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Blog entry by cranesgonewild posted 05-27-2011 01:39 AM 5695 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yup, you read that correctly.
I’ve been on a search for a while now trying to find a half decent table or cabinet saw. I’ve jumped back and forth from used on Kijiji to a new Ridgid 4512, back to used, then I was going to buy a new Grizzly G0690, right up until Monday. That’s when I got the call.

My brother in law sent me a link Monday morning to a Rockwell/Delta Unisaw 34-450 on Kijiji that was posted late the night before. It was a really nice looking saw with no damage or no rust from what I could see. They replaced the 3 phase motor with a 1 phase/ 3hp motor and switch by Leeson. The only thing missing was the motor cover. No big deal, because they’re asking $350. And they wrote, “It must go”. Thinking that this is probably too good to be true, I emailed anyway and left my phone number for a quicker response, but not really expecting a response. But, late that night, they called….......she called. She told me the saw was still available. When I asked if it was her saw, or if she knew anything about the saw. She said it belonged to her uncle who just recently passed away. I kind of figured that she knew nothing about this saw, considering the price. They were only selling the saw because they had no use for it, and everything had to go.

So, I meet her the next day after work. I couldn’t find anything wrong with the saw, except the missing motor cover. It looked like an early ‘70’s model, but I will track that down with the serial number later. It still had the original miter gauge and saw guard which was a nice surprise. She also gave me a bunch of zero clearance inserts, the original insert, and 7 saw blades, including a brand new freud blade still in the plastic.

I didn’t want to low ball her, because I knew that this was a good deal. So, I asked her how low would you go to take this saw off your hands (I probably would have paid $500 for this saw). She said to give her $300, and it’s yours. DONE!

On the way home from work yesterday, I stopped into Busy Bee and bought a Shop Fox mobile base.

This was such a great find.
The gentleman who owned the Unisaw really cared about this saw and took good care of it, and now it’s my duty to carry that on.


The two marks under the switch are duct tape residue from the cardboard covering the motor opening.

-- I'm a Fungi --



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Max

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 01:43 AM

What a great find, way to go…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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dakremer

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 01:47 AM

very nice! I’m not familiar with this saw. Is it a cabinet saw???
looks awesome though! Great find

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 02:03 AM

ill be the first to say it … you suck!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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cranesgonewild

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 02:04 AM

Thanks guys.
Hey chrisstef, I’ll take that as a complement.
Hey dak, it is a cabinet saw. Rockwell bought Delta in the mid 1940’s and sold the Unisaw’s in Canada under the Rockwell name. It’s the same saw, just different name. Delta/Rockwell kept that same design for many decades, so replacement parts are easier to find if you had to.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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WinterSun

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 03:13 AM

You most definitely suck! (and yes, that is a compliment!)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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JamesP

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 04:30 AM

It looks like new. Time to pull out the Boeshield to make sure it stays that way!

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 04:39 AM

Congrats, nice find, patients is a virtue
All it needs is a little TLC ,and you will form ,a differant type of bond, than you would with a new saw.
Take good care of her ,and she , won’t cut your fingers off !!!! :)
I like pictures

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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BilltheDiver

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 05:55 AM

Great Deal. You’re gonna love it. I bought mine over a year ago for about the same with the extension table and couldn’t be happier with it. In fact I hung a router lift in the extension table and made it even more versatile. Good find!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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bubinga

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 06:31 AM

How about new sled for your new saw,

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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chrisstef

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 02:33 PM

Indeed a compliment from one jealous LJ .

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Roger

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#11 posted 05-27-2011 02:56 PM

cha-ching !!!
wow. great find

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bertha

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#12 posted 05-27-2011 03:04 PM

Boy, she is an absolute beauty. I’m so happy you found each other!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jm82435

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#13 posted 05-27-2011 06:02 PM

My first thought was as chrisstef said.
(only ‘cause I too am jealous.)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 05-27-2011 06:04 PM

Congrats on the Unisaw, thats a great find.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 05-27-2011 08:02 PM

That’s a really nice useful saw.It will be still here when I’m gone LOL have fun I just got a new used one myself so it’s a real saw gloat week. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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