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Forum topic by RT31 posted 01-30-2015 04:36 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2015 04:36 PM

Hi Everyone,

A month or 2 ago i picked up an old Unisaw for real cheap on craigslist. I planed on taking it apart and re-building everything/repainting in the spring when it warms up some. In the meantime, I’ve been using it without issue.

Anyway, my problem when i move the blade by hand (the saw is unplugged) it doesn’t stay and there is a lot of resistance. For Example: if i need to measure blade alignment, i pick a tooth and measure from the front, then when i spin the blade to measure the tooth from the back, i need to hold it in place. If i let go it will spin forward maybe 5 or 6 inches.

Is this a motor issue? belts to tight? Arbor bearings?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 04:42 PM

If the saw had been sitting idle for a long time, it is most likely the belts.. they have taken a set and try to return to that position when moved. While you have the belts off, spin the arbor and see if the bearings are bad.. easy to replace if needed and take standard 6203’s which you can get just about anywhere.


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#2 posted 01-31-2015 01:35 AM

I mark the side of the reference tooth with a magic marker. If I have to “go too far” to get the tooth to stay, I don’t lose it.

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 02:06 AM

Mine did the same thing, doesn’t necessarily mean the belts need replacement. Even if they’ve taken a bit of a set, it will be greatly reduced just by using the saw. If the saw vibrates slightly right after being turned on, try letting it run for 3-5 minutes before using it. The resistance in the belts will result in generating more heat, that will help eliminate the set the belts may have taken while idle.

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