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Question about the Delta Unisaw

by MT_Stringer
posted 11-10-2012 05:05 AM


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jdmaher

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 06:00 AM

With the 5Hp motor and the mobile base, that’s about $3500+, new.

I’ve had a 3Hp for about 4 years now. I expect it to keep working as perfectly as it always has for at least another 15 years.

Nothing has worn out yet, but I only use it about 5 hours a week (actually cutting wood). I try to keep it cleaned, and I have greased the gears and such – once.

Blades wear out (or, at least, dull a little). I suppose the belts will wear. Pretty good motor, so I don’t really expect my light use to wear it out.

Anything’s possible, but I think mine might outlive me.

If I wanted one, at $1600 I’d hurry up and go buy it today.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Wdwerker

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 06:11 AM

I have a 30 year old 1 1/2 hp 120 volt UniSaw used daily in a small cabinet shop. I also have a 22 year old 5 hp 240 volt UniSaw with an Excalibur 60” crosscut attachment. Both have been extremely reliable.
Replaced 1 switch and replaced bearings once.
Not familiar with the newer tools accuracy and reliability .

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Woodmaster1

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 06:16 AM

Great saw, The 5hp will never bog down. You should not have to buy another tablesaw and at 1600 good but not great price try to get for less, but get it.

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toolie

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 02:34 PM

while the older units (40 YO and more) are well built with heavy CI components, there are a number of things that can go wrong and be expensive to repair/replace. the sawcenter in springfield, mass. is a great source for all things unisaw related:

http://www.sawcenter.com/unisaw_faq.htm

their FAQ section is really good info for anyone considering a pre-owned unisaw. wish i’d seen it before i got mine.

i got this unisaw for $40 in gas money to go pick it up:

after having the motor bearings replaced, a new arbor, arbor pulley and and bearings (from the sawcenter), new belts, new motor fan and putting about 80 man hours into the saw, i had this:

which performed like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0CGeTLNrCo&feature=plcp

i put a total of $600 into the saw and sold it for $800. cabinet saws are nice, but just not necessary for what most hobbyist WWs do. when i was originally told, incorrectly, that my motor was fried, i looked into replacements. the guy @ sawcenter laughed when i asked him about a 5hp stating that 3 hp was overkill for hobbyist WWs.

a decent uni, and never buy one if you can’t power it up, should go for $800-1200, with the more expensive saw usually having a better than OEM fence system.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 02:52 PM

Unisaws are lifetime saws. The best thing about them is that almost nothing can go wrong that can’t be fixed in some way…they are almost certainly the most owned single model of saw making parts and knowledge easy to find. The saw center that toolie listed is a great source, but so is OWWM.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#6 posted 11-10-2012 06:34 PM

Thanks for the info. You guys are really great with all the info. I went this morning to buy a 6 inch Jet Jointer and when the guy opened the door to his storage building, there sat a Delta 3hp Unisaw with the long Besemeyer fence! Holly krapola! What have we here?

The jointer is used and has some surface rust but I can work with that. Then talk turned to the Uni, and before it was over we have a pending deal. He was asking $1250, but came down to $1050, then said he would take one of my custom coolers in trade. That drops my cash outlay to $800 (not counting what I have to spend to build the cooler).

I have a couple of pics on my phone. I will try to upload them and see what you guys think.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#7 posted 11-10-2012 06:42 PM

Here are the pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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jdmaher

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#8 posted 11-10-2012 07:08 PM

How ‘bout a picture of this “custom cooler” that appears to be worth $250?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#9 posted 11-10-2012 07:16 PM

Well Jim, it is in my projects. Houston Texans logo on front.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 11-10-2012 07:59 PM

That is the same saw I have…did he have the manuals, etc.?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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RogerM

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 08:01 PM

Mike – I have had this, almost identical, saw for about 7 years. Mine (like the one pictured that you posted) has the 3HP motor (which has been more than enough power) and I run mostly Forrest Woodworker II blades on it. I cut mostly hardwoods with it which includes oak, hickory, pecan, walnut, maple,elm, bodarc (Osage Orange) and a few I can’t remember. I also have the Biesmeyer Fence which I love. Absolutely nothing has failed to date and it remains extremely accurate and reliable. Go with this saw if you can and you will not regret it. Indeed, it is a “lifetime” saw.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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RyanIra

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 09:44 PM

I would replace the arbor bearings on any used saw I bought. They cost about $5.00 each and take a couple of hours to replace. With new belts, bearings, a good cleaning and lubrication of internal parts, good alignment, you’ll be good to go for 20 years.

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#13 posted 11-10-2012 10:04 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I am working towards getting the funds together. It may be a few weeks before I get it home. A friend has a lo boy trailer so I wm working on transportation. :-)

I will post up if and when I get it set up.
Thanks for the help. It is very appreciated.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#14 posted 11-10-2012 10:16 PM

@ Fred – I didn’t see a manual. Guess I will have the ascrounge one up.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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cpd011

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#15 posted 11-10-2012 10:18 PM

I’m using my grandpa’s 1947 unisaw. I replaced the bearings and belts on it, painted and cleaned it. It purrs like a kitten. Original motor. You can hardly tell when it’s on.

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#16 posted 11-17-2012 02:30 AM

Do any of you have a mobile base under your saw? The seller said he could load it, and I have a tandem axle lo-boy trailer that a friend will bring, but I am not sure how we will unload it when I get it home. My drive is sorta inclined so we could possibly unload it at the bottom of the drive and drag it up to the garage. UGH! No doubt I will have some help. 600# + ...really?

This deal is pending and still in the planning stages. Probably a week or so after Thanksgiving before I can go get it.

So what kind of mobile base would you advise?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Holbs

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#17 posted 11-17-2012 02:59 AM

you guys have BEAUTIFUL uni-saws!
i have the bosch contractor saw (fits in my workshop as needed). but i’m definitely going unisaw when the time comes. those things do look like a piece of art :)

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jdmaher

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#18 posted 11-17-2012 04:08 AM

I have the Delta mobile base (50-289?).

For me, its exactly what i needed and has always worked well.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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MT_Stringer

2104 posts in 1977 days


#19 posted 11-17-2012 04:35 AM

Thanks Jim.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#20 posted 11-18-2012 03:00 AM

Dang that saw is heavy. Now I am not sure I can handle it once I get it home. The seller said he could load it on our trailer with a forklift. But once I get it home, it may become very difficult to get it off the lo boy and maneuver it up the drive to my garage, even if we can get it on a mobile base.

My friend has a tractor with hay forks for handling round hay bales. We are going to investigate to see if he could pick up the saw. That is about the only option available. Otherwise I will have to pass on the sale. It looks like I would have to buy a new saw that can be delivered to my door.

UGH!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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toolie

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#21 posted 11-18-2012 04:20 AM

@mt_stringer …..... remove the rails, remove the wings and the top. when i sold my unisaw, the buyer and i put it in the back of a land rover using two pieces of plywood. even if it weighs 600lbs, it won’t weigh that in pieces. bevel the motor to 45 degrees so the center of gravity is within the saw cabinet (that’s how they ship new cabinet saws), put one piece of 2’x4’ plywood on the vehicle floor, mount a 2×4 as a lip on the bottom edge of the other 2’x4’ piecce of plywood, use a hand truck to place the saw on it’s back on the plywood with the “lip” and lift/slide the saw, on it’s back, into almost whatever regular vehicle you’d like. worked very well for my buyer.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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MT_Stringer

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#22 posted 11-18-2012 05:05 AM

@toolie – thanks for the tips. I will definitely take that into consideration. Guess I need to download a manual and see if I can figure what tools I would need to take with me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Dusty56

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#23 posted 11-18-2012 05:11 AM

The saw itself doesn’t weigh 600 pounds !!

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

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MJCD

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#24 posted 11-18-2012 01:36 PM

Lifetime saw.

I have a 7 year-old 3hp version; whenever I think about upgrading it, I can never justify buying something else.

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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Stargazer

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#25 posted 11-18-2012 03:20 PM

I’ve had the 3hp version for 8 years now in my cabinet shop, mine’s a left tilt though, yours is a right tilt. It doesn’t get daily use but it get’s plenty and never one issue so far. The thing cuts anything I run through it without a whimper but I only really use it for fine cutting in my cabinet business, never ran any rough or framing lumber through it. I use a 96 tooth Freud fine cut blade, cost $80.

I got it on sale in 04 for $1500. Came with mobile base and Besemeyer 52” fence AND free shipping. I just had to drive 30 miles to meet the truck. I recently saw what they’re asking for basicly the same saw now, HOLY HARDWOOD BATMAN !!!!! $3300.

If you can scarf one up for around a grand jump on it. Do what you have to to move it, you can build a mobile base for around $50 with 3” HD casters and roll it on and off a trailer. There’s no justification for buying a new one for over 3 Gs unless you’re making a living (existence ) with it. I plan on mine lasting the rest of my life, as well as all my big machines.

Rick

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Stargazer

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#26 posted 11-18-2012 03:34 PM

BTW, when I moved my shop I loaded the Unisaw with factory mobile base on a utility trailer by myself using a whole piece of 3/4 ply and 2×4s for reinforcement and winching it on the trailer with a come-a-long and strap, of course place the strap low so you don’t turn the saw over. Worked great and I unloaded it the same way, letting it ease down the ramp with the come-a-long.

Rick

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MT_Stringer

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#27 posted 11-18-2012 06:21 PM

Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#28 posted 11-26-2012 01:12 AM

Thanks for everyone’s input. After all is said and done, I decided to pass on this saw…for several reasons.
1) Heavy and I don’t really have a good plan to get it off the trailer and into my garage.
2) Where it is, there is no 230v available to test run the motor. Bummer right there.
3) The saw is equipped with the 52 inch Beismeyer fence and, actually, I don’t have enough room for the saw without cutting off part of the fence rails or it will be against the wall.
4) I really don’t have the time to troubleshoot the saw if there is a problem.

So, with that said, if there are any of you that live in the greater Houston area, the saw is still for sale. It is located in a storage facility off of FM 2920 between Tomball and Rosehill near the intersection of FM 2920 and Cypress Rosehill. The guy’s name is Eric Bruce – 832-492-3520.

Note: I asked him if it was OK to post an advertisement and he said yes, thank you.

Note: It has a 3 hp motor. The switch was bad and he has a new one to put on it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Earlextech

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#29 posted 11-26-2012 02:28 PM

My Rockwell Unisaw is about 50 years old and purrs every day.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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