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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman
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True Manufacturer:
Parks Woodworking Machine Co., Cincinnati, OH.
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Radial Arm Saw
Machine Size: 10"
Submitted By: Dave Lucitt
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 112.23610
Date of Manufacturer: October 1952
Serial Number: none
Last Updated 4/25/2012 1:40:05 AM

Comments:
I acquired this machine in July of 2010. I responded to a Craigslist ad (Denver) for an older Craftsman table saw and this saw was part of an incredible large lot of tools being sold. The saw was being sold by a gentleman who had a friend whose dad had owned all the tools and had passed away 12 years prior, so his son's friend was helping to liquidate the estate. Apparently I got there a few days late and was told there was much more I missed out on, which was incredible since there was so much. The original owner of the saw, as well as all the other tools, was a WWII vet and after the war must have done a lot of handiwork. There was surveying equipment, welding equipment, woodworking equipment, automotive equipment, construction equipment - he must have been a very, very talented man, and has my respect.

The actual saw is an industrial grade saw that was manufactured by Parks and sold by Craftsman. Earliest catalog listings (thus far) show the saw as a new addition in 1951. Purchase price when new was $235. The saw has a 1" arbor, and came with 2 blades that will fit it (including the installed blade), the arbor wrench and the original blade guard.
(funny side note: Current OWWM member Bobber, who also lives in Denver heard of my story with the saw and gave me a nice present - the original anti-kickback pawl for the saw, as he had been at this sale as well and must have picked it up). Thus far, the only missing piece looks to be the anti-kickback pawl knob.

Condition: Overall, the saw in in excellent condition, with very nice tags. There are a few scrapes in the paint, as well as a few runs (apparently, the original paint application quality didn't matter too much back then). The motor on this saw is 1HP, and must have some type of brake, as the saw slows down quickly when off. It does power right on and is currently wired for 220v drawing 6 amps.

It took me months to actually hear the saw running since the 220v plug that came with the saw was a 'DIY' type that I had never seen. Changed it out to a Nema L615 plug and the first time I heard it turn on it was beautiful. The saw cuts nice but really deserves a nicer blade. It also deserved a nicer table, and one will be built when I can devote the proper time to it.

This was my first OWWM purchase, along with an Atlas 53 bench drill press and a circa 1960ish Craftsman table saw. This was the saw that started my interest in the Parks/Craftsman relationship.

The (rather bad) photos will be replaced as soon as the garage is put together and I can dedicate some time to taking some quality pictures of the cleaned saw. Enjoy!

Photo 1:

Comments: Saw as-purchased.
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Photo 2:

Comments: Saw as-purchased
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Photo 3:

Comments: Rear of saw. As purchased
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Comments: An inside look at how the armature is pulled through the saw stroke. It rides on 8 massive bearings, 4 per side.
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Comments: Close up of saw. As-purchased.
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Comments: Front of saw as-purchased.
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