Unisaw restoration #3: Unisaw completed

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 01-07-2010 09:13 PM 1977 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been using the unisaw for the past couple of months even though it was not “complete”. I did finally get around to finishing the saw yesterday and I must say it is awesome. In the previous pics you will notice that the dust door is missing, even though I have it. I had a new badge made to replace the one on the dust door and a new knob for the same. The badge and knob were installed on the door and the door installed on the saw. When I acquired the saw the metal floor that separates the cast iron plinth and the cabinet was missing. I built a new floor using 1/4” mdf and installed that yesterday as well. When I originally assembled the saw after bearing replacement and painting I used belts that I bought from NAPA, I was not happy at all with them. They were not close to being the same size even though they are marked as 4L260, 26” belt. I replaced them with Gates belts yesterday and all but eliminated any vibration in the saw. I also reconfigured a Delta mobile base and set the saw on it, I needed it to be somewhat mobile as I am working in the garage. The saw is powered with a TECO FM50 VFD which converts 220V single phase power to 3 phase. I must say 3ph is so much smoother than single phase. I am not able to add any pics right now as my camera died. I will get a new camera soon and add some pics. Ohhhhh…..the saw passed a dime test with flying colors!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 09:21 PM

Welcome tot he world of 3 phase, so much better you’ll look for ways of moving more things to it soon.

I’ll be buying a small VFD for my 17” Delta DP soon. Found an original 3phase delta motor for it.

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 10:14 PM

if theres no picture – it never happened ;)

congrats on the finished restoration. looking at the previous pics, I can only imagine how great it looks and work. you did a fantastic job on this one – I would love to do the same one day, but don’t think I have the patience for it.

3ph is a completely different world then 1ph. nice that you were able to keep it 3ph. how bulky is the VFD?, and how much space does it take? where did you position it?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 10:16 PM

Gotta see those pics. Glad to hear it’s delivering for you. I think it’s wonderful that some folks are saving these venerable machines which still have a lot of life left in them. Good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 04:20 AM

The VFD is small…about 6” square. I mounted it in a metal enclosure that is on the wall.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 04:57 AM

Good/Great job. Do you find yourself just sitting next to it and looking at it? I know that’s what I would be doing.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 01-08-2010 11:07 AM

I have found myself walking by and turning it on just to hear how quiet and smooth it is. This saw is so smooth, it blows my old Craftsman hybrid away.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 07:42 AM

Thats great, Ken.

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 09:05 AM

Can you tell me a bit about that extention for the router? I believe it’s a benchdog. is it the cast one or the phenolic top? also is it mounted to the table saw top only or do you have it bolted to the fence also?
I am jamed for room in a small garage and a router on the left side of my unisaw would work out real nice for me.

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