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#1 posted 11-10-2012 02:34 PM

while the older units (40 YO and more) are well built with heavy CI components, there are a number of things that can go wrong and be expensive to repair/replace. the sawcenter in springfield, mass. is a great source for all things unisaw related:

their FAQ section is really good info for anyone considering a pre-owned unisaw. wish i’d seen it before i got mine.

i got this unisaw for $40 in gas money to go pick it up:

after having the motor bearings replaced, a new arbor, arbor pulley and and bearings (from the sawcenter), new belts, new motor fan and putting about 80 man hours into the saw, i had this:

which performed like this:

i put a total of $600 into the saw and sold it for $800. cabinet saws are nice, but just not necessary for what most hobbyist WWs do. when i was originally told, incorrectly, that my motor was fried, i looked into replacements. the guy @ sawcenter laughed when i asked him about a 5hp stating that 3 hp was overkill for hobbyist WWs.

a decent uni, and never buy one if you can’t power it up, should go for $800-1200, with the more expensive saw usually having a better than OEM fence system.

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