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Bieser

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376 days ago

Well my 40 yro Rockwell Unisaw decided to it was tired and the motor quit. I am wondering if any of you have replaced a motor. Couple questions

1. Where to find a motor? Do other manufactures make one IE. Grizzly? I read a while back that the motor mounts a very specific?

2. While I have this old guy tore apart are there any other things I should do upgrades, replacements etc.?

Thanks B


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shampeon

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#1 posted 376 days ago

What exactly is wrong with the motor? Magic smoke? Just stopped working?

A well-used 40 year old motor could need a new capacitor and/or bearings, or just need a loose wire attached. I’d take it to a good motor shop before chucking it.

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

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cutmantom

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#2 posted 376 days ago

don’t abandon it yet, check everything out first

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Jerry

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#3 posted 376 days ago

If you confirm the motor is bad, we replaced our motor in our Grizzly saw that is pretty much exactly like the Unisaw, so I bought a 4 hp Leeson Unisaw motor. I had to make one minor modification to the TS cabinet and now the motor works great with our Grizzly. We also have a Unisaw so if we ever need a new motor, I know where we will go.

Locally I was quoted close to 600.00 for a 3 hp motor, but online I bought the 4 hp Leeson for just less than 400.00. I bought this motor: http://www.electricmotorsite.com/pc/sglwood/120998

Our saw was not old and had new arbor bearings from previous owner, so nothing else done except new motor. Motor is easy to pull and replace.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Straightbowed

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#4 posted 376 days ago

it wasn’t squalling and squealing a high pitch was it? my grizzly was doin that and it died but all that was wrong was the bearings went out on the arbor Just wondering

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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Straightbowed

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#5 posted 376 days ago

rplace the bearings it’s easy and they are fairly cheap

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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DKV

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#6 posted 376 days ago

Short of coming to your shop with a hammer I’m not sure how I can help you make your Unisaw quit. Also, what would like me to make it quit doing?

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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ToddJB

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Bieser, are you in Colorado? If so and you do decide replace your motor I have a few friends who would love to take that old motor off your hands. One is trying to restore a unisaw that was totally burnt in the Black Forrest fire. Let me know.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Bieser

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#8 posted 376 days ago

Thanks for all the replies guys, I will let you know how it goes.

Thanks

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 375 days ago

I am redoing a 1949 Unisaw and one of the things I did was use masonite to form a dust ramp in the bottom,
two pieces form a V from each side and then an angled piece that slopes to the front. Anything is better
than the complete lack of dust collection available on the older units. I redid the old bullet type motor, as
shampeon said, take it to a good electric motor shop before you make any rash decisions. They told me that
if I replaced my old 1 horsepower motor, I would have to buy a 2 HP new motor to get the same performance.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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