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Joel J

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09-22-2016 01:27 AM

I went to look at a Unisaw today and the seller said he was the second owner and thought it was about 20 years old. The saw had a Made in the USA sticker on the cabinet. The seller said it wasn’t running. He indicated about 3 weeks ago, he turned it on and a piece of wood was stuck in the blade below the table and the motor made a noise and then just wouldn’t run. My question: Has anyone had this happen and what is the cause of the motor not starting now? Thanks for your help and answers!

-- Joel, Denver, CO


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 09-22-2016 01:30 AM

First guess would be that he tripped the starter overload and needs to manually reset it.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: If you are thinking about buying it – use it as a negotiation point! Knock a few hundred off because the ‘motor is toast’ and will need ‘replacing’ :)

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

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 01:32 AM

delete

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 01:47 AM

Brad,
Where is the starter overload located? On the motor? Thanks

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 01:51 AM

sounds like you have an opportunity to get it for cheap. how much was he asking?

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 02:19 AM

Brad,
Where is the starter overload located? On the motor? Thanks
- Joel J

Depends… older ones had a NEMA starter in a box hanging off the back of the machine, later labeled as the LVC (low voltage control – same thing). Sometime during the Black and Decker years IIRC, they started using an IEC type control mounted on the front of the saw. I highly doubt there will be an overload on the motor itself.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 09-22-2016 05:19 PM

Brad,
Thanks for your help on this. When i get it home this weekend I’ll explore it a bit more.

Mike,
Stole the saw….$ 300.00 in very good condition

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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DirtyMike

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#7 posted 09-22-2016 05:47 PM

sweet bro, i stole one last week for less that that. i am still grinning.

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teejk02

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#8 posted 09-22-2016 09:24 PM



Brad,
Thanks for your help on this. When i get it home this weekend I ll explore it a bit more.

Mike,
Stole the saw….$ 300.00 in very good condition

- Joel J

Have to wonder why the motor “tripped” in the first place but at that price you have plenty of $$$ room to fix it and still have a great machine at less than you could replace it for. Not familiar with the Unisaw but my Delta contractor saw built around the same time does have a red “reset” button on the motor itself.

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teejk02

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#9 posted 09-22-2016 09:27 PM



sweet bro, i stole one last week for less that that. i am still grinning.

- DirtyMike

No such thing as a bargain on used machinery around here…large Amish population that loves and uses old stuff and they pay cash.

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 09-22-2016 09:43 PM

Have to wonder why the motor “tripped” in the first place [...]
- teejk02

Go back and read the original post so you can stop wondering :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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splatman

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#11 posted 09-23-2016 05:32 AM

If the motor hums and nothing else, remove the belts, turn it on, and give the shaft a twist. If it spins right up, the starter is the problem.

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#12 posted 09-23-2016 09:40 AM

Check the capacitors if the reset doesn’t help.

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#13 posted 09-23-2016 12:23 PM

And you’re proud you “stole” the saw? Getting a deal is one thing but taking advantage of a dope is, well I won’t say it here. In the old days they called them carpet baggers.

-- If the tool was invented after the Depression, I don't need it.

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dhazelton

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#14 posted 09-23-2016 12:28 PM

”....and they pay cash” – doesn’t everybody when it comes to CL? If someone showed up at my house to buy something with a checkbook I’d send ‘em off to an ATM.

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Joel J

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#15 posted 09-23-2016 03:14 PM



And you re proud you “stole” the saw? Getting a deal is one thing but taking advantage of a dope is, well I won t say it here. In the old days they called them carpet baggers.

- mike02130

Just paid the guy what he was asking for it! Didn’t even ask him to knock of 25 bucks! So technically I didn’t steal it, just found a really good deal at a “Moving Sale”! Haha.

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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