I look at CL pretty often, trying to be frugal in equipping my shop with good tools while keeping the home budget in mind. I spotted a Unisaw posted on CL about a week ago and posted it for my fellow LJs to consider. I wasn’t really looking for a second table saw since I already have a Craftsman 113 series saw as a regular user (got that one for free!). I did rethink getting the Unisaw later—my wife and I are planning to do some home improvement work on the home where I grew up as a youngster, about 40 miles away from where we live today. I reasoned that it would be good to have a table saw at the rehab project for cutting project pieces, and my wife agreed.
The CL posting had already been listed for a full day after I posted it to the forum here, and I was worried that someone had already bought the saw. I e-mailed the seller saying I was interested and got no reply. I e-mailed a second time and got a reply that the saw was still available. We exchanged a few other messages, during which I called dibs on the item at her asking price of $200 and arranged to pick it up. She did tell me when I picked it up that she had about 10 inquiries after I claimed it, and she honored that for me. An honorable CL seller!
This blog entry basically documents the as-received condition. Please advise if more detailed pics of certain specific areas would be helpful.
Cabinet showing the general condition of the cabinet and the two handwheels.
I had to remove the top and wings to lighten the lifting effort required to load it up in my truck. I have not yet checked the table for flatness, but it looks pretty flat—no obvious pitting but some easily removed surface rust.
Based on the serial number, it looks like a 1955 Unisaw.
The blade elevation and tilt mechanisms (right tilt) both work very smoothly.
The motor is a 1HP repulsion-induction, 1725 rpm bullet motor, and yes, it does work! It is wired for 110V operation, but can be wired for 220V if needed.
The fence looks intact and it also has the micro-adjust knob. The fence it too tight to move without a lot of force, so I’ll just wait and clean it up—I don’t want to break the fence before I even use it!
The original switch plate cover is included, but at some point it was replaced with a light switch.
There was no miter gauge, nor the riving knife nor splitter. The floor of the saw is also gone, and the owner did not seem aware of the bulbous motor cover. She did say that some stuff is in storage and she’ll look for the motor cover for me. The saw also came with some vintage sawdust inside the cabinet, but as mentioned earlier, it did not affect the operation of the internals. She also included three 10” carbide tipped blades with different tooth counts and grinds, as well as five 7-1/4” blades.
The saw was sold by a widow, whose husband passed away about 7 years ago. He was a master carpenter and a 2-time Purple Heart Awardee for his service in the US Army in Vietnam, a real hero. I told the seller that I’d send some pics of the saw after I pretty it up a bit. I intend to recognize the previous owner on a special marker inside the saw—don’t tell her this (it’s a secret). While I was there, I helped her identify and price a few other of her late husband’s possessions—I’d hate for some of her listings to show up here on LJ’s Craigslist Posters Have Gone Nuts forum!
I will download a manual for this model and study it before I begin disassembly. My plan at this time is to clean up the cabinet and repaint in original colors. I’ll be looking for an original replacement switch, the motor cover and the small door on the bottom front. As the rehab progresses, I might change the arbor bearings, but they don’t sound or feel rough, but while it’s apart, it’s just as well to swap ‘em out.
Thanks for looking, and if you have comments about the process, please chime in. This is my first such extended rehab project.
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