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Forum topic by enurdat1 posted 05-01-2012 08:24 PM 1125 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2012 08:24 PM

Just pulled the top on my unisaw for the the first time since I bought it 5 yrs ago. It’s a 1994 build, I bought off CL for $100. Everything seems to look ok, no obvious cracks, breaks, etc. I have linkbelt to install, and a dust collection funnel to put in as well. Are there any particular things I need to check out? It has been running and cutting fine, but I am swapping my fence and installing a benchdog promax extension so I figured I may as well tear into it while it’s apart. Any advise is appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 08:32 PM

I would use a real match set of belts and not bother with the toy belts. Plug it in and enjoy !

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 09:28 PM

A unisaw produces way too much torque for a link belt, It will snap it. You should replace the belts as a set. I get my belts at the local NAPA auto parts, I never have problems getting a matched set. Just make sure you get the same brand for all of them, some brands stretch more than others.

Check the arbor, it should spin smoothly and coast down.

I use teflon spray on my trunnions, it makes a good rust barrier and dry lube.

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 10:40 PM

If the bearings are good, you are good. If the arbor makes any sound , change the bearings. Its not hard. I agree with changing the link belts, although I have never heard of then snapping. Look for matched sets. Same numbers on the belts. Clean all the packed sawdust off everything and lube with a dry lube. I have heard guys melt canning wax and brush it on. It does work. You just want something that does not attract sawdust. bob

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 03:26 AM

Thanks everyone. I ordered a set of real belts tonight and will stick with those.

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