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Unisaw #5: VFD mounting, T2 fence and nursing homes

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Blog entry by barecycles posted 805 days ago 1652 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Odd title I know, but bear with me here.

My wife and I are in the home stretch with our utility room remodel so have been able to get my workshop back into some semblance of order. I’ve also been able to mount my VFD to the wall and get the Unisaw in place with the T2 fence mounted. The workshop is still in disarray until this remodel is completed so I cannot get to a lot of my equipment just yet. However, life has introduced another wrinkle that we are dealing with.

My 87 year old mother who has been confined to a bed for the last 9 months is probably on her way to a nursing home and I’m having a hard time coming to grips with that.

You see, my brother and his wife, me and my wife have been caring for mom these last 9 months. Basically I stay with her every morning while he works then in the afternoon once he is done I go to work. All the in-between-times both our wives take care of her.BTW, you really know you’ve married an angel when you see your wife tend to your own mother’s basic needs. It really takes all 4 of us to make this work. A few weeks ago my sister-in-law’s cancer returned and now we just cannot provide the necessary care for mom that she needs.

So, the whole business of getting her to a facility that can take care of her is so depressing. In fact, that is how I spent most of Mother’s Day weekend, trying to find a place that we all feel comfortable having mom stay. It is during these “low” times I like to escape to the workshop and a little therapy but as I said I can’t do much until the remodel is complete.

Below are some pictures of what I have been able to do recently.

Here’s the VFD mounted with the disconnect switch.

Here are the Unisaw’s electrical guts that have been replaced by the VFD.

Here’s the T2 fence mounted. I love the fence! And I love the saw! I’ve made a few cuts with it and all I can say is, 3HP/3 phase power is a lovely thing!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas



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b2rtch

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#1 posted 805 days ago

Looking nice, I should have my ShopFox fence the day after tomorrow.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 805 days ago

Wow! I love seeing some high quality electronics dedicated to an old battleship. Having 3ph really opens up a lot of opportunities on the vintage industrial used market. I’m terribly jealous. I hope to find, restore, and share a massive Oliver one of these days:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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barecycles

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#3 posted 805 days ago

Thanks Al, as long as I made someone jealous I’m happy! (just kidding).

Look forward to seeing you bring an Oliver back to life once you find one. I’ll bet there’s one out there with your name on it.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#4 posted 805 days ago

nice!
I did the same with my 3ph lathe. those 3ph motors are really smooth and quiet.

On a note of safety though – I see you have your on-off switch on the wall. How about rewiring it to a paddle-lock type switch near the front of the saw so that you can shut the saw off quickly and hands free in the case of emergency?

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

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#5 posted 805 days ago

PurpLev, thanks for the concern. I gave this a lot of thought before wiring the saw.

Actually that wall switch you see is only for the VFD…basically a disconnect. I wanted to be able to kill power to it w/o having to go to the breaker each time. I still have the original Rockwell On/Off switch on the Unisaw running from the low voltage terminals of the VFD that controls the saw operation.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#6 posted 804 days ago

Feel for you. I went through a similar experience with my 80 year mom last year. 4 years ago, we moved her out to the east coast to be with us, as she was living alone in Las Vegas and her health started to decline. She spent 9 months at our house, which was quite the rough time. She was used to the night life of vegas and her hours were backwards from ours. That, and she was mostly deaf, with the TV full volume during the night made for some tense times. We got lucky and found a semi-assited living, where she did great for about 3 years. Then her health went south fast and they discovered cancer in 4 internal organs (lungs, liver, kidney and adrenal gland). We got her moved to a hospice, where she passed about a month later (last september). Missed her terribly on Mothers day this year.

Keep up the hope, and know that you have done all in your power to care for her. In the end, that counts for a whole lot.

crashn

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

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#7 posted 803 days ago

Oh good to hear that!

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

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#8 posted 803 days ago

Thanks crashn…means a lot.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#9 posted 794 days ago

You’ll have to excuse my ignorance. But could someone explain this setup to me. Never seen it before???

-- What you put in determines what you get out.

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#10 posted 794 days ago

WalnutRidge: I’d be happy to do that. You may also want to look at my review of the Teco VFD here.

Basically, the reason for my use of a VFD is to be able to power my Unisaw which has a 3 phase motor. Since I only have single phase power at my house (as most residences do), I need to “convert” that single phase power to 3 phase. One way to do that is with a Variable Frequency Drive. It inputs the 240v single phase power from my service panel and using a rectifier, electronics, smoke, mirrors and a little pixie dust it outputs 240v 3 phase power. Granted some of that explanation may be incorrect.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#11 posted 787 days ago

I have heard of those. There’s a guy at work that uses something like that to power a big metal lathe. Very interesting setup. Thanks for explaining to the simple minded!http://lumberjocks.com/barecycles/blog/30007#

-- What you put in determines what you get out.

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