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Delta Unisaw with unifence thoughts?

by taterm6x
posted 02-15-2017 03:31 PM

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 03:32 PM

snap it up.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 03:39 PM

the fence is worth 300 alone.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 03:50 PM

How many hp?

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 03:56 PM

3 hp. says 220 single phase. not sure if its dual voltage motor or not.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 03:57 PM

My opinion; I wouldn’t buy such an old table saw. If spending more is not an issue, I would try to find something newer for about $1,000+. Newer TS have splitters and blade guards that can be removed without tools. If you have time to wait and keep searching you might find something better.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 03:59 PM

Yes, im in no hurry. I agree its a nice saw but was concerned about the age as well.

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 04:08 PM

Get it. It is well worth the price.

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 04:33 PM

taterm6x, i talked to him awhile back but decided to go with a newer saw due to same concerns. i believe he’ll take $550. if you have the power already set up, you probably can’t lose.

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 04:34 PM

Unisaws are so well built that age really isn’t an issue with them. That’s a very good saw (and excellent fence), the only question I would have is about the right price; I’ll admit I’m clueless. I suspect that saw is somewhat older than 20 years, but like I said that doesn’t matter. Does it still have the motor cover, for whatever reason they seem to get lost over the years.

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 04:52 PM

JRsgarage – You are correct, his bottom dollar thus far is 550. Im on the fence. Just wanted a few opinions that might sway me one way or another.

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 04:53 PM

The age of the saw is something that i consider a plus. When i bought my uni-saw i had plans to replace the unifence for a biesemeyer, then i discovered how Superior the uni fence is. Add some arbor bearings,belts, and maybe even a new switch, and you will have a smooth running saw that will last you a while. Right tilt is the only thing i dont care for.

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 05:03 PM

The older the better I hear.

I paid more for less. I’d get it.

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 05:07 PM

The age is only an issue if you really care about having an easily removable splitter. You can get an aftermarket one that will work just as well as the brand new saws, but it is a bit more hassle to get on and off.

Other than that there really haven’t been many design changes on the Unisaw since the 40s. Replacement parts are readily available. If the motor is in good shape, you won’t ever have to change anything other than belts and saw blades… and the saw will likely outlast you by a good number of years. They were built right. With that fence, $600 is a good price. If you don’t pick it up soon, someone else will.

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 05:26 PM

If you are worried strictly about the absence of a splitter, as others have mentioned there are many aftermarket products to choose from. Saws of that era scream quality. There is a reason they were in many industrial and institutional settings running all day, every day for years on years.

if shopping new, $1000.00 is going to get you an off-shore, Chinese made saw, which admittedly will cut wood, with fair accuracy when set up correctly. However, the fit, finish, smooth running and reliability will not be there. I recently purchased a 10 year old General 350 (5hp) after shopping around a while. My choices were a Powermatic at $4500.00, a UniSaw at $5000.00, a new old stock General at $3500.00 or a CWI Stallion at $2400.00. I paid $1000.00 for the used General and there is NO buyers remorse. I will take the savings and buy a set of Jess Em stock guides and a aftermarket splitter.

If shopping used, I believe riving knives were not required until 2009. This limits the available market and sets the price significantly higher than the $600.00 you are looking at now.

additionally, for what its worth, I prefer the uni-fence to the bisenmeyer buy ymmv.

I’d buy the 20 year old unisaw in a heartbeat with no regret.

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#15 posted 02-15-2017 05:47 PM

That Unisaw was made sometime in the late 70’s to early 80’s, no later than 1984. That was the last few years Rockwell owned Delta before selling it off to Pentair, so in many ways is more desirable than a newer one. Being a right tilt machine, it can be fitted with a disappearing splitter if it doesn’t already have one. Price is about right – not a steal, but not unreasonable either, particularly with a Unifence as part of the package.


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#16 posted 02-15-2017 05:51 PM

I hemmed and hawed about buying a used right tilt Unisaw for all the common reasons that people say left tilt saws are better. Then I started to think—I hardly ever tilt the blade, and when I had a job requiring ripping hundreds of feet of French cleats(for displays in a showroom) a right tilt contractor saw gave me no trouble with pinching between blade and fence. I also found that the Unifence was a great fence.
I say buy it!!!

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#17 posted 02-15-2017 05:54 PM

Great saw at a good price. I wish I hadn’t traded mine for a Sawstop ICS. I had an easily removable Biesmeyer splitter on mine but agree that a riving knife is better. I also liked the Unifence better than the Biesmeyer style on my Sawstop.

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#18 posted 02-15-2017 11:32 PM

Go with what you want but the unisaw is to me is the way to go. I have the rockwell delta made around 1980 and it cuts striaght as a lazer. I also have the splitter Brad linked to and it fits perfect an works great.

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#19 posted 02-16-2017 06:20 AM

I bought a Unisaw and I can tune it much more precisely than my old Delta contractor table saw.

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#20 posted 02-16-2017 11:20 AM

Do it!

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#21 posted 02-16-2017 11:34 AM

$600 is a great price, $550 is even better! In the very unlikely event you don’t like it, you can easily get your money if not make some on reselling it. In my part of the rust belt, a saw that nice especially with a Unifence never comes up for sale for less than $750 and typically right at the $1000 mark.

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#22 posted 02-16-2017 12:50 PM

Had one. Rehabbed it and sold it. Don’t miss it. Good saw for production shop, not hobbyist.

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#23 posted 02-19-2017 09:26 AM

I have a Unisaw like this that i have used for 35 years and it has run flawlessly. Dust control can be an issue. But, it is a wonderful, reliable tool. The fence is easy to adjust and the saw is a workhorse. If you feel you really need a riving knife there are several after market possibilities. If I were buying new, I would choose a Sawstop for the safety features, but if that is not a consideration you can’t go wrong for the money. If it were in my area, and I didn’t already have four table saws in my shop, I would buy it.

If you buy it, take the time and expense to move the off/on switch to the left and forward so you can turn it off with your knee.

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#24 posted 02-19-2017 02:33 PM

Where you located…. if you dont want it, ,plenty of folks on here would.

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#25 posted 02-19-2017 02:45 PM

Do the unifences not have a rear rail or is that it laying on the floor?

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#26 posted 02-19-2017 05:17 PM

They do but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t clamp.

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#27 posted 02-19-2017 05:20 PM

If I did not have my delta unisaw and fence I would buy that. Of course I’d check for flatness, square, slot to blade, etc etc first.

-- Petey

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#28 posted 02-20-2017 03:00 AM

I have a version of this saw made in the mid-sixties. It has a disappearing splitter. I think the saw is bulletproof. The unifence is fantastic. The locking mechanism on the front rail is so good no rear clamp is needed. Buy it now!!

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#29 posted 02-20-2017 05:16 AM

It’s unlikely you’re going to find anything like it for that price in the next year.

This is older than my first Unisaw, a right tilt, but the only real difference is looks. These things will last a hundred years, or two, or three, depending on use. Even if it needed new bearings, sweat equity aside, you’d be back in a saw again for under a hundred bucks.

I’m on my second Unisaw, a left tilt. Both have a Unifence and I love them. They are more versitile than the Bessy’s, but can be more difficult to attach accessories to. I bought an aftermarket rail for a hundred bucks and it trumps everything else.

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#30 posted 02-20-2017 05:17 AM

No rear rail. It doesn’t need it. Even when I’m running hold downs.

They do but I m pretty sure it doesn t clamp.

- TheFridge

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