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Old 05-01-10, 02:16 PM
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Better than anything made nowadays

I got this 1958 DeWalt RAS and restored it. You'll never find a Craftsman as good as this one.

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Wow! Nice job, SS. Beer 4U2
 
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Looks great, but isn't it going to hurt to make that first diagonal cut? Ouch!

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Old 05-01-10, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Bud9051
Looks great, but isn't it going to hurt to make that first diagonal cut? Ouch!

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Hurt? Now why would it hurt? If you mean to the left diagonal, DeWalt put that position on their saws for no reason at all. Other manufacturers followed suit. You don't make a left diagonal cut on a RAS.
 
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I think he meant cutting into the nice clean fresh surface.
 
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I already did that, plus one at 22.5. The top surface is replaceable. The table is 1 1/2" thick. Built to the directions of Mr. Sawdust in his book on DeWalt radial saws.
 
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Ahh I only saw the one cut in the picture. I now see the other . I still have my Craftsman RAS purchased in 1970. I'm afraid it needs someone like you at this point. The smaller more portable saws have replaced the old friend permanently now.

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I'd like to see someone make a raised panel with those dinky toys.
 
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Old 05-02-10, 10:39 AM
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Not me, Bud. Mine has an 18' run off table (replacing the original) in the back of my shop. I just can't get all the jobs done with a table saw and cut off saw, it seems. Can't justify buying a new one either, cause the darned thing won't break!!
 
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Chandler, one of the problems with my RAS is that I broke my one unbreakable rule, I loaned it to someone. When I got it back, he had wired a new power cord to it. When I asked why, he said the cord had burned out, but the new one didn't help, so he just went back to using his circular saw. Well, the little thermal breaker on the motor was tripped, so I removed the romex power cord and went back to using the saw, but the motor was never right there after. No power and hard to find a 20 amp circuit that would hold it. Like I should have done, never loan your tools.

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Old 05-02-10, 12:42 PM
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Eeeew, cardinal rule. You broke it. I've got all my shop tools wired 240 volts. A lot quicker spool up and less bog down. One less reason for anyone to borrow it. "Oh sorry, they are all wired differently!"
Only problem I had with mine was the half wave rectifier burned out. Contacted Sears and they said I needed to replace the entire saw. Went to Radio Shack, bought a rectifier for a dollar, soldered it in and now it brakes again. When it burned out, I could eat supper before it spooled to a stop.
 
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Contacted Sears and they said I needed to replace the entire saw.
That figures. Make what they call a quality tool, then tell a customer it isn't worth fixing.
 
 

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