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Another Unisaw thread!

Seeing all the Unisaw threads this morning reminded me about something I wanted to ask you fine people.

My friend that I'm currently working for doing home repair/remodeling wants to get into the woodworking business with me. He's interested in it, and if we combine our tools and use a building he owns as our shop, we'll have a pretty decent start.

We were looking around his dads old barn a few weeks ago and we found an old Delta Rockwell Unisaw that's probably from the 1970's I would guess. It has no motor and no fence. It looks like the motor quit working and the previous owner tried making a motor mount to use a more standard type of motor, but gave up on it.

A new Unisaw motor is pretty expensive. My question is, would it even be possible to make a motor mount to allow the use of a different motor?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-09-2011, 01:03 PM
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Certainly. Just measure the mounts from the new motor.

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I can't comment on the Unisaw, I would think if you have the welding skills you can make any kind of motor mount base you need, go through Grainger's they might have something you need.

I do want to comment on forming a partnership, if you don't mind. As a former salesman at the wholesale level for 20+ years, and later business manager of several contractor related businesses, I called on hundreds of HVAC, Plumbing, Gen Contractors, and other construction related businesses. I have seen many successful partnerships, and unfortunately I have seen more failures. Like all things it isn't how you start it is how you finish, many partnerships start out great, but often end not so well. Next to a marriage a partnership is the most collaborative-dependent and interdependent and often intense relationship you can have.

You both should read a couple of books on forming business partnership, which could give you both the questions and answers and agreement necessary to successfully move forward. Besides the trust, workload, compensation, and communication issues, liability and protecting yourself ( home, assets) is another important consideration.

Good luck, having a good friend that could be a great partner would be a wonderful thing.
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I didn't do it. I have one that was converted and it works fine. Just carefully cut the curved brackets off the old motor. The most important task would be to get the belt to line up. I would have a pro do the welding because of the heat, might damage the new motor. get a 220v switch at a supply house.
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There is no "old motor"..,.

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I didn't do it. I have one that was converted and it works fine. Just carefully cut the curved brackets off the old motor. The most important task would be to get the belt to line up. I would have a pro do the welding because of the heat, might damage the new motor. get a 220v switch at a supply house.
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We were looking around his dads old barn a few weeks ago and we found an old Delta Rockwell Unisaw that's probably from the 1970's I would guess. It has no motor and no fence. It looks like the motor quit working and the previous owner tried making a motor mount to use a more standard type of motor, but gave up on it.


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The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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We were looking around his dads old barn a few weeks ago and we found an old Delta Rockwell Unisaw that's probably from the 1970's I would guess. It has no motor and no fence. It looks like the motor quit working and the previous owner tried making a motor mount to use a more standard type of motor, but gave up on it.


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You are correct sir, there is no old motor to get the bracket from. However, I looked at the bracket in the link that dodgeboy77 posted and that looks like something that my friend's dad could easily make for us (he does welding, metalworking, and mechanic work for a living).
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