Buying an old Unisaw: the saga ends

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Forum topic by jaminjames posted 04-22-2017 12:42 AM 550 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2017 12:42 AM

Posted a few times over the last few days about a 1959 Rockler Unisaw on craigslist that was 2hrs from me.

Today I had to be down there for work, so when work was done, I drove over to the the guys house.

Unfortunately the saw was in really rough shape. Some things minor, other things not minor.

The biggest issue that he never mentioned, was that the entire lip on one side of the table, and a partialy on another side was jaggedly chipped away, on most spots up to the table top (how does that even happen???). Uh. Didn’t think to mention that or include it in the pictures? The saw would barely raise/lower or tilt. It refused to get to to 45. It was also right tilt, which is not what I’m looking for. The blade was visibly out of alignment, and upon inspecting it, the arbor was bent off to one side several degrees. The original switch had been replaced with a lite switch assembly from Home Depot. Looked tacky. Both knobs on the wheels had been replaced with long sockets held on with nuts. The table was slightly warped. It just wasn’t good.

Doesn’t surprise me he was so quick to accept my offer.

So the search for a saw to restore continues.

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 11:23 AM

All’s well that ends well. Just be patient (as hard as that is), you’ll get the one you want.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 11:54 AM

That is an unfortunate part of shopping on craigslist. Sometimes you find a gem but most of the time the seller will take the sale motto (highlight the pros skip the cons) to the new level.

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