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Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-02-2016 04:19 AM 1246 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2016 04:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw bosch 4100

Just about all finished with my Unisaw tear down and re-build. Now the next question: sell the bosch 4100 or keep it? I think I want to keep it as it’s been my trusted friend for these 4 years and it has it’s uses. But if it keep where, where to store it? I could store it out of the way here or there, could purchase the gravity stand, or….. why not into the right extension wing of the Unisaw? I have no plans to install a router there (a future dedicated Norm router table or such). Would be handy to have a 2nd saw right there for small cuts, left tilt cuts, dado’s etc. Filling in the open spaces might be the challenge. I have a habit of doing Frankenstein projects, some I regret, some I am proud of. Thought to pose this question out to the public to see what I am missing. And yes, it does fit. Wouldn’t be able to use the Bosch fence as it would not fit between the Unisaw rails.

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 04:45 AM

That would be really interesting to see, Now you can cut your project time in half, making two cuts at once!

(For obvious reasons, don’t run and /or operate two table saws at once)

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 04:49 AM

I tried finding something similar via google search, but it was always a router dropped into the extension wing, or dual-saw setups like PM66 side by side. Might be a reason why this would be a bad idea :) Opening the motor door could become a problem. But how often is that done?

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 07:54 AM

Biggest challenge is aligning the miter slots, making them parallel, but yeah go for it. You know how handy that would be to have a saw on your saw?

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 11:42 AM

Neat idea. I’ve seen other dual saw setups…most use similar or identical saws so that the tables mate up perfectly. Filling the gaps shouldn’t pose major obstacles to you. Are the Bosch rails removable?

You might even consider building a flip table for it, so you still have the option of a large smooth surface when you’re not using it.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 12:50 PM

Interesting concept

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 12:50 PM

If you’re looking to align the miter slots on the Bosch with the blade on the Unisaw, that would be a project I don’t know I would take on. But I can see the benefits – and drawbacks. Does the riving knife on the Bosch drop down below the table? If you have to remove the Bosch rails, which it seems you would, how do you use a fence? The Unisaw? Probably.
Daunting, and for my money, not that much gain. I’d put it on a separate table as a smaller dedicated tool. Maybe set it up to do something you do often, maybe a dado blade? Kind of like how pen makers set up small bandsaws with a jig to cut blanks the correct length all the time.

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 02:32 PM

seems it would make it difficult to access motor.

Besides that theres no way you will get enough benefit to justify doing it.

And its just plain corney, why would you want to insult the unisaw ?

Just put it at the curb and someone may just take it away for you.

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 02:41 PM

“Just put it at the curb and someone may just take it away for you.”

Was that a joke?

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 03:15 PM

I wouldnt. It would make the Uni run away from home. I can see just placing it on the unis table is making it un easy.

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#10 posted 02-02-2016 04:05 PM

You may be better served by putting the router there and putting the second saw in a rolling bench. No alignment issues that way.

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 07:40 PM

The more I think, the more I do not believe it would work, or too involved. I do not believe the riving knife fully retracts 100%, alignment would be an issue, etc. I can not do another roll around stand as I am running out of real estate. Might just “store” it under the extension wing and pull it out when needed. Certainly easier that way. Dunno, I have lots of time to think :)

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#12 posted 02-02-2016 08:30 PM

Do you really think you will be pulling the saw out to use it very often or will it sit there and gather dust?

You say that the saw has been your “trusted friend” for four years. Why not sell it at a fair price and allow someone else to have an entry level saw to begin their woodworking hobby? I gave my old Delta contractor saw and a Delta planer to two younger friends who are raising families and who don’t have a lot of cash to spend on themselves. Those older tools are still turning out projects. Makes me feel good to know that they are still being used.

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#13 posted 02-02-2016 08:44 PM

Kaz… it would be “handy” to have a dedicated dado saw, working on small pieces, left tilt cut, the existing safety items (riving knife, blade guard, pawls). It is an option right now to sell it or keep it. I am undecided but really leaning towards keeping it. Pro’s and con consideration week for me.

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#14 posted 02-02-2016 08:49 PM

Keep it for awhile and see if you use it, if not, sell it. If you use it often enough, reconsider whether it’s worth your time to add it to the extension table. All you need to align the miter slots is a sled-like contraption with parallel runners.

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#15 posted 02-02-2016 09:34 PM

Why is everyone telling him to give it away or sell it? That wasn’t the question and it’s nobodies business if he has two saws or twenty.

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