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05-19-2015 05:44 PM

i am trying to identify a dewalt radial arm saw that is for sale. It has a serial number of 5501-2922. It is advertised as an 18” saw. Is there a way to tell from the serial number what model it is? I have attached a picture of it. Thanks for the help.


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#1 posted 05-19-2015 06:06 PM

It’s very hard to tell from that picture what it is. The S/N ties the model GE, which is indeed one of the larger saws. I’ve not found a reference to one that was 18”, but they certainly ran from 14” to 20” and somewhere they may have made one in 18”. But the GE is the old model that has a cast iron miter latch, and sometimes a cast iron elevation crank. That saw, to my eyes, looks like one of the smaller ones…maybe a 1030, or GWI. The scale is so hard to discern, my eyes could be playing tricks on me. Here's a pic of a GE, and here's the reference I found that serial number related to the GE model. It’s well down the page. If you look at it, there should be a tag at the top of the column that has the model number, it could possibly be on the frame but on those saws it’s usually on the column.

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 06:30 PM

If it is a larger GE what would it be worth? He is trying to get me a model number. Here are some more pictures.

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 06:43 PM

My gut is now telling me that’s one of the smaller saws, probably a 9”. I base that on the stand it’s on. The heavier saws would by too much for that kind of stand. The arm looks very long for an MBF, though (my supposition model) so again, I’m confused by the scale of the photo. In any case, it’s always hard to place a value on these, and that one doesn’t appear to be in very good shape. It also appears to have had the electric jury rigged, I don’t see a switch (maybe that’s it under the table) but I’m doubtful I’d go much over $100 (if it’s a GE) for it, and that would only be if I could restore it. I can’t make out a miter latch paw in the photo (it may be there and i can’t see it) and a couple of the knobs are broke off. If it is an MBF, I wouldn’t go over $50 for that one. If he can’t find the model, some info from the motor label might be useful, like Frame size (235, 245, etc.) and the serial number (that gives an approximate date of manufacture.)

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 06:44 PM

Thanks so much. I will post on here if he gets me a model number

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#5 posted 05-19-2015 11:30 PM

Is it possible he’s reading 18” as in an 18” arm? Cause that saw has a lot in common with my DW mbf… It’s a 9” saw.

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 11:36 PM

That is what I thought. I asked him if it was an 18” blade and he said yes but after talking to him on the phone I don’t think he has any idea what it is. Looks like I will end up passing on it because he is asking way too much for the condition and what it is.

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#7 posted 05-19-2015 11:38 PM

Good move.

I found mine for $100 several years ago. It’s hit or miss, but those kinds of deals for old (best quality) DeWalts are still out there if you’re patient. Good luck.

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#8 posted 05-20-2015 01:21 AM

What year and models should I look for and which ones should I avoid?

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#9 posted 05-20-2015 10:56 AM

The ones considered “good” have the solid cast iron arms, they always have the elevation crank at the top of the column, and no cap on the top of the arm. Models such as 1030, 925, GWI, MBF are the most common. Some of the later models (which I’m a lot less familiar with) like the 1400 and the 7790 also have the solid cast iron arm. Be aware, the early 9” saws have a 3/4 HP motor, which does struggle with some cuts, but they are still quite useable saws. Those motors are mostly labeled Frame 235. I had a really nice MDF I paid $50 for, and it was really a nice saw. I have changed out to a 1030K and a 925, also nice saws. The saws I mentioned earlier are generally pre mid-60’s or so. After that B&D started implementing their “cost engineering” which really ruined a basically good design.

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#10 posted 05-20-2015 08:27 PM

I never heard of an 18” blade. 10,12,14 and16” diameter blades are standard size blades. I think the owner thought the arm travel was 18” (which it probably is), but not the blade diameter. By the overall appearance and the burned blade, I would guess it was not well taken care of. I would check it over carefully before buying it. My guess at a reasonable price would be $50 to $75.

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