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12-07-2014 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw delta rockwell penncraft dado vintage question

Hi guys, heading out tomorrow to check out this saw.

https://youngstown.craigslist.org/tls/4762108882.html

From what little I know from reading what I can find on it, it’s a great find/deal. I was hoping to get some advice on what to look for and or any advice from those who are familiar with this model. Any advice is much appreciated. I’m interested in setting it up with my Oshlun dado stack as a primary function.

Thanks in advance!

Anthony


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

That picture of “4183” is probably the manufacturing date . Week #41 of 1983

For $90 it looks like a buy if it’s in as nice shape as it looks.

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 09:17 PM

Oh wait.. I just looked at the pics again and I see that 4183 is the MODEL, not the serial number. None the less, I still think it’d be nice to have.

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 01:30 AM

Hey Joe, I did end up buying it today and I got it for 85 bucks, seemed like at that price I couldn’t go wrong. I did just go look at the serial number and it is 2364. So based off your explanation of the serial number I believe that makes sense based off the literature I found last night. From what I understand it’s actually the same as the Rockwell Plus 105 saw. This was just a private label. All in all it seems like a great saw, heavy as hell and free of any harsh signs of wear. Definitely needs adjusted and I know very little about that but I did find this original owners manual that outlines everything pretty clearly. Moving forward I’d still appreciate any insight or advice as I’m pretty green when it comes to this machine. Thanks!

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 01:31 AM

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/1141/1760.pdf

Here’s the owners manual I found…

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 04:57 AM

I have the Delta version of that saw (same as in the manual). Unfortunately, 9” blades aren’t that easy to find. I did get a Tenryu blade that works very nicely with it (lots of teeth, but I don’t remember how many). I like the turret head. I paid quite a bit more for mine than you did, but it had been nicely restored. I wonder if Penncraft might mean it was sold under the J C. Penny label. They did sell tools long ago. Enjoy.

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 12:43 PM

Some years back i was able to get a 9” blade from Ridge Carbide that really worked well but I’m thinking they discontinued it. For an RAS (unless you plan to rip) a negative hook is a lot easier to use, and the Freud LU91 gives excellent in the 9” saws (it’s an 8 1/2” blade). Best of all it’s relatively inexpensive and you can get it without that hideous red coating. Cutting dados on a saw like that does take a little patience, it would be easy to stall the motor. Take your time and it will do a fine job! (Congrats).

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 01:18 PM

Runswithscissors – thanks for the input and yes it does mean J.C. Penny, looks like it was private labeled for them.

Fred – thanks for the heads up on the blade, it’s definitely in need of a new one so I’ll have to check out that Freud.

Much appreciated!

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 03:56 PM

Ya done good, Son!

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