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Forum topic by hairy posted 09-07-2013 08:56 PM 1896 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2013 08:56 PM

This is how it looked when it followed me home. Craigslist has been good to me.

After being rust o rated. My operating theory was – If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Everything got cleaned, checked, lubed, adjusted as necessary, but I kept the patina. Patina, that’s a nice word , why doesn’t it apply to people?

I knew it would be a while before I got started on it, so everyday I brushed Kroil onto every nut, bolt, screw and anything else that I might be messing with. It works as advertised.

It’s a 1959 DeWalt 925. From what the internet says, the first 4 numbers of the motor serial number are year and date, in this case November 59. From what Mr. Sawdust says, after the arms and column are cast, they sat outside until they were seasoned enough to be machined.

I did all the dirty work out in the garage, cleaning and lubing and such. The only thing missing is the key for the start/stop switch. I took all the wiring out of the arm and wired in a new Grizzly paddle switch. The wiring is in good shape, not stiff and the insulation isn’t cracked. Right where it was cut for the switch, I wired in a plug and socket to use as a disconnect, then secured it to the frame. Then I bolted handles onto the frame and got some help to get it in the basement. Having the motor off for this is a big help going downstairs.

I bought the Mr. Sawdust book, and built my version of his table. His book is actually for the older, round arm saws, so not all the info applies to this one. Still,it’s a good book and worth it.

I went to Lowe’s and got some 2×4’s and plywood to build a base for it, and supplies to make the table. I decided to use the base that was holding my grinder and sander and build a new one for them. I wanted a heavy base for this saw.

It had to go where I could reach the 220 volt outlet. There’s room to the left if I need it for a long board.

It’s up and running. All I’ve cut so far is some test pieces to check the accuracy. It makes a nice clean cut, square any way you check it. I’m surprised about the blade that was on it, I’ll stay with it for a while. The dust collection is poor at best. I adapted a 4” hose down to what it had on the blade guard, and lost something in the translation. I need to make a taller backsplash, maybe put in a big dust collector opening. I’ll try something else later, I want to use it and see how it does. I’m sure something else will pop up that I hadn’t considered. It’s really getting crowded in my little shop, but mostly I make small things. All in all, it’s a winner.It might not work for you, but I’m a happy guy.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 09:00 PM

nice ras man!!

-- Who is John Galt?

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 09:23 PM

well done Hairy ! enjoy yourself

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 09:25 PM

Old iron always looks good when treated right.
This looks like a very versatile tool with a lot of possibilities.
My patina fell off long ago…..................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 10:46 PM

Tool resurrection is good. Nicely done. And I thought DeWalt was always black and yellow.

Good thing you didn’t post at what ridiculously low price you acquired the saw for – then this would’ve been a TOOL GLOAT.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 10:53 PM

Great cleanup of a wonderful tool

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 11:22 PM

Nice job on the RAS…

It sure is a Beauty…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 12:03 PM


-- Ed Port Republic

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 01:03 PM

Nice job on the restore. I always liked these old DeWalts

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 09-08-2013 05:18 PM

Love those old DeWalts! You have done a fine job rehabing it. Congratulations on finding a great RAS and restoring it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 08:24 PM

Our patina might be a little wrinkled – but – it’s still there !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 10:11 PM

Old iron is always good iron. Kuddos hairy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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