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That's a unisaw, looks in pretty rough shape. Has original fence, but I think that style is not popular. Does it have a motor and what kind will be a big determinate in value. Value is hard to assess, it really depends on the market and condition. I would say I wouldn't pay more than $300 for it. Those saws are great and will fix up really well. But it is a rough start from the looks of it.

Is it me or does the angle adjusting hand wheel look bent?
 

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This is a cabinet saw, and it is probably a clone of the Delta Unisaw (Rockwell and Delta have belonged to each other at various times-very confusing). A great saw, but a crappy fence and rails. I bought a new Rockwell contractor's saw about 40 years ago, and one of the first things I did was to throw away the fence. I made rails out of angle iron, and a T square fence out of aluminum square tube and steel.

The rough paint job makes me suspect it is an old machine; also the doorway at the front/bottom (missing the louvered door) dates that as very old. And it won't have a riving knife.

I'd not want to pay more than $300 for it, after checking out motor, tilt and elevation mechanisms, and arbor bearings.

You can put upgraded rails and fence on it, and they make a fine saw.
 

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It a Delta Unisaw. Fix it up and you will have one of the best table saws ever made. How much are they asking for it and does it have the motor and missing door?

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I would still stick to $300, you are going to have to do a lot of manual restoration. I would advise taking the cabinet all the way down to bare metal, priming and repainting. That is a lot of time and effort. If they don't have to dust door, that will probably cost you on the used market. The fence should be replaced. And all this is before you have actually laid eyes on it. From the look of it you are highly advised to change out the arbor and motor bearings as well. You are probably looking at $700-$900 to get it where I would suspect you want it to be.

Also if you do buy it go immediately and join OWWM.org, they are the best place for advise on that saw.
 

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I paid 300 for mine, came with extended table and a uniguide fence. however, mine is also 3 phase and will cost me another 150 for a converter. I am also missing a few other pieces that one has. if you are in indianapolis, I know of another uniguide for sale close by. would work great with that.

there are some nice videos on youtube with someone who rebuilt one similar to that model.
 

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Just to stick my 2 cents in. Seeing a little sheen on the table makes me think it's seen recent use which I take as a good thing. Run the blade up and down, tilt it back and forth, peek underneath and see how much crude has collected, listen to it run. If it checks out I'd disregard the cabinet condition. I've yet to see a paint job improve a cut. Looks like a saw with some potential. You can buy a lot less for 300 bucks.
 

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You would be money ahead if you buy the Rockwell instead of going with the tiawanese grizzly, I don't care if they have "great customer service", the best customer service is not having to deal with customer service. The Rockwell would be the last saw you buy. The parts for Rockwell(Unisaw) are everywhere and not that expensive, haggle on the price, but I wouldn't be scared of the 350.
 

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Torn between this and saving some money to get a grizzly. I have a cheap crqftsman right now.

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Say $350 for the saw and another $250 for a fence (minimum). You're at $600. I'm guessing you'll have to put another $100 in parts and 8-10 hours worth of labor into getting that saw into tip-top shape. You're at $700 and 1-2 days worth of work. If you want to do a complete restore, to include repainting, we're talking several days worth of work.
If you think you'll enjoy the restoration process and have the time/means to knock out the work in a timely manner, this saw might be a worthy endeavor. If you just want to cut some wood and your time is valuable…..I'd pass on it and go with the grizzly.
Price is also part of the equation here (imo). The cheaper you buy the machine, the more sense the restoration starts to make.
Me personally, I'm lucky to get 3-4 hours worth of "me time" per week to play in my shop. I'd rather not spend them sanding/repainting a machine. I restored a 1950s Craftsman drill press and jointer. It was an interesting and enjoyable process…....but more time consuming and expensive than I originally anticipated. All said and done, I wish I would have just bought new(er) machines.
 

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Just to stick my 2 cents in. Seeing a little sheen on the table makes me think it s seen recent use which I take as a good thing. Run the blade up and down, tilt it back and forth, peek underneath and see how much crude has collected, listen to it run. If it checks out I d disregard the cabinet condition. I ve yet to see a paint job improve a cut. Looks like a saw with some potential. You can buy a lot less for 300 bucks.

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The table has sheen, but if you look just to the right of the fence, you can see the rust pattern where the fence may have sat for years. They might have just tried to clean up the tabletop to get it sold. To me, this looks like it has not cut wood for quite a while.
$300 tops.
 

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As Tedstor mentioned you could have a lot of time tied up in getting the saw into good shape. If you're into that kind of thing then it could be worth it. If you're looking to get to work (wood working) ASAP then something newer might be a better bet. If you go take a look at it, make sure nothing is cracked underneath and try it out if power is available. If not, assume it doesn't work and adjust your offer accordingly. The missing doors and need for a new fence could get expensive so take than into consideration also.
 

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It's worth the asking price. You don't HAVE to disassemble it and paint - IT'S A TOOL! Missing door is not a problem. If you want it offer $300 and if they don't budge then the decision to spend another $50 is up to you. But again, it's worth it.
 

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I sent him a $300 offer and told him I could pick it up on Saturday morning. We will see what happens. Here is a better shot of the table. From his last email, it seems that it is working. He said I could try it out.

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What is the best way to get rid of a crappy craftsman table saw, craigslist?
 

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Good luck. here are a couple of fence suggestion- in case it helps. These are the lower priced priced options that still offer good performance an quality. You can always buy A Beisemeyer for $450-500 and be done with it though.
T2- I have this fence on my Craftsman. Leaves little to be desired for a hobbyist like me.
http://www.amazon.com/DELTA-36-T30-30-Inch-Fence-System/dp/B000H0R1S2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415281451&sr=8-1&keywords=delta+T2

Vega with 50 in capacity- Little more expensive, but probably a little bit nicer too.
http://www.amazon.com/Vega-PRO-50-Table-System/dp/B000022622/ref=pd_cp_hi_1
 

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CL is probably your best bet for getting rid of your "crappy craftsman table saw" you can price it like gold and still have it in 15 years or put it up for free and it'll be gone in 5 minutes. Just depends on how quickly you want it gone.
 

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Looks like I will be picking it up on Saturday. He accepted my offer. Need to find a buddy to help me load it. Should I wire it up for 230 or 115?

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