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Forum topic by DrSteve posted 04-20-2012 12:39 AM 5863 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2012 12:39 AM

I have purchased a Delta Unisaw circa 1940 that I am looking to refurbish. Of course the motor cover is absent. I have seen several options and am looking to get some input from fellow LJ’s prior to purchase.

The options are in increasing price:

1) Plastic cover from ebay $89.00
It is plastic,enough said. However it is very affordable.

2) Fiberglass cover Cannot find the link but about $130.

3) cast Iron cover. Nice in terms of keeping with the original design of the machine however is it worth spending the extra $$

What to do. Any opinions? Much appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-20-2012 05:35 AM

Those old saws are declining in value these days due to the
old fence designs, wear, and lack of modern safety features.
If you want to do it for your own enjoyment of the tool
great but in terms of what you’ll be able to resell the saw
for most upgrades don’t increase the going rate much.
I suppose a cover improves dust collection, but what
you really need is a shroud around the lower half of the

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 05:48 PM

Loren, I am planning on using this for myself so resale value is not the concern. I am looking at durability and value for the money spent on the cover.

While I realize that these saws are not up to current safety standards there is nothing quite like these old behemoths. I can cut through 2 inch oak without a hiccup.

Could you explain what you mean by the shroud around the lower half of the blade.


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#3 posted 04-20-2012 05:51 PM

I guess it would all depend on how original you want the saw to be. If you arent concerned about its antique value, then I would just use a plastic cover.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 06:13 PM

Well, there are variants. You can just replace the vent
port with one that accepts a dust port and hook up a
dust hose to that, but that leaves something like 8
cubic feet of area for the dust to swirl around in and
collect all over the inner workings of the saw. I’ve
seen a shroud made from a Big Gulp cup attached to
the front of the iron casting to catch the chips that
come out of the blade gullets immediately after the
have passed through the wood being cut on the table.

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