Found me a Gem (1973 Delta/Rockwell Unisaw)

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Forum topic by Victor1979 posted 01-11-2017 12:25 AM 1666 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2017 12:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta rockwell unisaw deal

This is my first post to the site, although I lurk frequently. I just wanted to share that I was searching craigslist recently and finally found a unisaw deal I wanted to look at. The Gentleman indicated he though it would need new worm gears, but he had a new saw to setup so he needed this one gone.

He bought it brand new in 1973 and it’s been babied since. Several years ago, he purchased a new delta fence system for it as well. He was asking $125.00. I call him and took it home several hours later. So I have absolutely no bad news other than it doesn’t have the blade guard or splitter. I got the saw home and it was full (2 and 1/2 feet high) of sawdust. I cleaned it out worked the gears a bit…everything moves like butter. Anyway, Everything is tight and the motor very quiet. Single Phase 1 1/2 HP motor. I’ll post the pics now.

Now I’m working on setting up the 220. I’ve got a small space available and it’s got indoor/outdoor carpeting so it’s not the greatest shop. But I think I just got my last Tablesaw I’ll ever need.

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 12:41 AM

Nice get and welcome to the Unisaw club. Do you plan on doing any kind of restore on it or just using it as is? If the later, I would highly recommend putting in new bearings (arbor and motor) before putting it into use… those are about the only real maintenance items on the machine, and unless the PO indicated he had changed them out at some point, they are pushing 50 years. Better now than finding out the hard way later :)


PS: You should be able to run that motor on 120V, at least until you get your 240V squared away.

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 01:29 AM

I thought about doing that, but the saw sounds so good I’m hesitant to start breaking it apart. Other than the large amount of saw dust everything was working great when I picked it up. I ran it at his house and the motor just purred, no vibration, rattle or noise of any kind. I’ll probably just use it until I notice it needs a bit of work. I’m sure a new set of bearings and belts would be warranted, but the current belts look new and the rotar spins free and clear with no movement. I’ve got the original manuals that came with the saw and Im certain he took good care of it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 01:33 AM

That’ll be s a tough introduction to beat! Congrats, and welcome to LJs.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 01-11-2017 02:17 AM

Great score, I have a 3hp of the same vintage, and haven’t done anything to it beyond adding a new Biesmeyer fence.
if its cutting straight why mess with it.

I use a grizzly blade guard on it from a grizzley saw and a splinter from some other saw. I needed to buy a bracket for inside the saw to add the splitter and I found it on eBay for 20.oo

The only thing that sucks is the dust collection. I’m having some trouble now with the relay in the low voltage starter circuit it gets saw dust in it and won’t start.

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#5 posted 01-11-2017 03:09 AM

What a steal. I bought mine for just about the same amount, but it was in rough shape. The mechanics were good, cosmetics terrible. After a little work and some help from MrUnix, (” Brad, who knows anything you will ever need to know about them.”) I’ve got one of the best saws ever made, an old unisaw.You’ll love it.

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 04:16 AM

That’s looks and sounds like do did well.


-- Aj

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#7 posted 01-11-2017 01:56 PM


If you have the information on the parts you bought to retrofit the blade guard and splitter, would you mind sending that to me? I’d be interested in both seeing your setup and the parts that are needed for install.

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#8 posted 01-11-2017 02:19 PM

Well, Victor. I’d like to welcome you with a big “YOU SUCK”!


Congrats, on a great get! Paying $125 bucks for that saw is quite the steal of 2017.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#9 posted 01-11-2017 02:34 PM

Congrats!!! you’d have paid more than that for the fence…

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