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Posted on router adapter for Montgomery Wards Radial Arm Saw Model TCP 2610E

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#1 posted 03-05-2019 12:01 AM

Hi Builderbee:

Yes, I did find the adapter. If you check out the blog referenceded two posts above, you’ll see I did a detailed restoration on my saw. When I searched for parts to buy I found they were either unavailalbe or about as expensive as buying a second saw. I kept checking Craigslist for a second saw and I always asked if they had the router adapter. Luckily I did find someone selling a saw with the router adapter and a couple other accessories. I bought the second saw and accessories for $75. That one supplied me with the parts I was missing and the accessories plus a lot of spare parts.

I did use the router function of the radial arm saw on one of my projects. Here are a couple pictures

It’s pretty challenging but I think it’s really quite useful. Here are some of the challenges.

1. The bit position/height is set relative to the plane that is swept out when you move the head along the track and when you pivot the arm about the column. If you are going to have any chance of getting your cut depth as you want you must get the plane of the table parallel to the plane the bit moves in.

2. The table must be planar also. If it’s not and your workpiece is clamped down to the table, the the cut depth will vary as you move the bit or as you move the workpiece.

3. The workpiece must be flat and constant thickness or you will get variations in the cut depth.

4. In the “cross cut” mode, you really have to clamp your workpiece down. If you just hold it with your hand as you do when using the RAS as a saw, the workpiece will move. In crosscut mode, the bit will tend to tear as you enter/exit the workpiece. I put a sacrificial piece up against the workpiece to help with that.

5. When you move the workpiece as you would when ripping the clamping problem goes away as long as you feed it in the right direction. See the arrow on the picture above. It’s more challenging to get a constant depth cut in this mode because of imperfections in the table and workpiece. The ripping trough (a feature of the table) can also cause trouble if you are pushing down on your workpiece over that area: the workpiece bends down away from the bit and thus the cut is shallow.

It’s been about a year since I did any routing with the radial arm saw, but I also remember it was hard to get the adapter off when I was done. As I recall, I had to remove that shiny panel that says “POWER PANEL” so I could get a wrench on the shaft where the adapter attaches.

Good Luck!

Kerry


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