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Forum topic by mistermoe posted 09-27-2020 03:38 PM 440 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2020 03:38 PM

Hey Gang. I am picking up an old Jet JTAS-10 3hp this weekend from a guy about ten minutes away. He’s giving me access in advance to do some teardown. Originally I was thinking of just taking off the wings, railed and fence.

But the more I think, the more I’m inclined to take out the motor, take off the top and trunion. I’m gonna want to get in there and inspect and clean that stuff…and it sure would make it easier to get down the stairs into my basement shop.

I moved a grizzly 16” monster heavy band saw by myself…twice… By taking it apart.

Any tips or advice from you who have been there and done that?


-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#1 posted 09-27-2020 05:13 PM

They are easy to transport and you really don’t need to remove much more than the extension wings, fence rails and anything else easily removed, such as the blade, guards, motor cover, etc… Then raise the motor as high as you can and tilt it all the way over to 45 degrees – that orients the motor into the middle of the cabinet and as high as possible – so when you flip the machine over on it’s table, the motor is as low as possible. Use some scrap wood or whatever you have to block the motor from moving, strap everything down, and begin the journey. I’ve done it single handed, but with two people, it’s super easy.


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

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#2 posted 09-28-2020 01:33 AM

In the time it took to get my post approved, I got the thing apart and ready to move. Took the top off but leaving the motor in. Having been through one henia repair already, I’m having a couple of guys cart the base into my basement shop.

I may pull the motor so I can get a good look in there, do a deep clean and lube before reassembling and setting up. I picked up some V-link belts as I suspect the belts have never been changed.

I’m pumped to get this thing tuned up and running.

I feel a little sorry for my DeWalt 744, who is headed out to pasture… :(

-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#3 posted 09-28-2020 01:35 PM

Even though you’ve already made your plan to move the partially-disassembled saw, I wanted to comment that Brad’s plan is sound, especially for a one-person operation. When I moved a Unisaw by myself several years ago, I did remove the fence, extension wings and top. Just an added note for someone reading this in the future, if you do remove the saw’s top for moving, mark and save any shims that are under the top. It will help with reassembly and ease some frustration.

-- 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 09-28-2020 01:37 PM

I’ll just add: Congrats on the saw!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 09-28-2020 03:09 PM

Good point about the shims, Dan. I’ve learned to stop and manage all fasteners, bits and bobs in real time. Where possible, I put bolts, washers, shims and bolts right back in to their receiving piece so they stay where they’re supposed to be. I keep a sharpie in my pocket to mark pieces where needed.

For future readers, another trip… When taking wings and rails off by myself, I get all the bolts/screws free but not loose. Then I remove bolts from the outside in, leaving the center most bolt as last. With wings, taking out the outer bolts lets me pivot the wing to vertical, nice and balanced, the I support the piece and remove the last bolt.

-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#6 posted 09-28-2020 03:35 PM

The JTAS is a really good saw, I used to have one. I suggest that as long as you are changing the belts, you think about replacing the arbor bearings as well. An arbor for that saw is very difficult to obtain. By the way, a lot of parts for the old Grizzly G1023 fit if needed.

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#7 posted 09-28-2020 06:09 PM

I quickly broke those cheap, cast trunnions on the bandsaw I bought – yes, unless everything is super strong and made of steel, I’d tear down whatever will prevent damage.

Good advice on the arbor bearings…

-- Bstrom

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#8 posted 09-28-2020 06:32 PM

Thanks guys. One of the sell points for the saw was that the bearings had been replaced, and it runs really smoothly. It looks like it was a dust catcher for the majority of its life, which works for me!

Another upside… It’s 1.9 miles away. Arriving this afternoon. I’ll try to start a rebuild thread with photos for future reference

-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#9 posted 09-30-2020 02:26 AM

Well, the movers were late, so I took the motor out while I was waiting…a pretty quick job. If I were at full health, I woulda thrown the motor and base in the car and sod the movers.

But they did eventually show, and she’s parked in pieces waiting for a cleanup. I’m going to post some blog photos of the rebuild for future reference.

Underneath a little dust, she looks pretty darn good. Can’t wait to get cuttin’!

-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#10 posted 09-30-2020 02:33 AM

Little too late but I’d agree with Brad, little needs to be taken off. I’ve moved my Unisaw three times and it needs only the side table and fence removed. I back up the truck and flip it over resting on the top onto a waiting piece of carpet. Unloading is done just the inverse of loading, all three times I did it myself.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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