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I bought this table saw from my boss for $500. I thought it was the one we used to use before we got the SawStop but he said no that was a bigger 5hp monster. Turns out we bought this one used two years ago and have never even powered it up. Fun stuff.















No 220 outlets here.

If you are electrically inclinded.
 

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I bought this table saw from my boss for $500. I thought it was the one we used to use before we got the SawStop but he said no that was a bigger 5hp monster. Turns out we bought this one used two years ago and have never even powered it up. Fun stuff.















No 220 outlets here.

If you are electrically inclinded.
Hey Bothus: Looks like you got a good start on the saw just by gettin' her cleaned up a little.
She sure was a mess. Why would anyone let a good saw like that get that way?
A little TLC (maybe a lot), and she'll be purrin' away. Looks like a replacement table board is in order.
Can't wait for the final results. I have a new Unisaw w/ a Biesemeyer fence and 52" rip. I really like it alot.
You're gonna like this one too, I bet. Happy endeverors.
 

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I bought this table saw from my boss for $500. I thought it was the one we used to use before we got the SawStop but he said no that was a bigger 5hp monster. Turns out we bought this one used two years ago and have never even powered it up. Fun stuff.















No 220 outlets here.

If you are electrically inclinded.
You should like that saw. I have pretty much the same thing. How is that mobile base?I have the Delta brand base. It's crap. Welcome to LJ!
 

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Initial photos and videos

I bought this table saw from my boss for $500. I thought it was the one we used to use before we got the SawStop but he said no that was a bigger 5hp monster. Turns out we bought this one used two years ago and have never even powered it up. Fun stuff.















No 220 outlets here.

If you are electrically inclinded.
Hey Rick, sorry I didn't answer sooner. I thought I did but I see I didn't. I am loving the saw. I can't wait to get it finished. I cut a replacement board already but then I decided to take the whole thing apart and check it out. I'm no expert so I am relying on you LJ's to help me through this.

Hi Hairy, I'm not sure how the HTC base is because I don't have anything to compare it to. In part 2 (or 3) of this blog thread there is a video where I turn it upside down a show the casters. They are 2 1/2" diameter and 1 1/4" wide. They are pretty beat up so i just ordered new ones from McMaster-Carr. BTW the way, I love the paraphasing of Monty Python in you signature.

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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fix it up ,
get to work ,
pay attention !

enjoy .
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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I think I would be doing a lot of disassembling and cleaning, you will have to decide about painting. Certainly new belts, lubricating any thing that appears to be a friction point. For cast iron I prefer (and this is highly debatable)fine sandpaper on a ROM sander and then working up through the grits to remove the fine scratches. At 600 and up its more like polishing. If you use this method be sure to wipe the table to remove residue from the previous grit. The fine grit sand paper clogs very easily. Good luck and continue with the great blogs.
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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J
I saw an older style Unisaw there was the before and after picture. It had been compleltely re-done. Send some more pictures as you go along through the process.
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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I think you should give it to me, I'd love to have an Unisaw to fix up! I'd restore the whole thing, looks like you have a good foundation to start with. Replace the belts, check all the bearings, and lube it up. I agree with rtb about the using sandpaper on the top and when done put a couple coats of Johnson Past Wax. Best of luck, and I'll be looking forward to the drop off, service and deliveries use the back of the house.
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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My opinion is that the biggest danger (for most of us) is kickback with a TS, not running flesh through the blade. Keep the guard on or get an overarm guard if thats your concern. Does the SawStop alleviate kickback better than other saws of similar price? Nope, and as such a case could be made that for the price the SS is less safe. All this has been debated before - ad nauseum.

My intention is not to demotivate you but it seems as though you are trying to be convinced into doing the long, sometimes tediously hard work of restoring an older cabinet saw. If that is the case IMHO you will never complete a full restoration and may become frustrated with it. I may be wrong but if true, you might consider simply getting it cleaned up, functioning well, and either using it or selling it.

It seems to me that the guys that are successful at doing these restorations arethe ones that enjoy the process of doing it along the way and get satisfaction from acheiving each step as well as just having the finished project.

If you do find the necessary motivation, and are inclined to spend the time to complete a full restoration I commend you (and will stand corrected). I am hoping you will ultimately prove me wrong, and would very much like to follow along with your re-build.

Please view these comments with their intent as being helpful and not derisive.
Good luck however you decide to go with it.
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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Ratchet, thank you for your well thought out reply.

You make a good point about the SS. No need to start up the debate again so I'll just leave it at that.

You are also right on the mark about the restoration, not that I was trying to be convinced into it necessarily but I am very concerned that if it takes too long I would never finish it.

I typically go full steam ahead on a project for about 2 months then my back goes out so I take a month off and then one thing leads to another… (did I mention the kid's wedding present was 2 months late?).

This is why I asked the question about how long someone thought it might take. If somebody responded and said "I've done 6 of these, the first one took 5 months but now I can do them in 1 month with my eyes closed…" that would allow me to make a somewhat informed decision.

So the plan at this point is to go over and start taking it apart later this afternoon. I will keep you all in the loop and will decide as I go (with my fellow LJer's helpful advice) how far I go with it.

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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Hmmm, where to start…

I agree about blade guards, don't use one myself. I would rather have better view of where the blade is.

I agree about SawStop, 'nuff said!

Cleaning the table - I used naval jelly (phosphoric acid) and plastic scratchy pads (scotch-brite?). This left the original machining marks. I don't like the idea of sandpaper, but many others have done that. I have since discovered Evap-o-rust (I love everything but the name) and I will use it instead of naval jelly if I ever do it again. It worked wonders on some old hand-planes I have. See OWWM for a detailed description of how to clean and restore a rusty table.

How far to go? Well, just as far as you want. The paint on my old saw was still good, nothing was too rusty underneath, so I stopped at a table cleaning. If the bearings are good and tight with little to no runout at the arbor, why even take the top off? The size of the cast iron trunnions in Unisaws, there can't possibly be enough rust to affect the operation of the saw. Clean all the sawdust out and use it.

DO, however, realign the saw. As mentioned here before, I think misalignment is more dangerous than anything else, leading to kickbacks.

And pictures, lotsa pictures - I love watching old arn get restored.
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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Hey, talk about safety! put a cover on that electrical panel before you back a pipe clamp into it. Or maybe with the insurance money you can buy a saw stop :-}. ENJOY THE REBUILD
 

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I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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J
Excellent point Gpops. That cover should not have been left off for any amount of time.

Good thing you didn't notice I put 10AWG wire on 60 amp breaker… don't try that at home… I think a 10 awg wire would probably melt before a 60 amp breaker tripped.
 

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A few more photos, videos and status report






I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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J
On cleaning the tabletop.
Try a bottle of Rust Free- Rust and stain remover. Work it in with a scratchpad like the kind you use to clean pots and pans. Rockler and WoodCrafters and others sell Rust Free. Works great, but be sure to clean cast iron with soap and water after using Rust Free. Then seal with wood wax etc…
If it is not cleaned well, it keeps on working and you will end up with white spots on your cast iron.
 
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A few more photos, videos and status report






I welcome everyone's comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It's my first cabinet saw for that matter.

I haven't a clue what should be done or how to do it but here's an update.

Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I've never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I'll try a link belt on my old craftsman TS.

I also bought a new cursor for the Unifence and a used Delta Stacked Dado Blade ('cause I don't have one and once I get started on ebay…)

In addition I bid on a new splitter and blade guard.

Today after work I will cut a new table board. I plan to make it a router table. Looks like the previous owner had done that as well.

Other than that I haven't decided how far I want to go with this project. I originally figured I would just tune it up and start using it but now I am thinking maybe I should do a complete tear down and rebuild.

I was thinking maybe I would strip it completely apart and repaint everything, replace everything that needed it and then put it all back together.

Not sure yet.

Last night my wife said she wished I had bought a SawStop. I explained to her that I only paid $500 for this (so far not counting ebay) and I SawStop would be $3,000 or more. I would love to have a SawStop. I've never seriously hurt myself and I have a great respect for power tools but I plan to keep woodworking until I'm old and grey(er) and you never know what can happen so I wouldn't mind having that extra saftey feature.

Then I thought maybe I should completely restore this saw, sell it and put the proceeds toward a SawStop.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Okay now some questions for all of you:

What is the best way to clean/polish the cast iron table top? You can see in one of the videos that it has a pretty big stain on it.

How far would YOU go in fixing this Unisaw up and why?

If I decide to disassemble it completely how big of a job is that time wise?

Finally, having seen the photos and videos is there anything that jumps out at you that should be addressed regardless of which route I decide to take?

I can't wait to hear your comments. Seriously I can't wait, so say something even if it is just "Hi".

I'll post more when I can.

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J
Thats going to be a nice saw for you, I have a Unisaw and I love my.
 

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Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)



Fortunately there aren't too many screws to remove most of them stripped out long agohttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


I don't like the way the frame is designed. Without the wood top there is nothing supporting the end of the Uniframe railhttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite

So I removed the rail next. In hindsight, I should have removed it first. Although no harm was done.http://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


Removing the left extension table.

One piece at a time.

Not as rusty as it looks.

The Little Woman Called.

I got the top off.



I wanna get the saw out of the base.

It's all about leverage.

My boss is a man of his word.

If you can hear the bearings… is that a bad thing?

Oh, THAT's what that wire is for…

Securing the power cord.

Running the motor with no load.

Listen to this motor, please.

Well I finished working on it for the day abouit 5PM. That's 3 hours in total. It took a heck of a lot longer than that to get this blog entry done. I wish I could have done it right from my iPhone as I was doing the work… hmmm, maybe I couild have to my mobile me account?

At any rate I bought a splitter and blade guard on ebay last night for $33. I guess I will need to start keeping track of these expenses to find out how much this $500 saw is really costing me.

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Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)



Fortunately there aren't too many screws to remove most of them stripped out long agohttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


I don't like the way the frame is designed. Without the wood top there is nothing supporting the end of the Uniframe railhttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite

So I removed the rail next. In hindsight, I should have removed it first. Although no harm was done.http://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


Removing the left extension table.

One piece at a time.

Not as rusty as it looks.

The Little Woman Called.

I got the top off.



I wanna get the saw out of the base.

It's all about leverage.

My boss is a man of his word.

If you can hear the bearings… is that a bad thing?

Oh, THAT's what that wire is for…

Securing the power cord.

Running the motor with no load.

Listen to this motor, please.

Well I finished working on it for the day abouit 5PM. That's 3 hours in total. It took a heck of a lot longer than that to get this blog entry done. I wish I could have done it right from my iPhone as I was doing the work… hmmm, maybe I couild have to my mobile me account?

At any rate I bought a splitter and blade guard on ebay last night for $33. I guess I will need to start keeping track of these expenses to find out how much this $500 saw is really costing me.

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J
This is a pretty nice blog series. I have been following your posts and on this one I enjoyed the clip with your conversation with your wife. Some of the comments sound familiar. :)
 

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Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)



Fortunately there aren't too many screws to remove most of them stripped out long agohttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


I don't like the way the frame is designed. Without the wood top there is nothing supporting the end of the Uniframe railhttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite

So I removed the rail next. In hindsight, I should have removed it first. Although no harm was done.http://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


Removing the left extension table.

One piece at a time.

Not as rusty as it looks.

The Little Woman Called.

I got the top off.



I wanna get the saw out of the base.

It's all about leverage.

My boss is a man of his word.

If you can hear the bearings… is that a bad thing?

Oh, THAT's what that wire is for…

Securing the power cord.

Running the motor with no load.

Listen to this motor, please.

Well I finished working on it for the day abouit 5PM. That's 3 hours in total. It took a heck of a lot longer than that to get this blog entry done. I wish I could have done it right from my iPhone as I was doing the work… hmmm, maybe I couild have to my mobile me account?

At any rate I bought a splitter and blade guard on ebay last night for $33. I guess I will need to start keeping track of these expenses to find out how much this $500 saw is really costing me.

;;
J
Keep up the good work. I am really enjoying you posts. Great blog.
 

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Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)



Fortunately there aren't too many screws to remove most of them stripped out long agohttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


I don't like the way the frame is designed. Without the wood top there is nothing supporting the end of the Uniframe railhttp://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite

So I removed the rail next. In hindsight, I should have removed it first. Although no harm was done.http://picasaweb.google.com/jboshear/Unisaw?authkey=Gv1sRgCOK58MSQ3sPjEQ&feat=embedwebsite


Removing the left extension table.

One piece at a time.

Not as rusty as it looks.

The Little Woman Called.

I got the top off.



I wanna get the saw out of the base.

It's all about leverage.

My boss is a man of his word.

If you can hear the bearings… is that a bad thing?

Oh, THAT's what that wire is for…

Securing the power cord.

Running the motor with no load.

Listen to this motor, please.

Well I finished working on it for the day abouit 5PM. That's 3 hours in total. It took a heck of a lot longer than that to get this blog entry done. I wish I could have done it right from my iPhone as I was doing the work… hmmm, maybe I couild have to my mobile me account?

At any rate I bought a splitter and blade guard on ebay last night for $33. I guess I will need to start keeping track of these expenses to find out how much this $500 saw is really costing me.

;;
J
Thanks for the feedback guys.

I actually wasn't done with this blog entry last night. It took forever to get all the videos uploaded. I added seven more this morning.
 
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