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bondogaposis

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09-28-2016 01:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw


I’m thinking about buying this Unisaw, yeah, it looks pretty rough. Does anyone know how old this might be? How about getting parts for saws like this. Can they be found?

-- Bondo Gaposis


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#1 posted 09-28-2016 02:04 AM

Cast iron plinth puts it sometime in the 40’s, maybe early 50’s – I don’t remember exactly when they switched to stamped steel, but I know it wasn’t until at least sometime after 1947. Maybe someone else here remembers. And yes, parts are available all day long for those machines – although major castings might be a bit pricey. The Unisaw was virtually unchanged since its introduction in 1939 until redesigned in 2007, and with few exceptions, parts are interchangeable between years.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 02:07 AM

Doesn’t look bad to be honest.

Parts aren’t that hard to find in the right places. MrUnix could probably point you in the right direction

how much are they asking?

Edit: speak of the devil…

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 02:39 AM

Get it! As already mentioned parts are and will be available. The question come down to price and how complete the machine is and whether or not it’s single or three phase.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 09-28-2016 12:21 PM

The price is $350. The motor is single phase 3hp. He has one cast iron wing for it. Said he would throw in a Beismeyer style fence for a little bit more. The killer for me is that it’s a 4 hour drive just to look at it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 09-28-2016 12:56 PM

Well dang! Four hours from you IN ANY DIRECTION will still be too far for me to jump on this before you make up your mind !

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#6 posted 09-28-2016 01:13 PM

I’d drive 4 hours for it Bondo. It doesn’t look bad at all and if it has a working 3 horse single phase motor, $350 sounds pretty dang good.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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toolie

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#7 posted 09-28-2016 01:35 PM

Saw doesn’t appear to be in terrible shape. I still just don’t understand the fascination with these old Unisaws that are right tilt and have a CI surface area that is smaller than newer contractor saws like the discontinued ridgid 3650. I refurbished one that I got for $40, just to see what all the fuss was about. I sold it and truly don’t miss it. If it’s what the OP feels is needed for his woodworking, good luck with the search.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 09-28-2016 01:48 PM

Don’t know if I’d go for 450$ish and an 8hr round trip.

Toolie, with the extension wings it’s pretty much the same size. And they are workhorses. There is a reason you don’t see contractor saws in cabinet shops right?

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

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REO

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#9 posted 09-29-2016 09:49 AM

I would look around a bit more. I have seen some good saws, grizz,unisaw and powermatic go for about that price in better shape. I am in MN though.

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toolie

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#10 posted 09-29-2016 11:41 AM



Don t know if I d go for 450$ish and an 8hr round trip.

Toolie, with the extension wings it s pretty much the same size. And they are workhorses. There is a reason you don t see contractor saws in cabinet shops right?

- TheFridge

No, they are not the same size. I was, frankly, surprised when I measured them and found them narrower than the 12” wings on most recent vintage contractor saws, like the ones from ridgid. Also, I was under the impression the OP was a hobbyist and not a professional shop looking for a production workhorse. If volume is the need, then an industrial based tool would be the thing to have.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 09-29-2016 01:21 PM

Well? Bondo… did you get it?

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 09-29-2016 01:38 PM

Well? Bondo… did you get it?

No, I decided against it. I really have too much on my plate to take on a restoration project. What I need is a cabinet saw that is fully functional that I can use right off the bat. I also would really like to have a saw that has a riving knife and good dust collection. I thank everyone for their input, I really considered it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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TheFridge

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#13 posted 09-29-2016 05:55 PM

Sorry bondo

Don t know if I d go for 450$ish and an 8hr round trip.

Toolie, with the extension wings it s pretty much the same size. And they are workhorses. There is a reason you don t see contractor saws in cabinet shops right?

- TheFridge

No, they are not the same size. I was, frankly, surprised when I measured them and found them narrower than the 12” wings on most recent vintage contractor saws, like the ones from ridgid. Also, I was under the impression the OP was a hobbyist and not a professional shop looking for a production workhorse. If volume is the need, then an industrial based tool would be the thing to have.

- toolie

Ok. It’s smaller. Build a box between the rails. Done. Bigger table. The saw does cut wood right?

Who wouldn’t want something built like a tank? Operate one and you’ll know the difference between a cabinet saw and contractors saw. It’ll outlive a contractors saw anyday.

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

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toolie

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#14 posted 09-30-2016 10:55 AM

I did operate my Unisaw. I got it to see what all the fuss we about. Functionally, it didn’t do anything my two contractor saws couldn’t do in my hobbyist shop. But to each his own.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 09-30-2016 01:43 PM

Well. You’re the first person I’ve heard of that would rather a contractor saw. They do have a bigger table for crap to fall through as well. If you like hummers? fine. Most prefer tanks.

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

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