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Forum topic by TheSerpenteer posted 11-08-2009 04:45 AM 1393 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheSerpenteer

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11-08-2009 04:45 AM

Have a new Unisaw on order. Can anyone tell me if it comes with the zero clearance or dado throat plate along with the standard. Delta makes all three, but I can’t seem to find out what comes with the saw. I need to decide if they don’t, whether or not to order them from Delta or make my own as far as the zero clearance goes. They are rather expensive from Delta, and I haven’t found any other after market


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 06:19 AM

I made three zero clearance plates last night out of 1/2” birch ply in 30 minutes for my Unisaw. With a router or jigsaw/scroll saw, you can do that too. I wouldn’t buy them.

I think your saw will come with only the standard plate – though I’ve been wrong before.

Grats on the saw!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 08:53 AM

I’ve got a new ‘09 X5 UniSaw, and it only came with the standard plate that they ship with it from the factory. I’ve made 2 zero clearance plates and one dado plate. One of the zero plates is used when I tilt it to 45 degrees. Yea—- don’t buy them. Make your own. They’re too expensive, and ply is cheap. You’re gonna love this saw and what it can do. I’ve got the 5 hp, and nothing slows this baby down. Happy woodworking!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 12:49 AM

Definitely don’t buy them from Delta; way too expensive. I make mine from phenolic blanks from LeeCraft (model #BK-1 for about $22. I get three inserts out of one sheet) They also sell a pre-made insert for Delta Unisaws (model #DL-1U for about $22), which includes leveling screws and side and front/back screws to fit snugly in the opening. Check them out on Amazon.
I prefer the phenolic blanks to plywood, as it is perfectly flat, doesn’t warp and has even thickness across the whole piece. If you make your own, I recommend drilling and tapping holes for the leveling screws ( I use set screws) as well as side and front edge screws to snug it into the opening.

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Chris

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 01:00 AM

I just spoke with the manager at the local Woodcraft; she said that they only come with the standard plate all others must be ordered extra.

I will say that as far as after market plates I really like the Leecraft Phenolic that I got for my general.

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Jack Colliflower

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 09:35 PM

Hello, Serpenteer.
I am a machinist and fellow woodworker. We (my cabinet-maker business partner) have developed a zero-clearance insert for the new Unisaw. It is similar to the one Norm used to use: machined aluminum with replaceable wood inserts for zero-clearance. It’s a lifer plate. We’ve anodized them red, as well, for longevity and looks. Take a peek: http://www.amazon.com/Zero-Clearance-Throat-Plate-Insert-Unisaw/dp/B008SYZ6ZO/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1366752775&sr=1-4&keywords=delta+unisaw+throat+plate
We’ll be selling at Infinity Tools soon. If you don’t want to buy new ZC plates over and over, you should get yourself a lifer.
Happy Woodworking!
Jack

-- J Colliflower

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cutmantom

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 09:54 PM

I say make one,but while your at it make several.

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toolie

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 11:09 PM

Have a new Unisaw on order. Can anyone tell me if it comes with the zero clearance or dado throat plate along with the standard.

good advice on making your own. i’m still having a hard time understanding how a $3000+ tool can be ordered without knowing what’s being purchased. or am i missing something?

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

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 04-24-2013 12:23 AM

I got the new Unisaw two years ago it only has the base plate. I have the 5hp as well, overkill but for 100.00 extra a the time a no brainier.

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TheSerpenteer

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 01:37 AM

”. i’m still having a hard time understanding how a $3000+ tool can be ordered without knowing what’s being purchased. or am i missing something?”

Like I can’t understand how a question I asked 4 years ago is getting responses now, because someone is selling something lol. For the record, it’s because I ordered through a Woodcraft an hour away from me. They were not open and I can usually get a question answered here pretty fast. I was excited and didn’t feel like waiting. And it’s extremely possible to order that tool and forget to ask that question. The saw is great, amazing upgrade for me.

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MonteCristo

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 05:24 AM

I guess he never noticed the Best Before date . . . As for a zero clearance plate coming with a saw, I doubt any mfgr does that . . .

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toolie

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 11:50 AM

theserpenteer…........didn’t see the other dates. good to hear the uni worked out for you. guess i never get that excited about a buy that i don’t get all the facts first.

montecristo….......FWIW, see 11th item down under “features” of the grizly g0690:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-3HP-220V-Cabinet-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife/G0690

“Includes standard and dado table inserts”

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

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TheSerpenteer

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 12:06 PM

. “guess i never get that excited about a buy that i don’t get all the facts first.”

I’d see your point if this were something else. But, honestly, it was an extra throat plate question. It’s not as if I asked what size blade does it take, or does it run on batteries. Now, that would be not gathering all the facts. The throat plate wasn’t exactly make or break for the purchase, and I didn’t even think about it until after the fact.

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bannerpond1

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 12:14 PM

Mine came with a standard throat plate. I made two, a zero clearance and a dado plate. Watch out for ordering the plates; the ones they advertise are for the old Unisaw. The new throat is much bigger and the old ones are not interchangeable.

-- --Dale Page

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