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Unisaw Rehab #6: Belts On and First Finish Coat Done!

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Blog entry by Don Broussard posted 08-05-2013 11:51 PM 1989 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: More Effort into Cleaning the Top Part 6 of Unisaw Rehab series Part 7: Reassembly and Test Cut »

Short update on the Unisaw Rehab project.

Picked up a matched set of belts for the Unisaw today.

They are Jason A26 (4L280) belts.

Ran some steel wool over the primer coat, blew and wiped it off, then applied one coat of Rustoleum Smoke Gray rattle can. My preference was for Machine Gray, but that was not available. Note that I did not paint the internal mechanism.

Plan for tomorrow is to polish up the hand wheels. I picked up some metal and aluminum polish today. I’ll put that on after I’ve sanded the hand wheels to my satisfaction.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:02 AM

That Refurbishment is REALLY coming along great! Just one step at a time and you’ll be there with a super machine.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 12:08 AM

Thanks, Russell. Now if I could only find a cast iron motor cover . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 06:31 PM

looking great. I can’t figure out why somone can’t make a cast aftemarket motor cover. There’s got to be enough demand ofr it right? I dunno. I’m enjoying the progress. You just keep moving forward!

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 06:37 PM

@Hokie—Thanks. This project still doesn’t feel like work! As for the motor cover, Renovo makes an aftermarket cover (see it here) for $249. There are also plastic and fiberglass options for about $90 and $130 respectively. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do for a motor cover yet, but I’m thinking I’ll either make a wooden cover or leave it open.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 08-08-2013 07:27 PM

Wont be long till your making some chips!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 07:34 PM

Thanks, Maur. I put the top back on this morning and aligned it with the blade. I need to put a bit more attention into cleaning the top properly. I should be ready to make a test cut this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 08:23 PM

I just picked up another Unisaw (pre-1941) that like yours has a 1725rpm RI motor and wanted to see if the 4L280 belts you installed worked out well for you. Did they fall right into the middle of adjustment allowing easy installation and plenty of room for further tensioning as they wore or would you have chosen a different size now that they have a couple years on them? Yes I know this thread is old.

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 09-16-2015 10:30 PM

I didn’t have any issues at all with that matched set. I’m still running that same belt set now and have not made any adjustments since their installation over 2 years ago.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 09-17-2015 05:13 PM

Thanks for the info, I was worried responding to a 2+ year old blog that it might not be seen.

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 09-17-2015 06:05 PM

Apparently, items that are created by the author are automatically put in the author’s Pulse, so I saw your posting right after you posted. Good feature, especially for older posts.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 09-17-2015 06:48 PM

I’d say so, thanks again.

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