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DeWalt Products Co.
Leola, PA; Lancaster, PA; Towson, MD

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Radial Arm Saw
Machine Size: 1/2 HP, 8"
Submitted By: Stanton Gragg
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: MBC Rel. 202
Date of Manufacturer: Unknown
Serial Number: 163306
Last Updated 2/2/2009 1:21:50 PM

Didnt really need one, but wanted one. You know what I mean. Saw plenty of people on the OWWM website rave about their older model DeWalt RASs. I searched high and low here in the metro Kansas City area and couldn't find one. Most of the DeWalts for sale seemed to be east of the Mississippi River.
As I was searching the auction sale bills in the spring of 2006, I found an auction advertising a DeWalt radial arm saw. But when I got there, it was a HUGE 16", 3-phase saw that I couldn't possibly use.
Not too long after that, another auction just listed a radial arm saw along with several other tools. Thought I'd go and check it out; not even getting my hopes up for a DeWalt. When I arrived, my jaw dropped, there staring back at me was this nasty, green, speckled DeWalt RAS.
Trying to hold back my enthusiasm and not look too interested (you never know who youll be bidding against later on), I found and asked the owner about the saw. Everything worked, all the knobs were intact, there was an 8" sanding disc and several other pieces that went with it. When the auctioneer finally made it over to the saw, it was just one other guy and me. He quit bidding at $65, I got it for $70. I didnt realize it at the time, but in another box of tools was the saber saw attachment; missed that one.
Stripping all the old paint off wasn't fun, but necessary due to fading and wear. It didn't appear that I could just paint over the old stuff. Then I battled with the decision: repaint it per the original (which I wasn't crazy about) or repaint it a color that would match other tools in my shop. The latter won out. Painted it Craftsman gray for a base color, then used Plasti-Kote Stone Touch Manhattan Mist as a top coat. Came out great! Sorry to all you bone-fide restoration enthusiasts, but it works just as well painted gray as it would have being green. I use a Freud 8" LU83R008 thin kerf blade and the 1/2 HP motor is whisper quiet. Cuts like a dream. Built a "Mr. Sawdust" table as well.

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Comments: Left side w/ new "Keep Saw Sharp" tag.
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Comments: New base cabinet with extra storage.
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Comments: Right side.
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