Dad’s 1960 DeWalt 925 DLX overhaul

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Project by Fleamo posted 04-23-2019 02:50 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My WWII vet Dad bought this saw new in 1960 for just under $300. He kept the receipt and all the manuals. When I was young I remember him using it quite a lot including building our Cub Scout troop’s pinewood derby track. After Dad passed away, it became my property. I already had some modern tools and didn’t use it since it was as old as me. Then a friend who is a professional furniture maker sent me the Mr. Sawdust book when I told him what I had. I cleaned up and lubricated the all original saw, built the steel reinforced table and a three shelf rolling cart. The cart has 100 pounds of concrete in the base for stability. The saw runs smoothl and quiet. With the new blade it cuts clean and extremely accurate. Added a dust collection box that really works and a laser. Amazing how well this old war horse works and makes me think of dear old Dad. For laughs, check out the picture at the top of the owners manual back cover that shows typical Dad cutting wood in front of adoring Mom as Junior is about to take a face full of sawdust.

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 03:33 AM

Gotta love those old AMF saws, oldies, and still goodies.

From a time when tools were made to work, and to last.

Nice save, and thanks for posting, jingled my memory bank.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 05:49 AM

My dad had the same saw, right down to the green stipple paint. He bought it in the late ‘50s and I remember helping him rip plywood with it. It was a few years until I was allowed to use it without supervision, but that saw is the beginning of my woodworking experience.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#3 posted 04-23-2019 02:13 PM

Great Just Great I had the smaller version it was the 9” model I sold it years ago and miss it to this day!
It was a great saw Good job

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#4 posted 04-23-2019 02:34 PM

very nice job!

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

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#5 posted 04-23-2019 03:37 PM

I think it is really cool that you restored your dad’s RAS.
I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face every-time you use it.
Congratulations on a job well done.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 04:54 PM

The 14” and 16” models are very sought after for industrial shops. We keep on fitted up with a 1” dato stack for cutting strapping notches in the stringer stock used on skids, pallets and crates.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 04-23-2019 07:06 PM

Beautiful vintage machine and excellent restoration and upgrade.

-- "If time is money, then I need a loan" ,

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#8 posted 04-23-2019 11:46 PM

She’s a beaut!

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 04-24-2019 01:23 PM

that is really neat, probably the most valued tool you have

-- Ty

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 04-24-2019 08:45 PM

That’s a wonderful saw and you did a great job with the stand. Your lucky to have it. Looks like it will cut wide boards.
I see your a chip off the old block. (Wood joke). You bought that nice Dewalt planer. I own one, works well.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 04-25-2019 02:31 AM

Thanks for all the views and nice comments everyone!

James, Nice observation. I can cross cut 15 inch wide boards. Funny how I do have numerous DeWalt tools.Also, I am very happy with the planer.

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#12 posted 05-01-2019 06:54 AM

I’ve never seen one of these things before. You must have a real classic right there! I don’t think they make them like this anymore and if it’s your dad’s then you’ve got to do the tool some justice and make sure it survives another generation, hey!

-- Christopher James:

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#13 posted 05-15-2019 06:04 PM

She’s beautiful. Love the Radial Arm Saw so under appreciated

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