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Forum topic by Kevin posted 01-08-2008 06:35 PM 11091 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2008 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw delta unisaw dust collector

I happened to see this saw in the paper before anyone had called the guy so I have first dibs. It is about 1.5 years old. Delta Unisaw model 36-812 with 84” Unifence system. The cabinet and inter working of the saw look practically brand new. The cast iron top is in decent condition and the unifence seems to be in decent condition. The saw comes with an equally new (and looks brand new) Delta Dust collector Model 50-850 1.5hp. I also got the guy to thrown in a smaller portable dust collector because the wood portion of the table saw top needs replaced. The price is $800 for the entire package, table saw and two dust collectors.

I think this is a good deal, but I would like your opinions.

The drawbacks I see are: 1) The saw is a right tilt and I have never used one before. My Ridgid contractors saw is left tilt. 2) The cast iron extension wing is not level with the saw and I don’t know if it is just out of alignment (easy fix) or if it for some reason is not flat and would need replaced. Any ideas on the cost of that? 3) The fence is a unifence and not a Biesemeyer. I have not heard much about the Unifence and would appreciate input on its performace.

Thanks for all the help again.


-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#1 posted 01-08-2008 06:44 PM

I have a new Unisaw and I am very happy with it. Some say that the older ones were built even better than the new ones. I don’t know. I do know that a new one will cost you more than twice as much just for the saw alone.

Mine came with a Biesemeyer, and sometimes I wish it had a unifence. I would like to have both. Each has advantages. I like the adjustabilty of the unifence, high or low, in or out.

The wings just need adjustment.

Good luck.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-08-2008 06:57 PM

I agree with Gary on the wings – just an adjustment. I’ve only used a right tilt, so while there’s probably advantages to each, that’s more of a “what you’re used to” kind of thing.

If you have the cash and can afford it, sounds like an outstanding deal to me!

If I happened to have that much saved up in my hobby account, I would jump all over that deal to replace my Grizzly contractor saw with no dust collection in my shop!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#3 posted 01-08-2008 07:47 PM

take it

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-08-2008 08:08 PM


I have the cash, but it was going to be used for a few other smaller tools. I think I will go ahead and buy it and keep both table saws for awhile. Then if I decide that I like the cabinet saw and am OK with the right tilt, I’ll sell my Ridgid. It is only 2 years old and I have been absolutley thrilled with it. If not, I bet I could easily get my money back out of the Unisaw.


-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Myron Wooley

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#5 posted 01-08-2008 08:32 PM

Grab it quick. My old saw had a Unifence, and it worked just fine. Dead-on accurate, too.
As far as the table extension, it should be easy to adjust. If not, buy the Bench Dog router extension- it’s only money, right?

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#6 posted 01-08-2008 08:55 PM

It sounds like a great deal, jump on it if you can.

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 01-08-2008 09:10 PM

Buy it now! Don’t wait, that’s a deal.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#8 posted 01-08-2008 09:29 PM


It may only be money, but I don’t have quite that much of it.

Alright, Alright, I’ll go ahead and buy it. I had planned to anyways, but I always like to get a second opinion.


-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 04:10 PM

Good deal!
The wings can be adjusted but if for some reason you can’t they are about $100 each. I picked up a Lefttilt Unisaw without wings and without fence for $500. Your deal sounds even sweeter. I’m still shopping for a dust collector.


-- -> Malta, IL -<

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 05:56 PM

Well, I went and picked up the saw and dust collectors last night. The dust collectors run fine and all that was left was to check out the saw.

When I got it home, I plugged it into where my air compressor is (I’ll have some wiring to do for the saw since it is 220v) and success. It ran. Very noisy and vibrates a lot, but I am pretty sure it is just because the belts have been sitting in one position for about a year and they are formed into that position. I may try to get them to “flatten out” or may spring for some new belts. Any suggestions?

I also checked out the arbor to make sure it was running true and it is within .002” at 7” from center on a very flat balde. I am OK with that.

So, I figured if the motor runs and the arbor is flat, then everything else is easily repairable. The fence needs some attention, but I think I can get it in working condition without too much trouble.

Thanks for the advice,

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 06:10 PM

Any chance you could post some pictures of your “steal”? Cause for $800, thats what it was. Great find!

-- Jeff, Indiana

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 08:42 PM

I think you got took, I’ll take it off your hands for $600

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 09:12 PM

glad it worked out for ya.. always nice to get a good deal.

-- making sawdust....

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#14 posted 01-10-2008 12:37 AM

Wow DocK16,

You sure are a great guy. Come’n here and save’n me and all. I had a bunch of guys at work offer to “help” me out too. So much love. HA HA

I think I’ll hang on for awhile. If I decide that I do not like the right tilt, it will be coming back up for sale though. I am keeping the Ridgid until I decide.

Has anyone had any good ro bad experiences going from a left tilt to a right tilt?

I’ll try to get some pics, I had to take it apart to make it easier to transport though. Hopefully I will be able to get my shop in order in the next month and i will post pictures of all of my purchases and a few “steals” I found.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#15 posted 01-10-2008 01:52 AM

Glad you went with the purchase, Kevin. I have a left-tilt hybrid with the uni-fence and I’m happy. I’ve not used a right-tilt but at one time I read and article about the pros/cons. I’ll try to find it. Regardless, for the package, you made off like a bandit.

As for the belt, maybe try a v-link. They are commonly found at Rockler and Woodcraft among other places. My pulleys are not a single v-groove though. Are yours? Mine look more like a modern pulley on a late-model vehicle and I’m not sure if a v-link would work. They are really supposed to cut down on the vibration issues.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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