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SirIrb

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06-14-2015 12:02 PM

I am about to buy this unisaw with a bunch of extras. Anyone know the year of mfg? Also I was wondering what the original color was. Looks blue-grey now.

Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 12:32 PM

Not quite enough there to be sure. With the whole serial number you can approximate it a lot closer, but based on what this says that plate style was put in use around 1947 and going on the first 2 numbers only (71) it looks to have been made in 1948. But I’m hardly an expert on the older Unisaws, maybe someone else has a better idea when it was made.

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 12:48 PM

Holy cow, bro. I expected a 80’s saw. Then I saw the font of the text and thought 60’s. But 47-48. Man, that’s much closer to where I wanted. The art deco saw. Getting a freshly wound Baldor 3horse and an1.5 horse with it. Also a bunch of other stuff.

Thanks for the article.


Not quite enough there to be sure. With the whole serial number you can approximate it a lot closer, but based on what this says that plate style was put in use around 1947 and going on the first 2 numbers only (71) it looks to have been made in 1948. But I m hardly an expert on the older Unisaws, maybe someone else has a better idea when it was made.

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 01:07 PM

So is this going to turn into a “You suck” thread???

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 01:18 PM

Here’s the deal I got from my old boss. The saw with a b-Meyer fence. Extra motor. Button load of blades, some 12 and 14 inch. And the kicker…a bunch of shaper cutters. Not sure uet what or how much.

I suck to the tune of $500. If it makes you feel any better the irs just nailed me for $1900.
Pics of everything to come later.


So is this going to turn into a “You suck” thread???

If you re gettin a killer deal, let me be the first !

- JoeinGa


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#5 posted 06-14-2015 01:47 PM

500 is pretty good. Pic of the right side facing motor?

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 01:51 PM

Fridge, those are the only pics I took. But will have a buttload more by Friday night. I think the shaper cutters will take this from good to great. We’ll have to see. NOLA here we come.


500 is pretty good. Pic of the right side facing motor?

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 02:02 PM

Well, it has the “bullet” motor which pretty much makes it an older one, I wonder if he has the motor cover and the dust door. Seems like those things are always missing, something I never understood.

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#8 posted 06-14-2015 02:09 PM

Yes, that is the original 1.5 hp motor and it comes with a 3 hp baldor.
yes on the motor and dustcover.
now the original color?


Well, it has the “bullet” motor which pretty much makes it an older one, I wonder if he has the motor cover and the dust door. Seems like those things are always missing, something I never understood.

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 02:18 PM

Wow. Those covers are a rare thing. Well, you have options bud! I’d vote for the 3 Hp motor and hold the bullet in reserve.

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#10 posted 06-14-2015 02:23 PM

Fridge, you and I are of the same mind. At first he said the 1.5 was 3 ph. So I was going to sell it and recoup some of the cash but he told me it was single ph so i will keep it for the next thing that crashes. Motor cover…I was surprised, then I found out the saw was 1947 and was amazed there was a motor cover for it.

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#11 posted 06-14-2015 02:26 PM

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1141&tab=4

The link is kinda weird. Filter by type, select table saw. I cut the link to table saws, but when it pastes, it’s everything Delta. Use the filter.

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#12 posted 06-14-2015 02:38 PM

Looks the same as my 1949 Delta cabinet saw, but you mentioned 12” and 14” blades. That would make
it a lot bigger saw than my 10”. The 12/14 Delta cabinet saws that I know of weigh about 900 lbs.
I am not an expert, just very curious. Sounds like you got a hell of a deal.

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#13 posted 06-14-2015 02:59 PM

now the original color?

- SirIrb

As far as I know the original color was always a battleship gray, like this one. It seems to me someone over at OWWM actually had a custom mix that duplicated it, and they published the formula….can’t seem to find it at the moment.

Oops, found it…check this info. Be sure to get to the last part for the formula.

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#14 posted 06-14-2015 03:40 PM

Im sure you heard it before, but it might be a good idea to go ahead and order a set of bearings or 2 bud.

I don’t know what the forecast looks like but I think we might have a break in the rain for a few days. So you might get lucky and it’ll just be hot instead of rainy. And hot. Hasn’t felt like it’s broke 100 yet so that’s a plus.

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#15 posted 06-14-2015 04:41 PM

The point about bearings is good, but there may some other parts as well. A good resource is the Saw Center for Unisaw stuff.I learned of it when a member here (toolie, I think) posted about it.

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