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I have an older (manual copyright 1962) Craftsman 10" Radial

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I have an older (manual copyright 1962) Craftsman 10" Radial Arm Saw. The arm won't lock into place after a 'left/right' swing. Haven't been able to figure out how to engage the locking mechanism. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
The handle on top of the arm controls the lock. When you pull it back you can move the arm . It sutomatically locks when you release the handle.
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
The parts rarely break but they do get stuck .
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
The spring mechanism is on the far end from the handle.
Removeing the indicator off the top of the arm support may give you enough access to spray some WD 40 into the nechanism. If that does not work you will have to remove the arm outer cover ( but not necessarily the arm) to check for stuck or broken parts.
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Sonetimes spraying up under the arm at the support will loosen things up without taking anything apart
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/00041352-00005.png
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Your arm assembly should be similar to this one

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