More tools in the shop #1: New Larger Table Saw (Delta unisaw)

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Blog entry by Plasmon360 posted 02-20-2018 08:15 PM 1704 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first time on lumberjocks and am new to woodworking. I converted my 2 car garage to a wood shop with basic woodworking power tools (bandsaw, planer, jointer, table saw, router and sander) that will help me with woodworking. I was not confident that I my continue woodworking as hobby so I never paid more than 150 dollars for a single used tool. Have been lucky so far in finding good deals.

Among them is a Bt3000 Ryobi table saw that was given to me by someone for free who inherited it and just wanted to clean up his garage. I fine tuned the machine, built dust collection and built a mobile base for it. Except that the saw is very loud and fence not that rigid, I like this saw and it fullfils my current needs. However it has not been super precise especially the sliding miter feature. I spent good amount of time tuning it but every time I replace the sliding miter from the saw it is no longer parallel with the blade. So I have been looking in Craigslist for months to see if I can buy a saw with cast iron and sturdier fence in a price range I can afford. A part of me wanted a bigger table and powerful motor (though other part of me said I dont need it ;) )

I saw a post from a gentleman who wanted to get rid of tools he inherited as part of home purchase. He was flipping the house and wanted the tools gone away asap. The tools belonged to a retired navy engineer who spent lot of money on his tools and was using them to build structural members ( lot of 4 by 12s i guess) for this house.

He had a table saw and I checked the table saw and it seemed to run fine. i wrote the model number and did some basic research. It was Delta Platinum Unisaw with 50” Commercial Biesemeyer Fence System (Model 36-957) made in usa and in year 2000. it was 220V single phase 3 hp (the base of the saw is Model 36-941). It is a right tilting saw.

Did not have a clue how much it was worth. saw some forums and saw 700 will be a good deal. Finally after negotiation I picked it for for $750. ?In adidtion to table I got the following extras:

  1. Bisemeyer fence with extension table
  2. Bismeyer crosscut fence
  3. Bismeyer auxillay fence
  4. Master plate
  5. Superbar
  6. Miter guage
  7. Delta tenoning jig
  8. 4 zero clearance throat plates ( unopened)
  9. 1 freud 50 teeth combination blade ( unopened)
  10. 1 8 in dado blade (unused)
  11. Mobile base
  12. Manuals

See more pictures here

Now for the bad part

  1. There is rust on the table from neglect over years. Hopefully if it is only surface rust.
  2. The extension table seems to expanded or moved with time and is not level with the cast iron main table. This is causing the fence to catch at the interface where cast iron table meets the extension table.
  3. missing a part that holds the blade guard(splitter and anti kickback paws) at the back of the saw
  4. need to check alignment
  5. the saw was not hooked to dust collection so there is lot of dust in the base and tilting mechanism of the table saw.

First thing to work on is the rust. Here are some pictures of the rust.

I need to come with plan to restore it to a state I can get it working.

Overall i am happy with purchase. I think it was a good deal and worth 750. But time will tell.

3 comments so far

View Dwain's profile


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#1 posted 02-20-2018 08:54 PM


You did very, very well, but I think you knew that. There is NOTHING you have to deal with that won’t be corrected with a little elbow grease.

The table top can be cleaned up in a multitude of ways. I like WD-40 and a good sanding myself, then follow with some form of wax or other product to make the cast iron slippery.

I don’t use my splitter, so I wouldn’t see that as an issue. Look into an aftermarket riving knife. There are many options at many price points. Get what you feel is best, but get something.

Make sure the saw blade is parallel with the miter gauges and that the fence is parallel to the saw blade.

Do have a great score there. You will be amazed at the difference between what you were capable of with the Ryobi and what you will do with this saw.

Enjoy it!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 03:10 AM

Looks like you got a heck of a deal!! +1 on the riving knife upgrade if possible

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 03:31 AM

Razor scrapers will take off most of the junk.

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

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