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04-23-2016 02:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: unisaw uni saw uni-saw delta rockwell tablesaw table saw guard

Well, I sold my Grizzly 1022 in hopes to use the money once my next saw came across CL… And tonight it did! I got my 1965 Delta 34-450 10” Unisaw tonight for $400 (came with the original motor cover and a Rockwell tenoning jig). It’s a 115v/220v 1.5hp model.

It needs a good cleaning, and there is some minor surface rust between the base and the sides of the cabinet that need touched up for now until I have time to completely tear down and re-paint.

My questions are, is there any sort of inexpensive splitter or riving knife that will fit it?
Does anyone else have a picture of a 1965 ish Blade guard? I saw on eBay a bunch of different looking ones and all looked fairly different… Which one is the one for mine?
Also, is there a paint code for the gray of the cabinet so I can do a decent touch up without re-painting whole thing?

Thanks all!

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 02:34 AM

Congratulations. Sounds like your going to restore that old girl. Keeps us posted on your progress.

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 02:42 AM

I’m not sure when the disappearing splitter showed up (they started bundling it with the uniguard eventually), but you might be able to mount one on that saw. You could also look over at the OWWM site (in the BOYD) section to see if an OEM splitter/guard is available as they turn up from time to time. After market alternatives also exist. As for paint… no way. The color used, while similar between machines/years, were all slightly different. And with the color change due to age, it will be virtually impossible to find a paint that matches exactly. You could take a sample to the paint store to have them match it, but I’ve never seen yet where it comes out exactly.


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#4 posted 04-23-2016 03:05 AM

Not sure how simular how your saw is to my 34-466, but I am retrofitting a grizzly 1023rl riving knife and dust collection to mine. So far it looks promising. More to come on that.

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 06:24 AM

the microjig splitter kits have worked well for me,41080,51225

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#6 posted 04-23-2016 07:13 AM

Nice. I wanted a Unisaw. But these rarely come up for sale in my area and when they do… gone.


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#7 posted 04-23-2016 01:49 PM

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#8 posted 04-23-2016 02:31 PM

Here’s a picture of my POS guard.
1972 34-450. Might not be the same,
Mine has a square opening for motor. I bolt my own splitter on when
needed. It doesn’t move with motor
height though.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#9 posted 04-23-2016 06:36 PM

About 35 years ago, I was offered a Unisaw for FREE. I didn’t take it because it was all in pieces; I didn’t know at the time what if any parts were missing. Today, I would have taken it. I did get a Delta floor model drill press from the same place for FREE. It is still in use in my shop every day.

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#10 posted 04-24-2016 11:03 AM

Congrats on the new saw. It looks great for $400. Those egg covers are worth close to the price of the saw!

I’d relegate that DW construction blade for junk wood, and pick up something more suited for woodworking on a Unisaw…Freud Industrial or Premier, Infinity, CMT Industrial, Forrest, Ridge Carbide, Amana Tool, Tenryu. The Delta 35-7657? is the best bang for the buck IMO….~ $30 shipped. You could add a bulk ripper and a nice 80T crosscut blade pretty reasonably too.

The Microjig splitter is pretty good for the money. The better ones tend to get expensive in a hurry….Shark Guard, BORK.

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#11 posted 04-25-2016 02:31 PM

knotscott, Thanks for the blade recommendations! The blade it came with is so dull that the 1×4” piece of cedar we cut to test it at inspection started to burn mid-cut…
I got the saw all put back together and ready to go this weekend, but didn’t get to actually cut with it (wife was cracking the whip on all the landscaping she wanted done) yet. Hopefully I’ll get a chance later this week or weekend once I get a new blade.

Is a splitter necessary for most cuts, or is it just a good safety item?

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#12 posted 04-25-2016 06:07 PM

Splitter I believe is mostly a safety thing, keeps the wood from squeezing at the back side of the blade. But also helps to keep the wood parellel to the blade and up against the fence.

Here are a few pics of the splitter I made for my Uni. Not pretty, but functional. It started out as a piece of 1/8th x 3 inch wide steel. I got it down to proper thickness and cut it to shape. Like I said…not pretty LOL but it does the job well. Mine Uni is model 34-459, think it’s early 1990s ?? Anyways, congrats, and you should really like your new saw!!

edit in;;; My home made splitter does not move up/down with the blade. I can pop it in or out of position in just a few seconds.

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

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#13 posted 04-28-2016 06:17 PM

Ben – Here are the pics we “spoke” about. Hope this works better than my email attempts!!
As seen I have a piece/part in my Uni to accept my home made splitter. It does not appear that you have this part on your saw. Maybe one of the members that are more familiar with the Unisaw’s might be able to comment on this, and or be of more help to you. Wish I could be of more help.


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

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#14 posted 04-28-2016 06:46 PM

My mount is one sided… I wonder if that side piece could be added to mine and make it a quick release like yours is?

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#15 posted 04-28-2016 06:47 PM

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