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Unisaw: possiblity of going from right tilt cabinet to left tilt X5 without fence/rails. Migrate?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 07-03-2020 11:28 PM 730 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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07-03-2020 11:28 PM

I have the 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 right tilt 52” rails and Beisemeyer fence that I know inside & out due to tear down and rebuild: https://www.lumberjocks.com/Holbs/blog/75970

I have not much needed to angle the blade to the right as it kind of spooks me. My #2 Bosch 4100 saw takes care of that. I am very fine with this little beast as it has handled everything I have tossed at it. I will admit, due to age and brainfarts, I was/am still considering a Sawtop, but that is another discussion that I dream about.

Locally, there is a 220v DELTA 36-L31X-BC50 X5 10-Inch Left Tilt 3-Horsepower Cabinet Saw for sale, in bad shape. I would have to buy it blind: no motor test, no inspection. Yes….Yes…Yes…another auction (I did say I was going to give up auctions…I must of meant for that week). I may or may not win the lot so these questions might be moot. But…. I assume the “X5” is nothing spectacular other than a 5 year warranty on a standard issue Unisaw.

It is a left tilt and it is newer than ‘97. However, no rails and no fence, no right side extension table. See for yourself down below. Has been a couple years of blessing LJ’s with a machinery tear down. I’m over due!

However, my main concern is the possibility of migrating my existing right tilt Unisaw 52” rails & Beisemeyer fence system, and my left side table Benchdog cast iron router table. I’m pretty confident rails, fence, extension table (which does house my sanding downdraft table) should migrate without issues. It’s the Benchdog I’m concerned about with my 3 1/2 Milwaukee beast of a router sitting there.

Oh…and my Jessem clear-cut TS stock guides arrived this week, along with router fence guides. Lots of good fun coming along for me.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 07-04-2020 05:09 AM

I’ve got a General 350 right tilter, and I use that because I prefer to swap my blades for rip, cross, and fine finish for ply, melamine, etc. If you use a left tilter and DO NOT use a “combo” blade, or a set up where you keep the same blade in for everything, and have a left tilt saw, you have to adjust your cursor, on the fence every time you change blades. Well at least if they are different thicknesses. With a Right tilter the cursor is always the same, because it’s lined up on the “RIGHT” I like to say the correct side of the arbor. :-)

Because of some advantages with a left tilter, I do have a Delta 36-979 contractor saw, which is a left tilter, and I use it when I want to take advantage of the left sides advantages.

With one of each, your easier choice is finding another fence, and you would have the perfect set. Unless you are a combo blade aficionado, and never swap blades…..

I’ve been doing this from a time when Left tilters were the rare saw, and I started on a Rightie. I actually could get away with not having the Delta, and often play around with that scenario. When younger folks come over to play in the shop, that Right side mojo freaks a lot of them out, they act like it’s evil, or something. lol

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#2 posted 07-04-2020 09:02 AM

Comments FWIW:

1) Last I researched the table extensions for right/left tilt are same, with same mounting holes. While I have never physically verified they are identical, pretty sure all of your existing bolt on fence/extensions will fit either saw.

2) The white plank on top of saw is a factory made right side extension table you list as missing. :-0)

3) Have personally lamented buying a left tilt Unisaw too. :)
One reason I have never bought one is: the lack of convenient disappearing splitter or riving knife.

The disappearing splitter Delta PN 34-868 many of folks (including myself) use on the right tilt Unisaw was part of the Uniguard (over head back mounted guard) package. Delta never made this package for left tilt Unisaw that I have found. Even though Delta still makes the right tilt disappearing splitter, it will not fit the left tilt saws as the rear tilt plate is reversed.
If you find a left tilt Unisaw has the factory guard splitter bracket PN 422-40-014-0005 still mounted on saw, you can fabricate a splitter easy enough; but it won’t be as convenient as the disappearing version. The old left tilt delta splitter bracket is still found at some parts venues at a cost of ~$35. Sharkguard sells a $30 splitter mounting bracket for left tilt Unisaw, and various thickness splitters too.

If you are lucky enough to find a left tilt Unisaw with the 3rd party Biesemeyer removable splitter, PN 78-431;
that a next best option to disappearing splitter (IMHO). But they are very rare to find on auction equipment as they are too easily removed and get lost, just like blade wrenches and miter gauge. They are not made or sold anymore, and even more rare to find one in wild without a saw attached.

Best Luck with auction. :-)

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Holbs

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#3 posted 07-04-2020 01:49 PM

I actually had the 3rd party disappearing splitter on my Unisaw when it first arrived in my shop. Great little addition. However, I eventually upgraded to a Sharkguard adjustable riving knife and dust collection hood which is what is currently installed. I best find out if that too can migrate over.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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farmfromkansas

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#4 posted 07-06-2020 03:31 AM

I have an 04 left tilt Uni, and it is a good saw. Would be nice if it had a riving knife, but do have a shark guard. The New CMT rip blades cut such a fine kerf they pinch on the shark guard splitter, but that is the only problem I am having with it.

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#5 posted 07-06-2020 03:35 AM



I actually had the 3rd party disappearing splitter on my Unisaw when it first arrived in my shop. Great little addition. However, I eventually upgraded to a Sharkguard adjustable riving knife and dust collection hood which is what is currently installed. I best find out if that too can migrate over.

- Holbs

The sharks will be based on the mounting flange inside the saw. If they are same/similar you will be good. Rails also are pretty mobile between saws.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-07-2020 12:08 AM

Moot point, for me now. Dang saw went over $500 without the rails/fence. Too rich for my blood.
But is good to know if some other Unisaw may come up in the future. Was thinking, could put side-by-side inside the 52” rail systems.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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