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Forum topic by mw7018 posted 01-10-2016 04:44 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2016 04:44 PM

I am looking at a Delta 36-750 to replace an older Craftsman table saw. I believe it is from the early – mid 1990’s.

It is in very good shape (doesn’t appear to have been used much) and has the original fence.

Is $570 a decent price?


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#1 posted 01-10-2016 04:54 PM

It’s a pretty solid hybrid that looks very similar to the Unisaw – but that is about where the similarity ends. It’s hard to say if it’s worth it or not without seeing it and knowing a bit more… but I’d consider it a step up from your current saw, although there might not be much difference in power depending on the motor it has.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 05:34 PM

It’s an early hybrid design, but will still have table mounted trunnions, and is essentially a well equipped contractor saw with a full enclosure and enclosed motor. It’ll be right tilt, won’t have a modern riving knife, and there’s no warranty, so it’s worth looking to see what the same money buys in a new saw. It’s value depends in part on the fence that it comes with….a Biese or Unifence and solid cast iron wings would make it worth near the $500 mark IMO. If it has an old jet lock style fence and stamped steel wings, I’d be inclined to pay less….$400 tops. Another factor in it’s value is what else is available used in your area for the same price.

How much of an improvement it is over your old Craftsman saw depends on which model that saw was (they are many), what fence was on it, etc. It should have more mass, which is helpful, and you might find a bit more power, depending on what your current motor is. Keep us posted!

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 06:18 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

After doing further research, I have set my heart on a Unisaw. I have a large heated shop, so space is not a problem.

I found a Model 34-466 and they are asking $600 with a Biesemeyer and a cart. It is 3-phase. I do have 230v, but not 3 phase in my shop.

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 09:08 PM

The Unisaw is a far more substantial saw. You can always replace the motor, or use a phase converter or VFD.

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#5 posted 01-10-2016 10:40 PM

I found a Model 34-466 and they are asking $600 with a Biesemeyer and a cart. It is 3-phase. I do have 230v, but not 3 phase in my shop.
- mw7018

Add another $200 for a VFD, $50 or so for bearings and belts, and it will probably be the last saw you will ever need.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2016 09:30 PM

It has an older fence and the guy who has it has not run it due to the 3-phase. He is going to set it up and give it a whirl (so to speak…) this week.

Does this seem like a good price?

Mike

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#7 posted 01-11-2016 11:17 PM

I found a Model 34-466 and they are asking $600 with a Biesemeyer and a cart. It is 3-phase.
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It has an older fence and the guy who has it has not run it due to the 3-phase. He is going to set it up and give it a whirl (so to speak…) this week.

Does this seem like a good price?
- mw7018

Seems like you are providing conflicting info here… While the Biesemeyer fence has been around for a while, it’s not all that old and still being sold (although under the Delta name now)... and that saw is a mid 70’s model which pre-dates the Biesmeyer, so the saw originally came with either a Unifence or a Jet-lock, which is what I would consider the ‘older fence’. And you say he has not run it because it’s three phase, but now he is going to set it up so it can be?

Anyway, three phase machines typically sell for much less than their single phase counterpartrs… and older single phase Unisaws can frequently be found in the $500-$600 or less range, so IMO, he is asking too much unless it’s in really, really nice shape. Of course, without seeing it in person, it’s pretty much impossible to tell.

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 12:50 AM

Thanks Brad – sorry for the confusion. Apparently he is going to hook it up through a VFD or phase converter. I am in the Milwaukee area and have not found a lot of options for a Unisaw. Even the 3-phase units close to here are listed at or above $1000 or do not have an upgraded fence.

Mike

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 06:03 AM

I am in the Milwaukee area and have not found a lot of options for a Unisaw. Even the 3-phase units close to here are listed at or above $1000 or do not have an upgraded fence.
- mw7018

That’s really weird… Milwaukee was a manufacturing mecca for decades, so you would think you couldn’t turn around without hitting one. Heck, many of the machines I have were born there and migrated south :)

Cheers,
Brad

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