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.
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