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Forum topic by MitcherNeaf posted 06-08-2021 12:18 AM 693 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MitcherNeaf

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06-08-2021 12:18 AM

Novice looking to get a used unisaw to start my woodworking career around. I’ve do mostly basic construction and some shelving builds. Nothing fancy. Next big project would probably be kitchen cabinet doors for my house. I go back and forth on buying a nice Dewalt or a real shop tablesaw. I’ve been looking around and trying to get an idea on what is a fair?
Thanks
Mitch


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#1 posted 06-08-2021 12:42 AM

If it really does have a VFD (not a phase converter), then that is a great deal. 3 phase motors are more robust and bullet proof than their single phase counterparts and are darn hard to destroy. Also comes with a Biesemeyer fence, which is a big plus. The VFD and fence alone are worth at least $300. I’d guess it was built sometime in the mid 80’s based on logo and having a dust door. I wouldn’t worry about cosmetics… ugly saws cut just as well as pretty ones!!

It should already be in your garage. My guess is that OWWM Rule #5 is going to bite you.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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CWWoodworking

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#2 posted 06-08-2021 12:45 AM

Really up to you. Do you want to put time and energy into fixing a saw? If so, that one looks like it needs it. Could be decent I guess.

Dewalt makes a great little table saw. It definitely has its limitations. If you like to use sleds, jigs, etc, go with something else. It simply isn’t big enough for stuff like that. If you just want to mainly rip, it’s great. The fence is fantastic.

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#3 posted 06-08-2021 01:13 AM



It should already be in your garage. My guess is that OWWM Rule #5 is going to bite you.

- MrUnix

Ya in my area that saw will list 900 to 1100 in that same condition. At 450 I would buy it even tho I don’t know jack about a VFD, I already have a contractor saw, and I don’t even have room in the garage for it right now.

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Kudzupatch

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#4 posted 06-08-2021 12:45 PM

You will never regret a good Unisaw. While they don’t necessary cut the wood any better than a cheaper saw, they are much more pleasurable to use. Smooth and minimal vibration. Anyone that has used a contractors saw and gone to one of these can second that.

I assume you are asking about price and that is like asking how long is a piece of string. It varies from place to place. But I would expect you will pay $800- $1,000 for a nice one. I got into mine for considerably less but it looked like crap. Worked well but I had to tear it apart and strip and paint it and do some minor maintenance.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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#5 posted 06-08-2021 12:46 PM

Fair price is want and demand. Like buying a car, great deals come up, but if I gotta go look at it decide and go to the bank to get money it’s already gone.

Money in hand, ready to go and know what your looking for and watching like a hawk.

It could take a long time, some just pay the piper and get woodworking…

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 06-08-2021 01:00 PM

Not sure why the OP removed the link, but here is the Facebook marketplace ad for the Unisaw originally being asked about. It is a 3 phase machine, claims it comes with a VFD (to run on standard single phase line plus tons of other benefits) and has a Biesemeyer fence. Asking price at the moment is $400.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/231596738392924/

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 06-08-2021 01:21 PM

I was wondering if I missed something, thanks for updating the link.

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

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#8 posted 06-08-2021 07:17 PM

Unless you are put off by working on/rehabbing a nice piece of old iron like that, go buy it.

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MitcherNeaf

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#9 posted 06-16-2021 05:14 PM

Missed out on first one. Guy didn’t get back for a few days and was gone. I’m very aware of rule #5 but getting screwed over is a bigger fear of mine than missing out so I have another one.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/259622569295613/?ref=facebook_story_share
Thoughts on this?

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#10 posted 06-16-2021 05:42 PM

500 for that saw in good condition with the unifence is an excellent deal. Go check it out asap

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#11 posted 06-16-2021 08:21 PM

Get it, the Unifence in what looks to be in good condition is likely worth $200-$300 alone. That’s a big saw with lots of power, something you’d be hard pressed to out grow.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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tvrgeek

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#12 posted 06-16-2021 08:35 PM

A Unisaw, as great as saw as it was, does NOT have a riving knife. I would not touch one. A riving knife is the second most important safety device behind your brain. But your brain can fail so best to have a true riving knife.

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MrUnix

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#13 posted 06-16-2021 08:51 PM

... so I have another one.
Thoughts on this?

That one is a Powermatic PM70, which was only produced for a few years and then replaced by the PM72. It’s a 12” beast of a saw, but it did have some issues – particularly with the ‘universal joint’ height/tilt mechanisms that can cause lots of grief. It is a left tilt, looks fairly complete with the Unifence, and has a mobile base, which is a plus. Only thing I notice is it’s missing the lock knobs for tilt and height.

I personally would keep looking – for a nice Unisaw, PM66 or even a PM72 or Delta 12/14 if you really want a 12” machine. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#14 posted 06-23-2021 11:14 PM

So the first guy got back to me and said the original buyer never showed up. Can anyone explain the 3 phase motor with vfd to run on 220? I currently don’t have a 220 in my garage but can easily make it happen. Just wondering if it’s a good system to have. I tried Google and searching but I’m confused.

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Kudzupatch

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#15 posted 06-23-2021 11:23 PM

I am not well versed in how they do it but a VFD will create a 3 phase power that the motor will run on perfectly. I set up one on my lathe. I searched out a 3 phase because I could change speeds with the VFD.

Don’t be scared of it. They are a good way to power a 3 phase machine.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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