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Posted on Buying & Restoring DeWalt & Craftsman Radial Arm Saws

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Roy Turbett

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#1 posted 02-22-2017 04:58 AM

Based on the motor serial number, I believe the mystery saw is 1960 DeWalt (possibly a model GWI or 1030) and one of the last of the round arm models. Its a 1 1/2 hp saw and one of the best that DeWalt ever made. I agree with most of what Ted says but disagree with the comment, ”... really high end commercial RAS’s were never built.” The original DeWalt RAS was specifically designed for commercial applications and was so well made that many of them survive today. The Original Saw Company purchased the old DeWalt designs and still manufacturers saws that looks like those made from the 40’s to the 60’s.

The MBC was introduced to tap into the homeowner market in the late 40’s and is a miniature version of the highly successful commercial saws. They are every bit the equal of the larger saws when it comes to fit and finish and the ability to hold their alignment. Like most homeowner grade table saws and combination machines of the era, it came with a low amperage motor because most homes only had 40 or 60 amp service for the entire house.

The GW series saws of the same era were intended for the professional contractor and came with a bigger motor and larger blade. The legs on the GW saws are held in place with with wing nuts that can be easily detached and two men can carry the saw using the attached handles.

I also agree with the comments in regard to the Craftsman RAS and would stay away from those that are not based on the original DeWalt design.

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