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Forum topic by DrSteve posted 09-21-2011 04:04 PM 4274 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2011 04:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw unisaw vintage sale

I have an opportunity to purchase an older Unisaw. It is 3 phase and I am uncertain of the working order as it has been in storage for a couple of years. From the picture it looks to be of a 1940’s vintage however I have no serial number so am uncertain.

Asking price is $400. If I were to purchase this it would be viewed as a “project” to eventually replace the Craftsman table saw that I have. I am going to pay a visit tomorrow and plan to get serial numbers and check out the trunnions and gears for breaks and wear.

What do you think? Is it a good price considering?? Plunge or keep looking

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 04:15 PM

Not a bad price. Most of the saw seems to be there. Miter gauge is missing. It has the early desirable door. If it has the original switch plate/box that can bring a hundred dollars. Some collectors go for the bullet motor. Somebody has tricked it out with heavy duty industrial controls – that’s a good thing.

Go to for info and resto help. If there are not broken castings you can buy/build most everything else.

Remember – if your first offer doesn’t embarass you then reduce it.


Bob Black in Atlanta

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 04:20 PM

Not a bad price since its 3 phase.

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 06:05 PM

I picked up a 1947 Unisaw about 4 years ago for $500. Its a bullet motor wired 110 for not but will be wired to 220 soon. The only problem I have is that locking knobs on the angle and height wheels don’t work. Other than that its a great saw. I’m a shop teacher and have 2 newer unisaws and one older unisaw in my shops and must say I like the older machines better. I like my personal machine the best. Buy it and give it some love. They don’t make them like that anymore. I just finished making a Biesmeyer for it for about 75 bucks and it was a great project and improvement. Good luck.

-- My wife says I have to many tools. I say there is always more to add.

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 06:09 PM

It’s a very desirable saw. Are you set up for 3ph? If not, you’ll have to consider the cost of a phase converter or motor replacement. I would be very tempted.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 02:35 PM

Thanks for all of the help. Actually, ANOTHER older Unisaw showed up yesterday which is more along my needs. 1965 vintage. Single phase and in very good shape per owner and pictures.

I am going to look at this morning. WIll let you all know what I do and which saw is still for sale to all of you

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 08:35 PM

So, I was set up to take a look at this saw and found another on CL yesterday.

Went to look and bought it. $350 and in really good shape considering. Has the dust door and switch plate also the original miter gauge. Will post photos and the complete purchase (yes there is more) tonight.

Thanks to all for the help.

BTW If you are interested in the saw pictured above let me know as it is still available

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