How to Disassemble a Radial Arm Saw


A radial arm saw is versatile machine used for cutting long pieces of stock to length. It is a cutting machine that consists of a circular saw mounted on a sliding horizontal arm. It can be quite a tricky task if you have no idea how to go about this piece of machine.

The machine can be disassembled in order to allow you to do cleaning works and sanding of certain parts of the machine, plus also to add new coating or paint onto the saw. After being used for a long time, the radial arm saw will become worn and need to be repaired especially on certain parts of the machine. The machine can disassemble using screws and Allen bolts using simple basic tools that will take you at least two or three hours of time.

To disassemble a radial arm saw, you need:

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Allen wrench set
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Open-end wrench
  • Socket and ratchet wrench set

Disassembling a Radial Arm Saw

How to Disassemble a Radial Arm Saw

  • Firstly, you need to unplug the power cord of your radial arm saw machine from its power outlet before you start any task of disassembling of the radial arm saw.
    • Then, its end cap needs to be removed by unfastening its screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Put the cap in a safe place so that you will not lose or misplaced the cap.
  • Next, through the front of its arm you have to slide the yoke and carriage assembly off the saw. Once it is taken off, place them also in a safe place so that you will not lose or misplaced them.
    • You will also find four long screws that you need to unfasten from its motor housing by using Phillips-head screwdriver. Once done, you would be able to take its end covers off from the yoke assembly.
  • There are two screws that secure the top cover that you need to unfasten also using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Once finish unfastened the screw, you can remove the cover easily. Then, by using the Allen wrench, you can remove the three adjusting screws.
  • Then you have to loosen the screws that secure the scale marking piece also use the Phillips screwdriver before you can remove the scale off the machine.
    • Next in line is the bevel clamp that needs to be unfastened. Its bolts can be unfastened using the Phillips-head screwdriver in order for you to remove the bevel clamp.
  • The next part is the tension adjuster mechanism
    • Once you unscrew it you would be able to remove the part thus enabling you to loosen the king bolt right in the center of the roller head. You can use a flat-head screwdriver to loosen the king bolt and remove the roller head.
  • Then, you can take off the machine’s bearings from the roller head using an Allen wrench and proceed with the removal of the Allen screws and nuts at the bottom of the column using Allen wrench and an open-end wrench.
    • Next step is to unfastened three of the screws that hold the machine’s column key with the Phillips-head screwdriver.
    • After that, remove the nut that secures the column swing adjuster also with an Allen wrench.
  • Next, you would be able to slide the pin from the adjusting arm and take out the arm off the saw.
    • Using a flat-head screwdriver, you need to pry the ends of the motor off before you can unfasten the four screws that secure the cover plate on the motor. This can be done using the flat-head screwdriver.
  • Finally, you need to remove the column mount from the frame
    • You can do this by unfastening the bolts located at the back with a socket wrench while the front screws can be unscrewed with the flat-head screwdriver.

    Always remember that when you want to disassemble a radial arm saw

    • Always make sure that you unplug the power cord of the radial arm saw before you start to perform any disassembling work on the machine.

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