Delta Unisaw with unifence thoughts?

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Forum topic by taterm6x posted 02-15-2017 03:31 PM 3789 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 03:31 PM

In the market for a decent table saw. What are your thoughts on this? Delta Unisaw with Unifence. He is asking 600 for the saw. Any input on the saw, price, or steer me in another direction would be great. Thanks. Saw is at least 20 years old. He is second owner.

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 03:32 PM

snap it up.

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 03:39 PM

the fence is worth 300 alone.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 03:50 PM

How many hp?

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 03:56 PM

3 hp. says 220 single phase. not sure if its dual voltage motor or not.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 03:57 PM

My opinion; I wouldn’t buy such an old table saw. If spending more is not an issue, I would try to find something newer for about $1,000+. Newer TS have splitters and blade guards that can be removed without tools. If you have time to wait and keep searching you might find something better.

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 03:59 PM

Yes, im in no hurry. I agree its a nice saw but was concerned about the age as well.

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 04:08 PM

Get it. It is well worth the price.

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 04:33 PM

taterm6x, i talked to him awhile back but decided to go with a newer saw due to same concerns. i believe he’ll take $550. if you have the power already set up, you probably can’t lose.

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 04:34 PM

Unisaws are so well built that age really isn’t an issue with them. That’s a very good saw (and excellent fence), the only question I would have is about the right price; I’ll admit I’m clueless. I suspect that saw is somewhat older than 20 years, but like I said that doesn’t matter. Does it still have the motor cover, for whatever reason they seem to get lost over the years.

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 04:52 PM

JRsgarage – You are correct, his bottom dollar thus far is 550. Im on the fence. Just wanted a few opinions that might sway me one way or another.

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 04:53 PM

The age of the saw is something that i consider a plus. When i bought my uni-saw i had plans to replace the unifence for a biesemeyer, then i discovered how Superior the uni fence is. Add some arbor bearings,belts, and maybe even a new switch, and you will have a smooth running saw that will last you a while. Right tilt is the only thing i dont care for.

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 05:03 PM

The older the better I hear.

I paid more for less. I’d get it.

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 05:07 PM

The age is only an issue if you really care about having an easily removable splitter. You can get an aftermarket one that will work just as well as the brand new saws, but it is a bit more hassle to get on and off.

Other than that there really haven’t been many design changes on the Unisaw since the 40s. Replacement parts are readily available. If the motor is in good shape, you won’t ever have to change anything other than belts and saw blades… and the saw will likely outlast you by a good number of years. They were built right. With that fence, $600 is a good price. If you don’t pick it up soon, someone else will.

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 05:26 PM

If you are worried strictly about the absence of a splitter, as others have mentioned there are many aftermarket products to choose from. Saws of that era scream quality. There is a reason they were in many industrial and institutional settings running all day, every day for years on years.

if shopping new, $1000.00 is going to get you an off-shore, Chinese made saw, which admittedly will cut wood, with fair accuracy when set up correctly. However, the fit, finish, smooth running and reliability will not be there. I recently purchased a 10 year old General 350 (5hp) after shopping around a while. My choices were a Powermatic at $4500.00, a UniSaw at $5000.00, a new old stock General at $3500.00 or a CWI Stallion at $2400.00. I paid $1000.00 for the used General and there is NO buyers remorse. I will take the savings and buy a set of Jess Em stock guides and a aftermarket splitter.

If shopping used, I believe riving knives were not required until 2009. This limits the available market and sets the price significantly higher than the $600.00 you are looking at now.

additionally, for what its worth, I prefer the uni-fence to the bisenmeyer buy ymmv.

I’d buy the 20 year old unisaw in a heartbeat with no regret.

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#15 posted 02-15-2017 05:47 PM

That Unisaw was made sometime in the late 70’s to early 80’s, no later than 1984. That was the last few years Rockwell owned Delta before selling it off to Pentair, so in many ways is more desirable than a newer one. Being a right tilt machine, it can be fitted with a disappearing splitter if it doesn’t already have one. Price is about right – not a steal, but not unreasonable either, particularly with a Unifence as part of the package.


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