Restoration of Montgomery Wards Radial Arm Saw Model TCP 2610E

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06-15-2018 03:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw ras montogomery ward powr kraft 2610e 2610

Restoration of Montgomery Wards Radial Arm Saw Model TCP 2610E

This is a summary of the project. For details see the journal I kept as I went along. **

As best I can tell this radial arm saw was manufactured sometime in the 1970s. I finished restoring a 1960 Craftsman earlier this year and here are the significant differences.

The Craftsman is mostly cast iron/steel with some aluminum. This saw is mostly aluminum with some steel. Thus it’s quite a bit lighter.

The cut depth on the Craftsman is about 2 1/4 inch. The cut depth on this saw is about 3 5/8 inch.

The craftsman has one auxiliary shaft that is the opposite end of the motor from where the saw blade attaches. This saw has a gearbox and two auxiliary shafts: one runs at 20,000 RPM which is good for router bits and the other spins at the same speed as the saw blade, 3,450 RPM.

This saw is quite a bit louder – probably because of the gearbox.

When I acquired it, most of this saw’s motions were frozen and it was missing a few parts. I bought a second used saw to get the missing parts and some great accessories, namely a router adapater, shaper adapter, drill chuck and some extra blades.

I totally disassembled the saw, cleaned and lubricated, replaced three of the six bearings in the motor/gearbox. I made a new custom table and did a Jon Eakes tune up. The final result is one perfectly tuned up radial arm saw and many spare parts.

Total cost was about $200 and total time estimate is three to four man weeks over two calendar months.

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#1 posted 06-15-2018 09:48 PM

You did a really nice job!
It looks ready for another 40 years of work.


-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 06-15-2018 11:20 PM

I had to remove the asterisks in order to bring up the page. Just thought I would mention it.

You did a great job and gave everyone a lot of information. Thanks. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#3 posted 06-16-2018 01:39 AM

Thanks Chem!

Thanks Larry! You are right – those asterisks surrounding the link foul it up. I used that “BOLD” feature and ended up with the asterisks. I guess you can’t do that when it’s a link.

For everyone else, if you want to get to the detailed journal try this.

regards, Kerry

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#4 posted 01-31-2019 08:01 PM

Hi,great job!!! I have tha same saw and had a rough go of getting the collum out of the base it was seized up good!!! I wonder if you had any issues getting the top back onto the collum? It seems much tighter than I recal and I had to put it back on forcibly using a block of wood and a sledgehammer for a little additional persuasion. I’m not sure it is all the way seated where it should be,it’s tight though lol

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#5 posted 01-31-2019 08:39 PM

Thanks UnitedtattoAz.

This posting is just a summary of the project. If you look at the detailed blog

I documented how I got the column and base apart (5/9) and how I put the arm back on ( 6/8 ). To answer your question about putting the arm back on … That wasn’t hard on my saw I just had to wiggle it – no sledgehammer needed. I think you’ll know you have it in the right place when you are able to install the two bolts that hold the index collar to the column.

Good luck!! and put a picture of your saw on here when you get a chance.

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#6 posted 01-31-2019 09:04 PM

Will do thank you !!

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#7 posted 01-19-2020 12:25 PM

I purchased my Montgomery Ward Power Kraft Radial Arm Saw new and have been using it ever since. It still works perfectly and, in my opinion, is fat superior to other models. I have never owned a table saw, I just use the radial arm saw.

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