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Posted on New to me Unisaw - any problem areas?

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 01:13 AM

Scott, first let me say a big welcome to Lumberjocks.

Second, a very big congradulations on the great deal, at 185.00 that is a good deal.

I am no electrician but it appears Grandpa might have given you the answer you are looking for. I have never read or heard anyone ever running a 3 phase motor on single phase power.

I currently have a PM 20” bandsaw and a PM66, both are 3 phase motors. And neither of those machines are in service at this time. As budget will allow I fully intend on swapping out the motors on both of those machines, starting with our PM66. The motor will cost me around 380.00 shipped for a brand new Leeson for the PM66 where-as utilizing a phase converter might cost around 150 to 200. But the motor on my PM66 does not look nearly as clean as the motor on your Unisaw and so for the extra 200 – 250 bucks I can be rest assured that the new motor should give me several years of service to come. And as far as I know, the motor on my PM66 might not even work, although it probably does. But since my motor is a 1985 how many years will it have left.

So on future purchases you might ask the seller or check for yourself on the phase. Anyway you go, I still believe you scored an excellent deal.

Oh, and if I am not mistaking, your stock fence is the older style pipe fence. If it is, I just wanted to say that the pipe fence that came with our 80s model PM66 has a 50” cross cut capacity and actually works way better then I had anticipated. I am currently using that pipe fence on a 3 hp Grizzly cabinet saw we have in our shop. I probably will never upgrade that fence as it will remain with the Grizzly.

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