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Forum topic by ctrevely posted 04-21-2016 02:00 PM 1516 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2016 02:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw table saw grizzly g0771 34-802

So I’ve read several threads on this topic but still have some questions left regarding my situation.

I do general home repairs, some cabinetry, and occasional woodworking projects and have been saving for a table saw for a while. With a little birthday help I’ve got about 800$ to spend on it. I was planning on ordering a grizzly g0771 10” hybrid which seemed like the best new saw I could buy with my budget but a 1987 delta unisaw (cat# 34-802F) just came up on craigslist for 725$. It looks to be in excellent condition with a unifence, 52” table extension, 220v single phase 3hp baldor motor, and uniguard.

It seems like an obvious choice to some but I’m also attracted to a new saw with a warranty and riving knife. If nothing else the unisaw is slightly less expensive and I could pick it up tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting an accurate quality first “real” table saw. Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 04-21-2016 02:08 PM

jump on that Delta Unisaw before it’s gone. Check it out with your cash hidden in the glove box. Dicker him down a few bucks and load that puppy on your trailer. You won’t regret it!

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#2 posted 04-21-2016 02:13 PM

I have that Grizzly. While it’s a great saw, had I been able to find an older Unisaw for the same price, I would have gone that route. You can get aftermarket riving knives for that saw I believe.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 02:45 PM

No contest; the Unisaw is superior.

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 03:29 PM

Any posts in addition to the above would just be redundant.

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#5 posted 04-21-2016 03:35 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m going to check it out this afternoon. Anything I should watch out for?

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#6 posted 04-21-2016 04:57 PM

Ya watch out that someone doesn’t get there before you.

-- Aj

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 03:36 AM

The older (pre riving knife) G1023 right tilt was a clone of the Unisaw. For what it’s worth.

If needed, bearings and belts are easily and cheaply replaced. But if they seem marginal, rumbly, etc. that’s a negotiating point.

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#8 posted 04-22-2016 09:20 AM


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#9 posted 05-02-2016 09:55 PM

We bought a 20” Delta drill and one of the trunnions broke and Delta declared the parts where discontinued. Renovo parts had started making replacement parts for Delta. I wouldn’t touch Delta with a 10’ pole. I used to work for a dealer doing warranty repairs for Delta and they have gone down hill over the years.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#10 posted 05-02-2016 10:47 PM

Key here, Rick, is it is a 87 Delta he was looking at. I had one from around that era and it was a well built piece of equipment. My current Unisaw is about ten years old and I’ve had no problems with it. Of course, neither of the aforementioned facts have anything to do with tea in China, or the current crop of Delta products.

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#11 posted 05-02-2016 10:55 PM

I would take that Unisaw as fast as I could get over there.

My 1999 unisaw 36-920 is a thriving, trouble-free, wood cutting monster. Since never in my wood shop life (which is a really long time) have I ever had a saw with a riving knife, I don’t miss having one at all. And I am very happy with the Unifence.

I have never yet changed a bearing or a belt!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#12 posted 05-03-2016 05:43 AM

Unisaw and the Unifence has features you won’t find anywhere else. ..... Love mine.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 05-03-2016 06:19 AM

Unisaw all the way. Mine’s an early 90’s model 3 HP 220V, Unifence, etc. I’m sure I will never wear it out.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#14 posted 05-03-2016 11:27 AM

Well did you get the unisaw?

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#15 posted 05-03-2016 11:34 AM

Well did you get the unisaw?
- Mojo1

Went to go look at it almost three weeks ago… so I’m guessing not – or we probably would have heard by now :)


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