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09-05-2015 03:34 PM

Just bought this old saw off craigs list for 125.00. Thinking about making it my main table saw. What do you think I’ll need to do other than a new fence.


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#1 posted 09-05-2015 03:46 PM

I would replace the missing cover on the front and set up dust collection. I would also put at least a small outfeed table on it then take the rust off the table and wax it. It looks like a nice table saw that if it is in good shape will be around a long time. I think you got a great deal.
Mike

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#2 posted 09-05-2015 05:56 PM

Yep. I think that price gets you a big ‘ol YOU SUCK ! Nice score !

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#3 posted 09-05-2015 06:04 PM

Excellent deal! Congrats. I’d look for a new fence (as mentioned), new blade ($30+), and a splitter or riving knife (Microjig splitter- $30, BORK riving knife – $150). Enjoy!

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#4 posted 09-05-2015 06:04 PM

That’s a great deal. I’d check the fence before getting really rid of it.

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#5 posted 09-05-2015 06:18 PM

What do you think I ll need to do other than a new fence.

Tear it down, clean it up, replace bearings (motor and arbor) and belts, and it will last at least another 35 years (that saw was built in 1980). There isn’t anything wrong with a Jet-lock fence, so give it a try before you write it off.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: From the picture, it appears you are missing the lock knobs in addition to the dust door and motor cover.

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#6 posted 09-05-2015 07:35 PM


Excellent deal! Congrats. I d look for a new fence (as mentioned), new blade ($30+), and a splitter or riving knife (Microjig splitter- $30, BORK riving knife – $150). Enjoy!

- knotscott

You can add after market riving knives to table saws that didn’t come with them originally?

Good to know…

Good come up by the way. I have been close to buying an older cabinet saw but just gotta get over the last hump of accepting a right tilt unit.

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#7 posted 09-05-2015 09:51 PM

I agree with The Fridge, that fence is an excellent fence, I have that same saw and have had the bigger fences and have always been glad I came back to the original.

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#8 posted 09-05-2015 10:52 PM

Excellent deal! Congrats. I d look for a new fence (as mentioned), new blade ($30+), and a splitter or riving knife (Microjig splitter- $30, BORK riving knife – $150). Enjoy!

- knotscott

You can add after market riving knives to table saws that didn t come with them originally?

Good to know…

Good come up by the way. I have been close to buying an older cabinet saw but just gotta get over the last hump of accepting a right tilt unit.

- Stewbot

The only aftermarket riving knife I know of is the BORK. It doesn’t fit every saw, but it should fit an old Uni.

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#9 posted 09-06-2015 01:53 AM

My first contractor’s saw was a Rockwell with that fence. I hated it and couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. My main complaint was that it required measuring teeth at both input and output ends for every change of ripping width. I replaced it with a homemade T square fence, which though ugly, was very serviceable for quite a few years. Later, when I bought a used Uni, it didn’t come with a fence, which was fine by me, as I had always wanted to try fabricating a rack and pinion fence (double R & P, that is, at both ends of the fence), which has been accurate and trouble free for about 10 years now.

Had I not gone that route, I would have bought one of the several T square styles available, such as a Grizzly or Biesemeyer.

Oh, my other main gripe about the original fence was that it can’t just be picked up off the table. You have to slide it all the way to the end of the pipes to remove it. Most inconvenient if you’re alternating ripping and cross cutting.

Mine is also right tilt, and it’s a non-issue as far as I’m concerned. To do a bevel rip, I just move the fence to the left of the blade.

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#10 posted 09-06-2015 02:02 AM

Looks pretty much like an old Delta

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#11 posted 09-06-2015 03:03 AM

I had not been looking for another saw until I saw this one on Craigs list and at 125.00 I couldn’t pass it up. I happened to be the first caller. The ad was only up for a hour when I saw it. I’ve always wanted an old unisaw but every one I found was to rough or they wanted to much money for it. I have a 36-725 delta that I have really fell in
Love with. I don’t think I’ll sell it right away maybe ill set it up for dado cuts or something. The new to me old saw will probably be totally restored before I’m finished since I like doing things like that. Once I get a better look at it I’ll know a little more about the restoration part. It definitely will give me something to do this coming winter as if I don’t have enough already.:-)
Gerald

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#12 posted 09-06-2015 11:18 PM

That’s a great saw and Buy ! I bought an old Rockwell back in 1986 and it was missing the rails and had a 3 phase motor for $250. Is your saw a single or three phase motor.?

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#13 posted 09-06-2015 11:52 PM

Great deal. Check out the “BOYD” (bring out your dead) section over at OWWM. I just saw a door for it. Think it was $40.

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#14 posted 09-07-2015 01:05 PM

Just found one over at the bay.http://m.ebay.com/itm/DELTA-SHAPER-VINTAGE-DUST-DOOR-/321850527617?nav=SEARCH

Shaper and table saw dust doors were interchangeable.

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alittleoff

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#15 posted 09-07-2015 04:31 PM

The saw has a three phase motor, to answer Turtles question. I looked around and found a couple of places that had doors and motor covers 119.00 for both. I found a vfd for 170.00, think I’ll go that route and keep the stout 3 hp motor, since it’s the original. It will be a project for this winter and I think a fun project.
Gerald

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