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mzimmers

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12-05-2015 05:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw splitter alignment

Hi, all -

I’m struggling with an issue with my Unisaw (a 36-L31X, about 8 years old). I bought it used a year ago.

The problem is the splitter isn’t parallel with the blade. It’s slightly clockwise if you’re looking down on the table. I’ve replaced the OEM splitter with the full Shark Guard setup (which I like), and the results are the same.

My owner’s manual doesn’t cover this issue, and it’s not obvious to me from looking at it what to do. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance…after taking a shot to the abdomen last week due to kickback, I want to get this fixed.

mz

-- M. Zimmers


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#1 posted 12-05-2015 06:01 PM

I’m no expert, but it sounds like your blade isn’t aligned with the saw. I would at least start with that issue first to make sure it’s parallel.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 12-05-2015 06:28 PM

The splitter angle should be adjustable. If you grab one of the older Unisaw manuals, it has the procedures on how to align the splitter to the blade and table, and involves a couple of screws and the eccentric rod that runs from the trunnion bracket to the back of the saw. I’d be more specific, but I have the disappearing splitter on mine, and my memory of adjusting the one like yours is a bit fuzzy :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: You can find quite a few older manuals over at the VintageMachinery site.

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

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mzimmers

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#3 posted 12-05-2015 07:00 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys. Charles: my blade indeed wasn’t too well aligned, but that is now fixed. On my saw you do this by moving the table, so that doesn’t affect the blade-to-splitter alignment anyway.
Brad: there’s nothing in my manual about that adjustment; maybe they consider it beyond the scope of the typical user. If I take the motor housing off, should I be able to see this eccentric rod?

-- M. Zimmers

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#4 posted 12-05-2015 07:11 PM

Brad: there s nothing in my manual about that adjustment; maybe they consider it beyond the scope of the typical user. If I take the motor housing off, should I be able to see this eccentric rod?

- mzimmers

That is why I suggested you look at an older manual (both the ones I have show the alignment procedure) and gave you a link to where you could find some. The rod protrudes out the back of the saw, not anywhere near the motor housing/cover. You can see it on the back in the little smiley face opening on the cabinet, and is what the splitter mount rides on IIRC. The manual describes the alignment procedure in pretty great detail (over a page long with pictures).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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mzimmers

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#5 posted 12-05-2015 07:27 PM

Oh, that rod. I think you’re talking about part 223 in the 3rd diagram on this page:

Unisaw Parts

That rod comes off when you go to the shark guard. I believe my problem is inside the cabinet. Still looking through the link you sent me for an explanation of that.

-- M. Zimmers

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#6 posted 12-05-2015 07:38 PM

LOL… well, I’m not familar with the shark guard, so you are on your own with that one! But for the stock guard that comes on the saw, the alignment procedure is still pretty well detailed in the older owners manual. Since you said the problem existed prior to the shark guard as well, I figured they were using the same mount points and would use the same alignment procedures. I would imagine that the documentation that comes with the shark guard would be similar (hopefully), or maybe you could contact them and ask.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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