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01ntrain

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06-22-2015 09:48 PM

This is my first post…..recently found this place. Love it….lot’s of great info.

I just came upon a CL-find that looks like a possibility. It’s a 1948 Delta Unisaw. It was taken out of a school, and from the pics it doesn’t look half-bad. There are no pics of the table or fence, but according to the seller, they are in good shape. I would replace the fence accordingly, but no big deal. Also, it doesn’t have a motor. It can be had for the low, low price of $250.

I’d like to hear some suggestions…..


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 11:11 PM

How much work are you willing/able to do on it? By the time you replace the motor, mag starter, wiring, bearings, belts, fence and any other missing bits, you are into it for around $500-$600 or more. And that is without addressing any cosmetic issues you might want to fix (rust, paint, cabinet damage, etc..), or any unseen problems you might encounter. Depending on where you are located, complete Uni’s with extra goodies (mobile base, good fence, extension tables, etc…) can be found in that price range and only needing some minor rehab (bearings at a minimum).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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01ntrain

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#2 posted 06-23-2015 01:34 AM

It would be a good project for me, considering that I work on industrial machines for a living. But, these are legitimate concerns. I’ve never used a right-tilt saw, not sure if I would like it or not. Passed on an old Jet back in the winter for having the right-tilt….I guess I should go with my gut and pass. Unfortunately, around here deals come few and far between…..

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woodchuckerNJ

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#3 posted 06-23-2015 02:23 AM

w/o a motor you can’t access the bearings. There may be a reason there’s no motor.
Could be he sold it to make some money and hide an issue.

-- Jeff NJ

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 02:42 AM

w/o a motor you can t access the bearings. There may be a reason there s no motor.
Could be he sold it to make some money and hide an issue.

- woodchuckerNJ

Huh? The arbor bearings can easily be accessed through the throat plate, but not really necessary – they should be replaced regardless (and that is a pretty easy thing to do).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 11:19 AM

It doesn’t strike me as such a steal, I’d re think this carefully.

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

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SirIrb

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 11:57 AM

Welcome to my boat.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/104290
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/102858
I got a bit more in the deal than it seems you have offered but I dropped 500. The rebuild is going well so far. From an engineering standpoint the saw is simple. I got it all broken down save the Trunnions in just a couple of hours. Going to put some evaporust on the inside of the table and plinth today.

All that to say that without the motor and fence it may not be a steal but it may be a good saw.

A new baldor 5hp motor is going to cost some change. 500 +/-. A B-meyer fence will be 275. If you get creative you may be able to get the motor for cheap.

Were it me, I would try to talk them down because that is just how I am. Then I would get the necessary parts from CL if possible.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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01ntrain

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#7 posted 06-23-2015 02:15 PM



Welcome to my boat.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/104290
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/102858
I got a bit more in the deal than it seems you have offered but I dropped 500. The rebuild is going well so far. From an engineering standpoint the saw is simple. I got it all broken down save the Trunnions in just a couple of hours. Going to put some evaporust on the inside of the table and plinth today.

All that to say that without the motor and fence it may not be a steal but it may be a good saw.

A new baldor 5hp motor is going to cost some change. 500 +/-. A B-meyer fence will be 275. If you get creative you may be able to get the motor for cheap.

Were it me, I would try to talk them down because that is just how I am. Then I would get the necessary parts from CL if possible.

- SirIrb

This saw is nowhere near as big of a project as yours. The base is in great shape, but there are no pics of the top and fence.(a red-flag) But, you’re right. 800+ to get the saw running, not including what else could be wrong, probably isn’t that much of a deal after all. All said and done, it would probably cost me half what a new unisaw would cost and that was the value that I was looking at.

Where I come from CL is pretty much a wasteland of junk and overly-priced junk. Occasionally you will find a jewel, and this is what I was thinking here. I also have a lead on a 2008 Grizzly Unisaw-knockoff for $750, I may decide to go that route, instead.

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MedicKen

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#8 posted 06-23-2015 03:32 PM

I may have a 2hp unisaw motor that is surplus to my needs. I cannot remember is single or 3 phase. It can be yours for $50 plus shipping. If you are interested send me an email to medic20447@gmail.com

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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