Delta New Unisaw #1: Delta New Unisaw

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Blog entry by Mike posted 09-27-2009 03:13 PM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been shopping for a top quality saw and I was leaning Sawstop because of the Safety Feature,
but I must say that I did have a chance to look over really well this time the new Unisaw by Delta. I was very impressed with the saw. To begin, they did redeisgn a new mobile base for the which is just as beefy as the
table board. I like the fact the Trunnion System was a single cast iron system, the bevel guage which can be adjusted in the front. dual front cranks, they worked pretty smooth to me. They seemed to really do their homework on the dust collection as well, at least the hose on the back of the dust port fits securly and you don’t have to use any duct tape. I checked out the tool free split guard design, and played around with the riving knive adjustment for thru and non thru cuts, the anti-kickback pawls that can be added or removed. I really liked the blade guard because I think it was a dramatic improvement over the old style. And finally I liked the Marathon Motor. I own some Delta / Dewalt equipment and never had any issues with it. Plus if I choose to purchase this saw. Of course the only thing missing is the brake, if Unisaw had put sometype of a braking system on their saw I bet it would outsell the Sawstop. Again if your thinking of buying a new saw you have to take a look at the new Unisaw.

-- Mike, VT

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 04:40 PM

well i have an older delta saw…bought it in 1996…and Ive used this saw a lot…not one problem…..its power and triple belt drive is perfect for me and what i do…of coarse having a HP would be nice , but i don’t need it…its a great saw..the fence is the best Ive ever used…so i can surely recommend a Delta table saw…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-27-2009 05:33 PM

Congratulation on your new saw. I bought a Delta cabinet saw when I had my cabinets business and used it for 14 years. When I moved back to Iowa 15 years ago I sold it to a guy that is still using it. I really considered buying the new Delta cabinet saw for my new shop but could not wait for them to come out. I ended up getting a PM2000 and am very happy with so far. Good luck with your new saw, may it last as long as my old Delta saw did.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 09-27-2009 05:41 PM

Mike, the Unisaw is definately a top quality saw without a doubt. It is a hard decision to make when getting a new saw but whichever route you decide to go- Sawstop or Unisaw- you will be making a good decision and getting a quality saw that should be the last saw that you have to buy.

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

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#4 posted 09-27-2009 05:44 PM

Thanks! I don’t think that I looked over any tablesaw as this degree. I want the best bang for my buck. I like the technology that SS has to offer but I wish they kept the same level of quality as the Industrial. Delta has been around for a long time and will continue to be, probably just a matter of time before SS actually sells the rights to one of the other big guys. If I ever have problems with any Delta equipment I just give the guy up the road a call and he has the answer if not he will make it right.

-- Mike, VT

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 05:06 AM

Mike, I recently bought a new 2009 Delta UniiSaw back in June, and it has the 5 hp motor, Biesemeyer fence, and a 52” rip capacity. This thing is a beast. I also recently changed to a WWII saw blade, and that blade is night and day different from any of the rest of the blades I have used on it(although I won’t give up my Freud’s, either). This dude is smooth as slik. One thing I noticed though was when I’d cut stock on it, fine sawdust would be on the floor, behind the saw, and on the saw. I called my wife in to watch when I cut a piece. It was coming out of the top of the saw where the saw sits on the base where they bolted the trunnion to the base, and out of any small holes in the cabinet(for mounting things, I guess). I took a role of a.c. & h. tape (the silver stickey-back kind), and taped up every place the dust was escaping. Cured that problem, and no more dust. And you can’t even see the tape. One minor drawback, but well woth my $$$.
The choice is yours, and you have to decide what’s best for you—in my case, the UNISAW.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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