1956 DeWalt MBF 9" Radial Arm Saw #6: Light 'er up, Folks !

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 02-24-2011 12:58 AM 10580 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Just getting my bearings Part 6 of 1956 DeWalt MBF 9" Radial Arm Saw series Part 7: (Less) Dust in the Wind »

Got a call, late this morning, from Ye Olde Motor Shoppe.

The RAS motor is ready.

.......................[clears throat] WOO-HOO !!!!.......................

Installed it.

Spliced the new mil-spec (not really, but it’s a beefy boy !) toggle switch into the two power cords.

Locked and loaded the blade and stiffener.

Put on its overcoat (the blade shroud), and … despite ALL my efforts and hard work ….

It runs !

Yes, I DID do a test cut, after making this video, and … to my utter amazement … it cuts, too !

But … no more fun and games until I get the table Dead Flat and aligned, and then … the whole saw … aligned.

And then … the sky’s the limit !

I’ve got a 2-tube, 4’ fluorescent fixture right behind where I would stand to use this saw, and facing 90 degrees the wrong way.

So … tomorrow … I’ll flick it around, and mount it right above the RAS table, then mount the new “dust snout,” and set about aligning … well … everything.

I’m a PHRASOD, right now !

[Pretty Happy, Radial Arm Saw-Owning Dude]

HokieMojo ??

You out there ??

No pressure ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 01:10 AM


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 01:15 AM

Thats awesome Neil. Congrats on getting it up and running.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 01:21 AM

Rastusarius is a live AAAARRRGH

congrat´s Neil :-)
nice to hear your voice too

take care

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 01:34 AM

Alto tones.
and SMOOTH….
Nice going Neil !

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 01:47 AM

Cool RAS. Wishing you all the best with it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 02:18 AM

Hey Neil, you stole my idea. Thats saw sounds great. You know we could trade LOL!

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 02:34 AM

Cool saw best of luck with it. new motor sounds great.

-- Paul

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 03:17 AM

I like the way it just….....sliced through the air like butter… chipping, no burn. Why the edges of the air were…...smooth as glass. Remarkable.

Walter is a cool dude.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 03:17 AM

Nothing better than starting an old DeWalt for the first time.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 04:26 AM

looks like a rockin and rollin saw..thats great…finally got it going…i know you will be happy when its all aligned and cutting…congrats my friend…..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 05:21 AM

Nice..the proud papa showing off his power tool children….”may it never catch a knot and smash you in the face” LOL…I only say that because my buddy did that with his RAS…so be careful!


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#12 posted 02-24-2011 05:34 AM

Love the whir of a smooth motor, Great Job

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#13 posted 02-24-2011 10:32 AM

Nice work, something to be proud of

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 02-24-2011 02:46 PM

Well done Neil! Now be careful while you are rhapsodizing so you don’t cut off a finger,lol. We are looking forward to seeing a nice saw kerf in the very near future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-24-2011 03:00 PM

Is the switch really supposed to be way back at the back like that?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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