Got the cast iron top off the Unisaw today. Tons of sawdust. I took that as a good sign meaning that it works still. I won’t know that until I get my house rewired for 230v. I’m not sure how much refurbishing I will have to do to this thing. Everything on it seems to move smoothly and the only thing wrong with it so far is cosmetic. I thought about taking it all the way apart and running each piece through a sonic cleaner but now that is seeming ridiculous. The pulley’s are shiny and looked machined not cast which was a nice surprise. The motor turns without any noise when I turn it manually. Also a good sign.
The belts are totally gone. Cracked ever 3/4 inch and dried up and one belt is missing. I’ve started reading around and it seems as though there is a on going war about link belts and unisaws as well as matched sets. I don’t know who to believe. Some say the unisaw can run on just 1 belt. I’m gonna have to wait on that one.
I’m on the lookout for a dust chute now to install at the bottom of the base of the saw. There is a little cut out that seems to take a dust chute but I’m not sure where to get one. Also, would it be over kill to add a second dust chute to this saw?
Looking at the Delta 1.5HP DC since it’s in my price range and has a ton of good reviews.
Oh yeah, forgot, I picked up a Biesemeyer 52” fence system from craigslist today. Got it for 225 and it’s in great shape. A lot better shape than the unifence that came with this saw is in. I felt a little bad that I paid more for the bies than I did for the saw though.
-- Joe Kwon