Dewalt 746 Restoration #2: Further cleaning, disassembly and inspection

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Blog entry by ihadmail posted 01-24-2017 08:16 PM 1379 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Purchase and initial cleanup Part 2 of Dewalt 746 Restoration series Part 3: Even more cleaning while waiting for parts »

I was able to get all of the rust off of the table top and sliding table top. The miter slots even cleaned up nicely using only the wire wheel.

This image looks so hazy due to all of the rust dust in the garage. Respirator and goggles were a must for all of this cleaning.

Up next I removed the rails and sliding table. This was pretty straight forward. Remove a few bolts, lift the sliding table off then finish removing the rails.

After this I removed the motor and on/off switch. These were also simple to remove. The “new” belt is incredibly warped from sitting so long. It will probably be replaced during reassembly.

The dust collector shroud also came off easily. I was shocked that none of the bolts so far gave me any issues.

Up next was to unbolt the top from the frame and flip it over. I noticed they were missing some bolts that should be holding the frame together and one bolt that holds the top to the frame. These will be ordered prior to reassembly.

Finally I disassembled (I’m not sure the names of everything) all of the pieces of the trunion. I didn’t remove the screw mechanisms from the cast iron yet. I destroyed the spring clip that holds the arbor carrier on.

The arbor moves approximately 3/32 along its length. I am uncertain but I don’t think this is normal. Maybe the bearings aren’t pressed in correctly. While I have the saw this far disassembled I will at a minimum replace the bearings. I am still unsure of whether I’ll spend the money for the true riving knife components or not.

That’s all for today, it’s time to get ready for a long night shift at work.

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 04:45 PM

What is your plan for all the rust on the large pieces?

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 07:47 PM

What is your plan for all the rust on the large pieces?

- Notw

I am removing it all with a wire wheel then painting any non moving parts with industrial paint.

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