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Forum topic by warrenkicker posted 03-25-2015 02:41 PM 2220 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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warrenkicker

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03-25-2015 02:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbishing tip

I had a need for a radial arm saw because of a requirement on some special projects to be able to suspend a saw over a piece of wood. I tried some other options with other tools but they didn’t seem as elegant. So I started researching these saws and determining what was available out there and what was a good quality tool. I decided that I wanted something older before they got too light and cheaply built. Turned out I found a saw that was built back in 1961, 113.29003, and had some cosmetic problems but was very good mechanically.

I got it home and decided to do a complete tear-down and then clean and refinish everything possible. I even found a spray paint that was almost identical to the original color. There were some liberties I had to take as the switch key was lost and the plastic housings for the bearings were either gone or broken. Right now I still have the aluminum cover for the arm but the printing and decoration on it was very scratched as well as the aluminum had a lot of dents. I am still working to straighten and smooth it but will likely leave it painted gloss black. Currently the original blade, at least it is still the same part number, is still on the saw. I will be getting a proper blade for this type of saw before I ever use it. Since I had the blade I did remove all of the rust from the blade and it cleaned up pretty well. Since taking these pictures I have mounted it in my garage and have added a table to it. Just a bit more work to dial it in and to help contain dust and it should be ready to run.


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MinnesotaMarty

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 03:25 PM

Warren,
Nice job. I too don’t believe we should relegate every radial arm saw to the scrape heap. Many of those saws just need a little love and we would be good to go. In the past 6 months I have gotten 3 radial arm saws given to me. My intention is to use at least two of them. One setup with a dado set and one with a proper blade. I have two Dewalts and one Delta. The Dewalts are the 9” and the Delta is a 10”. All three are 50’s/60’s vintage and in real good shape. I don’t intend to take mine as far as you did on the refurbish spectrum but, I do want to get them working properly.
thanks for the post it looks great.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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timbertailor

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 03:37 PM

Looks a lot like mine, except for the color and and a few handle and switch differences. As you can see, it takes a prominent position in my garage. Still works great and I use it all the time for cross cutting.

Congratulations on your new acquisition and its beautiful restoration.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Ocelot

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 03:48 PM

That’s pretty much like mine.

Mine still has the original table. This was my Dad’s saw, and I can’t imagine ever getting rid of it. I use it for every project for cross-cutting.

http://lumberjocks.com/Ocelot/blog/22656

I have all the paperwork which came with it – including invoice.

-Paul

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#4 posted 03-25-2015 04:05 PM

My, that looks purty after you cleaned it up. I’ve got a Craftsman RAS, but mine is quite a bit newer. I still haven’t set it up yet, because I don’t have a stand, but that’s on my list of shop enhancements. I plan to make a cross cut super station, pairing my 12” SCMS and RAS on one long stretch. I’ll install a dadoe stack in the RAS.

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#5 posted 03-25-2015 04:14 PM

Wow, fantastic job on the Powermatic. What color is that paint?

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 04:50 PM

You really did a nice job on that restoration. Well done!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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toolie

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 04:59 PM



Wow, fantastic job on the Powermatic. What color is that paint?

- Rick M.

Hey! don’t insult that fine c-man RAS by referring to it as a Powermatic!

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 05:31 PM

WOW! I love machine restores. That looks amazing. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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warrenkicker

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 05:41 PM

The paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Champagne Mist. It is a gold metallic almost the exact same color as original, slightly less green but more metallic. The back side of the power cord cover on the back of the main arm was painted and had never seen the light of day so it was a good place to check for a color match.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Universal-11-oz-All-Surface-Metallic-Champagne-Mist-Spray-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-6-Pack-261415/202814026

The date codes on my machine are G61 on the base and H61 on the motor. Just a couple of months newer than Paul’s which appeared to be F61 on the motor. Based on how I would read those codes that would mean that part of the saw was assembled in July of 1961. A fact about this antique that I didn’t so casually point out to my oldest brother born that same month.

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timbertailor

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#10 posted 03-25-2015 05:55 PM



The paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Champagne Mist. It is a gold metallic almost the exact same color as original, slightly less green but more metallic. The back side of the power cord cover on the back of the main arm was painted and had never seen the light of day so it was a good place to check for a color match.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Universal-11-oz-All-Surface-Metallic-Champagne-Mist-Spray-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-6-Pack-261415/202814026

The date codes on my machine are G61 on the base and H61 on the motor. Just a couple of months newer than Paul s which appeared to be F61 on the motor. Based on how I would read those codes that would mean that part of the saw was assembled in July of 1961. A fact about this antique that I didn t so casually point out to my oldest brother born that same month.

- warrenkicker

Was 1958 the first year of production?
I think mine was made in 1968.

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warrenkicker

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#11 posted 03-25-2015 07:13 PM

The best I can tell 58 was the first year of production for Craftsman for RAS. They used the gold for 4 years and then changed to a grey for a couple of years and then finally to a black at some point in the mid-60’s.

See this site for a pictorial history of Craftsman machines.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=222&tab=4

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Rick M

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#12 posted 03-25-2015 07:40 PM


Hey! don t insult that fine c-man RAS by referring to it as a Powermatic!
- toolie

LoL, I have no idea where PM came from.


The paint is Rust-Oleum Universal Champagne Mist.
- warrenkicker

Thanks, I have a ‘58 Craftsman Lathe that I want to repaint it this summer and have been looking at goldish paints. The Champagne Mist looks like the winner.

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 03-25-2015 07:41 PM

Google around or check with Ermerson – I don’t know what years the table recall affects – you might get a brand new table shipped to you for free.

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TimberMagic

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#14 posted 03-25-2015 08:05 PM

Beautiful restoration of your old Craftsman RAS!.

Old Craftsman radial arm saws were well built, and can be fine tuned pretty easily for great accuracy. I bought one in 1975, it was my first major power tool. They still made them with solid cast iron columns then.

About 5 years ago I put a much larger top on it—1”DF with a white melamine replaceable surface. It is banded in thin oak. I’ve wanted to build a nice cabinet or built-in and may some day. It is my everyday “GO TO” saw for crosscutting. Rips disappeared from its list of duties maybe 10 years ago when I finally bought a table saw. I know this saw well and enjoy using it more than most tools, maybe with the exception of my Festool track saw.

-- Lee

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warrenkicker

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#15 posted 03-25-2015 08:48 PM

No table or guard that I have found. Only $100 for the motor and it is worth more than that to me.

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