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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

True Manufacturer:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co., Pittsburgh, PA
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Radial Arm Saw
Machine Size: 14" but a mishmash of parts
Submitted By: Erran Fichman
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 16-RAS
Date of Manufacturer: 1960's??
Serial Number: EF3650 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 2/10/2007 4:58:29 PM

I needed a Radial Arm Saw for work - and started researching machinery available for sale. Found a used foriegn machine at a dealer and went to look at it and was completely not impressed. I ended up in some warehouse where they kept hundreds of old used machinery that hadn't been cleaned up yet and found this radial arm saw tucked away on a skid and asked if I could purchase it. I had no interest in vintage machines at the time, but this one just drew me to it for some reason.

When they pulled it out and I measured its crosscut - I asked how much and after accepting the $2000 price tag, this puppy followed me to work. My love of these vintage machines started at that moment. I know it was expensive - but something about it just made it worth it to me. Now that I have it in daily use, I have no regret in my decision. In fact - this has spawned my love affair with vintage machines.

A few days later I had my technician look it over and he was really impressed with it. He said that the arm did not match the motor carriage. He said that it had a longer arm than it was sold with. This makes sense because the motor carriage hits the column when returned to idle position and because the model number indicates a 16" but the blade cover only accomodates a 14" blade. The dealer that I bought it from had no info on it (they get most of their stuff from bankruptcies).

As shown in my shop, cleaned up and painted, but still with the original table. I have since reconfigured it with a sweet bench - I will post pics of the new setup soon. As I mentioned, I use it daily for 99% crosscutting only and it holds its angle perfectly - a pleasure to use.

Photo 1:

Comments: Left view
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Comments: Right view
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Photo 3:

Comments: Badge saying it's a 16" saw, but it will only accomodate a 14" blade.
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