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Posted on Unisaw Parts Discontinued or Obsolete....Why?

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#1 posted 02-24-2020 02:24 AM

I’m willing to bet that it shares quite a bit more (with older models) than many would expect.
- MrUnix


IMHO – Keeping spare parts for a tool used in your hobby has little merit. The cost of parts, and cost of inventory far exceeds the time value gained by having spares ready to return the tool to service. Spare parts are not that hard to find with a little knowledge.

Now if your TS is used 8 hours a day in a business to make money, then downtime gets expensive; and it warrants having some spares available.

Which ones would I have in my business?
- Blades (rip, crosscut, and specialty if used)
- Belts
- Plastic scale parts (those annoying clear pieces with red line to set cut dimensions)
- Zero Clearance Insert blanks (ZCI)
- Arbor wrench
- Arbor nut
- power switch (if separate from starter)
- Maybe bearings – motor and arbor (unless you can get them locally delivered, or via a short drive in less than 2 hours)
- replacement dust collection connection fittings in case of accident

If a tool is used non-stop 24/7, then would add these parts:
- motor
- arbor
- pulleys
- motor starter

Finding replacement parts for any discontinued wood working tool that has been cloned by overseas mfg is relatively easy. Stop thinking I need OEM parts and look for clone machines made by same mfg. Example: There are many Grizzly G1023 models where parts fit Delta saws. Grizzly is also a potential source for odd ball nuts/bolt sizes not commonly sold by Fastenal, McMaster, MSC, or Grainger.

Another key to finding OEM replacement parts is calling the OEM and not taking no for answer. For critical parts like arbor, they often have replacement option- but it may not be direct fit. Which means you need different spacers, nuts, etc.

Another tip regarding electrical components: There is nothing magical about the OEM parts. OEM do not make the electrical bits, they buy off shelf parts. Magnetic motor starter(s) all work same way. Sure you might have drill some new mounting holes, or buy a new box to hold the switch, but can grab a new switch or starter for much less than OEM prices and tool will work same.


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