Restoring old Unisaw

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Forum topic by MikeUT posted 02-14-2016 06:11 AM 516 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2016 06:11 AM

I found an old unisaw on my local CL and I hope to pick it up tomorrow or Monday. I am not sure but from what I can tell it looks like it is from the mid-50’s. The guy says everything is smooth but that the motor has recently started acting anemic and is having torque issues. I want to make sure that I account for the cost of restoring it. Are old motors like that fixable? If not, I’ll have to factor in a new motor. From what I’ve heard these old saws are gems, are they really worth it?

Any tips on what to look for, or more specific, are there any problems that I need to look for that would make it not worth taking on?

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 06:14 AM

Post model #, serial #, and motor type and the information will come. Love my old uni.

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 06:35 AM

Yes, the motors are fixable and not very difficult to do. Just check for missing/broken stuff as that is what will wind up biting you in the wallet. And yes, they are IMO worth it. Much more saw than the imported plastic and beer can thin sheet metal things they are selling today.


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#3 posted 02-14-2016 01:01 PM

I have a mid 90’s Unisaw and a much older (pre 1941) Unisaw and believe it or not for some reason I like the older one better. Chalk it up to nostalgia or just the way it looks but it’s a really great saw and not that different from the newer one. Motors can be fixed, more often than not needed cleaned and possibly bearings. Check it over for an crack cast iron parts, those can be fixed but repair or replacement can turn a good deal into not a good deal pretty quick. When you get it up and running you’ll love it!

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