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07-11-2014 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw

About two months ago, I was trawling Craigslist and noticed a posting for a Red Star RAS…no photos or description. Buyer wanted $200. So I sent an email asking for more info and forgot about it. Last week the seller contacted me with photos & description and asked if I’d give $150 for it. It’s a Red Star Multiplex 30A…grandfather of Delta RAS of the same name…Delta bought up the company in 1948. As seller was local, I arranged to take a look yesterday. Frankly, I was amazed at what good condition it was in. No cracks in either the aluminum or cast iron castings. No rust on the ways, bearings, or column. Original funky hospital green paint. Just some surface rust on the cabinet, which was original. No parts missing; handle and wrenches were there, too. The saw blade was actually the original…from 1946! The thing is a tank, topping off at around 200lbs and completely solid. Motor is 3/4 HP/wired for 220V, cranked up and hummed along without effort…although the wiring is also original, ancient, cracking insulation and ungrounded. The original switch and reset is simply a toggle that looks kind of rusty/sketchy. Anyway, I was able to bargain the price down to $85 which I think is a steal. Do I need another RAS? Of course not…but I plan have fun with the rehab! Think I might lose the green paint, though. Here are some photos:

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

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 04:09 PM

I have seen just a couple of those.
I notice on them and the early Delta, the pivot head slides along the top arm. Where later machines the pivot is fixed at the end of the top arm.
I have an early DeWalt, but will probably pick up a Red Star or Delta. I like those things.

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 04:18 PM

How cool!!! And literally, a steal at that price. What fun you’ll have doing the restoration. Keep us informed of how it’s going.

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 04:25 PM

Does this brand have value beyond just being used as a radial arm saw? I only ask because I’ve considered getting my grandfather’s old one that hasn’t been used in forever out of his shop. My grandmother told me I could have it quite some time ago, but I’m not yet sold on the need given the space it takes up. I’m almost certain it’s a Red Star brand.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 05:09 PM

Nice saw. I’ve never seen a Red Star one but have used the later Delta version. Really nice. The original cabinet and the gawdy, but original paint is a bonus.

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#5 posted 07-12-2014 08:08 PM

I would keep the green, a lot like the green on my time warp 1959 PM 160 planer.

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#6 posted 07-12-2014 09:24 PM

unbob, I’d love to have that planer. I don’t like the color, but would probably keep the original paint as not to devalue an original. I liked it when Powermatic went to the darker green with the racing stripes. I’ve seen quite of few pictures of the Red Stars, like above and this one probably has the best original paint. I’d probably clean it up a bit and let it be.

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 11:24 PM

That planer was a CL deal that took me a couple of years to find. It has the high speed head option.
It came out of a Montana school, was used very little, but enough that it didn’t have dried up grease in the head bearings.
An odd machine in that the earliest 160 manual I could find “1964”-the adjustment settings will not work. First year production.
The school for some reason installed the new single phase motor, but it came with the original 3phase motor and controls. Machines are only original once. That one was a 1200 mile round trip in mid winter. $600+around 500 for the go get.

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#8 posted 07-13-2014 01:37 AM

There was a smaller version of that turret RAS, it was a Red Star, on the local CL last year. It was around for a few months. The ad said it was complete and ran, but needed restoration. It got down to $20 for a while then it was gone.

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 10:37 AM

Finally got to work on the Red Star. Did a thorough once over & it’s in better shape than I thought. It really just needed a little TLC. Motor is strong & it even had almost spot on settings after all these years. I constructed a new mobile stand (using an old Mr. Sawdust table), cleaned off the surface rust/waxed (kept the funky green paint), put on a 10” Forrester blade, and polished up the aluminum bits. I also decided to have some fun and paint the blade guard. Finally, I built a new table to the original specs, which, to my surprise, is very flat and user friendly. I’ve already started using it in my next cabinet project and it’s a delight (and quiet!) to use. Here’s a couple of photos:

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

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#10 posted 07-30-2014 12:16 PM

Dude, you suck! Nice score.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#11 posted 07-30-2014 09:34 PM

Love that saw machine! Congrats.

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 09:13 PM

I am sooo jealous and want that saw. I will probably switch over to searching CL right now. :)

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