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American Saw Mill Machinery Co.
New York, NY; Hackettstown, NJ.

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Radial Arm Saw
Machine Size: 16"
Submitted By: Dick Streff
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Unipoint
Date of Manufacturer: ?
Serial Number: 48 624
Last Updated 5/5/2007 1:44:42 AM

This particular version of the venerable tippy Unipoint spent its previous life buried deep in a pile of sawdust in a small town lumberyard in northeast Nebraska. Despite the looks of it when purchased it had led a pretty leisurely life as radial arm saws go. The ram, bearings, and ways were in excellent condition. All the tilt and swivel adjustments were very stiff as it had been relegated mainly to whacking off tubafors for most of its life. Someone had gotten into the ram once because the locking gib was missing. Fortunately the tinkerer hadn't caused any real damage but the ladder bearings were badly out of time when I got it. If the ram was pulled out all the way it would clunk off the back of the rear rollers and drop a bit.

The rust on the cabinet was superficial, but had peeled the paint quite a bit. Most of the refurbishment to this saw was cosmetic. I did manufacture a new ram locking gib to replace the missing one. Also the motor bearings were replaced and the arbor flange trued for good measure. I made a new table surface out of a second-hand solid core door slab.

The Unipoint is a pretty neat design overall. Its amazing how smoothly that much rolling cantilevered weight can be made to run if set up and adjusted properly.

Photo 1:

Comments: Machine as purchased. The rust and peeling paint on the lower cabinet marks the "high water" mark of sawdust that was piled up around the saws cabinet. It didn't help that the saw was also sitting on a dirt floor wicking up moisture through the years.
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Comments: Front of saw as refurbished.
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Comments: Rear of saw as refurbished. I put a new top surface on but reused the sub-base that was original to the machine and in good condition. I did make a new fence and wedges also.
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