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I have my heart set on a cabinet table saw, but I'm on a tight budget ($500 ish).
I'm talking with a guy who has two UNIsaws. The one he is willing to part with is 18yrs old and is a 1.5 hp. My delema is: He can't plug it in because he recently moved back into town and staying with friends without 220 hookup. The motor turns, so I know its not frozen. It was hard wired in so will need some $ for plug etc. He says it has an old Biesmeyer
fence with it…but its in parts laying in a heap and I can't see any Biesmeyer name on it. I have seen pics of his cabinet shop out East with the two saws inclosed within a nice table setup. I trust this guy but not sure why…Bottom line is, this would be like buying a saw unseen/unheard. Did I mention that he wants $400 for it.
Any advice would be helpful.
Thanks!
 

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Greetings blyther: Don't want to discourage you on the saw, but I think I would ElPaso on this one. I'm a little leary when I can't see, touch, or hear something running… you can't get any perspective on a saw that way. I know you are anxious to get a cabinet style (weren't we all at one point), but I think I would shy away from this one…. I think if you hold out a little longer, you might be better off in the long haul. I would opt for at least a 3 hp, or better. A 1.5 is just a little underpowered (for me anyway… I have a 5 hp on my Unisaw), and could put a "strain" on the motor, and bog down on you, thus burning the wood, etc. A lot of jocks on here buy off of Craigslist, so that's another option…. bottom line…. I think I'd wait for a better time and deal…
 

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Thanks guys for the tips. To answer some questions…It is a single phase and this was on Craigs List. I spoke with the guy and saw the unisaw but Rick you might be right. I need to think with my head and not my heart. That is why I'm looking for your opinions….Thanks again!
 

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I've never heard of a true Unisaw with onlyl a 1 1/2 hp motor. All of them I have ever seen had at least a 3 hp motor. I have only seen the 1 1/2 hp motors on contractor saws. Also, most 1 1/2 hp motors that I have seen were wired for 120 v. If it were me, I would probably try to get him down to $300 on the chance that I might have to go to scrounge up a motor somewhere. I would be sure to check to be sure all of the moving parts moved freely and that the arbor was in good shape. Be sure check the arbor for runout and be sure the arbor bearings are in good shape too.
 

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I have a Rockwell Unisaw with a 1.5 HP motor. The rockwell motor's tag says it can use 110v and 220v power, and got a wiring diagram on it also. Shouldn't take too long to rewire and test. The 1.5 HP unisaw motor tag say ~19amps on 110V; my previous 1.5HP Delta Contractor say it draws 15amp. Whether it's the unisaw motor less efficient or the contractor motor less powerful I can't say.

I don't know about your area, but I was under the impression you usually can't buy a 3HP used unisaw with Biewemeyer fence in decent condition for $500. Maybe one than require lots of TLC and got the tube rail fence only.
 

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1.5hp is more than adequate with proper technique and a decent carbide blade. I've run 2 1/2" thick slabs of hard maple through my 1.5hp Delta and had little problem.

But the whole deal with this saw sounds more than a little fishy, pass it by and wait for the next one.
 
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