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Forum topic by Stewbot posted 10-03-2015 12:38 AM 988 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2015 12:38 AM

Well I’ve been looking to upgrade my current jobsite table saw and so I picked up a junior Unisaw., circa 1950. I couldn’t pass up this charming little machine, so I kind of just went for it. If it is the original motor (I haven’t torn into it much yet) than I believe it is either a 3/4 or 1hp motor? Regardless it sounds beastly but seems to be running smooth for a saw this old. Everything is in fair shape and I think it should serve me well for a while.

I have not found any information so far, but was wondering if indeed an aftermarket splitter or riving knife can be purchased for this saw. I know it didn’t see many years of production so I am assuming it probably won’t, but I know this is the place to inquire further about that.

Any other info would be greatly appreciated about what I just got myself into… ;)

PS, I’ll post pictures soon, but don’t have any available yet.

-- Hoopty scoop?


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#1 posted 10-03-2015 02:33 AM



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PS, I ll post pictures soon, but don t have any available yet.

- Stewbot

Yes, please, pictures! Really curious about it. If it’s a Junior Unisaw, perhaps there’s a chance that the dimensions of the relevant parts for mounting aftermarket splitter or guard are the same as the standard Unisaws.

Also, you could check the vintage machine forums—owwm is one. Perhaps Google “vintage woodworking forum” and see what pops up. Those folk are usually dedicated and pretty friendly.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 02:56 AM

Congrats and I agree with ForestGrl, look around for a manual and other information

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 06:08 PM

Thank you both for the replies. Good point forestgirl, I’ll have to look into that. Looks like the motor is original. Overall its a bit more rough than the picture shows in regards to the cabinet including some ‘aftermarket’ holes etc the original owner created but generally is in pretty good shape. So far I’ve just cleaned it out, blew out a lot of the saw dust, oiled the moving parts and treated the cast top a bit.

Attached is a photo of a part that I believe held the original blade guard (which it did not come with), I’m wondering if that could be an attachment point for a aftermarket splitter.

And lastly, the only damage I’ve seen that may need to be addressed soon is a cracked arbor washer. Im assuming/wondering if this is a generic part I can just order that doesn’t neccesarily need to come from this saw specifically but only needs to fit the 5/8 arbor?

Thanks for reading, any thoughts suggestions are appreciated.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 06:32 PM

The generic model number for that saw is 34-260… add extension wings and the guard and it becomes a 34-265 which is what yours looks like. AFAIK, the only parts it shares in common with the Unisaw is the hand wheels and pinion gears for the raise/tilt mechanisms. Everything else I believe is specific to that machine except for the obvious hardware store items. The arbor flange washer should be generic as well.

Manual can be found here: http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=541
(Other documents/brochures can be found here)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 10-03-2015 06:42 PM

Thanks a lot Brad, I appreciate the info.

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#6 posted 10-03-2015 07:47 PM

Stewbot, if you post the measurements of the square part where the splitter connected, and the width and length of the throat, we can compare it to Unisaw (of which I have 1). You can always make a splitter for a shop-made throat insert (a rod or a flat one). Pair that with an overhead blade guard (such as a PSI) and you have protection and dust collection, but it’s still easily moved out of the way for non-through cuts.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#7 posted 10-04-2015 08:25 PM

Thanks for the link forestgirl. Measurements of the part pictured: 1 7/16” wide 2” tall. Throat is: 10 15/16” x 3 9/16”. I’m gonna email that company I’ve heard about that makes aftermarket splitters etc. and see if they’ve got something that might fit, if not something compatible with a more popular unisaw. I’ve never seen a homemade splitter, I look into that. In the mean time I’ve just been trying to dial everything else in.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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