Thanks everyone! Wow, what an adventure it was. I drove 3 hours not 100% sure this saw was what the seller said it was. At first he sent me a internet pic of one of the newer Unisaws (both cranks on the front) so I asked for the model number from the crate and he sent me some numbers that still did not line up with Delta models. He had no clue how to answer any question I posed to him so I was very skeptical. When I finally spoke to him he explained his father in law bought this saw in 2006 and never set it up. The father in law passed recently and the family was trying to clear out his hoard. If bought in 2006 I knew it wasn't the Uni with 2 front cranks. But he went to the trouble to call the original dealer (Klingspor) and they pulled the original invoice. He still could not tell me the exact model but said Klingspor told him it was an X5. OK...I'm good with that, but 36" rails or 52"? He didn't know. 3hp or 5hp? Maybe a 3hp??? He wasn't sure. Based on the dark and out of focus pics he sent to me I could tell it was a left tilt and that the tables were not rusted, but that was about it. I took a big gamble and made the drive.
When I arrived I found a Delta crate with a never unpacked unisaw inside! Turns out it is an 36-L31X. The crate and cardboard surrounding the crate framing were almost pristine...hard to believe after 16 years. No water stains, obviously not tipped over. Wow....now, "where are the rails and fence and table" I asked. Um...there's more? For the next hour we sift through a 3 car garage and a huge basement so full of stuff that I had little faith we would find all the parts. While we were at it I showed him that this big metal cabinet thingy under this pile of boxes was actually the base and motor of the still crated Delta DJ20 jointer that was in the garage (I had already asked him if he'd sell that to me but it had already sold). Suddenly, he says, "here's a box that says bis or bees or something meyer". THAT'S IT!! Well, the fence itself, now where are the rails? In the end, we found it all...fence, rails (52"), mobile base, base extension, extension table, legs...wow. We got it loaded onto my trailer (another adventure but I'll save that part for now) and I drove 3 hours home.
I'll have to say that despite his lack of knowledge about table saws the seller was a very pleasant, helpful and patient man. While trying to figure out if this was something I wanted to pursue I peppered him with questions that likely seemed completely foreign to him yet he was patient with me. Once I committed to make the drive he held it for me despite the many other inquiries he was getting in the meantime. I truly appreciate everything he did for me...working with me, researching the purchase history, helping load it.
So now I have the enviable task of setting up a BRAND NEW UNISAW!!! Well, a 16 year old new uni, that is! I, unlike the previous owner, cannot wait to tear open those boxes!! Don't know if it runs yet, so it was still a gamble, but will soon find out if the gamble paid off!