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Toolbuilder

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10-13-2018 02:14 PM

Hello… Am new to group but lifetime tool junkie. Just bought a Rockwell Unisaw 34-801 that had been literally barn-stored for years. It has the upgraded Unifence and a very long extrusion… too long to fit in my cramped shop so need to convert it to just a basic double wing table wing set-up with a standard Jetlock fence and 44-inch rails. Not my preference but no choice. Hunting for a right table wing and a fence set up and will need to sell/trade the Unifence set up… don’t want to cut it down. If anyone has the leftovers when they converted to a better fence set-up (or wants to) ... let me know. It looks to be complete and in good shape but will need to clean up and go over carefully… all aluminum stuff looks great. Thanks and play safe.


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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 04:55 AM

I haven’t used the Unfence, but I have read very positive things about it. I had the Jetlock on a Rockwell contractor’s saw years ago, and hated it. I’d pick the Unfenced over the Jetlock without hesitation.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 11:17 AM

There is at least one Jet-lock fence with rails for sale over at the OWWM site (in the BOYD section) that I am aware of… probably more, I really didn’t do an exhaustive search. And extension wings pop up for sale quite often as well. Otherwise, you may want to check flea-bay.

Cheers,
Brad

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Toolbuilder

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 01:13 AM

All.. Have been advised to reconsider reverting to the jetlock fence… Have been told it was a good fence in its day but that day has passed. If this is the conventional wisdom, I think I need to figure out how to make what I have work. That means cutting down the 8-foot rail (ouch) Unifence to something that will give me say 30” right of blade. May have do do some jury rigging. I would have considered buying a shorter rail and shelve the long rail for “later”, but I don’t think that a shorter rail is an easy or cheap find…. made some calls and scoured the web… no luck.

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shampeon

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 02:36 AM

Well, I have a Jet Lock that you could have for the price of shipping. But I do agree that a t square fence like the Delta T3 or some cut down rails for your Bies would make for a better fence ultimately.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 02:36 AM

I wish we could trade. I have a unifence with the long tube on my saw but I also have a 52 and 32-36ish biesemeyer fences and rails collecting dust.

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

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Toolbuilder

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#6 posted 10-16-2018 02:11 PM

shampeon… Thanks for your offer. Putting a Jetlock on will keep me from irreparably damaging a rail I may ultimately wish I hadn’t cut and will help move the project along and solve a “space issue”. I will have a lot to do to restore the saw and may find other hidden challenges as the project progresses. Things are pretty rusty and seized up, but handling those issues is in my forte… I’m sure this will ultimately be a better saw than I am a woodworker. Recently joined the group when I got the tool as I know I will need advice. Always better to stand on someones shoulder than their toes if you want to see further… there’s a wealth of knowledge here. ... anyhow I’m not positive exactly how to contact a member “offline”... I’ll try to send you an email to your website to discuss … Regards.

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RufoTamales

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 09:09 PM

Hello there, not sure if available or not, but i just got my 36-979 delta with the unifence, but no rails. I’am located in San Diego, CA and have had a hard time finding rail to start using that unifence, would you sell it to me? Thanks!!

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Toolbuilder

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#8 posted 11-13-2018 06:59 PM

All… Saw is shaping up slowly but making progress. Have all completely torn down to the last grub screw and stripping paint and rust. Even took rivets out of name plates. I don’t know what Rockwell used to paint the castings, but was a different process they used for the saw stand as strippers don’t work well at all on the castings. Stand stripped like peeling a banana but the castings are a whole other story. I used PB Blaster for rusted stuff before attacking and electrolysis for the pulleys and other needed bright work and cutting fluid and wire brushes everywhere something should be shiny. The whole internal mechanism was seized from disuse and had to be removed as a whole heavy contraption. Biggest issue was getting the tilt shaft out. Need to look at closer, but only way was to remove the roll-pin from the worm. Bullets held up the shaft to be withdrawn the other way. Will probably turn some new bullets and replace/upgrade a bunch of other stuff. Nice working on something that the manufacturer used Grade 5 bolts virtually everywhere. Only found one Grade 2 and it was probably not an original.
Using Rustoleum Self-Etching Primer as undercoat and will need to treat all metal once I rig up some basement paint ventilation. Weather too cold here in PA for outside painting now. May also start looking for a motor cover. They’re expensive and not sure I really need one. I can fabricate if it’s worth the effort. May wait and see. Like the idea motor is exposed and can see/hear easily.

I will use the Jetlock fence I recently was able to get from a kind member (THANK YOU !!!) and will store the Unifence and rail for the time being as hopefully it can (someday) be used. I’ll look keep looking for a shorter rail (if possible) to see if it can someway be adapted to the painfully small area I have, but it doesn’t look too promising) but will definitely store the long rail for now and give it a reprieve from cutting it down just to see it it will work. Maybe someday will sell Unifence and rail together, bit right now it will be sprayed with fogging oil and put away in the garage rafters.

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