My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing #1: Tear Down

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 01-17-2016 07:25 AM 2467 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing series Part 2: Working the table top cast iron »

Spent most of this Saturday tearing down everything that I could. Started off removing the top that had NO shims at all. Found white power everywhere from the cultured marble cutting that was done on this machine. Took time to air blast and brush out all that I could.


Took a picture of the electrical switch for future hook ups since I have to remove the cord & motor.


And then removing all the cast iron parts:

And, of course, pulled motor apart to see what the inside is like. Luckily, spotless and no visible scorch marks on electrical connections. Will look into new bearings just for giggles.

Going to order 2 new Arbor bearings, 3 new belts, probably new large and small motor bearing. I am actually surprised at how pristine this thing is under the hood. No rust at all, no knicks or dents or anything. Trunnion ways are a little crudy, but to be expected.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 04:02 PM

Fun rebuild, going to be great. Look fwd to seeing progress.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 04:09 PM

Nothing fancy. Ordering new belts & bearings today. Not much to be done til they arrive later. This is unlike my 15” Jet planer that had 1001 parts all rusted out. Granted, I have to work on the cast iron top and general cleanup of under the hood parts plus rails/fence. But pfffff…. this is easy peasy, compared to my 8” GeeTech jointer / 15” Jet Planer refurbishments. Very surprised at how “new” the major parts look.
Gotta consider dust collection ideas, and other bells & whistles now that I have a true cabinet saw.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 06:11 PM

Great start on the rehab. It does look really clean after just blowing out the marble dust. This is going to be an excellent saw after you finish it up. Are you going to repaint the cabinet and the internals, or are you just going for a functional rehab?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 06:16 PM

Don.. the internals look new so I will not touch. The outside of cabinet has… um… mortar? Dried masonry bits? Should come off aok leaving (hopefully) a new looking cabinet. The black base has rust and scuff marks that I will probably strip and re-paint, for that would be easy. I am shooting for functional rehab but yet tackling some of the simpler aesthetics

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 06:25 PM

Lookin good

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

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 01:24 AM

I think you hit a home run with this one. The interior of that beast looks new. This will be your easiest rehab and I’ll bet it will be your favorite tool.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 01:23 PM

This is like rebuilding an old motorcycle. Carry on Holbs.

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 03:43 PM

Lovin’ it!

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#9 posted 01-22-2016 09:46 PM

Nice to have a saw that you have visited every inch of!

One thing you may want to do before you re-assemble is seal that gap around the slanted base panel inside the cabinet.

Dust will fall through that gap and of course end up underneath the saw (where it isn’t too easy to get at).

I used foil based ducting tape, but I’m sure you would prefer something ‘classier’ for your soon-to-be-new Unisaur.

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#10 posted 01-22-2016 11:49 PM

Yea Splinter…I saw the gaps in that slanted base panel. Silicone or caulking for time being. Still have to figure out the dust collection. I have 6” HVAC pipe all ready to interconnect to something.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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