A friend who made a lot of furniture as a hobby recently passed away. He
never used a table saw. He had a Wards Powerkraft 10" radial arm saw that had
outputs for router and shaper blades. His wife has asked me to value his shop
equipment. I am having a tough time with this one. It is old but in good
shape with all the attachments (as near as I can tell) and the original
instruction/parts manuals. Any input would be appreciated.
I'm thinking that Wards gave up the PowrKraft Name in about 1958..
so what you may have here is "Junk. " or an "antique$$$"
the good thing about some of that Old stuff is that it was made in America
using Standard bearings. brushes, etc.. I just re-built my Powrkraft lathe
headstock complete for $10.00
Quite a few, at least until they went bust. My brother and I went in together
on a Powrkraft RAS in '79 or so.
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in
America." William J. Clinton
I have no idea how long the name lasted but it was until much later
than 1958. I purchased my PowerKraft radial arm saw from Wards in
I have no idea of the value, but I know that mine stays in alignment
much better that some heavy RAS used by school shops.
Gregory Jensen wrote:
I have and use a MW PowrKraft which I bought used several years ago. It
does all I ask of it. I wouldn't let mine go for less than $150.00 if I
ever found the need to sell it. Your local market for such an item may
dictate a different price, but that should be about the neighborhood for
re. email, I have no equal
Wow I got mine for five bucks well actually when I told the gentleman
how far I drove, he gave it to me. Granted it wouldnt move up or down
due to the head being stuck and that it was very bumpy on the radial
part (fore and aft) but the motor turned and was really loud!!! Well a
couple of smartly place blows with a hammer and wd40 took care of the
stuck part and a quick reface on the arm had it moving extremely
smooth. Now where can I get a 7/16 collet set up so I can put some
router bits on this puppy :) Wouldnt trade this for anything. It makes
great cuts and has gotten me out of a couple of jams.
Think Doug got a new one a couple years back, so maybe he'll chime in. If
not, drop a note back here and I'll swap a picture of Lincoln for my used
Now where can I get a 7/16 collet set up so I can put some
On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 22:16:23 -0800, Sean Robbins wrote:
It's a 15/16" thread on the high speed spindle. My PowrKraft RAS went TU
about a month ago, so I can part with the router collet and the shaper
spindle. The router collet is for 1/4" shank bits and the shaper spindle
takes 1/2" shaper cutters. Send me an email if you're interested.
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