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Forum topic by MikeUT posted 02-22-2016 04:59 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MikeUT

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02-22-2016 04:59 AM

The last little while I have been itching to get a new table saw. Actually, I have been itching for an old table saw. I see old unisaws and the like restored and it makes me very jealous. I love restorations and I have been wanting an upgrade from my Porter Cable jobsite saw. Last week I saw a pretty good deal on a 50’s unisaw that needed some work on the motor. I set up a time to meet with the guy but then he sold it from under me. All week I felt sorry for myself and felt violated. On friday night a similar saw came up. It was listed for $150!

He was a good ole farmer who got it from his grandpa and just wanted it out of his shop. I would have paid him the $150 but the fence was missing parts so we agreed on $125. It is pretty rusty but everything but the fence is in good working order.

From the serial number plate it looks like the saw was made around 1945. The motor purrs like a kitten. I do need to replace the belts but that is easy. I need to get the rust off the table and the sides. I haven’t decided yet but I will probably repaint it as well. It is missing the front cover and the bubble but from what I’ve seen that is pretty common. It is also missing the cover plate for the switch.

Does anyone out there have this fence on their old saw? Can anyone show me the parts for the clamp-down portion of the fence so I know what to look for? I am excited to get it up and going. Oh, and I will be able to sell my job site saw for more than I paid for this one so I will be like making money on the situation.


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#1 posted 02-22-2016 05:08 AM

Those are the rails for a Jet-lock fence (or it might have been an older micro-set fence which uses the same rails)... you can find them for sale at places like e-bay or go over to OWWM and check out the BOYD (buy/sell/trade) area. Alternatively, you can try to find a complete system to bolt on, like a Unifence or Biesemeyer. Same with the goose-egg motor cover and dust door… or you can make your own pretty easily.

Somewhere in some remote part of the Universe, there is a pile of those dust doors and motor covers (along with pork chop guards from jointers) just waiting to be found. Whoever does will become an instant millionaire :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 05:09 AM

Jet lock fence. Some love and some hate it. Never used one myself as mine came with an older bies. Wouldn’t know where to get one besides eBay.

You practically robbed the man. Shame on you.

I’d have tried to get him to $100 :)

Good for you.

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

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 05:32 AM

This is the fence. I just need the guts. This photo also shows the elbow grease I’ve put in so far.

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 05:38 AM

That’s an older micro-set fence (pre-cursor to the Jet-lock). You might have better luck finding a complete fence rather than trying to find all the internal bits for that one.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 05:39 AM

Here are a few pics of the motor badge and serial number plate.

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 08:36 AM

I had a fence like that on a Rockwell contractor’s saw. Hated it. Couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. Made my own T-square fence, which worked okay. I would suggest any T-square fence—Biesemeyer, Shop Fox, Grizzly, etc.

The Unisaw is a great saw. You’ll really like it when you get it set up.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 10:18 AM

If you can find a unifence that’s what I’d be putting on it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 12:17 PM

Awesome, and a second that you look for a complete replacement….the Unifence would be at the top of my list.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 12:25 PM

+1 to the Unifence option. I have an old Uni and it has the same fence as your’s, but complete. It works well enough but as soon as i find a reasonable price for a lightly used Unifence, it will have one.

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#10 posted 02-22-2016 01:46 PM

I also had that fence on a Rockwell contractors saw and it was useless, everytime you moved it I had to measure fence to miter guage slots front to back to TRY and get it square by banging the end one way or the other.
New to me Unisaw has a Biesemeyer and its a joy to use, months of use later im still amaized that I can just set it on the scale and go.

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MikeUT

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#11 posted 02-22-2016 05:48 PM



+1 to the Unifence option. I have an old Uni and it has the same fence as your s, but complete. It works well enough but as soon as i find a reasonable price for a lightly used Unifence, it will have one.

- bigblockyeti

It looks like the consensus is to get a new fence. I was hoping to get a fully functional saw with a little elbow grease and less than $200 but I guess that isn’t going to be possible. I guess I will start the hunt for a new fence.

Bigblockyeti- I am very curious as to how this fence works. It looks like there should be two cams with one forcing the other in to the notches along the bottom tube but I can’t tell sure. Can you please enlighten me? It sounds like it wouldn’t be worth the time to track down parts because they probably aren’t out there for sale and even if I completed it I would only have a sub-par fence but the ADHD part of my brain is obsessing over it right now. If you could explain how it works or maybe send me a pic or two I would be very grateful.

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 05:54 PM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Delta-Rockwell-Unisaw-Jet-Lock-Fence-/391389241834

I still recommend a unifence but if you must.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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MikeUT

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#13 posted 02-22-2016 06:06 PM

Thanks for the link AlaskaGuy but I think I’m with you. If I could spend $20-50 I would to get this fence up and going and see if I like the original. If I have to spend over $100 I might as well spend a little more and get something that I know won’t disappoint. I guess I just want to see the guts inside to see how it works.

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#14 posted 02-22-2016 06:07 PM

I am very curious as to how this fence works. It looks like there should be two cams with one forcing the other in to the notches along the bottom tube but I can’t tell sure.

No… the notches on the bottom are for the micro-adjust knob. There is a large cam inside the head that the locking lever screws into… when pushed down, it applies pressure to the bar to lock in place. To fine tune the position, you release the lock lever and then engage the micro-adjust to move the fence by turning the knob. It is very similar to the Jet-lock fence, but the rear lock needs to be adjusted (via the screw on the top/front of the fence head) each time you move the fence, which is kind of a PITA. You can see what the parts basically look like in the link I gave above for the Jet-lock.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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MikeUT

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#15 posted 02-22-2016 06:08 PM



Those are the rails for a Jet-lock fence (or it might have been an older micro-set fence which uses the same rails)... you can find them for sale at places like e-bay or go over to OWWM and check out the BOYD (buy/sell/trade) area.

I’ve been asking everyone to see the guts on this and just realized that Brad’s comment had a link to it all along. When I first looked at the comment on my phone I didn’t notice the link. Thanks!

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