New (used) Delta Table Saw #1: Delta excited!!!

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Blog entry by woodchips posted 09-24-2008 08:40 PM 23495 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well lumberjocks I just had to share my good fortune / blessing (whatever term you prefer) with ya’ll. While I’m going to school I’m working for the Plant Services dept of the university in the carpentry dept. It’s pretty much the perfect job for me and i use it as my stress relief from school work. the carpentry dept is the most called on dept when things go wrong cause we can fix anything, right? well needless to say we get around campus quite a bit and the other day my buddy and i stopped off at the woodshop on campus to see their new set of SawStop saws (they got two of them). I asked the director of the shop what they did with their old saws and he replied that they were in storage and he was trying to sell them and was i interested? well who wouldn’t be? they were older Delta Unisaws both had full 50” Biesemeyer fences. Well after spending considerable time talking to the guy that has been there for about 17 years (almost the full life of these saws) he was able to tell me all about the single phase unit that i was interested in. it’s a great saw, i mean sure it’s been used by students but he kept it in premium condition as much as possible, always making the needed repairs, replacing belts, mending the fence each time a student would shove it against the spinning saw blade (you get the idea).

well to make a long story a bit shorter, i went in and submitted my offer of $375 and now i’m the proud, walking on air, owner of a delta unisaw with a 50”biesemeyer fence. i’m so excited, can’t wait to go pick it up. i ended up selling my old craftsman to a friend for 150 so that offset my already ridiculously low price even more. if someone would chime in on this i’d be gratefull. my old craftsman had a full cast iron top, 24” fence that is almost perfectly straight up and down, 3 hp motor belt drive, and has worked well for me but i just couldn’t pass up the delta for that price. anyway do ya’ll think 150 for my craftsman is a decent price to charge?

i’ll be posting pictures of the delta just as soon as i go pick it up. that’s all for now but i was so pumped about it that i just had to share my excitement with my lumberjock fam.

thanks for reading ya’ll,


-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 08:53 PM

Tool prices vary so much from area to area it’s hard to say if that was low or not. I don’t think you could find a Uni in my area for less than $500 unless something was really wrong with it.

That said you got a good saw for $225 all in, which is less than half of the above price I mentioned. So good job, stop second guessing yourself.

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 09:34 PM

i was mainly just second guessing my selling price on the craftsman. wanted to see if everyone thought i was letting it go for good price or if i was charging too much. tell me what ya think…

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 09:39 PM

You got a helluva deal and I think the price on the craftsman is reasonable too!

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 09:56 PM

its a great deal. If all that needs to work works, get it set up and use it well. Congrats.

-- making sawdust....

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Tom Adamski

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 10:19 PM

Very nice find!!! Pick up a copy of “the tablesaw book” and learn how to dial in the performance on that saw and you’ll be very happy.

Simple equation: Older Delta Unisaw that needs a little TLC > New Craftsman

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 09-24-2008 11:28 PM

The price you got on the Craftsman was a good one. Mine is 10 years old and I would love to get that for it when I decide to pull the trigger on upgrading it (of course my wife will have to give me an advance on my allowance). :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 02:54 AM

Dude! You rock!

Now go cut some wood. But don’t get too crazy. Take some time to learn about that tool and be safe ;)

And go cut some wood.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 04:29 AM

Keep and eye on my blogs and videos. I will be making a table saw safety video for the students in my class who miss the in class demo. We have a unisaw that is about 30 years old, and for the most part, a little WD and the thing runs great. Would love to have a sawstop for the safety feature, but that is $5k that can be used on other machinery since they guy that just retired owned half of the equipment in our 2 shops. Video on the saw will probably be later this year. We don’t cover the table saw in the general shop class until January. The advance class students will just have to stay after school if they missed the video last week.

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#9 posted 09-25-2008 05:16 AM

I think Tom is on the mark with his advice. I have a unisaw and love it. But even an older well built Unisaw that has been heavily used in a commercial/educational setting probably needs some tuning up. Look for play in the bearings abd/or worn belts. A good cleaning, a greaseless lubrication of the trunion gears, set up to make sure there is minimal run out, and square rip fence. Lots of other little things to check but it tackled methodically You will have a nice cadillac when you’re done. Like Tom says get a good book or video on the process or go to The WoodWhisperer site on setting up a table saw. Try to get the original owners manual if possible, knowledge is power.

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#10 posted 09-25-2008 05:31 AM

Take the money and run !! Congrats on your new to you toy : ) You surprised me by stating that the Craftsman has a 3HP motor on it ….is it 220volt ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-25-2008 01:13 PM

no the craftsman is a 110v, and i may need to look at the motor itself to see if it’s actually 3 hp or if that’s 3 hp peak output, not sure but i do know that the saw is prob around 15 years old. as i said above it does have a cast iron table and cast iron wings and craftsman doesn’t seem to put that on any more of their saws unless you’re ready to plop down 700 odd bucks. i’ll check on the motor for you though, cause now you’ve got me interested.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#12 posted 09-25-2008 01:24 PM

by the way, just in case anyone’s interested, they do have a slightly newer 3 phase delta unisaw that they’d prob let go for 500 even. it’s got the same fence on it (50” biesemeyer) and i believe its between 10 to 14 years old. let me know and i can make sure they don’t sell it right away.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#13 posted 09-25-2008 04:21 PM

One upgrade I recommend if not already done, is a v-link belt.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 09-25-2008 06:21 PM

i have heard great things about the v-link and i had planned on upgrading my craftsman with it so now i will definitely be putting one on the delta. and i went and looked more closely at it this morning and it doesn’t actually say unisaw, rather it is a delta tilting arbor saw, and it is a right tilt. i have used bth left tilt and right tilt and in fact the first cabinet shop where i learned how to use a table saw, they were both left tilt, so that will be nice to get back to.

i looked more closely at the motor on the craftsman and even though it says 3 HP on the front the motor specs actually say 1.5 hp. so i’m assuming that number on the front of the tablesaw means 3 hp peak development.

in the next installment of this blog i hope to have some pics to post so everybody can see it.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#15 posted 10-03-2008 10:47 PM


I am very confident the HP rating on your craftsman table saw is a peak output rating. The saw I replaced my craftsman with is also a 3HP, and there is a W-O-R-L-D of difference. Get that thing tuned up and you will be shocked. By the way, you go a very fair price for your saw, and a steal for the Uni. The police are coming to your house as we speak!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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