My dad is giving away his DeWalt 14″ radial arm saw.
This “vintage” model was last made in 1957. A $700 value on EBay, its free to anyone who can pick it up at the Jersey Shore.
Dad paid $75 for the saw in the late 1970s and has lugged it from the house I grew up in, to the downsized condo to the retirement house at the beach.
The radial saw was invented by Raymond DeWalt in 1922 in Leola, Pennsylvania. He sold the patent in 1925 and retired three years later.
DeWalt sold the patent to Paul Gardner who initially considered calling the company the Gardner Manufacturing Co., but decided his name was too generic.
According to his obituary, DeWalt started his career as a wagon maker at his father’s shop and then worked as a foreman in a planning mill in New Jersey. He invented the radial arm saw to make work easier.
DeWalt, who died in 1961, also invented a steam inhaler used to treat lung diseases and an electric rotary lawn mower. He wrote a book of poetry with a title that only an engineer could have come up with: “Poems by DeWalt.”
The radial saw was so innovative in its day that it replaced table saws and hand saws for crosscutting lumber and remained the standard solution for woodworking for five decades.
In 1960, the company was acquired by Black & Decker, which extended the DeWalt brand to other power tools. Meanwhile, the market for radial saws gradually shrank as people switched to less expensive and more portable miter saws in the 1970s.
Complicating my dad’s generous offer is the fact that the saw comes attached to an enormous bench which occupies much of the south side of the garage. The bench is 7 feet 5 inches long and 29 inches deep with a shelf of 43 inches.
Not included are all the recycled peanut butter jars balanced on the bench that are filled with nails and screws accumulated over the past 50 years, nor the wrenches, hacksaws, levels, planes and numerous other tools in the kit.
Think of the DeWalt radial saw like a rescue.
It needs a new, good home.
This is your chance.