsman radial arm saw recall. If your saw is in the correct serial # range you can get a nice upgrade kit for the guard and a complete new table free. As for the age my dad had one that looked just like yours back in the late 60’s and I think he bought it used.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 539 days ago

Look for the id plate. If it’s still on the saw you can do a Google search and date the saw with that. The plate is probably on the frame under the table and not on the motor

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Bill White

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#3 posted 539 days ago

I doubt that this model was invloved in the recall. Too old?
First three numbers of the model denote the mfgr. by the way.
Bill

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 539 days ago

That particular was made through the late 60’s, if I recall.My FIL bought one new around ‘68. The recall for that one is $100 for the motor, they (Emerson) didn’t offer the guard/table option for the older ones.

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#5 posted 539 days ago

Having owned three different Craftsman RA saws in the past, I would have to say that in all likelihood the carrier bearings that transport the motor along the radial arm are in need of replacement. You can’t have much accuracy with the saw if those rollers are shot.
Follow this link to see if this is a match to your saw:
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=4184 (oops, I see that this link was given, above)
if that’s it, this link will give you a manual in PDF format you can save and/or print.
http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0706366.pdf

Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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jordanp

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#6 posted 539 days ago

First Three numbers are 113 i think I will double check it when i get home today..

I found the recall but i think this one is way before that

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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jordanp

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#7 posted 539 days ago

Thanks Don, it Moves along the track pretty Smoothly the groove it travels on had a little bit of surface rust but i’ve been cleaning it up..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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gmc

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#8 posted 538 days ago

Actually I have the same exact one. I have owned two of these and the recall covered both of them. I have rebuilt three homes using these two RAS and the worked great. I decided to take the recall for both of them, the $200 will go towards a new table saw which i desperately need. If you decide to keep it, make sure you get the manual and get it set up correctly. They are a great cross cut saw, but IMHO they are a dangerous rip saw. I made my own door frames using these without getting hurt, but i was very careful and used all safety precautions (as you should always do). The link above should get you the manual. Enjoy, it is a great saw.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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sprucegum

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#9 posted 538 days ago

While we are talking about old craftsman RAS I have a similar saw that is quite a bit newer and of course I can get $100 bucks for it on the recall which is $5 mare than I have invested. Since I use it mostly for cross cutting it seems like it would be much safer and more convenient with a squeeze type trigger switch on the handle just like a skill saw. Has anyone rigged theirs this way? Does anyone know of a retrofit type kit to do this? They are handy old saws but arguably one of the most dangerous tools in the shop ( hence the recall).

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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Harryn

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#10 posted 538 days ago

I bought this model in 1964 and have used it ever since. It is a great saw. As far as dangerous, any tool can be
dangerous. The main problem is that people use the wrong type of blade for it. The blade should have a zero or negative rake tooth or hook. By this I mean if you draw a line from the center of the hole to the tip of the tooth, the tooth should lean backward for a negative rake or should be straight. If it leans forward as blades for table saws usually do it can cause the saw to be pulled forward toward you. This is what scares users, and claim the saw is too dangerous. Use a blade that is designed for radial arm saws . A new table can be made by gluing two pieces of 1/2” Particle board together to make it 1” thick.

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jordanp

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#11 posted 538 days ago

Well I have $50 bucks in it and it appears Craftsman only requires you to send in the Motor Assembly and Blade Housing. So i may just send it back and put that money into a table saw then reuse the old RAS Table and stand for something else.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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jordanp

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#12 posted 536 days ago

Well i called the hotline to try and get the $100 so I got that process started.
and right after that I found a Craftsman Series 100 (113.2993) Cabinet Table Saw so i went and picked that up, put a new 60t dewalt blade on it and started cleaning it up..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#13 posted 535 days ago

I had one back in 1959. I think it was a 12”. It was a pain to keep the arm set @90°, but once set, it worked great. I even used it to rip sheets of plywood and do bevel cuts. Some people are afraid of RAS’s. They require you to be extra cautious, especially when ripping. Use the correct blade, one with a negative rake. It will reduce the tendency for the blade to “self-feed”. For a new table and fence, just copy the dimensions of the old one. MDF, 3/4” thick is best for the table and a piece of 3/4×1-1/2 Poplar for the fence. Set the fence so it is about 1” in front of the blade with the blade all the way back.

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sprucegum

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#14 posted 535 days ago

A wise decision indeed. That old RAS was not the best tool to learn on. I am still using mine but I treat it with a lot of respect. The table you have left should be good for something, I wonder if the crank up and down parts could somehow be used to raise and lower a router in a router table?

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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IrreverentJack

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#15 posted 535 days ago

Good decision is right. If the table saw is the belt driven contractor saw it will probably be worth your time. I had a William Tell experience when my father was trying to mill molding with his RAS years ago. Never liked them. -Jack

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