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01-16-2014 05:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw tablesaw

Hello LJ’s I’m looking to upgrade my table saw, I have a old ryobi bt3000 and its just not up to what I would hope. There is slop in the angle of the blade and it won’t stay at a true 90 degrees. I found a unisaw posting on craigslist, and would like to get some feedback on what a fair price would be. Below is the posting

I don’t have a ton of money to spend but what would be a fair offer. My friends say offer $500, but I don’t want to low ball him too much. But $900 seems like a lot for a 30 year old saw, looks to be in good shape.


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#1 posted 01-16-2014 05:42 PM

Price seems to be somewhere between in the ball park, and a little high.

Maybe Knotscott or Toolie will chime in. They’d offer better opinions/thoughts.

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 05:50 PM

That seems really high to me for a that saw. I think your friend is much closer in a reasonable price.

Here’s another, newer, better fence, mobile base, and extension table:

The one you posted is of an era that is not highly regarded at Delta’s best years. I think if he’s set on $900, I’d pass.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 05:53 PM

I see that as being high, though that saw appears to be in good shape. Interesting, that a saw in that condition would still be missing the motor cover. I would guess that saw has some sentimental value to the owner, and he/she probably thinks it has sentimental value to everyone else as well. Keep looking, a better deal will turn up.

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 05:56 PM

That seems a little high to me, it would be an acceptable price (not a deal) for that saw IF it had a 3hp motor and a more modern fence, like a Unifence or Biesmeyer. All of the older saws are going to be right tilt, which some don’t prefer, but it’s just the way it was back in the day, left tilt saws are arguably safer. Keep shopping an you’ll find a deal eventually.

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 06:00 PM

depending on where you are at some ‘used’ markets are higher than others. With that said, for a 1.5HP unisaw with no Biss/uni fence seems to be too high of an asking price. somewhere in the 600-700 ball park would be more reasonable. offering 500 and trying to get it to that ballpark is a good direction to take.

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 06:01 PM

I think it is a little high. I bought a Unisaw with a 52 inch unifence and a 5HP 460V 3 phase motor for $180. The 3 phase made it cheaper. It is solid and newer than the saw shown. KnotScott and some others are more into this line of stuff than I but I would go on looking a bit more. this guy might be cheaper in a short while with no bites on this saw. If it sells you know it was just right for your part of the country. Location makes a difference.

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 06:06 PM

Or for $100 less you can get a brand new Grizzly G0715xp with a t square fence, a riving knife and a warranty.


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#8 posted 01-16-2014 06:24 PM

$900 is way too high. Start by offering $500 and settle on $600 or so. That’s a much more appropriate price for a saw like that, for all the reasons mentioned and more.

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 08:10 PM

+1 with price comments. i sold this 3 hp ‘72 unisaw for $850 with the mobile base. I had the OEM Baldor motor’s bearings replaced and the Sawcenter provided a new arbor and rebuilt the arbor swing arm. i got it for $40 in gas money to see what all the unisaw hoopla was all about. sold it and kept two emerson electric built 10” CI contractor saws instead.

and this is how it ran on the day it was sold:

the unisaw linked above is a nice looking saw, but i’m not a fan of right tilts, which was one of the reasons i disposed of my unisaw. the linked saw looks pretty complete and in good conditon, so perhaps $600-650, +/- $50, would be a pretty good deal, assuming proper operating condition. i put over $600 into mine and it worked almost as good as new, but check out this FAQ from the Sawcenter:

these things can become a money pit if you’re either not careful when buying or aren’t handy if repairs are needed. BTW, here’s what it looked like when it came home:

good luck with your search. IMHO, a 3hp cabinet saw isn’t mandatory for fine woodworking. i post over at the bt3central forum and there are some bt3x users there that really max out the capability of their saws. i’m not opposed to cabinet saws, just mentioning that good work can be done with lesser tools.

for $900, check out the steel city TSs. they have one for ~ $1000 (or less when they run their seasonal sale) that has cabinet mounted trunons and a 1 3/4 hp dual voltage motor, along with a great looking fence. and they are available through HD online with free to store shipping and HDs return policy and deferred billing.

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 11:31 PM

That seems a bit high to me. I bought a early 90’s 3 hp unisaw with a fence and extension table and a 3 hp router to boot for $1050. If the saw was 3 hp, I might say it is getting close. for 1.5 hp, I think your buddy’s estimate is about right. I’d keep looking.

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 11:33 PM

I paid $400.00 for mine wit a 3HP motor and it was in excellent condition, this is way overpriced

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 11:51 PM

$900 seems pretty steep to me too. It looks to be in great shape, but with 1.5hp motor, no mobile base, and the old style jet lock fence, it’s not worth more than $700 IMO. There are several heavily overpriced saws in your area…maybe they’re all benchmarking off each other….

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#13 posted 01-20-2014 05:46 PM

Hello I would like to give you guys an update. I did buy a Unisaw this weekend but it wasn’t the saw I posted earlier. I ended up buying a differnet saw, I think it is a 1996 because the first two numbers of the serial # were 96. It is a 3hp single phase, came with a mobile base, side table and collapsable outfeed table. 54” Unifence. It also has some Wixey digital display and an excailbur over the blade dust contol. I ended up paying a thousand cash for it. Seems like a good deal but this is the first table saw that I’ve ever bought.

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#14 posted 01-20-2014 08:23 PM

The Excalibur might be worth $200+ (I paid $250 for mine), and add something for the outfeed and the mobile base (It’s about $150 new , or at least mine was). So I’d say all in all you came out alright. What always matters in these deals is whether the purchaser is happy, and I’d say it seems you are! Congrats!

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#15 posted 01-20-2014 08:37 PM

Edit: just read you bought something else. Congrats, Hope you enjoy your new saw…

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