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Bnick

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01-08-2017 03:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw delta unisaw rockler

I currently own a 1987 Delta Unisaw I’m considering selling but I’m having a hard time finding one that is a 10” that has 7.5hp. It’s in really good condition with a biesemeyer fence and attached table. I have a 2 car garage that I have my shop set up in and I don’t think I need that big of sawesome, so I’m considering selling it…..but I’m having a hard time determining a value.

Does anyone have any knowledge on this saw? From what I know about it, it is a complete workhorse and a very sought-after saw.

Any advice is very much appreciated!


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#1 posted 01-08-2017 03:32 PM

It varies by location, the best guide is to look through Craigslist and see what others are trying to get for theirs.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 04:37 PM

Tough call. 7.5 HP is a deterrence for a hobbyist. Also is it 3 phase ? That would make it even less desirable.
So your best bet would be to still find a commercial shop foolish enough to buy a used equipment. In my area commercial wood shops were all but phased out by low quality mass production so that is not easy too.

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 06:12 PM

I would guess you cannot lift a 7.5 HP motor by yourself. When I bought my Unisaw I moved it myself by taking it apart. My Unisaw had one of the old Rockwell 3 HP motors built by Baldor. I think it weighed close to 100 pounds. I would not have been able to pull out a 7.5 HP motor by myself.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 06:30 PM

Wow… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Unisaw with a 7.5HP motor, although they were pretty common on the RT-40’s and 12/14’s. Can you post some pictures? Also, are you referring to the saw being to big due to the motor or the physical size of the saw?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 06:37 PM

If it’s 7.5 HP, I’m thinking it’s probably a 12”
I’m looking for another table saw. If you do want to sell it I would like to see it.
Also would need to know where your at.

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 11:24 PM



I currently own a 1987 Delta Unisaw I m considering selling but I m having a hard time finding one that is a 10” that has 7.5hp.
- Bnick

What do you plan to do that will require 7½hp on a 10” saw? I have a 5hp that I occasionally run big gnarly stuff through and it has never struggled even a little.

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 12:13 AM

I doubt the bigger motor will increase the value of that saw. Could go the other way! If it is a 10 inch unisaw, price it like other 10 inch unisaw, and hope the prospective buyer can live with the monster motor.

My $.02-

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 12:47 AM

Call bob at universal.

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 06:47 PM

Yes, it is a 3 phase and I double checked and it’s a 10” blade. Long story, but I ended up with this saw and I was going to wire my garage to handle this type of saw, but the more I thought about it the more I’m thinking it’s just too much of a saw for what I really need it for.

Jbay – Yes, I’m going to sell it, but I’m trying to figure out what price would be fair on this. I am located over in the Portland Oregon area. Are you anywhere close at all?

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#10 posted 01-09-2017 06:53 PM

Three phase reduces the price, particularly if you have a 7.5hp. Post a picture or three of the saw, and maybe a picture of the motor data plate so the electrical requirements can be determined. Serial number badge would help as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#11 posted 01-09-2017 07:15 PM

I’m the type of person that might be foolish enough to spend money on a used Unisaw.

Around here the Craigslist prices seem to go from around $400 for a decent looking condition saw with no fence but a three phase motor to over $2,000 for a saw with lots of bells and whistles, single phase motor and in nice shape. Most seem to land in the $700-1,000 range with three phase because the people with single phase seem to keep them.

I would look to buy in that $400-700 range and hope that I can find something that is priced low because of an easy to fix problem or a seller that doesn’t know what they have.

Three phase is a problem. Very few people outside of industrial areas even have the option for three phase electric service so almost every buyer would have to budget for a 7.5 HP phase converter. I’m pretty sure that would be $$$. I bet that is a big reason why you want to sell.

If you wait long enough for the right buyer, you might get $1,500.

Alternatively, you could look in to a 3 HP single phase motor retrofit or part it out on eBay.

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#12 posted 03-09-2018 03:06 PM

My .02 cents. I picked up a RT40 with a 7.5 hp 3 phase saw for 500.00. I don’t have 3 phase but I got a VFD for 560.00. Don’t let 3 phase and VFD’s scare you. I never wired one before but it’s remarkably simple. I’m into my monster saw with a 52 inch biesmeyer fence less a miter gauge for around 1100.00 all in. Don’t be scared of 3 phase do the reading and tech support is easy to talk to and ask questions and they will walk you through it. That’s my .02

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#13 posted 03-09-2018 03:16 PM



My .02 cents. I picked up a RT40 with a 7.5 hp 3 phase saw for 500.00. I don’t have 3 phase but I got a VFD for 560.00. Don’t let 3 phase and VFD’s scare you. I never wired one before but it’s remarkably simple. I’m into my monster saw with a 52 inch biesmeyer fence less a miter gauge for around 1100.00 all in. Don’t be scared of 3 phase do the reading and tech support is easy to talk to and ask questions and they will walk you through it. That’s my .02

- Crackers

And those VFD’s are dropping in price pretty quick. Just a suggestion but you could probably get a better price for the saw overall if you bought a VFD and stuck it on real quick as a ready-to-go system.

As far as it being 7.5 hp? in some areas I wouldn’t even list that, because the uninitiated will think it’s something to avoid in case of kickback. Truth is that 7.5 won’t kick a board any harder than a 5 or 3hp motor, it’s stepping up from a 10” to a 12” blade that gives the board more speed. It might benefit you to just call it an “industrial grade” motor and leave it at that unless someone asks specifically, then you can give details after they’ve already initiated a conversation with you about the saw.

Or learn how to be a VFD wizard and tune down the saw using a VFD for your own use while saving on electricity. Personally I don’t see the benefit of selling that saw and buying something that’s going to serve the same purpose, you’re just putting yourself out a lot of money.

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#14 posted 03-09-2018 03:45 PM

This was posted over a year ago, so I sure hope the OP has figured it out by now :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#15 posted 03-09-2018 03:54 PM



This was posted over a year ago, so I sure hope the OP has figured it out by now :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

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