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Forum topic by Medickep posted 05-31-2014 01:35 AM 931 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2014 01:35 AM

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I’m finally getting around to dialing in my RAS I picked up for 50 dollars. The guy gave me these parts, which were labeled in the saw blade guard manual as “guard accessories”, but I could not find any directions on how to install them???

My buddy says they’re not needed, but he isn’t known for his safest practices. I would prefer to at least know what they are far so I can make a decision!!

Thanks in advance!

-- Keith

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#1 posted 05-31-2014 01:57 AM

Here's the manual. If yours is a different model you can do a search for it at Sears Parts Direct.

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 02:00 AM

Ya no mention of the saw bald guard accessories. Very weird!!

-- Keith

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 11:13 AM

Dont those mount to the bottom sides of the clear blade guard – to help it “float” over the fence?

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 07:53 PM

Craftsman / Emerson Electric sent out extra gaurds to settle a lawsuite. These may be some of those. i would try the Emerson web site. They are no longer sending them out, but there may be info there.


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#5 posted 05-31-2014 08:13 PM

What Paul said.. go here to find a manual/installation instructions:

Check to see if your saw model is listed, and if it is, the manuals can be downloaded from there.


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#6 posted 06-15-2014 02:20 AM

My father wanted to help me dial this saw in while he was over for our fathers’ day party and as a owner of a RAS since 1969 was a little plexed when the two of us could not figure out how to get the saw to move in the miter position! I could of swore that I had done this, but since I got this saw while I was in the middle of a big project it’s been awhile since I looked it over. After pulling and twisting every know latch and toggle, we decided the saw had to be seized from rust!

We torn the saw apart and did find the rod which activates a piece of metal to push against the main collar of the saw to be rusted, but everything still moved and appeared like it should work!

Does anyone know of any secret switch that would prevent the saw from pivoting? I have the manual and found no “secret” to getting this to move!

Thanks in advance!

-- Keith

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#7 posted 06-15-2014 03:02 AM

I got it to work…I guess I just needed to make a post. The previous owner had jacked the yoke screws so tight it wouldn’t turn! I just wished I hadn’t taken the hole thing apart!!

-- Keith

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#8 posted 06-15-2014 03:50 PM

He was probably trying to get it to stay at 90º. A common problem with those saws is that when you swing the arm, you can’t get back to precisely 90º (without extra work). A lot of folks coped with this by locking the arm at 90 and leaving it there.

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 01:39 AM

Well after going through the entire setup process 3 times, I find the RAS is still off quit a bit (1/8th”). The only quess is when I was going through the procedures for adjusting the “heel” of the blade they have you turn the blade 90 degrees onto a square. I noticed there was the slightest amount of light shining through, but when I turned the metal collar in the back of the motor, it appeared to do nothing. It just seem to spin and spin with no movement to the blade. It must act as a counter weight as it appeared to do nothing!

-- Keith

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 09:01 PM

To get my saw to pivot, I had to grab the lever with two hands and yank. I have a ‘68 so it’s probably the same as your dad’s.

Don’t turn the blade on the pivot. The stops aren’t accurate! Once you set it up with the square lock it in and leave it perpendicular (to the fence). Check the miter angle, then re-check the heel. If you ever unlock any of the three settings, double check all the angles.

The metal collar on the back of the motor is probably part of the electric brake I bet.

-- Nicholas

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