My New (Old) Unisaw!

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 11-22-2009 03:08 AM 5987 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK…here it is my new saw! For anyone that hasn’t been following along you can see my other blog about this saw purchase here

So here she is, in her new home….

You can see in the close ups that this saw doesn’t even looked used,....bareley any wear on it…

The fence…

This mobile base is one of the sturdiest and easiest to roll around I have ever seen. It has a cool lever to put the wheels down. When you drop it , it sits on nice large sturdy rubber feet. I took some time and adjusted the feet so there was no wobble at all when its dropped in its spot. My slab is really unlevel and if I dont put it back in the same spot every time it might wobble, so I will be marking the floor so it goes back in the same spot.

So I have to make a temporary extension cord from my dryer outlet to the saw. No big deal, just for a little while till I can get a sub panel installed in the garage

I had some some anxious moments when i had a problem with my hillbilly extension cord….I didn’t connect the NEMA6-20 receptacle properly and had a dead short it it and the plug sparked when I plugged it in…good thing the saw wasn’t plugged in..thats why most of the time I prefer an electrician to do my electrical work…But I figured it out without burning my house down and soon the saw was switched on and it jumped to life. I made some test cuts on scrap and so far cutting with it is a dream! I just cut some plywood, and it cut it like paper, and the edges were smooth and burn free!( of course I installed my Forrest WW2 thin kerf blade!)

Here is the Nickel test….

So I had to unplug the saw so my wife could do the laundry....(pretty pathetic, huh! I cant wait to get my sub panel installed!) I asked her to do it today so I would have all day Sunday to play with my saw! I spent a good hour or so testing the parallelism of the miter slot to the blade and the fence to the miter slot. The blade is right there....within acceptable tolerances to the miter slot. The fence is about 1/64" out from front to back leaning away from the blade. The manual for the fence says this is the correct way for the fence to be aligned for safety reasons...less chance for kick back. I haven't made up my mind if I want to make it perfectly square to the slot or not....

If you notice in the pictures the dust collection chute just empties on the floor...not cool! I looked on line and at one time back in '01 the made a metal plate with a 4" dia dust collection fitting on it, but of course they are discontinued. I will have to figure something out on my own...

So there she is in all of her glory! The funny thing is I was chatting with the nice man that sold me the saw and he said I responded to his add, exactly seven (7) minutes after he listed it! Wow, talk about lucky.....

My boss gave me some scraps of Birch butcher block counter top 1 1/4" thick to make into cutting boards. This will be a great test for my new saw..I could never have cut these with my BOSCH....

You can see my garage is pretty empty except for my wood working stuff.... now that my barn is finished I transfered all the junk from the garage to the barn!! Now I can get to work building a shop in the garage...I was waiting to get my saw first since thats the heart of your shop...then I can build around it..a new bench, some out feed/assembly tables...a chop saw fence and extension table...but it all starts with the saw!

I couldn't be hapier with this new table saw..thanks for the advice and sharing this great experience with me...I know you guys can relate!


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#1 posted 11-22-2009 03:16 AM

SSSSSAAAAAWWWEEEET !! Man you got a good one. You have every right to gloat. You da man. CONGRATS

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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Richard Williams

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#2 posted 11-22-2009 03:23 AM

Okay so I am not a carpenter but can it cut salami? Really nice Delta saw. We will be seeing some great things made by you and this saw. Good luck with it my friend.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#3 posted 11-22-2009 03:41 AM

goood job…ive got a delta as well…..its run like a dream for 14 years will enjoy your saw….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-22-2009 04:00 AM

Very nice! You will be happy with it for years to come.

I enjoy mine!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 11-22-2009 04:00 AM

awesome! all this waiting was definitely worth it- you really can’t beat THAT machine.
enjoy the Cuts!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 11-22-2009 04:36 AM

That saw looks brand new, congrats again – enjoy

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 05:30 AM

The full shebang, 50” rails, nice mobile base. Man are you gonna have some fun.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#8 posted 11-22-2009 05:43 AM

Thats a nice Unisaw!

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#9 posted 11-22-2009 07:44 AM

Thanks guys!
Barry: I agree…in all my years of acquiring stuff, and buying and selling I think this is the nicest score I have ever made!

Purp: It almost seems like this saw was the reason I procrastinated for so long before selling my BOSCH and buying a new one. If I acted sooner I would have missed out on this sweet deal. Actually I waited because I had no room for the new saw, had no time to put it together and set it up, and I still needed my old saw to finish the barn build I was doing. But I guess fate was guiding me to this saw….

So far the things I love about it..
The fence is every thing they say about a glides smooth, locks up tight, and just feels solid and quality..
I love the power of the 3HP triple belts. The way the saw snaps on and has that powerfull just sounds mean..makes my BOSCH seem like a baby fart…
The power difference is like night and day. Whatever I try and cut just glides through the saw without even having to push very hard. I think I might be crazy, but I think the cut quality definatly is improved over my BOSCH…less saw marks and burning….
The off button is in a great place safety wise…real easy to hit with your leg and the saw winds down pretty fast…
The fact that it’s sitting in my garage…

So far the things I don’t love about it…


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#10 posted 11-22-2009 07:44 AM

You done good, David. I told you you couldn’t go wrong with a Delta Unisaw.

Have fun setting up the new shop. It’ll keep you out of trouble with the misses—or maybe not !!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#12 posted 11-22-2009 07:48 AM

I really need to get me one of those….... My neighbor has two of them, he uses one of them for Dado’s and the other for cutting…. Picked up his second one for $500.00 and is in really great shape….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 11-22-2009 08:16 AM

Congratulations on the purchase of your “new” Unisaw!! It does indeed look brand new! I read with great interest your previous blog about whether you should buy the Grizzly or the Unisaw. It seems as if you made the right choice.

It is obvious that the previous owner was also a man who loved and cared for his tools. So many of the tools that I see listed on Craig’s list have been neglected or abused by their owners. You are indeed blessed to have found and acquired such a fine, well-cared for machine. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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#14 posted 11-22-2009 08:35 AM

beautiful tool

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 11-22-2009 01:22 PM

I picked up a Griz 10” contractor’s saw a couple of years ago off e-bay, the guy threw in the extension bars for the fence and 3 blades and a dado set. i got all for 225.00. i sure like that delta though and i am trying to figure out how i can get a beismeyer fence. you made a great buy there.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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