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Dewalt/Black n decker Radial arm saw

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I just bought a 7730 model. It had the switch key in the key-way. I either broke it or it was already broke. I know there are workarounds, but I would like to get the key for this model. It's old (I don't know how old) I do know however, the key has been discontinued long ago.

Question Ant one know where I might get this part? I'm also pretty sure it was used for other models.

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Maybe this got posted in the wrong place?
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If the key is anything like the key to my Craftsman RAS almost anything will work.
I suggest you get some aluminum or tin stock and just cut you a new key with tin snips.
If you have any old luggage keys, they might work.
You just need something in an L shape that fits through the key hole that you can turn less than 1/4 turn. Probably a piece of coat hanger could be bent to work.
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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There are basic key types ....

Radial arms saws, in this case Craftsman, use a key shaped like this:


You can make this type of key from a small piece of flat metal creating the groove with a vise, chisel and hammer. Grind or file the shapes to suit ....

the parts manual is offered on ebay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-DECKE...IAAOSwy4hUSRxr

Unless you can find the exact same saw and switch, you won't have much luck. The switch is often a separate unit and IF you simply bypassed the safety portion, "hot wired" it you could still use the on/off switch normally...

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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Thanks Toolman50,
That is surely an option..BTW you obviously have that can- do spirit. Reminds me of my late Grandfather..Honest Earl!

woodnthings,
Thank you for the links..very much appreciated. My key is similar to the one you show, just longer..which is why it was so easily broken probably.:frown2:

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Private messenger..sorry I'm not allowed to respond yet, But thank you for your response. Very useful and very much appreciated.

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