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Misc. Shop Stuff #74: A Collection of DeWalt MBFs?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-07-2021 03:30 AM 825 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it started a number of years ago with this MBF, bought via CL ad.

Love it, use it just about every time I’m in the shop. Now I am doing a bit in my father’s shop space, using his 80s-era Craftsman RAS that looks like this.

Scary tool. Seriously.

CL ad last weekend said RAS for $50. I picked it up tonight.

Looks new, considering it’s 65 years old!

It’s heading to Dad’s tomorrow!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -



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#1 posted 01-07-2021 03:37 AM

Very nice Smitty! I’ve got a Powr-Kraft RAS in my shop, used to be my grandfathers. I’d love to pick up an MBF, especially for $50!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#2 posted 01-07-2021 03:42 AM

He said tonight, as I handed over payment, “sure got a lot of calls for this saw.” He was the second owner, with his uncle being the first. Glad he did accept another offer!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 01-07-2021 04:06 AM

Nice score, Smitty!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 01-07-2021 04:11 AM

Incredible shape Smitty. All CL listed RAS’s around here look like they were stored in Lake Tahoe.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 01-07-2021 04:42 AM

Oh and forgot to ask, MBF?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 01-07-2021 04:48 AM

Yes. Exactly the same saws.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 01-07-2021 11:22 AM

Oh wow nice saw I can see why it needs an escort some very nice cuts there
Looking forward to seeing some power through shots

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 01-07-2021 11:46 AM

Excellent find. Mine is more like the 1980s model but still used all the time.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 01-07-2021 02:11 PM

Fantastic upgrade for pops!

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 01-07-2021 02:46 PM

Fantastic Smitty! My grandfather has one like that C-man that he keeps trying to convince me to take. I keep telling him it doesn’t work and I don’t have room. Really, I just don’t like using the dang thing. Several years ago, when my Grandmother was still alive, she asked me to go out to their shop and sabotage it because she was scared of him using it and cutting a finger off. So it sits with a cut wire hidden behind heat shrink tubing inside the arm housing to this day ;-)

I wish it was one of those old DeWalt or Rockwell models though. I could probably make room for that in my shop.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#11 posted 01-07-2021 04:01 PM

Good to see another DeWalt RAS enthusiast. I currently own a MBF, 925 and GWI trio of saws. Each has a purpose – crosscutting on the GWI, dados on the 925 and shaping on the MBF. Great machines…put paddle switches on the end of the arm on two of them. Much safer to operate.

-- Bstrom

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#12 posted 01-07-2021 10:34 PM

Bstrom, do know what the significance of the REL number on the DEWalt dataplates?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#13 posted 01-08-2021 04:35 AM

Out with the old.

In with the new!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 01-08-2021 09:48 PM


Bstrom, do know what the significance of the REL number on the DEWalt dataplates?

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


It is a sub-series designation for the model as far as I know. Might have made some part swaps but the overall design/capability usually didn’t change until the model was discontinued or more heavily modified as finding/ordering parts don’t normally require those details. Features like switchable voltages, motor hp and types, and arm bearing design are important details to look for – overall, once B&Decker took over they cheapened them to more significant degree and are not desirable for the purists. The originals and AMF models are some rugged tools and in good condition can be serviced with new motor bearings and other repairs to bring them back. Plan on $100 or more to bring one back to operating condition with new motor bearings, new wiring, new tabletop/fence, and a premium blade. All of mine have proven to be very useful after some maintenance and adjustment. Safety is a priority so learn how to operate one correctly or you’re in for some surprises.

-- Bstrom

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#15 posted 01-09-2021 06:50 AM

Appreciate the safety briefing, not lost on me. Learned lessons on the dangers early and repeatedly, lived (intact) to tell the tale. Thanks bstrom.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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