Finally! A saw I can live with.

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Blog entry by barecycles posted 03-03-2012 10:29 PM 1561 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I went into my garage/workshop this morning it all look pretty much the same as it always does, crappy ol’ contractors saw with the same ol’ crappy fence. But this afternoon it’s a whole new look.

I finally got a Unisaw! I’ve been looking for a long time and every time one became available, it seemed to always get snatched up by someone else (I suspect the rest of you LJ’s have conspired to prevent me from having such a machine). Got it from a wonderful fellow woodworker just south of me who was great to help me load it up. It is a 3HP 3 phase 1984 Rockwell (hope that does not make it a suspect product) but I don’t care, I like it!

No rust, no warp, smooth movements and cabinet is in great condition. Alas, it did not have a fence but WHOA!

It came with a NIB Delta T2 fence. I’m so happy, people say I have that glow about me. My wife says it’s not a glow, just a big goofy grin.

Now I can commence to check out all the innards and rewire and add my VFD.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 10:58 PM

Nice score! I think you’re going to love it. Those are just good. ol’ fashioned, rock-solid saws!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 11:00 PM

Nice! May it serve you well.

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 11:09 PM


I don’t have a cabinet saw, but I just upgraded from a teeny tiny, borrowed jobsite saw (DW744) to MY OWN C’man 113.298030 Contractor TS from the late 70’s (came with Vega Utility fence & Herc-U-Lift upgrades). So I know you are just as (if not more) excited than I am!!!

Now then, get busy on tweaking your saw. We need to see your first piles of saw dust!!!!

Again, CONGRATULATIONS & enjoy your NEW saw!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 11:52 PM

A good table saw is the “Heart of a workshop”.
That Delta fence is a bonus.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 02:16 AM

Great find and I know you will be making great projects soon

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 03:06 AM

sure looks familiar. I sold this one about three years ago, but it had a bies 50 inch on it.

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 03:50 AM

running my 3ph 3hp on vfd, man are you going to love it.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#8 posted 03-14-2012 06:31 PM

Nice score with the fence, awesome!


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#9 posted 03-14-2012 06:51 PM

You lucky man! It is really awesome.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 07:14 PM

”(I suspect the rest of you LJ’s have conspired to prevent me from having such a machine).”

Alright. WHO screwed up ? Whose turn was it to buy this one, so he never got a cabinet saw ????

LOL !!!

I’m happy for you. That’s a lifetime-ownership saw. Looking forward to catching up on your other posts on the subject !

-- -- Neil

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