Tool Refurb #3: Topless

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Blog entry by Joekwon80 posted 03-19-2012 07:15 PM 1545 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 07:59 PM

that fence will make that saw i think you made a good choice … good luck on the refurb i just did my first on a jointer … its addicting and a lot of fun. Enjoy your machine.

Edit: Welcome to the gang … and it seems like youve all ready got rule #1 down … No pics, it didnt happen.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 08:07 PM

Looks practically new inside. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 08:30 PM

Looks good, nice find on the fence!

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 12:49 AM

rockler, woodcraft all sell plastic dust chutes that should work fine. Flat plastic and a 4” hose adapter. should mount up just fine. I think a plywood cover for the front would also work fine.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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