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Medici

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05-18-2018 09:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw finishing refurbishing milling

Just picked up this older model unisaw from a millwork shop in Yonkers, NY for only $175. The bidding started at only $25 via irsauctions, and I was going to go as high as $200. It’s got a 230v/460v, 3HP motor. It needs a bit of cleaning, and I didn’t get to see any internal pictures before I purchased it (since it was “as-is” from auction) but it still was being used in the shop, so I figured it can’t be that bad.

I disconnected the top when I got home, and to my surprise, it seemed to be in very good condition. No rust internally, just on the outside of the frame. I’m going to be checking the trunnions tomorrow morning. Luckily, being a finishing carpenter at a manufacturing company, I’ll be able to bring it into our shop on my free time, sand it all down, and professionally respray the body. I’ll also sand down the small surface rust on the cast iron top. The only I am going to change on it, is add a new switch, since this one is almost striped out. An electrician friend of mine is going to help me install a modern, Grizzly style 230v paddle switch. Unfortunately, until I move this summer, I won’t have a 230v outlet to plug it in.

I’ll eventually be posting a full re-finishing job of the saw with plenty of pictures, but for once, I wanted to flaunt something, instead of just ask questions from all you guys. :P


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-18-2018 09:46 PM

Nice get. Is that a “DH” serial number? If so, that makes it a 1965 model. Only thing I would suggest is to not use any abrasives on the top (ie: sandpaper). Start with a razor blade to scrape most of the crap off, then hit it with a scotch brite pad and some kind of solvent. Placed under a vibrating sander makes it easier. If you still have some staining, oxalic acid (eg: barkeepers friend) will usually take care of that. Then just keep it good and waxed.

Also, according to the 1965 catalog, they didn’t offer a 3hp motor – so if that is what yours has, it had to have been special ordered. Stock configuration was 1.5hp (single phase) or 2hp (3-phase).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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tomd

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 09:58 PM

Nice find, great buy. Have fun refurbishing it.

-- Tom D

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 09:59 PM

Welcome :) nice haul. Working on a couple restos myself.

I’d like to echo brads comment about sanding. I wouldn’t recommend it. A razor scraper and a dozen blades will take off more rust than you could imagine.

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

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Medici

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 11:05 PM



Nice get. Is that a “DH” serial number? If so, that makes it a 1965 model. Only thing I would suggest is to not use any abrasives on the top (ie: sandpaper). Start with a razor blade to scrape most of the crap off, then hit it with a scotch brite pad and some kind of solvent. Placed under a vibrating sander makes it easier. If you still have some staining, oxalic acid (eg: barkeepers friend) will usually take care of that. Then just keep it good and waxed.

Also, according to the 1965 catalog, they didn t offer a 3hp motor – so if that is what yours has, it had to have been special ordered. Stock configuration was 1.5hp (single phase) or 2hp (3-phase).

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

It is a DH model! Thanks for all that info, that’s more than I have found myself. I’ll do more diggin around tomorrow. Did Rockwell offer a 3hp special order model? Or were they 3rd party?

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 11:13 PM

You can look at the 1965 catalog here: Delta Industrial Machines Catalog AB-65, Scan Part 2
(Part 1 is mostly just drill presses)

AFAIK, there were no third party suppliers for the Unisaw motors as they required a special mount. I did a quick scan and I don’t see a 3hp listed in 1965, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t offer them, and – there is no telling what a PO may have done over the years to that machine – it could be a newer motor mounted in there. Post a picture of the data plate.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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greenacres2

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#6 posted 05-19-2018 01:06 AM

Based on the “230V/460V” comment, i’m guessing 3ph (3 phase), which you may be confusing with 3hp. That said, even buying a phase converter so you can run on 1ph it’s still a good buy.
Earl

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Medici

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#7 posted 05-19-2018 01:12 AM



Based on the “230V/460V” comment, i m guessing 3ph (3 phase), which you may be confusing with 3hp. That said, even buying a phase converter so you can run on 1ph it s still a good buy.
Earl

- greenacres2

Yes sorry! Wow sorry, didnt even notice I went on like this. Yes its 3 phase. I was literally looking up inverters when I re-read this.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 05-19-2018 01:33 AM

Yes sorry! Wow sorry, didnt even notice I went on like this. Yes its 3 phase.
- Medici

Well, that explains a lot :)

Figure another $300 to get it up and running… less than $200 for a VFD, and another hundred or so for bearings, belts, a blade and maybe some new wire.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 05-19-2018 02:46 AM

Even I f you have to spend another $200 or so, you still suck. Great find. Great buy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Medici

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#10 posted 05-19-2018 06:46 PM



Even I f you have to spend another $200 or so, you still suck. Great find. Great buy.

- Gene Howe

Thanks haha!

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#11 posted 05-19-2018 08:27 PM

Great buy! Congrats!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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