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AndyJ1s

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#1 posted 09-25-2020 07:09 PM

Beware, a more powerful 3HP+ motor may be too heavy for your saw’s cantilevered motor mount. And transmitting that much power to the saw arbor via the same single pulley and belt may not work well and/or long, unless that saw was offered with a higher power motor as an option.

Note that some fences (e.g. Delta Unifence, no longer made but available on used market) only have a front rail, so they can back up to a wall a couple of inches closer, if nothing else is sticking out the back. Note that my Unisaw’s motor starter box is on the back of the cabinet, and sticks out past the rear of the table.

I have a Unifence, and I would not trade it for any other.

Used, pre- ~2000 Unisaws were made in USA, and are widely available on the used market, with varying rehab needs, and prices to match. They have truly massive iron castings and trunnions under the hood, in a design relatively unchanged for over 70 years.

However if a true riving knife is important, they are not a good choice. I have an early 90’s US-made Unisaw which I purchased new, with the Unifence. I’m not about to trade it for a more modern, less well built saw made in China.

A Felder slider/shaper combo made in Austria, to match my jointer/planer? Maybe…

-- Andy - Arlington TX


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