Delta 10" tilting arbor Unisaw value and ability

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04-11-2016 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw unisaw delta tablesaw

I was looking at a PM66, but the seller wasn’t very descriptive, and the only Powermatic he had that was 220v was a 54A…

Anyway, I found my other first choice option, a Delta Unisaw… or more specifically from the pictures, a “10” tilting arbor saw”. The add reads: “I am selling this Delta 10” Unisaw, 220v, and 1.5hp. This tool still runs great and has been an absolute work horse for my shop” He is asking $500 for it.

From what I can find on the internet its a late 80’s to mid-90’s model. I’ve not found much on the internet about Unisaw’s with that small of a motor, aren’t they supposed to be a 3 or 5hp on 220v? If its in good condition is it worth that much, or should I wait for a larger horse motor (I only want up to 220v)? I wont use it a ton, I just want one for my garage for my small projects, and I have always loved cabinet saws.

Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 05:16 PM

There were may Unisaws sold with 1.5hp motors… typically marketed towards the home owner/hobbyist/weekend warrior type, as they could be run on 120v. Many people have them and are quite happy with their performance in that setting. For small stuff, it will be the last saw you ever need. If you were planning on using it in a production environment or running a lot of really thick and hard wood through it often, maybe not. $500 isn’t an unreasonable price for it if everything checks out… at the very least, consider you will need to sink another $50 or so into it for new bearings and belts.


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#2 posted 04-11-2016 05:25 PM

I have a brand new 3hp Unisaw. My friend has an older, fully restored Unisaw. There really isn’t a lot of difference except I have a riving knife.

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 10:53 PM

Read this to determine year of manufacture. Later date - coded serial numbers.

Mine is 89J.

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 11:39 PM

I have one in 1.5hp 220v, and it’s been a reliable work horse since I bought it new in the early 80’s, and it was my “main saw” in my cabinet shop for MANY years…

It’s cost me nothing to own, except electricity! And I still love the saw!


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#5 posted 04-12-2016 12:35 AM

I have a unisaw I bought used three years ago. The previous owner switched the three phase motor for a 1.5hp 220v motor. I find it has plenty of power, I do this for a living and I haven’t found the saw to lack power. $500 is a fair price, mine was $400 but I lucked out on a good deal.

You can always upgrade the motor in the future.

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 12:59 AM

Like Brad said, it will make you a nice saw. Here is my 125.00 saw I bought a while back.



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