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Forum topic by Gerbah_from_Boston posted 12-03-2015 02:12 AM 593 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerbah_from_Boston

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12-03-2015 02:12 AM

Title says it all. I need one, can make one but don’t want to and have an itch I can’t reach, but that’s not really for this forum. Anybody know where to get one? Ok, I lied, I’m open to plans for one as I understand for some reason their are 1000’s of unisaws out there and only 1 motor cover. So to summarize, purchase is better, Make is Ok, not having one sucks. Well, actually it doesn’t suck at all which is my dust collection conundrum. Thanks.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 02:22 AM

No, there isn’t only 1 motor cover. What year is your Unisaw? Older ones with the bullet motor used a cast iron ‘goose egg’ cover. Newer ones used a rectangular shaped one, some with sloped bottoms, some not, others shorter with vents, some hinged, some bolted on, etc… depending on year. You can try to find an OEM one, and there are various reproduction ones (usually out of plastic) as well.

I just made one for mine. 1/2” plywood that was used as the base and secured to the cabinet, and the cover made out of 1/4” plywood and attached to the base with cleats so it could be easily lifted off. The choice of which way to go is up to you, how much time you want to spend looking for one, and how much you are willing to pay (the OEM goose egg covers are pretty rare in the wild and their price reflects that).

Cheers,
Brad

PS: If you are looking for an OEM one, the suggestion in your other thread is the best way to go… check the BOYD (Bring Out Your Dead) buy/sell/trade section over at the OWWM site. Or keep an eye out on e-bay.

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

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Gerbah_from_Boston

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 02:35 AM

Thanks MrUnix. I’ll check out those options. It’s a 1985 beast of rock solitude. Not sure if that takes a neon spandex cover, plastic or metal but I’ll take anything that does the job as long as its not me doing it. Shop time is limited and I’d rather build furniture.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 02:41 AM

Then you need a rectangular one… if you don’t specifically want a real OEM one, you can get a plastic reproduction one, such as this one on e-bay.

I understand the not wanting to make one your self… for me, I also needed to make an enclosure for a VFD, so it just became a two-fer… and it only took me a day to build… waiting for the paint to dry, now that was a different story :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Mine is an ‘83, so pretty much the same.

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

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 02:49 AM

I’m lazy so I used a large blue storage tote from Walmart. Cheap brand not the Rubbermaid.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Gerbah_from_Boston

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 09:32 PM

Awesome link to Ebay. Thanks. Going to check out the storage tote option first and if I cant sign off on the aestheics, I’ll go the Ebay route. Cheers.

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 12:46 AM

Wait, what?
89 bucks for that molded plastic cover on E-bay? Oh hells no!

Plastic tote (spring for the nicer (more sturdy) Rubbermaid one) and a rattle-can of black spray paint.

BOOM! Nailed it !

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