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Forum topic by Bothus posted 09-17-2009 04:24 PM 1441 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bothus

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09-17-2009 04:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I just bought a Unisaw built in 1993. It is a 3hp 220V single phase.

It has a 50” Unifence and a HTC roller base. Other than that I’m not sure what it has.

It has been in storage in our shop for a couple of years.

I plan to get it all tuned up before I bring it home and would appreciate all the help and advice you guys can offer.

I will post pictures as soon as I can.

I haven’t brought it home yet because… well if you saw my workshop post you’ll understand.

I need make room in the garage.

I will be giving my old craftsman table saw to my son which worries me. He has always been a little accident prone. I remember that Christmas when we gave him his first Boy Scout pocket knife. I’ll never forget the image of him standing at the top of the stairs holding his thumb and saying “Dad, I think I need to go to the hospital.”

Needless to say his mom is a little concerned as well.

I am going to try to get him to take a woodworking class with me at the local community college. They are big on safety there.

But, I digress. I’ll post more about the Unisaw when times permits. In the mean time I look forward to your comments.

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J

From Unisaw

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 04:35 PM

safety safety safety.

I think the first step at being safe is understanding the dangers, and how to stay away from them – however, I know I’d be concerned too about the safety of my child… good luck – it would be nice to be able to share the woodworking experience with a loved one.

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

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 06:35 PM

Have him don some goggles and then set it up for a little kickback action. One taste of a board hitting you in the groin at 100mph+ will teach him all he needs to know :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Bothus

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 07:14 PM

Ha. I see your point but how about if you do that with your son and just send me a video? LOL.

I know won’t it won’t really be a “lesson” for him but still…

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J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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kerflesss

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 05:21 AM

Congrats on your new toy! You’re sure to get loads of help from fellow CJ’s.
In so far as my 3 kids (my daughter included), I introduced them to woodworking on the jointer. Mentored them to RESPECT all machines and especially any area painted red is the place to use push sticks if they had to go near. I impressed them, to make a point, with a half inch dowel run down the cutter and disappearing in seconds. They have never forgotten it and still have all digits.

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 05:56 AM

I would take a good look and listen to the arbor and motor bearings. It appears the saw has been used a lot and as you stated also been in storage. It is starting to near the 20 yr mark and the bearings might and probably should be replaced. Both are easily done and shouldnt take anymore than an hour or so to complete.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Bothus

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 03:03 PM

Good idea with the dowel. I just need to get a jointer first… and a child that would be impressed by something I did. LOL.

Thanks for the suggestion about replacing the bearings Ken. It sounds like a good idea but I have no idea where to buy replacement bearing or how to replace them. Any suggestions?

I have started a blog for this project. I posted quite a few more pix on there and some videos as well.

There is a video of it running. It wasn’t as loud as I expected but it wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped.

Click HERE to get to the blog.

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J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 05:48 PM

If you dont have the original owners manual for the saw one is available from Delta. www.dewaltservicenet.com The bearinge are fairly easy to replce. However, it will take a little elbow grease and removal of the top. There are also places out there that sell remanufactured arbors with an exchange, kinda like getting a new alternator for your car. When I remember where they are I will post it. If you want to tackle the replacement yourself the bearings are aviailable through a number of suppliers. www.accuratebearing.com is probably the best. I would call and order the bearings there. As for the motor, here is a good place to start,http://wiki.owwm.com/Baldor%20Motor%20Repair.ashx.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 07:53 PM

Hi Ken,

Thanks for all the good info. I’m going to get a manual right now.

I think will replace the bearings as well.

How would I know if I needed a new arbor? I’d prefer to keep the original but not if there is something wrong with it.

Thanks,

;;
J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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MedicKen

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 09:28 PM

The arbor is usually not a problem. Just the bearings in it. If you are so inclined you can replace it as a package deal with bearings installed as I mentioned earlier. One thing to look out for would be damage to the arbor flange and nut, screw where the blade attaches. If they are in good shape, bearings should suffice.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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