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Forum topic by Holbs posted 01-12-2016 02:41 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 02:41 AM

I have a Bosch 4100 and I am saving $$$ for a Grizzly 1023RLX for next year OR if something wonderful falls into my lap. Today, I came across this for $500.

He does not know the model number (I think it’s a special edition 36-815 possibly late 90’s) nor HP, but it is 220v single phase.
It is a right tilt… but eh, it’s a Unisaw :) It was used to cut construction lumber AND granite tiles with a diamond blade saw (didn’t know what was possible with a table saw).
I hate asking for advice but when it comes to older cabinet saws, I’m at a loss at what years were good, what model #’s were good, what to avoid, etc.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"


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#1 posted 01-12-2016 02:59 AM

You have done it again! If that motor isn’t full of granite dust, it is a steal.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 03:02 AM

It’s at his work place, which is locked up for tonite. Took nearly an hour to post something on LJ’s tonite (I think website server issue but seems ok now). So I can not go see it nor purchase it tonite. Else, I would of taken the chance and bought it without asking advice from the forums. He said I have first dibbs. Shall see if that holds true tomorrow afternoon. Oh.. he said the motor runs & purrs like a kitten. Of course, I’ll ask for a test run.

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 03:07 AM

Jump on it if it runs.

-- Padre, Texas

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 03:08 AM

The fence and extensions alone are worth that.

-- Padre, Texas

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 03:10 AM

He does not know the model number

Up until about 2007, there were only two models – a left tilt and a right tilt :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 03:16 AM

I bought a hitch to install on my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, but not yet installed. Was also going to buy a utility trailer for lumber / sheet good runs and picking up machines. No trailer as of yet. So… another machine to go into truck bed. I did the 15” Jet 500lb planer which took 2 hours and monkey engineering. If this falls into my lap, he said at the work place he has lift trucks to put this into my truck bed, no problem. But then, I have to get it out. Might have to ask do’s/don’t of taking top off and moving it out in pieces. Option 2 is the same as I did for the Jet Planer… a lift :)

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 11:32 AM

Unisaws are easy to move with a pickup truck and 2 healthy men.

Remove the fence, fence rails and side extensions, also the saw blade and blade insert. Do not remove the cast iron top. Place the saw up against the tailgate of the truck with a moving pad or heavy blanket spread out in the truck bed and overhanging the edge of the tailgate. You and a friend can then tip the Unisaw to catch the overhanging edge of the saw’s top on the tailgate of the truck. Then with one man on each side, rotate the Unisaw until it is sitting upside down in the bed of the truck. It is not necessary to lift the full weight of the saw this way. Slide the upside down saw and the blanket forward until the saw is between the wheel wells of the truck bed and tie it in place. It will ride better upside down because most of the saw’s weight will be down next to the truck bed.

To unload, just reverse the process. It will only take two healthy men to do this at each end of the trip. Most of the weight is in the top portion of the saw and the top plate, so the effort to do this will be much less than you might expect since the heavy part of the saw remains on the truck tailgate during the loading and unloading. Two healthy men can do it easily.

Charley

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 01:08 PM

Something wonderful just dropped in your lap. Your stealing it. That’s a great saw.
Gerald

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 01:11 PM



Unisaws are easy to move with a pickup truck and 2 healthy men.

Remove the fence, fence rails and side extensions, also the saw blade and blade insert. Do not remove the cast iron top. Place the saw up against the tailgate of the truck with a moving pad or heavy blanket spread out in the truck bed and overhanging the edge of the tailgate. You and a friend can then tip the Unisaw to catch the overhanging edge of the saw s top on the tailgate of the truck. Then with one man on each side, rotate the Unisaw until it is sitting upside down in the bed of the truck. It is not necessary to lift the full weight of the saw this way. Slide the upside down saw and the blanket forward until the saw is between the wheel wells of the truck bed and tie it in place. It will ride better upside down because most of the saw s weight will be down next to the truck bed.

+1
I’ve easily moved my Unisaw by myself.

As long as it runs, that’s a great price. But I’d take the top off and clean out all the granite dust.

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#10 posted 01-12-2016 01:21 PM

I can’t add anything to what’s been said…sure hope you get it! That’s on of their Grand Edition saws that they proudly marketed with a pic of Norm standing next to them. Grand edition meant they painted it a different color. Don’t fret about right tilt, it’s works just fine and does everything the left tilt does. Good luck. BTW, the guy that bought mine hauled it home by flipping it upside down on the table into the back of his pickup…worked just fine.

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

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#11 posted 01-12-2016 02:10 PM

Sounds like a steal to me. It might have a lot of miles on it being used for construction, but, with a bit of TLC, it could be a steal of a deal

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 01-12-2016 02:31 PM

I used the craigslist keyword email notification to alert me to it’s posting. There was a Grizzly 1023rlx that was too big for a guy selling for $500 a month ago. He was downsizing and wanted a smaller foot print saw. I missed that deal as I could of just 1 for 1 swap with my saw. Craigshunter chrome browser plugin.
He said I was first to call so I get first dibbs. I can not get out there (an hour away) til after work (no..can not call in sick either :) Something tells me someone with $700 cash will show up before lunch. Shall see. Such is the life of Craigslist deals.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#13 posted 01-13-2016 02:21 AM

I decided to hold off buying this because I just built my totally awesome Bosch 4100 auxiliary fence and did not feel it was worth it.

Ya..right!
Could not test the motor due to wrong plugs at his shop. I bought it off “faith”. Going to dismantle it so I can do the one man move.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#14 posted 01-13-2016 02:29 AM


I decided to hold off buying this because I just built my totally awesome Bosch 4100 auxiliary fence and did not feel it was worth it.

Ya..right!
- Holbs

Dude. You got me. You SOB.

Damn. Nicely done and great score.

Edit: make sure and support the extension.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 01-13-2016 04:01 AM

Thanks guys for the tip of how to get a cabinet table saw out of the pickup, solo. Did not have to take the table top off. After taking off fence, rails, and extension wing… and flipping it upside down to slide over to tail gate just to flip it over was not too shabby, even while solo. When I was over 1/2 way of tipping over tailgate, I did hesitate and say “Is this a good idea?” but it worked out :) Tis safe in shop.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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