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Posted on New TS - Looking to spend $1500

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Jim2020

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 10:32 PM

The old Unisaws are out there, you just have to look for them. Just checked e-bay, there are 13 used ones currently listed. None seem like an outstanding buy right now, but “best offer” price is sometimes way different from listed price. The problem with these old saws is that you have to be ready to suffer some inconvenience buying them, and putting them back into service.

I bought one a year ago, 1951 version, cost me $250. Problem was getting it to me. Well, I watched for listings somewhere within reasonable distance, and found one 150 mi. away, made an offer, and it was mine. Spent a day picking it up. Was in and old guy’s barn. He had a bale fork on his tractor, and lifted it with that and put it in the back of my truck.

Let me tell you it was not a pretty thing. Jerry-rigged switch, old jet fence, missing the cabinet door, and one of the hand wheel locks. But it ran just fine. It’s a 1725 rpm bullet motor machine. Long story – short: I spent about a month and maybe $300 putting it back in shape (Since I had it appart, I replaced the bearing and the arbor-probably wouldn’t have had to replace either). Then I built my own Beismeyer type fence. I now have a really nice cabinet saw. Learned all about it in the re-hab.

Now I enjoy working on, and building tools, so the project was fun for me. Someone else, maybe not. New these saws cost somewhere between $2500 to $3000. The new ones don’t match the build quality and robustness of these. You can’t expect to buy a pristine Unisaw for $600, but if you’re willing to shop, wait, and do some repair and rebuild work yourself, you can end up with a quality saw at a pretty reasonable price. Jim


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