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alittleoff

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12-07-2015 08:05 PM

I guess my restoration is over. Had a friend to replace arbor bearings, and got it back today. A new one is 589.00 so I guess the saw will be sold for scrap or parts. I thought the bearings were good but decided to change them while I had it tore down, wish I’d left it alone. I’m sick.
Gerald


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 08:08 PM

Now just hold on there, Cowboy.

Go to OWWM and join. Then go to BOYD and place a want to buy and get one. No need to scrap the saw (unless its to me).

What year is it?

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 08:12 PM

Ouch.. hate when that happens! Looks like your buddy went gorilla on it with a press.

There is a complete arbor assembly over at OWWM for $140 delivered, already painted and complete with new bearings. But it might not last long :) They do turn up every now and then over there but typically don’t last long.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 08:14 PM

If you can snag that one at OWWM you’re in the driver’s seat. If you miss it you give Renovo a call and ask if they can help.

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 08:21 PM

Since he is at OWWM now and not watching we can talk.

Man, when I see a pic like that it makes guts hurt. I remember when…a fellow LJ and OWWMer told me he put a gear puller on the arbor bracket and pulled it off while it was still in the down position. SNAP. Man, it hurt to read that.
(You know who you are, Bro. I feel for you)

The good thing—yes there was one—It was the following day that I happened to need to pull my arbor bracket off during my uni restore. [he raises the blade…] Lesson learned.

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 08:21 PM

I’ll sure check as soon as I get home. I’m in line. Picking up my grandson right now.

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 08:48 PM

Great reason for doing the work yourself, so you are the only one to blame! You don’t really need any special tools, presses or other fancy equipment to replace bearings, even for those in that arbor. I’ve lost count of how many bearings I’ve replaced over the years, and have only used a press once (and even then, I really didn’t need it, just happened to have it sitting in front of me at the time). Most of the time, all you need is things you already have around the house – bench vice, c-clamps, wood dowels, PVC pipes, drift punches, soft blow hammer, etc…

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 09:42 PM

Well I tried to register on WOW site but haven’t got an email back from them yet, so I can’t sign in. Will any of those old unisaw parts fit. Mine is from around 1980 I was told. Serial no. LH 2649 model no. 34- 771 right tilt.
Gerald

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 09:59 PM

Just about

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 09:59 PM

Most any part from the late 30’s up until they changed the design (2007 IIRC) will fit – with just a few exceptions, and unless it is specific to the tilt, left or right. For example, a motor for a left tilt saw won’t work on a right tilt one. I’m a bit surprised you had not already joined the OWWM site, where you will find just about the largest accumulation of unisaw knowledge and experience on the planet – and the home of the owner of the oldest known unisaw to date. If you had, you might have found out how easy it is to change those bearings without cracking the bracket :)

Another great resource for them is the VintageMachinery site, which is considered the ‘mothership’ and houses all of the documents, knowledge base wiki and other information about most every vintage manufacturer and machine made in the US.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 10:22 PM

To throw an amen behind Brad, I studied the “how the rebuild a uni” for a month till I knew it forward and backward. It is on the motherships wiki. That’s just one of the great articles there. It is the first place I stop before I get another old machine just so I can have the manual, parts list and an exploded view. I could go on but you get the idea.

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alittleoff

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#11 posted 12-08-2015 12:23 AM

Everything I’ve done to it has been simple. I think it just had a weak spot in the casting, really don’t know. Ivery gone so far that it’s hard to quit now. I’ve got it about ready for paint and even bought a vfd for the motor, hooked it up and checked it out. I’ll try and find the part if I can and finish it, just ordered 3 new belts Saturday for it. I’ve spent enough. Maybe it will work out.
Gerald
Still can’t log in to owwm yet, I m waiting on their email.

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 12:30 AM

I think it just had a weak spot in the casting, really don t know.

Believe me, you aren’t the first to crack the arbor bracket in that exact same place. If not properly supported and/or too much force, it will break, right there, where yours came apart. The other common breakage, like already mentioned, is caused by forgetting to raise the arbor before taking it off the pivot shaft, and getting hung up on the trunnion bracket – a couple good whacks with a hammer or too much force on a puller and – snap.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#13 posted 12-08-2015 01:51 AM

There are 3 of them right now on ebay, ranging from $99.95 to $215. The cheap one needs cleaning up, and the most expensive one is nicely painted; you could ask the seller whether the bearings are new.

Type in Delta Unisaw arbor.

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#14 posted 12-08-2015 02:53 AM

Thanks so much for all the help, and especially Brad. I got in touch with the guy and he had already sold the one he had shown, but had three. He’s checking to make sure he has a right tilt but was sure he did. I should have it in a week or so if everything is on the up and up. He told me it would take a few days for him to pick up the new bearings and install them. So maybe I’ll be back to restoring instead of junking the saw.
Thanks gerald

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#15 posted 12-08-2015 03:06 AM

Another happy ending… and hopefully soon, another happy Unisaw user :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The guys over there are top notch… no need to worry about being on the ‘up and up’!

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

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