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Hello all. If any of you saw my introduction you may remember that my son and I are just getting into woodworking.

A couple of my co-workers are into woodworking and said that this saw was a good deal, so I picked it up off of CL for $475. It is a 3-phase, but I have a 10hp motor that I can turn into a 3-phase converter.

This seems to be a good start, what do you think?

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If it were me I would find a single phase motor rather than go the phase converter route. I've heard good and bad about phase converters.

On your saw, all the electrics have three legs. To go single phase just use two legs.
 

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Nice deal! That's a fairly recent Uni (no dust door on the front). I like the unusual clear plastic motor cover - I've never seen that before. Looks like the previous owner liked to turn the saw off with his foot. Nice fence and extension table, too.

As far as phase convertors go, a lot of guys are using VFD's (Variable Frequency Drives). They are small (you can put one inside your saw cabinet or on the back) relatively cheap, quiet and efficient. They have the additional advantage of motor braking. They can do variable speed, too, but I don't know as that would be a good feature on a Unisaw. Here's a review of one a guy put on a Unisaw: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2806

As far as right tilt, I went from left-tilt to a right tilt Unisaw without a problem. Just cut bevels with the fence to the left of the blade.

Good luck with the saw! How many horsepower?
 

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2JADED said:
This seems to be a good start, what do you think?
Ummmmm YEAH!!!!!

She's a beauty. A nice setup all around.

Very cool that you and your son will share the woodworking experience.
 

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It's a right tilt. Being new...I'm not sure if this is good or bad yet...lol.

Thanks all!
the first time you bevel rip a narrow work piece, you'll find out why almost every new TS available today is a left tilt. i refurbed a 70s vintage unisaw and sold it rather than put up with a right tilt ( i just wanted to see what all the unisaw hoopla was all about). but there are guys who really like right tilts. i'm just not a fan of a saw that tilts towards the fence when the fence is positioned for maximum rip capacity.

regardless, it looks like a nice unit. here's hoping it provides all the utility you want safely and reliably.
 

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2Jaded,

I was thinking: If your really want to use that 10hp motor as a RPC, you could probably use it to power other stuff, too. single-phase machines usually can be found for cheap on CL and who knows what might show up for your shop!

VFD's are little and work great, but I think one that handles a 5hp motor might be getting a little pricey. I'm not an expert on those things, though, so it would be worth some research.

BTW, to make a rotary phase converter, I think you need a 3-phase motor for the converter (or several). What phase is that 10hp motor?

Bill
 
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