1940's Delta Unisaw #1: Should I Buy?

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Blog entry by thewoodworker01 posted 11-25-2012 01:55 AM 3370 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found a 1940’s Delta Unisaw on ebay for 175 bucks. It is rusted and has a big motor in it. He says it is single phase with 1750 as the rpm. The cast iron on the top is rusted, but could be removed with chemicals, a grinder, or electroalisis. This one has the rare oval motor cover on it as well, it also has the original switch cover, but not switch. I’m not sure if the motor works or not. Should I buy this or not, I’m debating. I’ll probably restore it back to original condition. Maybe upgrade the motor, or keep it if it is a 3 HP.

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-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 02:28 AM

Doesn’t sound like a bargain unless you want an old saw to tinker with. A new motor is about $700 then if you need a new control…..? It is a great old saw but they come with great old problems.

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 03:26 AM

I just looked at 3 pages of unisaws and did not see one that cheap any more. A motor is almost $400 and there are lots of them there.
Write to the selerl and see if the motor works.
Based on what they are going for, I doubt if it is under $500 when the auction ends
If you really want it, you don’t bid on it now unless it is a buy it now price and I did not see one.
You wait until the last 30 seconds to bid

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 04:14 AM

It should be a good motor and saw. But then again I love the old machines. The motor will be an RI( repulsion induction) and will a couple of bearings and some clean up will last another 60+ years. As for the rust on the top use a razor blade to scrape the rust off and then a gray scotchbrite pad with some WD40 under a rnadom orbit sander and the top will look good as new. The arbor bearings will need replacing and can be done yourself. A little work and the saw will be a work horse. I would NOT replace the motor or attempt to. A new motor will NOT fit in the oval opening and will not tilt to 45 degrees without modifying the cabinet.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 01:28 AM

Well I just found out that the Unisaw sold. It was a “Buy It Now” on ebay, and someone beat me too it. Ahh I was so close to getting it!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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