I just bought an old Craftsman Radial Arm Saw and want to know what sort of things I should do to prolong its life. It has a ball bearing motor, so i am wondering if I should lube it, should I lube the slide rail and pivots? There is some minor surface rust on the neck, should I hit this with steel wool then lube?
What type of lube do you recommend? Pic is attached to my pix here:
Besides lube I would check out brushes and replace ,most likely they are short and also get a short rubber 90 degree hose ant get the sawdust blowing out the side instead of you face. Last I would get a nice table for it.Other than that it looks like your ready to make some nice projects
Thanks guys, I did go through the manual. It says the following are NOT to be lubed: the carriage ball bearings. The motor Bearings (these are sealed ball bearings and require no added lubrication). Between the radial arm cap and the radial arm.
I am not sure what is what other than the motor bearings.... have to read the manual and memorize it I guess.
It goes on to say to "Periodically Lubricate These Points: Use SAE No. 10-30 Auto Engine Oil and refer to the Parts List for Locations.
Then it goes on to point out a few places to lube.
I am not sure about using motor oil on it since there have been major advances in lubrication technology in the past several years.
Then it does go on to CAUTION: Excessive oil at any location will attract dust particles and sawdust.
You have to love these old manuals.
According to the manual, I could buy accessories to go with this thing to attach to the non blade side of the motor to turn it into a router/drill press/sander. Kind of like an early Shop Smith.
I know most motors these days would have access ports built into the side of the motor housing for the brushes... an old motor like this... would I have to tear the motor down to replace the brushes? Take it to a Starter and Alternator rebuild business to get new brushes?
To keep sawdust from blowing at operator use a rubber elbow. this can be obtained at a auto parts store. Measure OD of sawdust discharge port. buy a radiator hose of proper ID to match OD with a 90 degree bend in hose. A good fiction fit will allow to position discharge direction.