I've come across a Dewalt MBC REL 21 radial arm saw, serial number 139329 at what seems like a decent price. I used my Dewalt Black and Decker RAS tons until it went tango uniform the other day, and from what I've read, the OLD Dewalts are the way to go. I've done some cursury reading on the Mr. Sawdust and OWWM sites, but was hoping to get some help with some specific questions:
What do the REL #s signify? Is one more desirable than another? Is there one to avoid?
About all I know to check is to see whether the blade spins smoothly and for a long time (bearings good), and that it turns on. What other kinds of things should I check?
Are there any other things I should consider? For those of you that own or have owned one, what would you have liked to know before purchasing yours?
Thanks in advance for your help. I hope it still stays available long enough to get some answer to these questions!